Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood • Blade Runner Sketch- book • Kemper Norton: New Album • Maiden’s Steve Harris, The RS Interview

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ENTRY! We were pleasantly shocked by Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. Nostalgic without tripping into sentimentality, outrageous but sidestepping the obnoxious, the enfant terrible’s 9th film is nothing less than a joy. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fading TV star in 1969 L.A., aided and backed-up by Brad Pitt, his stunt-double, wingman, and de facto best friend. Also on hand is Margot Robbie as DiCaprio’s new neighbor, Sharon Tate(!), a very tricky maneuver that Tarantino handles with the gentle grace of a fairy tale. And hence the title. It’s a bold move but it surprisingly satisfies. Once Upon a Time delivers all the pleasure of a good novel written by a trickster who has at last revealed a tender heart.

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Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

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ENTRY! Thank the Gods for John Coulthart, the artist, designer, and occasional writer who dazzles us each week with his Weekend Links. This time he wakes us from our stupor with the long out of print Blade Runner Sketchbook! It was more than just flying cars, kids.

 

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The Blade Runner Sketchbook is available at The Internet Archive.

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ENTRY! Kemper Norton’s new album, Brunton Calciner

Nobody does contemporary British neo-folk goth experimental better than Kemper. But don’t take my word for it, give him a listen. And while we’re talking music…

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Iron Maiden.

 

ENTRY! Maiden’s mastermind Steve Harris speaks to Rolling Stone!

You’re also still doing “The Number of the Beast,” which got you in hot water with the far right in America in the Eighties for its satanic imagery. How did that one come together?
It was things like watching The Omen but it was more inspired by a poem [by Robert Burns] called “Tam o’ Shanter.” I’ve just always liked reading books and watching horror films.

Full Interview HERE.

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2018’s “DAS BOOT” SERIES…

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… is shockingly excellent. Currently streaming on hulu. That is all. Carry on.

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Day Made. Kudos to the Artist.

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File this under “Oh damn, yes.” Thank you unknown artist.

PS: If anybody has a copy of EXORCIST II: HERETIC, I’d be more than grateful.

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Merrin vs Pazuzu – Exorcist II – the Heretic

I was trying to beat The Devil—or in tonight’s case, amazon—when I found this excellent little film assembled by RawIronMix which was EGGS-ZACTLY what I was looking for. It almost restores your faith!

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the true story of a young female mass murderer in 70s prague

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Michalina Olszanska is the breakout star of a new film about the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia. We sat down with the actress to talk about difficulties and challenges of playing such a complex character.

Your character also smokes like crazy, in almost every scene. Was that hard for you?

Well, I smoked before but just a little – with my friends at parties. But after that fucking film, I smoke a lot now! It was a really important thing for me because I think her cigarettes are like a dummy, like a baby. My mum says that we smoke because we’re all animals and we feel safe when we’re sucking something. It’s like we’re remembering we’re drinking the milk from our mother’s breast. Olga was smoking in a very specific way, not like a Greta Garbo, but that helped me a lot, because every time she felt insecure she was doing this.

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Dr Strange

 

Oh I am going to bitch. I am going to bitch for so long and loud you would want to slap me if you were in my presence. I just watched the new trailer for DR STRANGE (above, duh), and I am five times past Friday, I’m bent.

So we have The Car Crash (check), The Fucked Up Hands (check), The Trek to Tibet (check)… and then it looks like everything goes to shit. Seriously. Cumberbatch pulls on a semi-passable Dr Strange outfit, but in the action/battle sequences featured in the trailer, he might as well be Superman. And that’s not Dr Strange.

Dr Strange was about dreams and nightmares. It was about traveling to other dimensions. It was about fighting a villain named DORMAMMU. It was weird and strange, man, it was a great comic. And this film doesn’t evoke any of that. It looks like a fucking Superman movie.

One last thing. I don’t understand why the makers of these films don’t utilize and adapt the visual elements of the original comics. I want to see a Fantastic Four movie directed and photographed by Jack Kirby, I want to see a Dr Strange movie that captures and reflects Steve Dikto. Filmmakers can do this shit. And there are lot of talented designers out there. Yes, you CAN make a Fantastic Four movie that looks Kirby drew/designed every frame.

But this Dr Strange shit… again, it’s a matter of appropriation, and laziness. And it sucks.

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HEMLOCK GROVE SEASON 2 TRAILER

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Still Here, Despite the Silence

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No excuses. Though in its own weird way the weather did play a factor…

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The care of the little ones required extra TLC (and creepy masks)…

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It took me about nine million years to get through my viewing of KWAIDAN (1964)…

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And other assorted bullshit, sorties, and nonsense. But we’re still here, licking and ticking and kicking. More to come. Tomorrow. And it will be STUPENDOUS. Promise.

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Battle Axe: The Making Of Strait-Jacket

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