Monday, January 31, 2011
The New Yorker has long profile of Guillermo del Toro. His childhood is a fairy tale itself:
In 1971, Guillermo del Toro, the film director, was a seven-year-old misfit in Guadalajara, Mexico. He liked to troll the city sewers and dissolve slugs with salt. One day, in the magazine aisle of a supermarket, he came upon a copy of Famous Monsters of Filmland. He bought it, and was so determined to decode Ackerman’s pun-strewed prose—the letters section was called Fang Mail—that he quickly became bilingual.*Previously: James Cameron gave Guillermo del Toro money to pay the ransom on del Toro's abducted father.
Del Toro was a playfully morbid child. One of his first toys, which he still owns, was a plush werewolf that he sewed together with the help of a great-aunt. In a tape recording made when he was five, he can be heard requesting a Christmas present of a mandrake root, for the purpose of black magic. His mother, Guadalupe, an amateur poet who read tarot cards, was charmed; his father, Federico, a businessman whom del Toro describes, fondly, as “the most unimaginative person on earth,” was confounded. Confounding his father became a lifelong project.
Before del Toro started school, his father won the Mexican national lottery. Federico built a Chrysler-dealership empire with the money, and moved the family into a white modernist mansion. Little Guillermo haunted it. He raised a gothic menagerie: hundreds of snakes, a crow, and white rats that he sometimes snuggled with in bed. Del Toro has kept a family photograph of him and his sister, Susana, both under ten and forced into polyester finery. Guillermo, then broomstick-thin, has added to his ensemble plastic vampire fangs, and his chin is goateed with fake blood. Susana’s neck has a dreadful gash, courtesy of makeup applied by her brother. He still remembers his old tricks. “Collodion is material used to make scars,” he told me. “You put a line on your face, and it contracts and pulls the skin. As a kid, I’d buy collodion in theatrical shops, and I’d scar my face and scare the nanny.”
Posted by John at 8:26 AM
1. Watch this uplifting video about Kevin Connolly - - he was born without legs, but has a great attitude, and is a fiend on three skis.
2. Pages 1, 2, and 3 of rejected (NSFW) Conan pitch by Paul Maybury for Dark Horse.
3. "Adult kidney stem cells found in fish." Sounds like something ominous from a Michael Crichton novel, but it's apparently very good news.
*Buy Conan Vol. 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories at Amazon.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
New York is once again buried in snow, but this time more Brooklyn streets are plowed and trains are running, if delayed, to the outer boroughs. While everything slows down for the weather, it’s worth noting that the city’s managed to be prepared for the last couple of snowstorms.Via.
It’s also worth noting, while we dig ourselves out, that the story that went rocketing around the media after the first major snowstorm of the year, of a union staging a work slowdown that kept the city paralyzed, has been debunked pretty thoroughly by now.
3. Papier-mâché Krang with his android body from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
*Previously: Homemade Krang costume.
*Buy Krang toys at eBay.
Poster by Shan Jiang for Hansei Society.
*Buy tyle Deficit Disorder: Harajuku Street Fashion at Amazon.
Posted by John at 7:56 AM
Saturday, January 29, 2011
1. "'The Shed,' as Peter and Jennifer Drummond call their home, is a modern take on traditional farm buildings in Scotland." Via.
2. Comment and win art.
3. For any Warhammmer 40K fans out there, it looks like GW is finally on the verge of releasing a Grey Knight army (something I really wanted, oh, 15-20 years ago). Plastic miniatures, new characters, and more.
*Buy painted Grey Knights at eBay.
Alright, first, go play You Have to Burn the Rope, an absolutely delightful game. I got more enjoyment out of it then the last Zelda DS game I played.
If you're having trouble, there's an in depth manual, and here's a full walkthrough:
And probably the best end credits theme ever:
It's inspired fan videos complete with very dramatic music:
And even a remake in Little Big Planet:
Friday, January 28, 2011
This week's Photoshop Phriday is Good Movies, Crap Posters!. There's five pages worth of clever posters. Here's a few more of my favorites - - Deliverance, Reservoir Dogs, Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Inception as comedies (I wonder how many of these recut trailers already exist):
*Buy Inception spinning tops at eBay.