Date Archives July 2009

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

I’m totally stoked for Wes Andersen’s newest film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based off of the Roald Dahl book of the same name. The story centers around Mr. Fox (who’s voiced by George Clooney), a thief by night who steals chickens, ducks and turkeys to feed his family. But the owners of the fowl, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, will do stop at nothing to catch Mr. Fox and his family.

The movie sounds quite promising, as it’s Mr. Andersen using stop motion to tell a story. The film also has an impressive cast lending their voices, including Anjelica Houston, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe and Jarvis Cocker. Actually, upon looking at the list, it’s basically every person who’s ever been in a Wes Andersen movie ever, save for Meryl and Jarvis. I guess that Jarvis Cocker has also written some songs for the film, so that’s pretty rad as well.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox
comes out November 13th.


P.S. Are they all wearing balaclavas in that first photo?! So rad.

The Final Sequence of Zabriskie Point

In 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni released a little film called Zabriskie Point, which I’ll admit right now that I’ve never seen before. The movie seems a bit weird, so I’ll cut and paste Wikipedia’s description:

It tells the story of a young couple — an idealistic, free spirited young woman, and an aspiring radical turned fugitive. They meet in the desert under bizarre circumstances, instantly connect with a fearless spirit, and then part with tragic consequences. When the fugitive dies in an attempt to reconcile his minor transgressions with the police his new-found lover’s connection to the corporate and government establishment is psychologically and permanently severed when she visualizes the home of her corporate lover/boss exploding in slow motion.

And it’s this final scene that I want you to see, where Daria imagines her lover/bosses house exploding. The beginning of the sequence is shown from about 279 different angles, but once you hit the 2 minute mark you start seeing just random things exploding and flying through the air, all floating in slow motion to a rather amazing Pink Floyd song. I swear, only an Italian director like Antonioni could do something like this nearly 40 years ago. I especially love the TV being blown up, as well as the random chicken/turkey shooting past the screen.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Phil Kiel

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Phil Kiel

Phil Kiel

Name: Phil Kiel
Degree/College: BA (hons) Graphic Arts – Liverpool School of Art & Design

About Your Wallpaper:
The Volkswagen Golf is the worlds third best-selling car with more than 25 million sold. I have always been interested by how objects and technology change over a long period of time, and this can especially be seen in the different models of the Golf.

BarberOsgerby’s Puzzle Rug

I came across this Puzzle Rug by BarberOsgerby a couple of weeks ago and was immediately smitten with it. The rug features an array of random looking, geometric shapes, but are definitely silhouettes of other BarberOsgerby products. The back of a De La Warr Pavilion Chair, a Hula seat, the bottom legs of the Satellite cabinet, the top of a Mini Bottle… they all make a little cameo. I guess it really shows that many of their products look just as good when flattened, and stitched on a rug with a vibrant color.

As far as I know the only place to get this is The Rug Company. though the rug isn’t for sale and there’s no price tag on it… which I’m guessing means it’s a pretty penny. The rug retails for $4,725.00 for a 6’ x 9’, and you can order it at any Rug Company store.


‘Things Behind the Sun’ by Nick Drake

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Things Behind The Sun by Nick Drake

I’ve been wanting to post this song for a while now, because not only is it good, but I love the title as well. Things Behind the Sun… for some reason this sounds like such a creepy, nuerotic title to me. My overly imaginative brain starts thinking about a person who’s afraid giant space beings with horrible teeth that live on the other side of the sun from us, just waiting for the right moment to destroy us all.

Obviously this isn’t what the song is about, but Nick Drake’s vocals are slow and creepy, and my vision of these giant beasts destroying the planet would definitely be in slow motion and creepy as shit. This is a weird post, I know, but listen to the song, it’s a gem.


A Kiss From Tokyo

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Dart’s work since I first came across his beautiful prints over on Fleet Street Scandal years ago, and it’s amazing to see what he’s done since then. But I think this faux trailer for A Kiss From Tokyo, which is actually a promotional piece for his upcoming book, Seductive Espionage, The World of Yuki 7, absolutely takes the cake.

