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  • ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is astonishing in black and white and you can ALREADY watch it on Amazon!
    01:03 pm


    Mad Max Fury Road

    With just about zero fanfare, one of the most magnificent of movies ever made has appeared in the past 24 hours on Amazon in a previously unreleased version that is astonishing. The black & white (aka “black & chrome”) incarnation of Mad Max: Fury Road—which director George Miller considers the “best version”—is already streaming on Amazon as you read this. The theatrical release isn’t until Nov. 1 and the Blu-ray box will come after that, so this is quite a surprise.

    You must see it. It takes the already masterful film to places that make it a fresh and thrilling viewing experience, elevating the film in ways that actually surpass the color version. Like mono versions of records that sound more present than their stereo counterparts, MM:FR has an in-your-faceness that is searing in its detail and dimension. The geometry of space in MM:FR is a hyper-real b&w dream world that recalls Cocteau, Fritz Lang and Bergman. Can a black and white movie be psychedelic? Absolutely!

    When I first reviewed Mad Max: Fury Road in May of 2015 I described it as…

    “... a surreal universe as beautifully imagined as those of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’s concepts for their ill-fated Dune project. And there’s more than a little of Terry Gilliam’s dreamy machinery in the mix. There’s not a frame in the movie that isn’t ravishing and filled with intricate and startling details. Every widescreen landscape is alien and yet familiar. As if David Lean’s T.E. Lawrence had wandered into some post-apocalyptic Arabia.

    MM:FR doesn’t achieve its epic grandeur and high powered velocity with bigger and better toys or special effects (though it does have that), it does it through sheer cinematic brilliance. This is a movie that doesn’t feel like it was composed in a computer and it doesn’t look like a series of video game cut scenes. MM:FR feels alive, palpably real, organic, crafted. It draws you in in ways that today’s special effects films generally don’t. The distancing effect of CGI is minimal. The scale of the movie is both epic and intimate. Astonishingly magical and deeply human. The poetry is in the motion. This is a moving picture in every sense of the word.


    So a film I loved when I first saw it (in both the 2D and 3D versions) is now a movie I rank among the greatest black and white films of all time. If you love the b&w gorgeousness of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty And The Beast, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull then you’ll swoon over this new take on Mad Max: Fury Road.

    I agree with George Miller when he says “something about black and white, the way it distills it, makes it a little bit more abstract. Something about losing some of the information of color makes it somehow more iconic.” Black and white is not how we see the real world. It is automatically otherworldly. It is a subtraction that can heighten the way an image is perceived. There is something essential about black and white - shapes and geometry are pushed to the foreground and beyond that is shadow. Imagine seeing Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” in color. Would it be as haunting? Would it be as vivid? I think not.

    More after the jump…

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    John Cale will perform ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ live in New York and Liverpool
    12:16 pm


    Velvet Underground
    John Cale

    Velvet Underground bassist/violaist John Cale performed a moody, arty solo take on his band’s already moody and arty debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, last spring in Paris. That epochal album will turn 50 this coming spring, and Cale will celebrate by performing it again, on May 26 at Liverpool, England’s docklands, and in New York City on a date/venue yet to be announced. Quoted in The Quietus, Cale offered:

    I’m often reluctant to spend too much time on things past, then a time marker shows up — The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50. As so many bands can attest to, it is the fulfilment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn’t fit into anyone’s playlist at the time.

    Remaining ferociously true to our viewpoints, Lou and I never doubted for a moment we could create something to give a voice to things not regularly explored in rock music at the time. That bizarre combination of four distinctly disparate musicians and a reluctant beauty queen perfectly summed up what it meant to be The Velvet Underground.

    Tickets for the Liverpool show will go on sale Friday, October 28. For a taste of what to expect, here are a few of clips from the Paris show last spring, including Saul Williams guesting on “Heroin,” Mark Lanegan singing “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and Lou Doillon singing “Femme Fatale.” Hopefully that all happens again at the New York show.

    More after the jump…

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    How to make poop Emoji hair
    11:15 am


    poop emoji

    If you have no idea what you’re going to be for Halloween yet, don’t fret because have I got the costume for you! Why not dress your tresses as a poop emoji? There’s a step-by-step video to show you how to get the exact look.

