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MEYER MONTH – ‘TURA! TURA! TURA!’ Art Show, October 2008

6 Sep

As a huge Russ Meyer fan and an art lover, I was both gutted and excited to read about the Tura! Tura! Tura! exhibition that was held back in October 2008. I’ve always wanted a Meyer-related piece of original art to sit alongside my posters and this collection of prints and paintings, curated by Mitch O’Connell, was amazing and inspiring. Held at the Tattoo Factory Gallery, the charity group show displayed art inspired by the legendary B-movie actress Tura Satana, star of Meyer’s famous Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, and her career. I’ve included as many pictures as I could find of the art that was featured below and tried to credit everything to the correct person, but as always please get in touch if I’ve left a credit out or credited wrong. There are many other pieces of work that I was unable to find a clear picture of so if anyone has any images of any of the art that isn’t featured, please contact me so I can add them in. Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy some killer art…

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Exhibition flyer by Mitch O’Connell

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By Dave Dorman

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‘The World of Suzette Wong’ by Alex Wald

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‘The Key To The Carrera’ by Shag

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Artist Aron Gagliardo and his painting (photo courtest of Gagliardo)

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‘Tura: Black and White and Red All Over’ by Terry Beatty

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Artist Alex Wald with Tura Satana (photo by Mitch O’Connell)

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Artist Marc Nischan with his piece of art

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‘Nice Kitty, Tura!’ by Lou Brooks

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‘Tura Satana‘ by Molly Crabapple

Geek To Geek Chic – Wedding Cake Belles

30 Jul

Lets get two things clear. One, I love cake. Two, I’m not getting married. No, as it turns out, my team at work is currently all over weddings. One’s just got married, one is getting married and one has a daughter who is about to be married, and when talk of one wedding starts, it spreads to the whole team. Which eventually leads us to cake. Not only is cake generally amazing, but one of the best things about a wedding. And being the youngest at work, I often get asked what I’d do if I got married (which is apparently a very interesting and hilarious topic going by the responses I get from my colleagues…). So when me and my co-worker got talking about what cakes we’d love to have (turns out she’d have a Star Trek one too), I eventually wound up looking at geeky cakes again. So here are some beautiful cakes I found, enjoy folks! Oh and if any of these are your creations, please let me know so I can give credit and tag you.

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And finally this amazingly beautiful Gustav Kilmt cake!

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Geek To Geek Chic – ‘The Hunger Games’ Propaganda Posters

10 Apr

I am not ashamed to admit that The Hunger Games was one of my favourite films of 2012 and the recent poster drops of the last month promoting its sequel Catching Fire (alongside the great aerial picture Google Earth uncovered of the films arena) have got me more than a little excited for the November release. In a nice wave of marketing, The Hunger Games publicity heads have adopted a great tactic of the Capitol, releasing portraits of the tributes ahead of the Quarter Quell, treating the fans and film audience as if they really are citizens of Panem. And it totally worked! The portraits are beautiful, revealing just enough to get the imagination going but not too much that they reveal spoilers (unless you’re one of the ones who’s read the book trilogy). Which got me thinking… I love original film-themed art and prints (Mondo in particular have made quite a few prints that have seen me part with a lot of money), especially those that expand slightly on the existing film universe. So below I have posted some of the best Hunger Games propaganda posters I’ve found online. Some are so perfect you could actually imagine the Capitol distributing them to the twelve Districts to keep everyone subdued… Please note, none of these were done by me and if you see any of your work below please let me know so I can credit you and link!

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Geek To Geek Chic – Film4 FrightFest the 13th Day 2

31 Aug

My personal highlights of the Film4 FrightFest horror festival continued on Day Two starting with a Q&A session with this year’s Total Film Icon, the Italian horror director/writer Dario Argento. As a huge fan of some of his giallo films, I was really excited to hear what the legend had to say having never had the opportunity to see him in person before, and what resulted was an unintentionally funny interview that occasionally threw out a few hidden gems. Argento admitted that he has had nothing to do with the recent Suspiria remake, which is currently still in production, not even being approached for his own thoughts. His response to the whole thing was absolutely genius though, ‘I don’t think it’s so easy to do something better – I say OK try!’. Rounding off with a particularly interesting anecdote involving his Dracula 3D star Rutger Hauer going missing (all I will say is it involved finding him hours later in a bush with a girl…), Argento was definitely one of the highlights of the day. My only gripe would have been that the language barrier did make things a little difficult during the interview and perhaps having an Italian translator on stage with him might have given him the linguistic freedom to answer questions the way he really wanted to. That said, it was fantastic that FrightFest were able to get him over this year and give fans the opportunity to meet him, after last years Icon John Carpenter’s no-show.

