Finally read through JW Rinzler’s book on Rick Baker, the makeup artist. I wanted to be a marine biologist because of Jaws and my uncle’s interest in sharks. Then I wanted to be a stop-motion animator like Harryhausen. Around the same time, I started learning about Rick Baker, Tom Savini, and Dick Smith, all the artists doing great old age makeup, gore, and monsters!
I’m still in love with the field. Baker’s book gives some fantastic insight into the industry. He’s still a talented, but no less dedicated, artist to this day.
I’m having a similar experience with this book that I had when I first started studying mediation. It was before the mindfulness craze and the surge of popular writing on the subject. I feel like wabi-wabi was a phrase that I vaguely understood, and still do, though I very much enjoyed this introduction.
It seems like a great way for someone who deals with perfectionism to let go. I’m going to reread this and also search out some other works on the subject–that don’t suck. I’m sure there is a glut of it out there.
Got recommended this by a friend (who just got an honorable mention award for best use of cinematic language at a recent film scramble).
Didn’t know this movie, even though it’s a Hammer film ( I do love me some Hammer movies) and it’s got a youngish Oliver Reed as a kind of gang leader (I also love me some Oliver Reed).
Exploitation sci-fi horror with a chilly Cold War government lab full o’ creepy kids!
Maybe not my favorite Peele film, but there were ideas and images that stayed with me for days afterword (the Gordy sequences themselves are intense and haunting). And the movie had me thinking–which was a big bonus for me. While having a spectacle critique the notion of spectacle is a postmodern move, probably not loved by all, it is worth thinking about. Combined with this are ideas about exploitation in its various guises–some maybe chosen even? Throw in some Muybridge photos–the birth–or at least one of the trimesters–of moving pictures and I’m going to be interested.
Peele doesn’t supply a lot of answers here and I’m thankful for that. Most spectacle movies tie everything up neatly. We don’t get that here.
I worked on two releases of improv/ambient/noise that came out recently. Junk Jrawer Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available at Make World Gooder Tapes.
I’ve been making music and sound art with some of these folks for over two decades. We started on four-track recorders and other cassette tape machines.
On Saturday, I’ll be back at East Village Arts (EVA) in Birmingham to play in a duo with Taylor Rouss, the big bouss at Rouss House Records and the curator of the Exprov series featuring experimental and improvisational music. It’s a small, but dedicated community and Taylor is doing a lot of the hard work to keep it going.
You can donate or become a member of EVA. It is a way for the community to have access to some world class artists and musicians.
McClurg’s Musicalia #20! New playlist features new Overkill, some old Peter Thomas, and track featuring the great Kidd Jordan, who left us recently. I didn’t interact with him much, but he was very kind when I did. He was, however, always a phenomenal player.