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Toke N’ Tusk: Kevin Smith’s new horror comedy aimed at stoners
09.17.2014
03:08 pm

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Movies

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cannabis
medical marijuana
Kevin Smith


 
Kevin Smith is a productive stoner. He learned the trait from Seth Rogen, and it is most evident if you have ever listened to his weekly smodcast where you can often hear the pull of a joint mixed in with endless ideas and frequent laughter. On one such episode, Smodcast #259 “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” Smith created—from what turned out to be a fabricated British rental listing—the entire plot and premise for his daring new film Tusk, out in theaters September 19th.

Billed as a “transformational tale” where a man is involuntarily changed into a Walrus, Tusk gets about as far out of the normal as possible for a marketable motion picture. And the marketing department took that wildness as inspiration when developing their plan for Tusk, creating a side-project called Toke N’ Tusk which includes the first-ever marijuana tie-in for a movie. Two strains of “Tusk-inspired” weed, “Mr. Tusk” and “White Walrus,” are being packaged and sold in contrasting canisters at Buds & Roses in Los Angeles, California through September 26th. The idea for this promotion being that sometimes seeing a film through a different lens can produce dramatic results.
 

 
Starring Justin Long as Wallace Bryton, a rising star in the podcast world who heads off on his own to Canada to interview an overnight YouTube sensation, Tusk begins as a bright and comedic movie. In the opening minutes you’re momentarily convinced into thinking that you are watching a classic Kevin Smith film. The laughter is brief however, and the tale quickly turns dark after unforeseen circumstances require Bryton to change his plans, salvaging his journey to the Great White North by following a promising lead deep into the heart of Manitoba. It is there inside a grand house tucked away in the woods, that the audience is introduced to the curious and uncomfortable world of Howard Howe, brilliantly played by Michael Parks.

Over the course of an evening and a long cup of tea, Bryton is regaled with stories from this old seasoned traveler, who he learns he had lived alone on an island for three years with only a walrus who saved his life to keep him company. Affectionately referred to as “Mr. Tusk,” this walrus had quite an impact on Howe, and he yearns to be reunited with his old friend. Eventually Bryton passes out due to a heavy drugging from Howard Howe, and upon finally waking up becomes a clueless hostage in misery. This moment is when real story begins. With an awesome surprise performance by Johnny Depp as Inspector Guy LaPointe, and generous support by the striking Genesis Rodriguez and grown-up Haley Joel Osment, Tusk crosses the line between horror and comedy again and again. Similar to the effects of a very strong strain of pot that one perceived as weak, Tusk leaves its viewer unsure as to whether they should lean back and laugh or just sit slightly forward in shock, uncomfortable in their seat. This up-down trajectory is what makes Kevin Smith’s return to film outstanding. It’s totally unexpected.

Tusk is in theaters this Friday, September 19th
 

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‘I am being followed by a Moonshadow’: Cat Stevens cartoon with Spike Milligan’s voice
09.17.2014
12:03 pm

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Animation
Music

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Spike Milligan
Cat Stevens


 
Although there will always be people who will want to bitch and moan about Cat Stevens and some very regrettable remarks he made (more than once), these comments were uttered a very long time ago, he’s apologized (convincingly) a gazillion times for them since and it’s not like anyone died, so kindly move along if you are one of them. On point, the man has done a whole lot more good for the world than bad with his music, who is going to deny this?

For me, the news yesterday that Cat Stevens/Yusuf would be releasing a new R&B influenced album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone and making an unexpected US tour sent me immediately to the website to buy tickets (but they weren’t on sale yet).

No surprise that the North American tour includes no southern states, the brief sprint will include five American dates in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles and one Canadian stop at Toronto’s Massey Hall that kicks the tour off on December 1.

