Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sin City Manga

About 12 or so years ago. Back before everyone thought Sin City was cool, I drew this manga inspired picture of Marv.

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Finding it amongst my stuff, thought it might be nice to share. It was a swip, I believe of Ataru, the main character of Rumiko Takahashi's manga and anime series Urusei Yatsura.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

A collection of links

A selection of funny links, mostly nicked from b3ta.

>> The Power of Make up <<
You want to know a secret? Girls wear make-up and perfume because they are ugly and they stink. Want proof?

>> When the world disappears beneath you <<
Impressive photos of a natural disaster.

>> Unreleased South Park (sort of)<<
A rare employee orientation video, that enlightened
people about how things were going to change
under new management. It was commissioned to be
written and directed by Matt Stone and Trey
Parker (of South Park fame), and it was, and
Jr. didn't like it, so they scrapped it. You
can see why.

Worst birthday card ever

Chad Vader, Darth Vader's brother. He works in a supermarket.

>> Wind-up emails <<
Dave Smith has a common name and he gets
lots of email for people that aren't him. He
writes, "This blog documents the fun

Recent film viewing

I was just looking at the list of films I've seen recently (I use this online film rental thing) and I realised I've seen loads in the last few months.

Here are a few highlights, with my comments.

Top Picks
The Departed
Oscar winner from Martin Scorsese. A big improvement on the Japanese film it is based on, it features 2 cops - one of whom is working for a gangster, the other is undercover, pretending to work for the same gangster. All star cast and great performances.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Robert Downey Jr is brilliant as a wannabe actor who lands a role in a detective film, and Val Kilmer is great as the camp real life detective he shadows to prepare for the part. Then a real life mystery occurs that he needs to get to the bottom of. Really enjoyable and some great laugh out loud dialogue at times.

Junebug (A guy returns with his wife to visit his family out in the sticks in southern USA)
Mirrormask (Quirky CGI animated fantasy from the minds of Sandman Creators Dave MacKean & Neil Gaiman)
The Princess Bride (Old film, I know, but I finally got around to watching it, and its lovely.)

Fun but silly
Slither (Invasion from slithery alien wotsits. Good old fashioned fun in the vein of Critters or Tremors)
Crank and Transporter 2 (Great silly action from Jason Stratham)
Angel-A (Leon's Luc Besson directs a beautiful black and whit film set in Paris, about a looser, and a woman who tries to help him)

The Hills Have Eyes (Disturbing remake, tourists get stuck in their campervan in Mutantville)
Hostel (American tourists in a hostel. Very horrific. Also watched director Eli Rouths's debut, Cabin Fever, about a group of teens who catch a flesh eating virus out in the woods)

Interesting, a bit different
Brick (Strange film noir detective story, but the detective is a school kid)
Everything Is Illuminated (American visits East Europe to discover his roots)
Fearless (Jet Lee actioner. Entertaining fun in the vein of Hero)
Grizzly Man (Documentary about an eccentric who lives with grizzly bears in the wild)
Hustle And Flow (A pimp tries to improve his lot by entering the hip hop game)
Stander (True story, based during apartite South Africa, a policeman decides to become a bank robber)
Marie-Antoinette (Director of Lost in Translation, films the extravagant lifestyle of the young princess)

Just rubbish
DOA - Dead Or Alive (Based on a beat 'em up computer game, I thought it might be fun nonsense. Actually it was just nonsense)
Ultraviolet (It got terrible reviews, but I thought it might be fun anyway as I enjoyed the Director's previous film, "Equilbrium". Turns out it was just rubbish after all)

What's a tangerine? What's a mandarin? What's a Clementine? And what on earth is a Satsuma?

I attempted to find the answer to this age old question with some online sleuthing.

The exact definition is a bit sketchy and different sources have different explanations, but this is what I came up with...

Mandarin orange: A loose-skinned orange category that includes several varieties that can be sweet or tart, seedless or not and can range in size from as small as an egg to as large as a medium grapefruit. They all, however, have skins that slip easily off the fruit. Among the more well-known mandarin-orange family members are Clementine, dancy, Satsuma and tangerine.

"Mandarin" and "tangerine" are two words for the same thing, technically Citrus reticulata Blanco. They're called mandarins because they were thought to be native to China. The name tangerine comes from Tangier, Morocco, the port from which the first tangerines were shipped to Europe and so they were thought to have come from Tangiers. They are in fact native to southeast Asia someplace, and they exported from North Africa, so both origin myths are correct.
There are many varieties of tangerines, most associated with the word are the Dancy, which is a lovely, loose-skinned, comparatively late season, and scrumptiously delicious tangerine. They don't store well either on or off the tree, and they have seeds, which in recent years has made less commercially desirable, but their flavour still defines "tangerine" for many of us. Tangerines generally have a thicker, rougher skin

For many years the Christmas tangerine has been the Satsuma, a loose-skinned seedless early maturing variety which originated in Japan. Most of the canned mandarin oranges on the market are satsumas.

The tiny Clementine has a thin peel and a tangy-sweet red-orange flesh that's usually seedless. It's cultivated in Spain and North Africa. Clementines are a family of tangerine varieties.

Friday, March 16, 2007

More Green Eggs

As mentioned previously, I did a version of Green Eggs and Ham on my radio show? I thought i was original at the time!

Well since then, I've found this astounding website - a guy imagines Dylan singing Dr Seuss http://www.dylanhearsawho.com/.

And not to mention the other versions
A mood piece. Featuring Moo Moo Davis. Moo moo davis eh, Like Davis From Pegabovine... conspiracy.
Eminem parody
Chilled Canadian sounding indie
And more if i were inclined to list them...

URE Photos

In a moment of boredom I decided to create a couple of photoalbums froms a selection of my URE photos - links to view:

1) Group photos
2) Individual photos.

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Comicbook movie update

A little while ago I had a waffle about films adapted from comic books.

It was published as a comment piece in Comics international issue 200.

I scanned it, and a link to scan of the article is here: 1, 2