Sunday, December 11, 2011

3 Supermen A Tokio

Italian superhero series 'Il Fantastici 3 Supermen' had a killer title theme. I had no idea there was a Japanese edition though!

Saturday, November 05, 2011


How old Cary Grant? I love that story and it's a reminder of the characters of class that glided around Hollywood back when things seemed so good. But here and today it's different. And just here and yesterday, I was glancing through the recent catalogue for an upcoming biggie poster auction and I stumbled upon something that made me take sharp notice. I am far from being a conspiracy nut and aside from subtle street ogling and looking in lit windows when I walk around aimlessly/purposefully/to the store, I don't really consider myself all that much of an investigative sort. But there it was in plain focus and staring me in the face like an ecstatic Grace Kelly.

Was Cary Grant farsighted?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Pimping (#3)

I have been involved in amassing huge piles (both in boxes and tubes) of movie posters for a little over ten years, I'm guessing. It's arduous and thankless work and you people show me so little love that I feel I should abandon all public outlets and just roll around in all this paper all by my thrilled and naked lonesome. But, what are movies if not a great reason to be social? And what kind of representative of this glorious hobby would I be if I just stayed in and read and listened to records and never had to step in the bullshit outside my door? Actually, I can't even answer my own question because that's starting to sound real nice.

But then the computer here often offers just enough 'social' as some misanthropes need or just enough as we can stand, at times. And it can be really rewarding! After a short stint of collecting (I immediately involved myself in forums and mailing lists which continue to this day) I stumbled upon one collector who really made me notice what was going on. It's hard enough falling into debt and never buying anything that wasn't once under some dirty marquee while attempting to maintain some sort of 'normal' life that when I was first faced with 'foreign' paper, I just flat decided I'd only venture there when the title was 'country of origin' or just too much of a favourite (and/or too gorgeous) to be ignored.

But that all changed when my friend Armin started posting shots of his Japanese movie posters. Being a fan of Japanese films to begin with, it wasn't hard to fall head over heels with the incredible colour and design work that seemed so much (and more) above all others. This isn't to say that the French and Italians (probably my two other favourites) don't have superb illustrators and such but there was just something about the Japanese paper that did it for me. And that was the beginning.

Since then, I have come to possess around 125 pieces of film history from that wonderful country! And while they weren't all directly from my friend, he is the reason they are here and he has sourced some real treasures for me on his regular trips east. My most recent piece that Armin found for me (the first copy was in very 'used' condition) is this sublime piece from the terrific 'Face of Another'.

And I am here to tell you now that if you have any interest in this type of thing, you are totally directed to his site and to his brand new (sorta) blog! If you see anything or seek anything, you could never find a better poster ally. And he has excellent taste in music!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Peter Fonda Gets Off The Bike

I just noticed a post over on WFMU's Beware of the Blog about Peter Fonda's second directorial work, Idaho Transfer, which I've had a copy of for some time and should really sit down to watch, but I noticed this link to some statements the former counter culture actor made in Cannes earlier in May:

“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words 'Barack Obama’, but …”


I also noticed that the an auto Google search term for "peter fonda obama traitor" comes up! Some more context on his words:

At the Cannes film festival in France Peter Fonda lambasted US President Barack Obama calling him a traitor for his handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a f***ing traitor,' using those words… 'You're a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military – in this case the coastguard – what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do'," he said, reported AFP.

The actor was in Cannes for the premiere of "The Big Fix" when he verbally attacked the US President. Fonda is a known environmentalist and the documentary "The Big Fix" follows him as he attempts to gain access to Louisiana beaches to assess the impact of the BP oil spill.

Also on Fonda’s target list was BP itself. He called BP “a bunch of Brits – I thought we kicked them out a long time ago. They tried to get back in in 1812, but they didn't make it."

What is with these actors who were pillars of the counter culture movement in the sixties and seventies and their transformation into gun toting conservatives? I guess Heston and Fonda had more in common than they realized.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

how naughty is their math?

At last! A blog dedicated to "Blackboards in Porn"!

"Celebrating pornographers who go the extra mile when set dressing classroom porn and actually write something on the blackboard. What do they write, and is it correct?" 

And this site is 100% SFW for those math prudes who might be concerned.

For the above photo:

Compound Angle Formulae

sin (A + B)
= sin A cos B + cos A sin B

cos (A + B)
= cos A cos B - sin A sin B

tan (A + B)
= tan A + tan B
1 - Tan A Tan B

A-level standard trigonometry. Maths all correct. Good pluralisation of 'formulae'. Neat handwriting. Loses a mark for 'Tan' instead of 'tan'. But otherwise: excellent work! 9/10

(via Blackboards in Porn)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Ugggh, this one hurts. People like George Kuchar just aren't supposed to die. Like, ever!


I only have one poster but I have forever been trying to get one for Thundercrack! and one day I shall have it.

And, a cherished piece here in the Archive is this signed take-out menu that a poster pal acquired for me as he was close to George and knew I was a big fan.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

6 o'clock position

Toronto is right where her vag is, so it must be pretty exciting. We just came up with a new tourism slogan: “Toronto - as exciting as vag”. I am sure it will catch on…

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gualtiero Jacopetti, Maker of ‘Mondo Cane,’ Dies at 91

Gualtiero Jacopetti, Maker of ‘Mondo Cane,’ Dies at 91

Gualtiero Jacopetti, a filmmaker who titillated and disgusted moviegoers by roaming the globe to document bizarre, not to say creepy, phenomena — a chicken that smokes cigarettes, for instance — in the movie “Mondo Cane” and its sequels, died on Wednesday at his home in Rome. He was 91. Mr. Jacopetti liked to say he had invented the “antidocumentary” or the “shockumentary” with “Mondo Cane,” which was unveiled, and well received, at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. He showed Italian villagers slicing themselves with glass in observance of Good Friday; the French painter Yves Klein using naked women as paintbrushes; and New Yorkers dining on insects in a fancy restaurant. [more]