Archive for July, 2014

home is now behind…the trailer is ahead

Posted in Film with tags , on July 28, 2014 by phanteana


out of the frying pan and into the fire

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on July 24, 2014 by phanteana

as the old adage says, “good things come to those who wait.” and as Tom Petty once sang, “the waiting is the hardest part.” regardless, patience is a virtue.




never laugh at live dragons, and always bring a change of clothes.

so it begins

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on July 17, 2014 by phanteana

the first still photo from The Battle Of The Five Armies circulated online today (finally!), proving that the movie has not been swallowed by the editing machine (yet). as for the elusive trailer, it was slated for July 20 but has now been pushed off to October. fortunately, reports of a brief teaser clip debuting in the very near future sound promising.


“the trailer is coming! no wait, that’s just a really huge dragon about to incinerate us.”

variety is the spice of life

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on July 15, 2014 by phanteana

adventurous library cards

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , on July 14, 2014 by phanteana

library cards tend to be rather ordinary looking, but the Burbank Public Library has added some flair and personality to its patrons’ cards. the BPL, which celebrated its centennial last year, has issued various cards featuring popular children’s characters and images of Burbank from the past. among these include Finn and Jake from the Adventure Time series, who are no strangers to unleashing the power of imagination. if parents are having trouble getting their kids to visit the library this summer, these cards should do the trick (even if only to get them to watch the show on the library’s computers instead of at home)!


high hopes

Posted in Music with tags on July 7, 2014 by phanteana

the surviving members of Pink Floyd will shine on with a new album due in October, according to David Gilmour‘s wife Polly Samson. the album, titled The Endless River, will be the band’s first release since 1994’s The Division Bell, which at the time was deemed to be their final output after a lengthy and successful career that was occasionally scuffed by legal battles (Gilmour vs. Roger Waters during the 1980’s) and tragedies (the deaths of Syd Barrett and Richard Wright in the past decade). the album will consist of unreleased tracks from the 1994 recording sessions, and will be co-produced by David Gilmour and Youth. it is unclear whether former guitarist Waters will partake in the recording, considering his difficult relationship with Gilmour (it’s a safe guess the answer will be a resounding “no”). plans for a tour are also unlikely. regardless, the wall that has surrounded the band for the past 20 years has finally been torn down.


Vlad Tepes: the man, the myth, the movie star

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on July 1, 2014 by phanteana


it may be the midst of the sweltering Summer movie season, but the crisp air of Halloween arrives early in the form of the recently-released trailer for Dracula Untold. written as an “origins” story, this rendition examines how nobleman Vlad Tepes morphed into what became the basis for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula (with plenty of CGI action to boot). Luke Evans (Immortals) plays the role of Vlad, who strikes a bargain with an ancient evil in order to save his family and kingdom from the invading armies of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th Century.

what is interesting about the trailer is that while Dracula is commonly viewed as a villain both in print and visual form, he is seen more as an unlikely protagonist in this new examination, giving him a more human identification that other portrayals. to add to the already dark mood of the story, the clip features Lorde’s bone-chilling version of the Tears For Fears classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World“, a title that seems to fit Vlad’s struggle for power.

if the rest of the film (due out October 17, just in time for Halloween!) looks as promising as the sneak peek, then audiences shall be placated until Mr. Evans’ “other” film arrives in theaters 2 months later.