First film of the day for us was horror anthology V/H/S which I’d been particularly looking forward to but felt let down with once it had finished. The film follows a group of guys who have been hired by a third-party to break into an old house and find a rare and collectible VHS tape. Except that once there, they find a hell of a lot of other tapes which contain a whole host of found footage… In some parts the film works really well and in others it just doesn’t live up to the promise it holds. The ‘slasher’ segment in particular, Tuesday the 17th (directed by Glenn McQuaid), doesn’t sit quite right alongside the other ‘tapes’ and would probably work best as a DVD extra, being the weakest of the five stories in a film that nearly outstayed its welcome with a running time of just under two hours. I like slasher films but this story had the opportunity to be fresh and inventive, instead proving to be boring and predictable (same goes for Ti West’s story Second Honeymoon). That said, the final two segments, The Sick Thing That Happened To Emily When She Was Younger (by Joe Swanberg and Simon Barrett) and 10/31/98 (by collective Radio Silence), are absolute crackers and would make excellent short films in their own rights, both managing to provide the real scares of the film with minimal effort. In short, a feature worth checking out but one that could have been a great deal more with a little extra thought.

Second film of the night came in the form of REC 3: Genesis, the third installment in the popular Spanish REC franchise. As a huge fan of the first two films I was somewhat dubious as to where this film would take the series, with its non-apologetic inclusion of humour, but I need not have worried. Without a doubt one of the most fun screenings of the entire festival, alongside Brit flick Cockneys VS Zombies, REC 3 manged to walk that difficult line in film and deliver both real scares and laughs. A very self-aware film without being pretentious about it (take note fellow filmmakers), director Paco Plaza skillfully managed to put his own unique spin on the franchise’s core elements and still made it fit in perfectly with the series’ own universe. Whilst the fourth feature isn’t directed by Plaza himself, it sets up some interesting narrative ideas that make the next feature which make me rather excited.


Outside of the films shown during the day, two surprise gems of the festival came in the form of one short and a trailer. First up was stop motion animator Lee Hardcastle’s short The Raid… With Cats, a terrific claymation condensing the film down to a few minutes and replacing all cast with… cats. Absolutely delightful, if you’ve not seen it, I’ve included a link below, but all I can say is it was beautiful watching the artistry of stop motion on the big screen! Secondly, we were treated to the World Premier of the ABC’s of Death trailer, an upcoming horror anthology film featuring the multiple talents of a whole heap of worldwide filmmakers, which looks nothing short of wickedly brilliant!

‘Green Porno’ & ‘Seduce Me’ by Isabella Rossellini

12 Aug

Green Porno: Snail

Do you like imaginative filmmaking? Paper sculptures? Animals? Sex? Do you think that Isabella Rossellini is a genius? If you answer yes to at least one of those questions, chances are you’ll love Green Porno and Seduce Me. Originally conceived as an experimental series of short films to showcase on The Sundance Channel, Green Porno has grown into a collection of seasons dedicated to exploring animal sexual behaviour, with often informative and humorous effect.

Seduce Me: Dolphin

My first experience of both Green Porno and it’s sister season Seduce Me was at the Natural History Museum’s Sexual Nature Exhibition. This is a fantastic exhibition dedicated to exploring and showing the diversity of sexual behaviour amongst the animal kingdom and Rossellini’s short films sat perfectly alongside the displays. Each two-minute feature is dedicated to a specific creature and is well researched beforehand by Rossellini to ensure accuracy in its information. The content is then scripted, sets and costumes are beautifully created using paper sculptures and puppetry and each segment completed in around a day.

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Rossellini herself admits that she has always been interested in animal behaviour and so when she was approached by Sundance to do some experimental short films, animals and sex were the first things she thought of. Even she was surprised at how ‘scandalous’ nature actually is! I had always known that sexual behaviour in the animal kingdom was infinitely diverse, including homosexuality, multiple partners, necrophilia, asexuality, incest, monogamy and masturbation (to name a few!). But I genuinely learnt things from the series of films that I had no previous clue about, like the fact that male Dragonfly’s clean out the vagina of the female they are about to mate with to get rid of any sperm deposited from another male before they copulate. Or that Starfish are both sexual and asexual, they can also breed by detaching parts of themselves to grow other Starfish. Snail’s have both a penis and a vagina. Shrimp are born male but grow into females as they get older. A male Bee’s penis plugs the female’s vagina after they have had sex to ensure that no other sperm can get inside. They then lose their penis and end up dying of blood loss.

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And that really is the beauty in Rossellini’s short films. They are incredibly informative and also ridiculously hilarious to watch, making them easily accessible to scientists, filmmakers, artists and others. If the bluntness of Rossellini’s acting doesn’t get you laughing, than the basic imagery or the beautiful yet crude paper sets and creations will. Want to give porn with an environmental and educational slant a go? Choose Green Porno!

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‘Cinderella 2000’ poster

14 Apr

Since posting up an entry on Al Adamson’s Cinderella 2000, a few people have asked me to post up a picture of the poster I was given which started off my interest in the film. And here she is, beautiful.