It also reminded me that I wanted to post the animated “Moonshadow” short based on Stevens’ own drawings and voiced by British comedian Spike Milligan. The film was made in 1972 by an animator named Charles Jenkins (who had also worked on Yellow Submarine) from Stevens’ original drawings to promote the Teaser and the Firecat album. It was not widely seen however until it was made part of the Fantastic Animation Festival feature film in 1977. Cat Stevens also put out a Teaser and the Firecat book in 1972, which is where these illustrations are from. It’s the story of tophat-wearing Teaser and his pet, the Firecat and their adventures trying to put the moon back in the sky after it plops onto the roof of a barn one night.
 

 

 

 

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Nasty neighbor: Old man porn ninja terrorizes innocent neighbors
09.17.2014
10:51 am

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Current Events
Kooks
Sex

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Jimmy


 
Meet crotchety old man “Jimmy.” Jimmy lives in Queens Village, NY, and loves to terrorize his Indian neighbors every day with pornographic images hanging in the front window of his home. Jimmy’s probably hoping the images are so offensive to his neighbors and to their 4-year-old son, that they’ll eventually move out. Jimmy’s one nasty son of a gun. It’s so bad, the neighbors have resorted to hanging a sheet on their front porch to block the view of Jimmy’s house.

Sanjeev Aggurawal and his family are the neighbors the pictures appear to be aimed at offending the most.

“He’s upset because some Indian guy moved in next door. That’s the basic thing,” Sanjeev Aggurawal said.

Police have been called on Jimmy’s ass before, but like a skillful old porn ninja, Jimmy removes the images before they arrive and promptly puts them back up when they’re gone. Jimmy must be stopped!

Fuckin’ Jimmy, man…

 
via ABC 13 and h/t Death and Taxes

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Out with the Outcasts: Meet the biker gang from ‘Alan Partridge’ country
09.17.2014
09:40 am

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History

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gangs
Outcasts
bikers

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Bobby is a biker with the Outcasts—a motorcycle club based in Norfolk, England. Bobby has three kids, and his daughter thinks he’s a Hells Angel. But the Outcasts are a small club, an average of 33 members—small enough for the members to know each other, to help each other out. Bobby thinks it’s a good club. “We do our own thing,” he’ll tell you.

That’s what the Outcasts are about—it’s about biking. We just live how we want to live—regardless of government or police. We just do what we want to do.

Norfolk is now better known as Alan Partridge country—“A-ha!”, where Stephen Fry surfs the web and counts his millions. For Bobby and the other members of the Outcasts in the 1980s, Norfolk was their patch, their turf, that they ran and protected from other gangs.
 
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Once, the Outcasts liked to ride into town and cause a bit of mayhem. Now they just live a quiet life and have a bit of fun. Other biker clubs want to wipe them out, but the Outcasts want to be left alone, and Bobby would prefer it if all the biker clubs partied with each other, instead of cutting each other up.
 
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The Outcasts make their money from odd jobs or collecting social security checks. It’s 1985, the middle of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister and there’s not much work to be found.

Bobby’s mom might not like the way he lives, but she knows he will always be there for her, she says:

All young men like bikes, but they mostly grow out of it. It’s running around with knives and all these medals that I don’t like.

Bobby bought his first bike after his father died. He inherited some money, and his mom thought it better he buy a bike rather than steal one. But then Bobby just drifted into the Outcast life.
 
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Made in 1985, this fascinating portrait of the Outcasts motorcycle club is a must-see documentary. Though at times it edges towards Spinal Tap territory, the film is a beautiful crafted and vivid portrait of a group of young men seeking purpose and fulfillment in their lives.
 

 
H/T Voices of East Anglia

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Lemmy Kilmister garden gnome
09.17.2014
09:23 am

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Amusing

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Lemmy
Garden Gnomes


 
I’ve never really considered putting a garden gnome in my garden before, but I just might have to rethink that ‘cause this Lemmy garden gnome is pretty rad and hilarious. Etsy shop Ian the Gnome refurbishes old garden gnomes and will customize ones for you, too. I’d like to have one made of Bad Brains’ frontman of H.R., too please!

