A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.
I love Sparks and “Eaten by the Monster of Love” and “Angst in My Pants” are just a couple of my favourites by them. You can hear both on the Valley Girl (1983) soundtrack and watch a clip with the former above. Slightly NSFW, blurry shower scene and 1980’s fashion.
Same as always, kids – party hard and take care of each other. 2014, let’s do this thing.
Kubrick Season promo for Channel 4 by Knucklehead.
FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic is showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.
As usual, Bond is my literary companion for the summer. Ian Fleming’s Bond novels are perfect for the holidays as they are both superbly entertaining and make for light reading. In Bond’s world, the minutest details matter and lenghty descriptions of character’s outer appearance give insight not only to the characters themselves but also to the inner workings of how Bond – a secret agent – sees the world and the people that surround him.
Fleming’s flair for descriptiveness and the exciting world of espionage with its ever chancing surroundings is beautifully translated in the Bond movies. While the film makers have always taken some artistic liberties, Bond’s world has always remained that of style. From the highly stylised and over the top sets to the secret agent gizmos and fancy suits, the outer appearance of both Bond and his surroundings have been tailor made for each film and to suit each Bond.
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of an iconic movie brand. Below are a couple of videos that shine a light on the creation of design and artistic vision of the Bond films.
Award winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and a handful of bespoke tailors who have been instrumental in shaping and crafting this icon of style over 50 years explain the detail and thought process that goes into creating the style of Bond.
The creation of the iconic world inhabited by James Bond for over 50 years is no small feat. Award winning set designer Sir Ken Adams, Aston Martin’s Head of Design Marek Reichman and the designers and the makers of the legendary Golden Gun share their thoughts on the creation of Bond’s world.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican 6 Jul – 5 Sep 2012, be sure to check out the Martini bar for Bond-style cocktails.
Print archives that were once the heart of many newspapers have gone the way of the floppy disk. But at the New York Times, home to the Lively Morgue tumblr, the technology that has threatened to kill the morgue may also save it.
“Outside the Blackboard in Bakersfield, Hells Angels, hangers-on, and their old ladies conduct a seminar in advanced loafing.” –photograph by Bill Ray © Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
In the early 1970s, Jim Henson was worried that the Muppets were becoming typecast as children’s entertainment. So in December of 1974 he produced a pilot episode for The Muppet Show and gave it a name that was about as far away from Sesame Street as you could get: “Sex and Violence.”
The half-hour pilot was first broadcast on ABC in March of 1975. It’s a fast-moving series of vignettes, featuring a motley cast of characters–many of whom would become familiar in later years–appearing and reappearing throughout. Sam the Eagle, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, The Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, and a wrestler named The San Francisco Earthquake all make an appearance. At one point, Kermit the Frog propositions a female with the line, “I might be able to get you a job on an educational show for kids.” The story, to the extent there is one, centers around preparations for a “Seven Deadly Sins Pageant.” Alas, the pageant never quite gets off the ground. As Sam the Eagle sagely asks: “Do we really want to get into a ‘deadly sins’ situation?”