Archive for June, 2014

deliver us from big budget summer blockbusters

Posted in Film with tags , on June 24, 2014 by phanteana

 

Summer Movie Season means more than just big-budget special effects. it also involves surprise sleeper hits that scare the s*** out of audiences, as evidenced by last year’s The Conjuringthis little number (release date: July 2) is directed by Scott Derrickson, who is no stranger to spooking his fans (his resume includes Sinister and the wonderfully-crafted horror/courtroom drama The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, which was based on an actual case) and is inspired by reports filed courtesy of retired NYPD police sergeant Ralph Sarchie. the practice of exorcism, while still considered archaic by many modern Americans, is nonetheless a topic that piques interest regardless of what faith individuals believe in.

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crikey!

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , on June 18, 2014 by phanteana

for those who watched Nickelodeon in the 80’s, this signified viewers that Danger Mouse (or Count Duckula) was about to begin. both enjoyed loyal followings, and still do to some degree but have been difficult to locate on DVD format. with that said, the BBC announced yesterday that Britain’s favorite secret agent mouse will be returning to the small screen in 2015 for the first time in nearly 2 decades. while it remains to be seen what changes will be made to incorporate DM into the 21st Century, it is nonetheless a welcome return…and it it’s as successful as it was in its heyday, perhaps the quack of a Count might be gracing TV screens once again.

 

color by numbers

Posted in Art & Photography, Music with tags , , , , on June 16, 2014 by phanteana

art murals can be found in practically every major city, whether it’s related to a business or just a random display on a side street building. for the long-running Houston-based dance club/concert venue Numbers, a new mural painted by a local artist signifies not only an improvement to renovations but also lets passers-by and tourists know exactly what type of music they can expect to hear if they stumble in on a weekend night. it’s a pretty amazing piece featuring the likes of David Bowie, Bauhaus, The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and Joy Division. these musicians have influenced the history of the club (as well as modern music itself), so it seemed fitting that they all earned a spot on the wall outside.

 

A new mural is being created on the side of Numbers night club by local artist Rene Fernandez <span class=meta>(KTRK Photo)</span>

 

a wonderful, generous, foul-mouthed, hysterical fellow

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , on June 10, 2014 by phanteana

the world lost “the People’s Poet” yesterday as news broke of British comedy icon Rik Mayall’s passing at age 56. the cause of death is possibly seizure-related. Mayall was best known for his role as the obnoxious Rick on The Young Onesthe highly popular early 80’s Brit-com about four mismatched college roommates, and his big screen turn as Phoebe Cates’ crude childhood imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred. he is survived by his wife, two grown kids, and legions of fans. sadly, this means i will never get my copy of Every Stoopid Episode signed by the entire cast. ’tis a sad day for British Comedy.

 

the Batman returns

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 3, 2014 by phanteana

 

 

…and he’s brought a gift in the form of a monstrous new album, the entirety of which was posted on Rolling Stone along with an interview a few days prior to today’s public release. in spite of the rushed recording schedule, his collaboration with the legendary Martin “Youth” Glover has resulted in one of Murphy’s strongest works in his solo career. the Batman still soars and happy days are here again.