The Lemmy gnome goes for $45.00.

Here are a few more I dig from Ian the Gnome:


Madhatter garden gnome for $70.00
 

Clockwork Orange gnome for $45.00
 

Cap’n Crunch gnome BECAUSE WHY NOT? For $45.00

via Cherrybombed

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Keeping your eyes and mind busy: Jasper Johns Ideas in Paint
09.17.2014
08:51 am

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Art

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Jasper Johns is circumspect when talking about his work. He has said it does not matter what art evokes “as long as it keeps your eyes and mind busy.”

You’ll come up with your own use for it. And at different times you’ll come up with different uses.

Johns thinks the meaning of art is a mood created between the viewer and the work. What inspired the work or what the artist thinks it may mean is of little interest—well, as far as Johns is concerned.

The thing is, if you believe in the unconscious—and I do—there’s room for all kinds of possibilities that I don’t know how you prove one way or another.

Saying too much can undermine the mystery which makes his work so involving, while explanations can often sound banal.

One would like not to be led, avoid the idea of the puzzle which could be solved, remove the signs of thought, it is not thought that needs showing.

Yet the human need for narrative structure and resolution has created a weight of academic and critical texts that range from curious insight to indefensible bullshit.

Though Johns has said he does not want his work to be an exposure of his feelings, his most recent exhibition Regrets shown early this year at MOMA centered around the loss of friends (Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon) and lovers (Robert Rachensberg, Cy Twombly). The source for his series of paintings and prints was an old photograph of Freud seated on a bed (taken by John Deakin, commissioned by Bacon) which seemed to offer a fascinating glimpse into Johns’ feelings on the death of his friends and lovers.

In 1988, Jasper Johns represented America at the Venice Biennale where he presented a series of:

...difficult works, intense, even hermetic, loaded with personal symbols, involved with issues of mortality and fate, with which American modernist art after Abstract Expressionism has generally been uncomfortable.

He won the Grand Prize and was hailed as the heir to Rembrandt. In this documentary Johns Jasper: Ideas in Paint we follow Johns in preparation for the show, hear friends and fellow artists discuss his work, and are given a rare interview with the artist himself, where he remains quietly cautious.
 

 

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Awesome ‘Rockford Files’ diorama available on eBay
09.17.2014
08:43 am

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Art
Television

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James Garner
The Rockford Files


 
How incredible was the charm of James Garner? This is true: When I was a kid in the 1970s, my parents watched zero prime time TV programming, none; they were way too snobby for that, they looked down on TV. Back then there wasn’t anything good on TV, it would be said just constantly that TV was a cultural wasteland and there was nothing good on it. But such was the unsurpassed, easygoing likeability of James Garner that my parents did watch The Rockford Files. I’d be put to bed, and before nodding off I’d hear, from the next room over, that infectious theme song.......

Garner passed away in July, which makes this an excellent moment to indulge in this incredible diorama of Jim Rockford’s beachfront trailer situation, available on eBay. An enterprising Minnesotan put his or her blood, sweat, and tears into this beauty, and it can be all yours for ... well, we’ll see how much when the auction ends in a few days.

User toastiecoastie writes:
 

This is an HO scale diorama of the famous tv series The Rockford Files.The base is 12x12 inches.None of the details are attached to the base other than the rocks and foliage. This way you can set up the diorama any way you wish. All the details that you see in the photos are included. All is scratch built. The vehicles have been modified to represent those in the show. The figures are easily detached from their base as they are hobby tacked down.

 
I wonder if this diorama would be less alluring to me if I lived in Los Angeles…. the romance of a crappy trailer on the beach, it’s powerful stuff.
 

