Archive for May, 2015

Frodo vs. zombie 4th graders

Posted in Film with tags , on May 29, 2015 by phanteana

at last…the trailer for the long-awaited Cooties, starring Elijah Wood. if Mr. Frodo can save the day in Middle-Earth, then getting rid of a bunch of zombified kids shouldn’t be an issue.


USC’s secret scary archives

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on May 20, 2015 by phanteana

the University of Southern California (USC) is one of the most prominent colleges in the US. recently, it was added to the list of schools with horror movies in their libraries (scroll back to the March 15 post about Yale University’s collection of cheesy 80’s Horror flicks for more information), thanks to USC Archivist Dino Everett. when he took over the archive in 2009, Mr. Everett, who is a fan of schlocky sci-fi and horror films (these are usually the best kind, because they’re so awful-yet-ridiculously hysterical), wanted to see if any famous alumni had left anything behind upon graduation…and sure enough, he found what he was looking for!


among USC’s distinguished alumni, two names stand out: John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon (1946-2009). the former is known for spooky classics like HalloweenThe Thing, and the surprisingly sensitive Starman. the latter is responsible for bringing audiences one of the most memorable scenes from Alien (which inspired an equally memorable spoof in Spaceballs), as well as penning the screenplay for Total Recall (1990). their early works are housed in the basement of USC’s campus, along with hundreds of other archives dating back to 125 years ago when cinema was just getting started. the discovery of Mr. O’Bannon’s student films is particularly of interest, since he was often overlooked during his lengthy career. but thanks to the preservation and restoration skills of Mr. Everett and the devoted fan-bases of Messieurs Carpenter and O’Bannon, these works will continue to scare up a new crop of film majors for years to come.


Dan O’Bannon on the set of Alien during the late 1970’s

the eternal Ian Curtis

Posted in Music with tags , on May 18, 2015 by phanteana

it’s been 35 years, but Ian has never fully left us.

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It was on this day in 1980 that Ian Curtis the lead singer of Joy Division hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England , he was only 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album ‘The Idiot’, playing on his stereo and left a note that said, ‘At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can’t cope anymore.’….

Below listen to an interview that Ian gave to the BBC

Joe Cornelisse-SMM

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speak “friend” and enter

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on May 11, 2015 by phanteana

on this day in literary history, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met for the first time in 1926. they would go on to become best buddies, and write some of the most significant stories of the 20th Century. bravo!

so you want to be an Audiovisual Archivist…

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , on May 8, 2015 by phanteana

everything you ever wanted to know about the Audiovisual Archives industry, but were afraid to ask. well, here it is! (courtesy of the folks at the AMIA Education Committee)


So you want to be an Audiovisual Archivist.



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