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magic (and a whole lotta sugar) in every sip

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by phanteana

since the invention of social media, it has become a platform for sharing images of food, cats, kids and silly memes. the best one that i’ve seen recently involves a new concoction made by an international coffee chain (which probably looks better than it tastes…sorry, i stick to tea) paired with a classic 80’s fantasy film (which, in all honesty, i would actually love to see a live-action version of):


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forget Red Bull…this’ll give you wings!


the many moods of the moodboard

Posted in Art & Photography, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on March 21, 2017 by phanteana

twice upon a time, i was one of those people who assembled collages with various images and words. mine were mostly comprised of favorite bands, assorted Goth models from Propaganda Magazine (the Winter 1999 issue is still in tact and like any good professional archivist, i sealed it in plastic for preservation purposes because the magazine is no longer in print), and random quotes i pieced together. years later, it turns out those amateur oak tag collages have an actual name -a moodboard- and are used quite often in web design to convey styles, themes, and ideas.

when i took Skillcrush’s Web Design blueprint, one of our assignments was to create our own moodboard. so i hearkened back to the dark days of yore and designed my project with a combination of, Google Docs, and inspiration from The Birthday Massacre (whom i love dearly). i had so much fun with this, i intend to make other moodboards for my portfolio. here is the whimsical result (which the TA loved):


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a cure for the winter doldrums

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , on February 18, 2017 by phanteana

winter movie season is typically characterized by films most people will wait to see until the DVD release; from January through late March, moviegoers are content with staying home to avoid venturing out into the cold for a sub-par screening. there’s the occasional big-budget mess (this year, it’s Matt Damon battling monsters in ancient China) plus a montage of crappy horror films (VHS? that’s soooo 2002). but there’s a cure for this ailment. i attended an advance screening of A Cure For Wellness earlier this week, and was absolutely intrigued by Gore Verbinski‘s latest project. despite some negative reviews and complaints regarding a long running time, A Cure For Wellness is “the first good horror film of 2017.” Switzerland is beautiful, and so is Dane DeHaan. but this film will haunt your dreams, and make you think twice about going to a spa.


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let it all out

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , on December 28, 2016 by phanteana

The Shout is one of those films that’s impossible to describe to anyone who has never heard of it (i was one of those individuals once upon a time. i had no idea what this movie was about, i just knew it starred John “there’s an alien busting out of my chest” Hurt)…it’s not a horror film, even though it’s often lumped into the category. it could possibly be a thriller, albeit one with psychological elements. it’s definitely a British art-house flick, even though it was directed by a Polish guy. anyway, it’s taken me years to finally watch the whole thing, because copies of it are rather difficult to come across in America. now that i’ve gotten around to viewing this odd little number, i’ll give a brief synopsis without revealing too much:

weird, scruffy-looking dude who claims to have magic powers and lived in the Aborigines wanders down from sand dunes and makes himself a tad too comfortable in a married couple‘s countryside home, all set to a moody soundtrack by 2/3 of Genesis. oh, and Tim Curry is in there, too. 

it’s a really bizarre film told largely in flashback, and you have to look closely to figure out what’s going on. think of the situation these three main characters are in as trying to get rid of a REALLY unwanted house guest. if you’re an Anglophile, have a degree in film studies, or are into experimental music, it might appeal to you. but there’s one very important thing to keep in mind…


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“…do not set the volume too looooouuud!”

black is the color of my true love’s fur

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , on May 9, 2016 by phanteana

horror characters in films are typically either loved or hated by the movie-going public. it can be difficult to be a fan of someone who, even though they are a work of fiction, has negative intentions towards others. many of these icons have backstories, and we sometimes forget that some of the scariest monsters and most superior creeps were once children before all Hell broke loose. this is where California-based artist Kat Philbin steps in…Ms. Philbin has combined two of her favorite things- horror movies and cats- and created some heartwarming imagery featuring America’s horror icons as cat lovers, proving that not even evil can resist the allure of cuddly felines.



map? i remember the mountain well enough without it.

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 6, 2016 by phanteana

are you traveling from Hobbiton to Rivendell? in need of a little assistance? well, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University has recently acquired a map of Middle-Earth for its Tolkien collection. this fictional setting map went unseen for decades until a book shop put it on display with an asking price of 60,000 pounds (equivalent to $87K). the map’s designer, Pauline Baynes, worked with Tolkien in 1949 as he was knee-deep in composing his most famous trilogy. there are annotated notes from Tolkien to Baynes, stating where certain areas should be located (for example, Hobbiton is “at the latitude of Oxford”). to the citizens of Oxford, Mr. Tolkien was a hometown legend as he spent much of his adult life there.


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the art of war

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , , on May 1, 2016 by phanteana

the life cycle of a movie is as follows: the film is shot, developed, printed, and ultimately released to the movie theater in reel format so it can be shown onscreen using a projector…at least, that’s how it’s typically been over the past century. film making as we know it changed in 2002 when George Lucas incorporated digital filming techniques into his work, thus ushering technology into the new millennium (falcon).

now, film makers have a wider range of shooting methods and as Forbes contributor and up-and-coming film maker Adam Faze writes, anyone can make a film (or claim to be a photographer) with a press of a button on an iPhone. it should be noted that Faze is only 18, but from the tone of his writing (and his short bio) he is wise beyond his years. when we watch the 10 o’clock news, it looks a certain way because of how it’s filmed. when we watch a movie on a big screen, it shouldn’t look like a live televised PBS program from 1985 (regardless of this, i still remain devoted).

while some in the film industry would argue that film and digital are at odds with each other, Faze is of the opinion that they both have value and thus should work together instead of against each other. hopefully, he can convince the skeptics of this.