Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mike Stoklasa's video review of Avatar

Mike Stoklasa, the guy who made the brilliant video review of The Phantom Menace, is back with a two-part review of Avatar. You'll be much smarter about movies after watching it (and yes, the humor is as dark as ever). Via.

*Previously: Interview with Stoklasa.

*Buy Avatar posters at eBay.

House of the Devil and Frozen posters

House of the Devil (by The Silent Giants) and Frozen (by Kevin Tong) posters on sale for $25 each at Mondotees.

*Previously: Plush frozen corn.

*Buy House of the Devil posters at eBay.

Melted chocolate restaurant

Designed by Wonderwall, melted chocolate Godiva restaurant in Harajuku. Via.

*Previously: The Han Solo chocolate bar.

*Buy gourmet chocolate at Amazon.

John Carter of Mars Art Contest: Jason Chalker

Jason Chalker's Princess of Mars pulp cover (acrylic on illustration board). There's still time to enter the contest.

*Buy John Carter of Mars collections at Amazon.

Vintage Winter X-Games

The Nationaal Archief in The Hague has some great vintage photos of winter sports. Via.

*Previously: Vancouver 2010 t-shirts.

*Buy X-Games posters at eBay.

Papercraft White Rabbit

Papercraft White Rabbit by Matt Hawkins for an upcoming Alice in Wonderland-themed show at Canteen.

Speaking of Canteen, here's art by Mike Skiperis from a previous show:

This and several more photos of Michelangelo's Hulk are on sale here.

*Previously: Alice in Wonderland promotional book.

*Buy Alice in Wonderland toys at eBay.

Wolf cake (link roundup)

Wolf cake spotted here. See also: Little snowmen.

And a few more links:

1. Photo of ballerinas dancing under a giant whale skeleton at MOMA.

2. The Gorillaz new song Stylo is out.

3. Topless Robot is giving away a Planet Hulk DVD.

*Previously: Demon Lamp designed by Jamie Hewlett.

*Buy Gorillaz posters at eBay.

William Gibson's "Footage"

William Gibson has an uncanny knack for making things sound cool, whether it's a Buzz Rickson MA-1 bomber jacket, or a Volkswagen Phaeton, or the imaginary "footage" that's at the heart of Pattern Recognition. Unfortunately, when I actually see those things in real life, they're always tremendously disappointing.

Turns out, even the imaginary footage is disappointing.

I can't remember where I first saw the (disturbing) videos you see below. But I definitely didn't think they were worth posting at the time (and I thought there was a third video?). But today Gibson described them "as seriously Footage-y as anything I've seen on YouTube."

They couldn't possibly have been more different than what I envisioned, which was more a romantic, timeless Sky Captain look.

John Carter of Mars Art Contest: Jason King

Here's Jason King's entry for the John Carter of Mars art contest. There's still time to enter. Aside from the grand prize, one random entry will also win a $25 credit.

*Buy John Carter of Mars collections at Amazon.

Memorable science lessons

Jason Voorhees, a bungee cord jumping baby, and some clowns teach memorable lessons in these ads by Rethink Communications for Science World. Via.

*Previously: Maurice Sendak's first book was a science textbook.

*Buy periodic tables at Amazon.

John Carter of Mars Art Contest: Last Entry?

Bob Farrigan used photoshop, sketch-up and painter to conjure up a publicity shot of Taylor Kitsch as John and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris.

Today's the last day to participate in the art contest. If you missed the contest announcement, go here to see how you can win a $100 Threadless credit. And you can see the other submissions to date here.

*Buy John Carter posters at eBay.

Rainbow of cats; Long dress

Photographs by Tim Walker.

*Previously: Tim Burton-themed fashion shoot by Walker.

*Buy Rainbow Thigh High Stockings at Amazon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spider Jerusalem Lego CubeDude (Lego roundup)

Spider Jerusalem (Transmetropolitan) Lego CubeDude by Chris Doyle.

Zombie-slaughtering combine.

Colorful Lego lightbulb apparently originating on the Lego site. Via.

Mecha-centipede by Joseph.

Microscale Lego aircraft carrier by Mike. Via.

*Previously: Lego Totoro.

*Buy Lego minifigs at eBay.

Rip current death toll; spiked spider

Take a quick vacation - - enjoy this photo gallery taken on the Kalalau Trail in Kauai (yes, there's a high-res version of that armored spider).

*Previously: Chipotle parking spot warning sign.

*Buy spider specimens at Amazon.

Cupcakes cure depression (link roundup)

Cupcakes cure depression sign spotted here. Source unknown.

And a few more links:

1. Not a bad Valentine's Day gift - - the Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom, regularly priced at $209, is $79 at Amazon.
2. Want to draw children's books? Regina Roff, an Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is looking for artists.

3. Funny screenshot of a sad anchorman with the title "What a mess."

*Previously: Cupcakes that look like breasts.

*Buy The Pop-Up Book of Phobias at Amazon.

Zombie fetuses in a jar

Zombie fetuses in a jar
by Andrea Falaschi for the zombie film Eaters.

*Previously: Fairies captured in a jar.

*Buy bottled specimens at eBay.