I came of age in the 80′s and was heavily influenced by The Smiths and Morrissey. Their lyrics shake up your heart, break it into pieces and then give you the strength to rise up, pick up those same pieces and put it all back together again. Delicate chords in combination with driving baselines makes your body move in ways you maybe didn’t know was even possible. This is the kind of music that cuts across gender, age and ethnicity (the doc Is It Really So Strange touches on this) and holds up today in a myriad of ways that puts most bands to shame.
So the news that Shawn Demumbrum of SpazDog Pressis planning to take has taken the songs of The Smiths and created Unite and Take Over: Comic Stories Inspired by the Smiths is intriguing.
Navid Khonsari, cinematic director of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto and iNK Stories’ Alan Wake, is in development with 1979. (The year, not the song by the Smashing Pumpkins.)
Quite a year indeed. Jimmy Carter was POTUS, amazing films were in release (Alien, Apocalypse Now, The Warriors, Mad Max, Life of Brian), musical dreams were being born (Beastie Boys, The Replacements, Lipps Inc, Spandau Ballet), and a guy with unflappable hair named Ted Koppel got his very own news show on latenight TV. Why? Because at the height of the Iranian Revolution the dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown, a fundamentalist Islamic state was installed, then 52 Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. And this is where the game begins.
Originally I wanted to see Bellflower for two reasons: flame throwing cars and the homage to one of my favorite films, Mad Max (George Miller I will always less than 3 you). Well I got those mixed in with an emotionally stunning and devastating story of heartbreak and finding a way to give a damn about one’s own culpability. Oh and did I mention flame throwers?
Seth MacFarlane is bringing Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage back to television. And Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting? I am so in. Okay so it’s Fox and there’s a wee bit of trouble in the Fox house and their news channel is not quite known for being a fan of the sciences, but this is about Seth and Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan: “In September 2010, MacFarlane and Druyan appeared together on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher where they shared their concern about the growing anti-science sentiment in American society, something Druyan attributed to “the failure of public education,” which has “compartmentalized science to 20-40 boring minutes a week, maybe taught by a gym teacher.”
If at any point I was searching for a reason as to why I continue to have the Daily Mail in my RSS feed, it’s news like this:
Jo Swinson, the current MP in the UK is not happy about the status quo in TV land. “Childrens television is sexist and lacking in strong female role models.” And the MP added “programmes need more female lead characters who are not ‘pink and princessy’.”
Hrrrmmph. I recently had a meeting with a writer of a children’s television show for the US that had no/nada/zilch female NOR ethnic characters. WhatTheHuh? Children’s entertainment should at least try to not be misogynistic/classist/racist/etc. I figure at least give a child the chance to form their own world view, opinions, etc…instead of automatically turning them into closed-minded crappy adults.
And on the subject of kids tv: stop with all the shows about kids getting famous. We are going to end up with a heck of a delusional generation.
ATTACK THE BLOCK is finally opening today now available for your home entertainment entertaining. It is worth getting off your couch, watching 88 minutes of glorious alien carnage, and becoming a #blockhead. Trust.
Written and directed by Brit Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright, ATB is non-stop action. The film first knocks you out of your comfort zone by introducing 6 teens in hoodies led by Moses (superbly acted by John Boyega) committing a straight-up crime and then 15 minutes later smacks you in the face because guess what? These are our heroes. Allow it!
When aliens decide to roll up into their hood they are not having it. It is inner city versus outer space (gotta love a good marketing tagline).
Back in May, a group of Iowa Girl Scouts–known as “The Flying Monkeys”– were hard at work developing a prosthetic hand to help a three year old who was born without without fingers on her right hand be able to write. Now, the girls are getting their project patented, a remarkable feat for a group of kids aged 11 to 13.
For more on this awesomeness, continue reading at…The Mary Sue.
I have the fun task of migrating over cherry-picked previous posts from my tumbler to this brand new site. (For those that can be updated with fancy new info I will do my best.)
This part of my first post from July 18, 2011, still applies:
What is this thing you ponder? The Unapologetic Geek is the place to come when you are ready to commit to loving comics, SciFi/SyFY/Sci-Fi/Sci Fi, science, math, NSFW unicorns, discussions of web interfaces, urban fantasy, adultswim, HR Giger, Guillermo del Toro, Octavia Butler, vampires that don’t whine about being vampires, fast cars, robots, odd musings that may make sense one day maybe, anime, people with imaginations bigger than the world they live in…