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no one sings like you anymore

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , on May 19, 2017 by phanteana

a labyrinthine plot is afoot

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 16, 2017 by phanteana

the two most dreaded words to fans of the classic 80’s film Labyrinth are not “eternal stench“, but rather “sequel” and “remake.” rumors of revisiting Jim Henson‘s twisted maze have plagued the internet for years, and have usually been brushed off. but it seems some validation to those stories has been confirmed as a continuation is currently in the works. so far, the most obvious factor in this potential new story will be the absence of David Bowie, who was the heart and soul of the initial film despite playing the (much-loved) antagonist. Henson’s daughter Lisa will be involved in the project and while that should be taken as a promising sign, there are still tremendous amounts of undeniable anxiety (and slight anger) felt by the original’s fiercely devoted fan-base.

 

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yes…she said it. 

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. 😦

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hurts so good

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2017 by phanteana

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farewell, faithful Storyteller

(other)worldly possessions

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on January 13, 2017 by phanteana

you know those Person of the Year stories featured in magazines? well, for 2016 the individual who graced more front covers than anyone else was the Grim Reaper, thanks to an overabundance of celebrities passing on. so it should come as no surprise that this year has started off with another bright star fading, and it’s one whose work left a frightening mark in both literature and cinema. he’s with Father Merrin and Father Karras now.

 

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“so long, Old Bill”

the stars look very different today

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2017 by phanteana

the Goblin King of Rock N’ Roll would have been 70 today. he is truly missed.

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one of the few

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2016 by phanteana

Pink Floyd, in its various guises, has been one of my favorite artists for decades. although i never had the opportunity to see them perform, i did attend one of Roger Waters‘ shows 10 years ago…so that’s the closest i’ll ever get to the real thing. at times, my feelings towards Roger are divided: on the one hand, some of his viewpoints make me extremely uncomfortable. on the other hand, he is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking albums of the late 20th century. but today is Roger’s birthday, so i am glad he’s still swimming in the fishbowl year after year.