    In the video they dye the woman’s hair brown. If you don’t already have long brown hair, I say buy a cheap brown wig. Don’t dye your hair. This is supposed to easy for Pete’s sake! If you have Amazon Prime you can have a cheapo brown wig delivered to your house within two days. If not, I’m sure any Halloween store will still have some in stock. The eyes also look a bit too time consuming to make. Just buy some giant googly eyes and glue the pupils in place. That’s my advice, anyway. I like my costumes easy.

    In the end your hair will look like… shit.

    Don’t say I’ve never given you any last minute Halloween ideas or tips!

    via Nerdcore

    Posted by Tara McGinley | Leave a comment
    For Sale: The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe

    This is what it comes to when we die: a wardrobe full of clothes, shoes, some scattered notes, several albums of photographs and a few good memories to be shared by others.

    When Marilyn Monroe died on August 5th 1962, she left behind a shitload of personal effects from which we can learn more about her private life than any biography or old movie magazine interview could ever reveal. This November, Julien’s Auctions are selling some of Marilyn’s personal belongings from the collections of David Gainsborough-Roberts, the estate of Lee Strasberg and the estate of Frieda Hull. The lots up for grabs include clothes, costumes, jewelry, photographs, memorabilia, private journals, and poetry.

    Julien’s shortlists the sale as follows:

    Highlights from Marilyn Monroe Property From The Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts include a sheer black beaded and sequined dress worn by Monroe in her Golden Globe winning role Sugar Kane as she crooned “I’m Through With Love” in the award winning 1959 film Some Like it Hot; an elaborate embellished stage gown worn by Monroe as she sang “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy There’s No Business Like Show Business which was designed by one of Marilyn’s all-time favorite designers, William Travilla; a pink linen halter wiggle dress designed for Monroe by Dorothy Jenkins for the 1953 thriller Niagara

    The Marilyn Monroe Property From The Estate of Lee Strasberg collection includes one of just a few pieces of fine jewelry ever owned by Monroe: a ladies platinum and diamond cocktail watch with movement reading “Blancpain, Rayvill Watch Co. 17 Jewels, Unadjusted Switzerland.” Other highlights in this collection include a beautiful 1950’s brown alligator ladies handbag from I. Magnin & Co. with matching accessories; a grey pony handbag from Mexico still containing three one peso bills; a number of other handbags, fur coats and stoles; a stunning ladies minaudière with the original box, featuring multiple compartments containing loose powder with cotton buffer, mirror, comb, two mercury dimes, eight Phillip Morris cigarettes and a tube of used Revlon lipstick in “Bachelor’s Carnation” with a date of 1947, a virtual time capsule of one of the star’s nights out on the town.

    Déjà vu Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe includes personal items originally sold at Christie’s 1999 and Julien’s Auctions’ 2005 Property From The Estate of Marilyn Monroe auctions and other consignors.

    Among these incredible treasures are many of Marilyn’s intimate writings which reveal her frustrations with acting, her fear of being unable to love another, and various poems including one which might be about suicidal feelings:

    Stones on the walk,
    every color there is
    I stare down at you
    like a horizon
    The space—air is between us beckoning
    and I am many stories up
    my feet frightened
    as I grasp towards you.

    The auction takes place over three days on November 17th, 18th and 19th, Los Angeles in what would have been Marilyn’s ninetieth year. View the catalogs here and full details of the auctions here.
    More Marilyn Monroe memorabilia auction, after the jump…

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    Terrifying bust of Bette Davis as the diabolical ‘Baby Jane Hudson’
    10:56 am


    Bette Davis
    Daniel Horne

    A resin-based bust of actress Bette Davis as ‘Baby Jane Hudson’ from the 1962 psychological thriller, ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.’
    If you happen to be as terrified of Bette Davis’ portrayal of the unforgettable “Baby Jane Hudson” from the 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? as I am, then the news that you can own a shockingly life-like resin bust of Davis as Hudson might send you off to hide under the bed. However if you dig the idea of Baby Jane’s menacing mug staring at you disapprovingly while her signature bright-red evil pout glistens in the sun, then this is your lucky day.

