Donovan Clark’s Superheroic Money Art

Hulk

An artist whose work we’ve shared twice before, and will likely share again, Donovan Clark chooses to give his art away, painting intricate images on single dollar bills and handing them out as tips in cafes and restaurants.

Here today is a fresh batch of superhero-themed bills from the Californian-born creator: Avengers, Justice Leaguers, half-shell heroes and an X-type, with a supervillain thrown into the mix for everyone to gang up on.

(more…)

Read More

Blast From the Past: Sarah Michelle Gellar

SMG

Achingly cool with just a hint of nerd, former vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar balances her Hollywood pursuits and movie star marriage to Freddie Prinze Jr with such unexpected extra-curricular activities as flower arranging, antique book collecting and spending hours in front of the telly watching cartoons.

“I didn’t watch cartoons as a kid,” reveals Gellar, 38, “but then somehow in my teens when I got nostalgic for my youth, I got into them big time.” Behind the smiles and perfect hair, however, lies a crack in her teen scream queen persona. A terrible truth, now revealed. As a child she was banned from McDonald’s. Somehow she finds the strength to talk about it.

(more…)

Read More

Old School Actioner of the Week: Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mad Max 2

This is what we want to see. No law. No order. No respect for life. Just a whole lot of crazy, dangerous bad guys in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where only the violent survive. From director George Miller comes the ultimate in round-bound chaos, a classic cult adventure featuring some of the most incredible stuntwork that you’re ever likely to see, and a grimly determined hero who’s every bit as crazy as the scum he exterminates.

Survival is the name of the game, and no one plays it better than Max (Mel Gibson). A lifetime ago he was a baby-faced cop with a family. These days he’s a man of mystery, a road warrior with nothing to live for but life itself. And killing, obviously. Let’s not forget the killing.

(more…)

Read More

For the Love of… The Incredible Hulk

Hulk

We’re huge fans of the way brainiac scientist Bruce Banner loses control and turns into an enormous green rage monster.

Inspired by a combination of Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and Frankenstein, The Incredible Hulk debuted in 1962, the creation of mad comicbook scientists Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Gaining his powers from a hefty dose of Gamma Radiation, the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger he becomes. Best not make him angry then, though honestly, we prefer him that way.

(more…)

Read More

Born To Be Bad: The Loopy Life and Twisted Times of Ed Wood, Jr

Ed Wood

Edward D. Wood Jr, writer, director, producer, actor and cross-dresser, failed like no other man in Hollywood history. The worst director of all time of the worst movie – Plan 9 From Outer Space – of all time, Wood balanced a supreme self-confidence and infinite enthusiasm for cinema with a profound lack of ability and a faulty sixth sense that encouraged him to make every mistake in the book.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 10, 1924, Wood was an instant disappointment. Biographer Rudolph Grey, author of Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr, suggests that his parents had actually been hoping for a girl, a theory which goes a long way towards explaining why they often dressed their young son in girls’ clothing.

Years later, Wood revealed that his parents’ eccentric actions were most probably responsible for his transvestism. “They didn’t know what the hell they were doing to me!” he cried. “If you’re dressed up in little girls’ clothes at the age of five you really don’t have much choice in what happens afterwards.”

(more…)

Read More

The Weird and Wonderful World of Polish Movie Posters

The Shining

Tricky though it was for English-language movies to make it into Polish cinemas during the dark days of Communism, it was tougher still for local distributors to properly promote those films as, ahead of release, they’d see neither the feature nor receive any marketing materials.

Often all they had was a title, which meant creating the film’s accompanying poster was a shot in the dark. An odd, abstract and thrillingly random shot in the dark.

(more…)

Read More

The Perfect Poster Art of Drew Struzan

Star Wars

“There is one artist every couple of decades who encapsulates the film experience. For my generation, and the generation right before me, Drew Struzan was the movies.” Guillermo del Toro

“His posters are classic. That’s not an opinion. It’s a statement of fact.” Leonard Maltin

 “It’s not just an ad. It’s the first notes of the piece. It’s the beginning of the story.” Michael J. Fox

 “He’s a storyteller. That’s what makes him unique. And ranks him with the great poster artists of all time.” Frank Darabont

 “I had to almost live up to the art that we were later going to ask Drew to create for the poster.” Steven Spielberg

 Before Photoshop, there was Drew Struzan

(more…)

Read More

Blast From the Past: Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Terry Jones, 72, is a man of multiple sides. Writer. Director. Historian. Welshman. A poet, biographer, childrens’ author and columnist, he’s passionate about the environment and the world at large, a devoted family guy and the UK’s leading Rupert the Bear fan. Why is it then, when you think of him, the images that first come to mind are of Terry in a dress, or nude at the piano, or as an unfeasibly fat diner laid waste by a wafer thin mint?

Because of Python, obviously, the kings of British comedy whose parrot, nudge nudge and argument room sketches are as familiar to us now as our favourite songs. We still laugh, though. Every time we see them, even though we know what’s coming, every word, every nuance. We’re helplessly devoted to Cleese, Palin, Idle, Chapman, Gilliam and Jones, ’til death do us part.

(more…)

Read More

Old School Actioner of the Week: Escape From New York (1981)

Escape From New York

Between Elvis and The Thing, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell joined forces on Escape From New York, a cracking cult adventure that put a serious spin on the prison picture.

We’re in the future, sometime soon, and the crime rate is higher than Taxi’s Reverend Jim. America responds to the crisis by converting Manhattan Island into a maximum-security installation large enough to house a nation full of undesirables.

Maintaining its reputation as the most dangerous place on Earth, New York is a dark, filthy pit full of killers and crazies. Heavily mined and surrounded by guards, it’s a roach motel you can never check out of and the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) is missing inside, stranded in the Big Apple after a hopeless crash-landing delivers him into the clutches of the all-powerful Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes), a bad man with a multitude of psychotic henchmen and a limo sporting external chandelier upgrades.

(more…)

Read More