"A short fable about a village that must hold a lottery to decide who will feed a monster waiting in the forest."
posted by homunculus
on Oct 16, 2013 -
“One day, we looked around and realized that almost no one is making tokusatsu anymore,” said Shinji Higuchi, one of a handful of Japanese directors who still have experience in the genre, having directed three movies in the 1990s featuring the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. “We don’t want this technique to just quietly disappear without at least recognizing how indebted we are to it.”
- The last days of the rubber-suit monsters.
posted by Artw
on Sep 2, 2013 -
“What I wanted was for kids to see a movie where they don’t need to aspire to be in an army to aspire for an adventure. And I used very deliberate language that is a reference to westerns. I don’t have captains, majors, generals. I have a marshal, rangers . . . it has the language of an adventure movie. I want kids to come out of the movie and say, I want to be a Jaeger pilot! I really think that would be my dream come true.”
- Guillermo del Toro on being a monster loving pacifist
. Designer Wayne Barlowe
talks about Pacific Rim's creatures. But has maneuvering at Legendary doomed the film
before it has even opened?
posted by Artw
on Jul 8, 2013 -
"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection,
" she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it.
" Roger Omar collects children's dreams
, and asks artists to illustrate them
. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jun 9, 2013 -
Founded in 1999 and quickly winning over theatre critics and audiences alike, Abattoir Fermé
is an avant-garde collective that was awarded the 2008 Flemish Culture Prize for its "penetrating and ominous theatre." [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark
on Jan 31, 2013 -
What do you give a spoiled brat who has everything? His own monster, of course. "My Bloody Lad"
is two manic minutes of imaginatively morbid mayhem* from a team of four French student animators who call themselves Dead Walter. SLVimeo for now, but we'll be seeing more from these warped toonsmiths for sure.
* probably enough cartoon gore and ghoulish content to earn an NSFW on the weekend
posted by oneswellfoop
on Nov 19, 2011 -
With hundreds of millions of variations, Robohash
is among the leading robot-based hashing tools on the web.
posted by Laminda
on Aug 8, 2011 -
The horrifying crimes of Joseph Fritzl shocked Austria and the world. Recently two essays explored Austrian literature in an attempt to understand what cultural conditions could foster such monstrosity. Nicholas Spice, in Up from the Cellar
, explores the work of Nobel Prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek and her dissection of male violence. Ritchie Robertson searches for antecedents in Josef Fritzl's fictive forebears
. [via The New Yorker's Book Bench]
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 8, 2008 -
Dear Monster Lawyers, Let me begin by stating, without equivocation, that I have no interest whatsoever in infringing upon any intellectual property belonging to Monster Cable. Indeed, the less my customers think my products resemble Monster's, in form or in function, the better.
posted by veedubya
on Apr 15, 2008 -
So you finally broke down bought that fancy 60" HDTV. Now, you need a fancy HDMI cable for the finest quality picture. BestBuy (et al) promote Monster
almost exclusively. But they can cost up to $250. Meanwhile, Monoprice
) can be had for about 1/10th the price.
Gizmodo just finished their detailed three part breakdown
(including using test machines at Monster's own HQ) and comes to the conclusion that "The only people who should buy Monster cable are people who light cigars with Benjamins."
posted by revmitcz
on Jul 27, 2007 -
OH NO! THERE GOES TOKYO! GO GO GODZILLA
(Nearly) every Godzilla soundtrack.
(Thanks to my girlfriend for hipping me to this)
posted by klangklangston
on Oct 10, 2006 -
If you know monster makeup, you already know the name Jack Pierce
, who created the makeup for Frankenstein's monster
, The Wolf Man
, The Mummy
, and many others
. But Pierce's career with Universal Studios, for whom he created these masterpieces, came to a sudden, and unexpected, end when, in 1945, he and his entire staff were fired.
The trouble? Pierce's methods were time-consuming and painstaking, involving, among other things, building up his creatures features with cotton and collodion
, a process that took many hours. Universal had fallen on hard times
, with mergers, sales of its catalogue, and the loss of its 1,500-screen theater chain bringing the bean counters to the fore. They wanted to cut back on Universal's grand-spending ways, and out with the bathwater went the baby.
The sorts of makeup men the bean-counters like were George
and Gordon Bau
, two brothers from Minnesota who had worked at Rubbercraft
and brought with them a knowledge of how to make reusable appliances from cheap, lightweight foam latex
. Their major accomplishment was House of Wax (1953)
and they revolutionized the industry (Dick Smith's work in Little Big Man
would be unthinkable without it, as would the entire career of Rick Baker
. Best still, it's now possible to buy monstrous
rubber appliances right off the shelf.
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jun 18, 2006 -