    According to painter, sculptor and doll maker Daniel Horne’s official site his startling hand-painted resin reproduction of “Baby Jane” is now back in stock and can be yours for $500. Horne has created other equally terrifying versions of this character in the past but for my money his most recent vision is an absolutely sinister slam dunk.

    If you’re already shouting “shut up and take my 500 hundred smackaroos” here’s the link to purchase Horne’s maniacal “Baby Jane” bust. It also comes with her shabby dressing gown.

    An older rendition of ‘Baby Jane Hudson’ by Daniel Horne.
    More after the jump…

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    Lamentations: Stunning stained glass windows of black lives by Kehinde Wiley
    10:54 am


    Kehinde Wiley

    Kehinde Wiley has been collecting laurels for over a decade, for his amazingly vivid, large scale, ultra-realistic portraits of contemporary African-Americans in an epic style that nods to Barkley L. Hendricks, but with much heavier doses of old-master grandeur, appropriating for everyday people the majesty of Renaissance nobles. Though on paper it seems like a simple conceit, his gifts as a painter render it spectacular, and his body of work taken as a whole raises powerful points about race, social class, and the true meaning of “nobility.”

    Given his obeisance to Renaissance tropes, stained glass windows would seem an obvious medium for Wiley to explore, and this has in fact happened. An exhibit currently showing at Le Petit Palais in Paris features six Wiley stained glass works and four paintings. It’s the artist’s first French solo exhibition, and is loaded with religious imagery, including a couple of pietàs that MUST be intended to recall America’s hideous and apparently unswerving habit of murdering young black boys. Interestingly, the paintings are being shown among Le Petit Palais’ 19th Century collection. The exhibit is titled “Lamentations,” and is scheduled to run through January 15, 2017.


    More after the jump…

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    Now you can own a giant six-foot Godzilla statue for only $40K!
    10:21 am



    An image of the 6’4” statue of ‘Godzilla’ by Bandai along with an actual human to illustrate scale.
    This massive Godzilla statue was modeled after the irritable Tokyo-stomping version of Godzilla that went up against King Ghidorah in the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Standing approximately 6’4” only ten of these incredible statues were made by Japanese toy giant Bandai.

    According to the site Famitsu this latest Godzilla collectible is the largest reproduction of the monster ever made (outside of the 22-foot Godzilla statue that was erected in Tokyo this past summer). The giant Godzilla was based on the detail from a scan of the original 12-inch Godzilla created by one of Japan’s master “Kaiju” (or “monster”) sculpture artists Yuji Sakai. Sakai himself oversaw the entire production in excruciating detail. The piece was painted by hand as well as airbrushed in an effort to produce as “realistic” a Godzilla as possible. The ten “life-sized” Godzillas will go on sale here on November 7th and will be available until January 10th, 2017 or until they are gone.

    As noted in the title of this post each figure is going to run you 4,150,000 yen or $39,967 U.S. dollars plus shipping. Damn. Images of the massive (and spendy) Godzilla follow.


    More after the jump…

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    Rare Wire covers by My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Lee Ranaldo and more
    10:15 am


    My Bloody Valentine

    It seemed like for much of the ‘90s another tribute compilation came out every damn week, and since huge-deal affairs like If I Were a Carpenter, Red, Hot & Blue, and KISS My Ass hogged the lion’s share of attention, the sheer volume of also-rans consigned the majority of the truly great ones to obscurity. One of those was inarguably among the most interestingWhore: Various Artists Play Wire, from 1996. Interesting partly because bands that would even want to be on a Wire tribute album are likely to be vastly more interesting than those which wouldn’t, and partly because the label that released it was WMO, which stood for Wire Mail Order. Though it released Wire compilations and Wire members’ solo projects, the members of Wire didn’t run the label; it existed with their blessing, but not their involvement, so this wasn’t an exercise in self-curated narcissism like the above-mentioned KISS tribute. Still, the fact that this could have been construed to have existed under the band’s imprimatur, even if only indirectly, made it a tantalizing disc to dive into.