 

 

 

 

 
Here’s a supercut of all of the answering machine messages from the credits of Season 1:
 

 
via Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Looking for a TON of burlesque matchbook covers? Well, you can stop looking.
09.17.2014
07:56 am

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Design
Sex

Tags:
burlesque
collectibles
matchbooks


 
Judging by their web site, The Match Group seems a fairly run-of-the-mill custom matches concern. Need your logo on a matchbook? They’ve got you covered. You want match boxes instead, you say? Relax, Mr. Connoisseur, it’s all good. Here’s a great excerpt from their About page:

With over 25 years in the industry, company founder, Joe Danon began his career as the North East Regional Sales Manager at the prestigious Universal Match Corporation. He then went on to become the National Sales Manager at Maryland Match Corp. for 13 years. His passion and devotion to the historic importance, whimsy and efficacy of match advertising is unrivaled. His devoted and loyal clientele have long benefited from his “Love of Light,” graphic design expertise and unparalleled product knowledge.

Notice the bit about “historic importance?” The Match Group not only offers over 25 years of hard-won experience in the world of matches, they keep an informative blog full of historical information and trivia about matches and matchbook design, and they’ve maintained an exhaustive Pinboard to assemble an impressively massive trove of design samples from all across the web. It’s broken down into 65 categories. That’s not a typo. But what I’ve elected to share here is a selection from their Burlesque/Pinup collection, because this is the internet, and since they don’t have a set of cat matchbooks, boobies win. (I’d suggest also perusing their “Matches as Art” board, though.) Obviously, little of this is going to be safe for work, but I’ve made an effort to keep the more graphically risqué stuff (read: nipples and buttcracks) for later in the post.
 

 

 

 

 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Sweet dreams: Horror movie pillows
09.17.2014
07:47 am

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Movies

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pillows
horror movies


 
The good people at Horror Decor have a line of printed pillows that are absolutely fabulous. The square ones come in small and large and cost $14 and $20, respectively; not all pillows come in both sizes. The rectangular ones cost $16.

They have many other pillows not shown here, including Jaws, Dead Alive, The Amityville Horror, and many more.

I love that they went the extra mile and made a pillow for The Stuff, which is a movie I haven’t thought about in twenty years.

They have a lot of other great horror knickknacks, like candles, placemats, pot holders, and the like, so be sure to click around.
 

The Thing
 

Night of the Living Dead
 

They Live
 

The Exorcist
 

Beetlejuice
 

The Shining
 

Hostel
 

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
 

Nosferatu
 

The Stuff
 

Poltergeist
 
Below, the trailer for Larry Cohen’s monster frozen yoghurt indie horror comedy, The Stuff:

via Kraftfuttermischwerk

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Own Peter Fonda’s chopper from ‘Easy Rider’


What the hell is wrong with FREEDOM, man, that’s what it’s all about!

The US flag-festooned motorcycle Peter Fonda rode as “Captain America” in the landmark 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction next month. Via seattlepi.com:

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale.

The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California.

The seller is Michael Eisenberg, a California businessman who once co-owned a Los Angeles motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and “Easy Rider” co-star Dennis Hopper. Eisenberg bought it last year from Dan Haggerty, perhaps best known for his roles in the “Grizzly Adams” TV show and movies, who was in charge of keeping the custom-designed bike humming during the 1969 movie’s filming.

Four motorcycles were created for the movie, but only one is known to have survived. It was used in the climactic crash scene in which Fonda is thrown off the bike.

After the film was finished, Hopper told Haggerty to keep it. Haggerty rode it often, an experience he likened to “going out with Marilyn Monroe.” Parting with it was like having a “child finally getting married and moving away and starting a new life on their own.”

 

 
The film, of course, remains a must-see even today, as its themes of seeking fulfillment outside the system, the death of idealism, and the paradoxes of freedom resonate well beyond the social context of the late ‘60s, and its soundtrack is packed with classic songs.

Now its central symbol can be a trinket for some extravagantly overpaid fund manager dickweed with seven figures to burn on an adolescent fantasy. AMERICA FUCK YEAH!
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds
The Electric Cinema Acid Test: the trippiest movies ever made
A slightly bombed Dennis Hopper bemoans the fate of his feature ‘The Last Movie’

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