Here's Jonny! Oh so much fun. We've featured plenty of YouTube video versions of movies turned into 8-bit video games, but how about one you can actually play? Game maker/critic Pippin Barr has created a tiny browser game called Let's Play: The Shining, which is kind of like an 8-bit version of Kubrick's The Shining. He takes you through various scenes of the movie and you get to play through most of it (the maze, the hotel, riding the tricycle) complete with retro sound effects. It's pretty rad. It's just an experiment and fan-made game creation, but it is unique and worth a quick play, especially if you're a big fan of the movie.
I love this guy's art so much I'm proud to say I have one of his pieces on my wall. There's a new show from artist "Raid71" opening at the fantastic Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY this weekend. The show is called "Illuminate" and focuses on his unique style with vivid colors. His pieces are inspired heavily by Blade Runner, but he also has work from Tron, Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Dark City, Akira, Mean Streets, The Fisher King and more. He does some excellent work, and it really stands out on a wall, it's the kind that you want to buy and hang everywhere. Luckily we've got an early look at some art from the show.
Brilliant! A fine example of when Hollywood marketing actually turns out okay. Universal has partnered with shaving cream manufacturer Barbasol for a special edition shaving cream can to promote the release of Jurassic World. Why? Well, we all know why! One of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the original Jurassic Park involves Dennis being given a special Barbasol can that contains storage racks for dinosaur embryos. Fans have replicated the prop and created working versions they've sold on Ebay, but now Barbasol is making Jurassic World cans themselves and they've gone all out. To celebrate, they've launched an entire marketing campaign complete with photos and a video. A Secret Has Been Left Behind…
Big screen, big sound, dinosaurs, beer, popcorn, pizza, no texting. Can it get any better than that? Alamo Drafthouse is providing one amazingly sweet deal by offering an exclusive, custom-made Jurassic World pint glass to customers who pre-order tickets to the see the new dinosaur movie in theaters this June. The pint glasses are actually velociraptor pint glasses, featuring a motif from the scene where Chris Pratt rides on his motorcycle with the raptors. It was illustrated by Eric Manche, and looks awesome in the photos. I want one, or two, or three, or all of them. No but seriously, this is cool, and I love that they're doing this and making it so easy to get them - just by pre-ordering. A few may be available to buy at theaters but that's it.
Welcome to Another Year at the Movies with Jordan Jeffries. Just a few weeks ago I stopped by the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival (hosted by the Society of Illustrators) in New York City, sort of like Artists' Alley at Comic-Con minus the rest of Comic-Con and only the artists. There I stumbled across and discovered one amazing, unforgettable comic book dedicated to a love of movies, titled Matinee Junkie. It was written and illustrated by cinephile Jordan Jeffries from New Jersey. I bought a copy of year one and the sequel, Matinee Junkie 2 (for 2014), which recaps each a year of his life as connected to the films he saw - including a full-size scan of the ticket stub. This is a must read comic book for any/every last movie lover out there.
"I've never loved anyone the way I loved you." Well isn't this just lovely. Spoke Art is now selling a print made by artist Max Dalton (website) featuring 24 different famous couples. The piece is officially called "A Love Story", and profiles everyone from Theodore and Samantha in Her, Rick and Ilsa from Casablanca, to Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom, Ennis and Jack from Brokeback Mountain, to Bob and Charlotte from Lost in Translation, and plenty others. If anything, these couples will make you smile as you think back to all the crazy big screen romance that we've gone through. He even has Kong and Ann, ha! Nice work.
Bleep! Bloop! Bleep! Translation: come fly to Japan on my airplane! Holy crap this is… awesome? Yea, I'm going to say it is. One of the big reveals this week at Star Wars Celebration, along with the new trailer for The Force Awakens, is a brand new R2-D2-painted Boeing 787 commercial airplane. We've seen Smaug the Airplane, now it's R2's turn. The new aircraft will be part of All Nippon Airways fleet, based out of Japan, and it will be launching in fall 2015 (a bit closer to the release of The Force Awakens). The plane is being shown off in videos at their booth, but we found nice clean shots of it in flight. I'll take a ticket, please.
