Tuesday, 31 July 2012

New SKYFALL Trailer

Random in Paris #2

Signs, Graffiti and things in shop windows that appeal to me as I'm wandering around the streets of Paris. There's an interesting trend to paste graffiti onto the walls rather than paint on them.

There's always the option to watch the Olympics of course, but nobody seems too excited by that prospect, judging by this photo...

Monday, 30 July 2012

Bardot Strips

Today's fabulous Parisian find was this magazine from 1957, featuring 52 pages of Brigitte Bardot photo strip panels. I guess Italians would call it fumetti. Whatever it's called, it's quite something!

 The cover is pretty special too!

Barbarella Blu-ray Day

If anyone is remotely interested in owning this strange but insanely groovy film in high definition, then today is the day and Nick Setchfield has written a review of its Blu ray release over at SFX. It's certainly not a film you would watch for the story but visually it's pretty unique and completely of its time. I remember first reading about it in Photoplay film magazine when I was a teenager and wanting to see it, but having to wait until it was shown on tv. In these days of instant accessibility it seems strange to recall just how long we would have to wait to see a film and the constant checking of the tv listings for fear of missing it.

The other factor was of course that there was absolutely no way to 'keep' a film and watch it later. There were no video recorders and heaven forbid if my parents wanted to watch something on the other channel at the same time! Anyhow as it so happened, it did finally show up in the listings and it was on so late that my folks had gone to bed anyway. I had my SLR camera set up on a tripod with the shutter speed set at 1/15th of a second to avoid any diagonal tv scan lines. I also had a cassette player to record the music soundtrack which I'd heard was a good one. I did actually manage to get some pretty good shots, considering there was no replay and the soundtrack, well, I've always liked it and its one of those that has been heavily sampled over the years by the likes of Dimitri from Paris. Anyway, I guess this is why owning a good quality copy of the film for me is a pretty big deal. 

A couple of years after the tv screening and by chance, I was lucky enough to discover a massive photo album of original on-set bromide prints in a little back-yard movie memorabilia shop. They were pretty expensive for a teenager who was earning his money working after school in the local supermarket and I kick myself now for not asking my father for a loan to buy what would now be worth an absolute fortune. I did however manage to buy a few of the prime shots and I have never seen these in print or on the internet since. One day I may scan them...

21st Century Girl #6

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Fringe Division's Final Stand

I'll be sad to see this series end, but I'm sure they'll go out in style!


I'm actually starting to look forward to the Dredd movie now. It's looking really good!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Random in Paris

A trip to my favourite Parisian flea market revealed the last of a batch of Mademoiselle Age Tendre magazines that I'd discovered last month, so I bought it and here it is: Issue #41, March 1968. Great cover! Luckily it was one that I'd pondered buying last time but didn't, due to the amount of vintage magazines that I'd already found and bought in another part of town. The photos below are shots that I took as I wandered around and when you get to the 'Rolling Stone' lips, yes that really is a urinal!

Serge & Jane

An unofficial music video by David Dean Burkhart for the first single from the Superhumanoids album, "Exhibitionists." Footage is from the 1969 film "Slogan," starring Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Cloud Atlas

Directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun , Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant

Paris When it Sizzles!

Two and a half hours after a rapid exodus from London's East End and here we are in Paris, and it is sizzling... well, humid anyhow. The first thing that caught my eye when I got off the Eurostar was a stunning poster for this month's NUMÉRO magazine. A quick flick through the magazine itself reveals some terrific photography by Sebastian Kim and also by Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, who are responsible for the cover.

A little bit later and a stroll around the neighbourhood with Michelle revealed two comic shops, one of which dedicated most of its window to The Dark Knight.

A flower shop that seemed to be sporting a comic book font for its signage.

And the history of the Apple Macintosh in one shop window. Well, almost.

Judge Dwedd!

Artist: Ian Gibson 
Colours: Tom Frame

Thursday, 26 July 2012

21st Century Girl #5

Scanned from an old newspaper cutting, Jane Fonda as Barbarella, which is out on Blu-ray in 4 days time... but then, you probably knew that already!

The Siren

Love Magazine, Issue: #4 Fall Winter 2010
Model: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The Search Engine at the SAT

There's a great set of photos by Sébastien Roy documenting DJ Food's recent large scale show of The Search Engine at the SAT in Montreal. Click here if you want to check it out.

Mint. Fine. Good. Fair. Foreign. #13

Fantastischen Vier (Bit of a mouthful!) #8 - "Prisoners of the Puppet Master!" (German printing)

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Groovy Images From The Sixties #9

Françoise Hardy, gracing the cover of Salut Les Copains in March 1966, looking very cool as usual.

Purity Ring - Lofticries

A music video for the song "Lofticries" by Purity Ring featuring footage from an odd, but nicely shot 70's Swedish film called Thriller: A Cruel Picture aka They Call Her One Eye.

Ms Mystic

I just rediscovered this comic and had forgotten how action-packed it was. Ms Mystic #1. October, 1982. Created & Written by Neal Adams, with the assistance of Mike Nasser. Lettered by John Costanza. Coloured by Cory Adams. Zips by Joel Adams.

Lair of The Catwoman

Okay, so I'm kidding, but this postcard cracked me up when it arrived through my letterbox. It's a holiday joke from my good neighbour, Ben Eshmade. Thanks, Ben!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Superman In Vogue

Courtesy of Vogue, January 2009, Superman meets Carolyn Murphy. (click for large)
Photographed by Mario Testino

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