I have a massive comic-art-erection for this artist who goes by the name of DenisM79 (real name Denis Medri). He’s the dude that does the incredible Star Wars as an 80′s movie sketches and the Justice League on a western theme pieces as well. Now he’s really balling out with this super cool Batman in the 1950′s theme. It’s full of hot rods, pin ups and crazy, whacky characters. This also needs to happen.
First, check out this cool montage video of DenisM79′s work, then hit the jump for more great artwork and style.
Well Spring is technically here so we can pretend that Summer is basically dry humping distance away. One of the best things about summer aside from weather, camping, patio beers, skateboarding, driving with the windows down, listening to music, barbequing, smoking cigars, wearing shorts and thundertorms are all the rad movies that drop over the spring and summer.
Today on The List, I’m going to run down 5 movies I’m pretty stoked about seeing.
Matt Damon, kicking ass in a post-apocalyptic future. Jodie Foster. Dystopia vs Utopia. Sign me up.
4) The Wolverine
I’m pretty much the only man on earth who was a fan of the first Wolverine movie, but The Wolverine looks even better. I’m a fan of Wolverine’s comic book work in Japan and this film appears to be a good mix of cannon, story line and action.
3) The Lone Ranger
First of all, Johnny Depp COULD have been The Lone Ranger, but I’m pretty sure he decided it would be way more fun for him to be the wise cracking Tonto. I love the look and feel of this movie: a big budget action western, not hung up on period correctness. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had a western like this and I can’t wait. Also: I’m thinking about dressing as the Lone Ranger all 10 days of Stampede.
2) The Place Beyond The Pines
Ryan Gosling seems like he’s every girls dream, but I also think he’s cool and kind of a bad ass. I’m really looking forward to his turn as a white trash dirtbike hero turned bankrobber turned loser in this film, mashed up against Ray Liotta and Bradley Cooper on the other side of things. It feels a lot like Drive, which I loved, but not as much as Gosling’s other movie…
1) Only God Forgives
Everything about this screams violent art house love fest. It reeks of sexuality, violence and the sort of brooding anti hero we’ve seen from Gosling in movies like Gangster Squad and Drive. It also has Drive’s director. Very, very stoked.
I was clicking around the internet earlier this week, seeing if he’s done any other work and low and behold I stumbled over these super cool sketches of his 80′s Star Wars/High School work, including some epic scenes from the original scenes in high school.
Â It’s going to be a snowy and possibly cold weekend in Calgary, so if you’re not going to go out and play in the snow, then why not check out a few decent movies? My friend Mike Morrison runs a great Canadian entertainment blog called Mikes Bloggity Blog and a few weeks back he got on the topic of Canadian movies on Facebook. Turns out Mike hasn’t seen too many of my favorite Canuck films, so I thought today on The List that I would re-visit some of my favorite pieces of Canadian Cinema that have ever graced my VCR, DVD player, PVR or Netlfix.
While it’s not the best or the funniest hockey movie ever made (both honors go to Slapshot) it is a fine piece of gut busting comedy. And while a Canadian isn’t in the lead role, it is primarily filmed in Canada and directed and produced in Canada and it’s all about the game we love so much. It’s also Seann William Scott’s best movie. Because I hate Stifler.
Passhcendaele details what the first world war was like for so many boys (and girls) from Calgary & Alberta. Paul Gross not only starred but wrote, directed, produced and drummed up money for the epic, which was also on the receiving end of a 5.5 million dollar grant from the Alberta government. It tells a tale of how soliders from Calgary were recruited and sent off to fight and die in the bloody, muddy fields of Belgium. Some of it was actually based on a story that Paul Gross’ grandfather told him when he was a child. Heavy on epic shots and battle scenes, Passchendaele falls a little flat in the actual story and acting department. It’s still worth a watch none the less, especially if you are a history, war or Calgary buff.
Dance Me Outside is the first Bruce McDonald movie I saw and it really stuck with me. It’s a story of life growing up on an Ontario First Nations reserve with the characters and situations that go along with it, when the semi-funny and idyllic story takes a dark turn after a local girl is murdered and the man who did it gets a light sentence. The young people of the community plot revenge. A fine film from my favorite Canadian director, but not his best work. Excellent performances from Adam Beach and Ryan Black.
Fubar is a timeless picture about two dudes most people growing up in Western Canada new. Dudes who never graduated, rolled their own smokes, rolled around in broken down trucks and Oldsmobiles and were still rolling tight jeans and puffy-tongued sneakers well past their prime. The crew behind Fubar took those characters and turned them into loveable losers with a genuine story to tell. It’s filmed right here in Calgary (and High River & Bragg Creek) and still stands the test of time. I swear it was responsible for the re-birth of Pilsner’s popularity and the characters of Deaner and Terry have practically become full time occupations for Paul Spence and David Lawrence.
Hard Core Logo isn’t just a great Canadian movie. It’s simply a Great movie. Easily the finest piece of film from Bruce McDonald, it details the story ofÂ legendary Canadian punk band that never quite got their due, reuniting for one last tour. It has great music, shows off Canada in true road trip fashion and has some fine work from Hugh Dillon (who basically became an actor after this), Callum Keith Rennie (who used it as a springboard into the US) and Julian Richings (who’s awesome as always as Bucky Haight). Hard Core Logo should be required viewing for all Canadian music fans.