While lip syncing is all the rage, with much thanks to Jimmy Fallon's antics on "The Tonight Show," not to mention the new Spike TV series "Lip Sync Battle" which just churns out viral clips of celebrities each week, this isn't anything new. In fact, one of the more iconic lip syncing scenes in entertainment history comes from all the way back in 1986 from the John Hughes teenage romance classic Pretty in Pink. In that film. Jon Cryer plays the hopeless romantic best friend of Andie (Molly Ringwald), and in one entertaining scene, he enters the record store she works in and lip sync's Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness." And now Cryer has returned to reenact that scene nearly 30 years later on "The Late Late Show." Watch below!
"To survive a war, you gotta become war." Don't mess with Rambo. Our friends at Grey Matter Art have unveiled an officially licensed printed for Rambo: First Blood Part II starring Sylvester Stallone as they continue to reveal art in their Rambo series. This new print is by artist Anthony Petrie (known best for his fantastic movie map art) featuring Rambo with his bow & arrow from the second movie. The variant version of this print changes the background and colors a bit, making it almost look like it was printed on metal (though that doesn't seem to be the case). Prints are priced $45/$55 and go on sale next week. Take a look.
Maybe these should actually be real, I'd buy a few of them. "I created these VHS covers for 'april's fool day' pretending a parisian hipster named 'Stan' only watched modern films and TV series on VHS," he writes on his Tumblr. French artist Golem13 posted a full breakdown on his own blog detailing his fun creating a series of fake VHS tapes and covers for modern movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones", "The Walking Dead", "Breaking Bad", The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy. As goofy as all this sounds, these actually look pretty dang cool and I suggest taking a look at some of the photos of the vintage VHS covers below. If anything, for a quick smile + laugh.
Even if you didn't particularly like Interstellar, you can't deny that the artificially intelligent astronaut helper TARS was one of the coolest robots we've seen on the big screen in recent memory. Obviously having a robot like that of our own isn't all the viable of a prospect right now, but it would be nice if Warner Bros. commissioned an action figure of TARS for us to put on our shelves. However, one man decided that he didn't just want a TARS of his own but he wanted to become TARS. So he created this functional costume that allows him to walk around like the boxy robot did in Interstellar, and the result is pretty astounding.
"It belongs in a museum!" Indeed it does. Or maybe on your wall, in your living room, next to your big TV and endless collection of DVDs. Yea that's the perfect spot for this art print. Our friend Rob Loukotka, who goes under the name "Fringe Focus", has recently debuted a new print called The Desk of Dr. Jones and it's awesome. Loukotka's style utilizes very, very tall (or very wide) prints that feature lots of lush detail. This time he has decided to imagine what the desk of Indiana Jones would look like, featuring some of the famous "MacGuffins" and artifacts he has collected/stolen/interacted with at various points in his wild life.
Are record stores finally making a come back?! Maybe, maybe… While most remaining video rental shops slowly start closing their doors, on the other side of the world a record company has decided to open a brand new vinyl store located in the town of Margate in the UK. Death Waltz Records, known producing fresh vinyl copies of soundtracks old and new, has announced that they're opening an actual brick 'n mortar store in the UK that will be called Transmission Records. The store will "offer the very best in soundtracks, library and electronic music as well as an expertly curated selection of artworks and designer toys", with an emphasis on anime and Japanese soundtrack pressings, they say. This isn't really mainstream movie news, but as a cinephile and movie geek this is news I am always looking out for, as this place sounds cool already.
There are undoubtedly some places from motion pictures that we wish really existed. Whether it's The Grid from TRON or Hill Valley in the year 2015 from Back to the Future Part II or Walley World from National Lampoon's Vacation. Unfortunately, it's just not possible unless you happen to have been able to be on the set of those films. But even then, it's not real. However, a new art show from Gallery 1988 pretends that these locations are real in Postcard Correspondence, which features postcards from various fictional places (some real) from film and television. I would love to get these in the mail. Look!