    Interesting also because it contains one of the only two My Bloody Valentine songs released during the lengthy drought that band suffered after Loveless basically changed music. It was their cover of the 154 classic “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W.” Bassist Debbie Googe and drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig had already left the band in 1995, so this cover features only Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher. Still rules, though. And while we’re gazing at shoes, there was a worthy contribution from Lush: the Pink Flag track “Mannequin,” which frankly stomps all over Lush’s better known Wire cover, the version of “Outdoor Miner” on their For Love EP.

    Wire’s influence on multiple genres is reflected in the comp’s diversity of artists—New York noise gets a solid nod here via Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo contribution of a reverent rendition of “Fragile” that’s good for multiple spins. Less worthy is Band of Susans’ tepid version of The Ideal Copy’s lead-off single “Ahead.” BoS’ tour with Wire was the first time I saw both bands, and their opening set was much more exciting than their Wire cover here.

    Much heavier fare is in the offing as well—Godflesh, the long-running experimental project of Napalm Death’s Justin Broadrick, transform “40 Versions” into an industrial metal dirge, and Fudge Tunnel are a great choice for the already sludgy “Lowdown,” and their lo-fi take on the song hits a really satisfying groove. But not everything hits its mark so well—a favorite band of mine, Bark Psychosis, debase “Three Girl Rhumba” so completely that I kind of wonder why Wire couldn’t have just forgiven Elastica. Ministry/Revolting Cocks singer Chris Connelly goes completely off the map for “A Mutual Friend,” and while his mostly a capella-and-whistling performance is definitely novel and transformative, it’s also, um, not that good.

    More after the jump…

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    Pussy Riot’s ‘Straight Outta Vagina’: Female sexuality is bigger than any populist megalomaniac
    02:14 pm


    Pussy Riot
    Donald Trump


    “Don’t play stupid, don’t play dumb, vagina’s where you’re really from.”

    Russian feminist art pranksters (and political prisoners) Pussy Riot have released a new video for their catchy new Le Tigre-esque single “Straight Outta Vagina.” Shot at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles by director Phillip R Lopez, the project was inspired by a certain Putin-loving, pussy-grabbing billionaire vulgarian dick who happens to be the Republican Party’s candidate for President of the United States.

    Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova told the Guardian:

    “This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man. Vagina is bigger than Trump.”

    Tolokonnikova has certainly noticed how Trump’s strongman act lines up with that of her own nemesis, Vladimir Putin:

    “Politicians are praising ‘strong leadership.’ Trump openly supports the authoritarian methods of Vladimir Putin. And it’s scary. It’s not the world in which I want to live.”

    The Russian activist described the “patriarchal and misogynist ideas” of Trump and Putin to a sexually transmitted disease. Pussy Riot have announced two additional upcoming videos commenting on US and Russian authoritarian and nationalist politics.

    Below, the Phillip R Lopez-directed video for “Straight Outta Vagina” by Pussy Riot, featuring Desi Mo & Leikeli47.

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    A massive Celtic cross has been secretly growing in an Irish forest
    01:31 pm


    Celtic crosses

    News station UTV Northern Ireland did a great report yesterday on a remarkable and decidedly man-made phenomenon that various airplane passengers have noticed in recent weeks: a 300-foot-long Celtic cross made up of thousands of trees that is only discernible from above, due to the differing coloration of the surrounding trees.

    Sadly, the cross is the handiwork of a man who is no longer around to enjoy it. He was a forester from County Donegal named Liam Emmery, and he died in 2010 at the age of 51 from complications after an accident. The accident left Emmery with some slight brain damage—his widow believes that this factor explains why even his closest relatives hardly heard anything about the project from him.

    The effect has been visible for several years, but Ireland has been experiencing a very dry autumn this year, and that has made the cross especially easy to discern, with the yellow Celtic cross nestled in a field of spruce green.

    “We’re going to be appreciating this for the next sixty or seventy years,” horticulturist Gareth Austin told UTV. As Gareth Wilkinson of UTV put it, Emmery singlehandedly created “a new landmark in this majestic, mystical landscape.”

    You can see the UTV Northern Ireland report here.
    via Atlas Obscura

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