Archive for oddities

stay on the path!

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , on June 15, 2017 by phanteana

the Paris Catacombs are one of the most highly visited sites in Europe, as they stretch far and wide underneath the bright lights and grand romance of the city. while in Paris many years ago, it was among several tourist spots on my itinerary and seeing it in person is truly memorable. but for two teenagers, a recent visit to this subterranean lair warranted a very different experience straight out of a horror movie. fortunately, their ordeal had a positive outcome. but let this be a lesson to anyone embarking on a tour group: stay on the path! (and bring extra batteries for flashlights)

everyone’s a critic

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by phanteana

it’s common knowledge that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a unique friendship. since social media and the Internet weren’t around during their time, we don’t actually know what a typical conversation was like between the two authors, and can only assume it usually involved meeting at the local pub to discuss what they were working on. despite the lack of technology that was readily available during the early half of the 20th Century, movies were common forms of entertainment both in the U.S. and in England. among those churning out motion pictures was Walt Disney, whose brand of animation seemed to draw the ire of both Tolkien and Lewis. while they may have phrased their opinions more eloquently, their general consensus after attending a screening of Snow White was that “it sucked.” Lewis claimed the dwarves had “bloated, drunken, low comedy faces.” JRRT, on the other hand, described “feelings of nausea” upon seeing the film. early 20th century fantasy authors: they’re just like us (except without social media)!

 

 

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Aslan, those aren’t dwarves! i should know, i’ve spent waaaay too much time with them. 

 

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!

 

send me an earworm

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 1, 2017 by phanteana

there are many songs that are instantly recognized by just a few notes…like this. or how about this one? and who can forget this classic? well, one song that won’t die is finally getting the coverage it deserves after nearly 35 years of infiltrating our brains….and that’s a wonderful thing. y’all know the words, y’all have danced to it a zillion times at clubs (i know i have). you’ve even heard countless cover versions of it (my favorite is this little known gem from the late 90’s). here’s hoping this song continues its long reign as one of the greatest ear-worms of all time!

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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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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new year scares

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2017 by phanteana

with a new year comes new film releases, many of which are long-awaited (in other words, anything that has to do with comic books). i can’t say i know a whole lot about Marvel or DC, so i’ll skip those for now (unless, of course Loki is in it). so far, the only current release that has piqued my interest is A Monster Callsi finished the book in about two weeks, and loved it. reviews have been glowing, but bringing Kleenex is a necessity.

speaking of monsters…while the title character in the above film is viewed with awe and admiration, there are others cinematic beasts who will be less encouraging or friendly when they grace big screens. Blumhouse has produced a list of 28 horror films coming out in 2017. some of their choices i am either indifferent to or have no interest in, but the few that stand out include the ironically-titled A Cure For Wellness (which features a sedate-yet-creepy cover of The Ramones’ “I Want To Be Sedated“), Alien: Covenant (welcome back, Ridley Scott), and of course….a certain “towering” inferno*.

 

 

 

*still waiting for the trailer.