Archive for cult classics

thrift store jackpot

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by phanteana

i’m quite fond of thrift stores. whether it’s in my own city or when i’m travelling, i make it a point to stop in and see the unique treasures for sale ranging from books (old print smell forever!) to clothing. here’s a recent find for a dollar well spent:

 

deep cassette

 

it’s a nice companion piece to the personally autographed CD copy i’ve owned for closed to 20 years (and still plays perfectly). that’s deep.

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techies on the big screen

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2017 by phanteana

first, there was the invention of the computer. then came movies about tech geeks. they’re not difficult to come by, and many of them have become instant classics containing memorable quotes (“88 miles per hour!”). it’s become a trend for second-run theaters, independent film houses, and museums to show some of these techie treats on occasion, and it’s a terrific feeling of nostalgia for those who remember seeing some of these movies when they were brand new but it also brings in new generations who might have discovered these gems through parents or older siblings. for those who are in the tech world (or are trying to break into it) inspiration can come from fictional characters as well as ones based on actual individuals. so if you need something to watch while you’re learning how to build a website, or if you just really love hearing Samuel L. Jackson say “hold onto your butts“, then take your pick from this list of movies for people who love tech.

 

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if this question is in regards to learning tech skills, then yes

 

 

the enduring suspense of Suspiria

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2017 by phanteana

one of the joys of being an archivist is discovering copies of materials that were thought to either be lost or damaged. for those in the film archives industry, it means bringing new life to a movie that has previously been screened by audiences, but perhaps missing essential footage or dialogue. such a breakthrough occurred recently at an abandoned movie theater in Italy, whose storage room harbored an uncut 35mm print of Dario Argento‘s Suspiria¬†that hasn’t seen the light of day since its initial release nearly 40(!) years ago. the print was discovered by the Chicago Cinema Society, and after careful inspection appears to be in excellent condition (always a plus when handling rare materials). in fact, this version of the film is in such great condition that it will be embarking on a mini-tour of the US in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Seattle (the CCS website lists dates and locations). so if you’re in or near any of the above metro areas, are a fan of horror/foreign cinema, or simply looking for something different to do, this is your opportunity to see Suspiria on the big screen! hooray for film archivists and their valiant efforts to save movies!

 

…and since Hollywood loves to reboot classics, that long-brewing remake is finally unveiling its “secret” “irises” on the Internet. two elements that have (hopefully) eased the anxiety of long-time fans are that the new version is not set in modern times, and original star Jessica Harper is among the cast. Ms. Harper (who i’ve met, and is a lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humor) is also known for appearing in the film that inspired a considerable portion of my WordPress, so she can clearly do no wrong. ūüôā

 

{author’s note: i admit i haven’t seen too many of Argento’s films. but of the ones i have viewed, my favorite is Phenomena}.

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!

 

game over, man

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on February 26, 2017 by phanteana

what makes an actor versatile? it’s the ability to appear in both mainstream and underground media, and be revered for it. very few thespians can pull that off but one who achieved that goal was Bill Paxton, who unexpectedly left this world yesterday. if you grew up in the 80’s, then you probably recall some of his cult classics (Weird Science, Near Dark,¬†and a big-budget one called Aliens). then, the 90’s came along and ushered in his more mainstream period (ahem…Twister, Titanic), but the accolades kept pouring in. of everything he ever did, perhaps his most surprising role was that of New Wave musician in a band called Martini Ranch (and that ridiculously-comical-and-slightly-creepy “Fish Heads video…because everyone has to start somewhere before they hit it big). he also appeared in New Order’s video for “Touched By The Hand of God.” i always enjoyed Bill, but knowing he had a spot in New Wave history has given me an even greater amount of respect for him, thus making his death even more upsetting. ūüė¶

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internet killed the video star

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2015 by phanteana

the home video rental store, much like the VHS tapes they would carry, has basically died and gone to Obsolete Media Heaven. for many of us, the notion of going to rent a movie on a weekend- whether it was with our parents or our friends- holds a strong sense of nostalgia. the first home¬†rental i can recall¬†from my youth was this. viewing it online as opposed to using old school technology feels¬†odd. the color is¬†washed out,¬†and hearing¬†the voice of Rocky’s trainer coming out of an animated dragon is slightly unnerving in adulthood. but like many other treasured gems of the past, this is one that was found on the shelves of video stores across the country for many years. that all changed, however,¬†when the internet took over.

these days, anything (including the aforementioned childhood staple) can be viewed online. Netflix, Hulu,¬†and countless other streaming channels have replaced the need to drive to the nearest Blockbuster¬†(of, if you were lucky, a more independent store such as¬†Vulcan Video in Austin, TX or Vidiots in Santa Monica, CA) or movie theater chain. is it more cost-effective to purchase one of these services? probably. is it wonderful to have so many movies and television shows at the touch of a button? possibly. does it replace the¬†not-so-fond memories of the film snobs working behind the counter? most likely. we can take comfort in knowing that remnants of video stores are donated to public and private libraries, thus receiving a second chance. as for those snooty video store clerks, let’s hope they’ve moved on from berating us about¬†which is the best Kevin Smith movie.

the movie no one saw but everyone loves

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by phanteana

October 31, 1974: the day Phantom Of The Paradise was introduced to the world as¬†a cinematic oddity far beyond its time; it is a film that is indescribable to those who have never heard of it, and all spoilers are off the table because the experience must not¬†be ruined ahead of screening time. once these novices see it, they either recoil in confusion, mock the tacky 70’s outfits, or attempt to dissect the plot and its themes¬†regardless of whether or not they have a film studies background. it has a certain appeal that, despite its initial swandive (pun intended) at the box office, managed to rise from the ashes like the phoenix (also pun intended) and outlast many cult classic films that were released in the past 40 years. pretty remarkable, for a movie that hardly anyone saw yet everyone seems to enjoy.

Esquire Magazine (that’s right, ESQUIRE) has a piece on the¬†Phantom’s legendary legacy, and what a story it is! Brian DePalma wrote the script 5 years before the film was released, inspired by the greed of the music industry. his protagonist was played by a college friend who towered over everyone on set, and his antagonist was a left-field choice known for composing such schmaltzy 70’s hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun.” it preceded Rocky Horror¬†by a year, but it was still just as whacked out. yet Rocky¬†attracted a devoted following from day one, while the Phantom struggled to find his audience. eventually, he did and his creator (DePalma) went on to build a lucrative career in Hollywood. sadly, the man behind the silver owl-like mask (William Finley) passed away in 2012. but his music lingers on, 40 years and going strong!

(author’s note: i love this film, as if it weren’t obvious enough. it has maintained a special place in my life for so many years and will continue to do so for many more to come)