Looking, sounding and feeling like an old spy movie from the 60’s, he and Stephane Coedel have created a retro masterpiece that I would absolutely want to watch. I think what really makes this great is that Stephane did such an excellent job of helping Kevin’s work come to life. It’s not an approximation of his work, this is exactly what his work would look like if it was moving around in real life.

I have to say though that one of my favorite parts is when she blows up the building, and they used a real (but tiny) explosion and fire and inserted into the art. It’s such an amazingly well done, cheesball moment that totally works and looks great. I want a Yuki 7 movie!



Check out the work of Momorobo, aka Morris Lee, who’s a designer over at Widen + Kennedy in Shanghai. He’s got this really slick balck and white style that I would describe as extremely graphic. It kind of reminds me of Charles Burns’ work, but with more of a cutesy, Asian influence to it. The images above are from the windows of the W+K offices in Shanghai, which covered the entire top floor of the building.


Wednesday Comics by DC Comics

I’ll be up front about this, I’m a total Marvel nerd. In the world of comic books, I tend to find DC comic books rather… unbelievable, which is a silly thing to say about comic books. But if you have Superman, who’s basically God, why aren’t all of the worlds problems fixed yet? Nonetheless, if the storytelling is good, I definitely want to read it.

So I was pretty excited to hear that DC was actually trying to do something different. Every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks (they’ve already released 2 issues) they’ll be releasing a tabloid-sized collection of comics, like a classic newspaper called Wednesday Comics. Each page is one part of the story, so in the end each story will be twelve gigantic pages long. This isn’t quite enough to sell me on it, but that’s where the creators come in. Honestly, I bought this because Paul Pope was doing an Adam Strange story, and he’s one of my biggest heroes in comics. But there’s also Mike Allred teaming up with Neil Gaiman to do Metamorph, Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso doing Batman, and even Kyle Baker doing a Hawkman story. The talent in each issue is amazing.

I also love the tactile sensation of the newsprint, it definitely gives it a lot of character, plus you could totally frame one of these pages as art and put it on your wall, something I’m tempted to do with the Paul Pope story.

Check under the cut for a ton of details from the most recent two issues.

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‘Tribute To’ by Yim Yames

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Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) by Yim Yames

I’m a sucker for interesting side projects, and this might be one of the more interesting/beautiful ones of ’09. Jim James, lead singer of My Morning Jacket, has decided to release an album of George Harrison cover songs under his alter ego, Yim Yames, called Tribute To. Chances are if you’re a fan of MMJ or Jim himself, you know the man has an amazing voice. So when you sit him down with a guitar and a piano to play the songs of one of the most talented musicians of the last 60 years, well, you certainly have something.

As a preview of the album I decided to post Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) because it was the one I didn’t really recognize. It comes from the George Harrison album All Things Must Pass and were inspired by an English Lawyer who was the original owner of the Friar Park, which George later bought in 1970. It has a really beautiful piano melody that accompanies him throughout the song, and seems rather summer-y to me.

You can purchase the full album by clicking here.


Play Me, I’m Yours

I was reading this article in The New York Times the other day called All Around London, an Invitation to Make Music, which talks about a program by Luke Jerram who takes pianos and puts them into busy, cultural areas across the world. The idea is that people will stop and play music for anyone who cares to listen, creating a (hopefully) pleasurable experience for not only the player, but the listeners as well. Luke calls this program, Play Me, I’m Your’s.

For some reason this article made me really emotional. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something really gets me about people being united by music. Music is a universal thing no matter what language you speak, we all understand. And there’s just something so random and wonderful about this project that makes me just want to grin from ear to ear.

For example, they did a version of this in São Paolo, where the article says that pianos are scarce. I guess people caught wind of the project and travelled for hours to get a chance to play on these public pianos. Just the thought of that makes me burst inside. How wonderful would it be to walking around and suddenly you see and hear a 9 year old boy playing Chopin? If this intrigues you, watch the video above. Just listening to it gives me chills.