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Dear Watchmen, I Am Concerned
November 23, 2008, 2:39 pm
Filed under: comics, movies, Watchmen

The new Watchmen trailer has hit the internets (Thursday Nov, 13th at around 5:00PM Cali time). I’ve seen the first trailer, I know what it’s about. I’ve read the graphic novel. I enjoy and consume comic books. Ok, I’m a nerd.

My initial response to the Watchmen trailer was “That’s gonna be awesome!” Although, it appeared right before The Dark Knight, so that may have been a case of premature excitement on my part. Upon second viewing, I was not a big fan of the slow motion shots, which look like they will be carried out through the entire film. It feels more fantastical than gritty and realistic. (Which Moore successfully accomplished in the novel; making superheroes part of the every day metropolitan landscape).

I wish I could have had some of my fears assuaged by trailer 2.0, but alas, no such luck. I believe the story will suffer, as even two hours won’t be enough to encompass its richness. The Tales of the Black Freighter comic book interludes will undoubtedly be cut, which makes sense I suppose but which I enjoyed in the comics. Hopefully the film’s appearance will not override atmosphere, and its glamour and spectacle won’t hinder a largely true-to-(gritty)life core. I suppose all of that will have to be seen.

Here is the trailer:



Where is Bill Hader?!?!?
November 23, 2008, 2:36 pm
Filed under: "rudy"culous, lies, SNL

I think a big part of my day centers around thinking I should tell people they are making a terrible mistake. Like, when I found out the retail giant known as “The Gap” failed to feature one funny gentleman in its new winter/christmas ads. All I’m saying is if they’re going to have Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Will forte…where is Bill Hader? 

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I do realize Bill may not have agreed to a short-lived life as a Gap model, but I still feel like he was robbed.



A Brief Trip…
October 29, 2008, 4:35 pm
Filed under: music, sweet

…in time to when the stuff below was all I listened to. Funny, I can hear these bands’ influence in some of the newer and up and coming acts. The videos may not be that great, but watching isn’t necessary. We’ll start with…

Magazine – Shot By Both Sides

Wire – Outdoor Miner

Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?

The Damned – Love Song

The Jam – In The City



I WON…
October 28, 2008, 4:46 pm
Filed under: "rudy"culous, art, sweet

…an award!!! Technically my place of work (eat.sleep.work) and I did. What sucks is that ESPN gets to keep the award since they submitted our entry. We won for the Summer X Games 14 Media Guide, which we fully concepted, designed, and produced.

Our Overall Score

We won in our category (press/media outreach materials)!

We got #94 overall in what seems like a worldwide competition!

I art directed all and designed most of the Media Guide all by my lonesome, so I am pretty stoked!!!

It’s the one on the top with the silver foil and bikes/skateboards, motorbikes, and rally cars…



It’s About Time…
October 27, 2008, 5:40 pm
Filed under: music, sweet

…I started really liking a quartet of southern alcoholics. I mean that in the best way possible. I keep listening to Kings of Leon over and over and over again. All the time. In this instance, they sound pretty close to the recording…

However, I’m not as much fan of their overall “new” look. It’s a mix of cleaned up and indie. I’m a much bigger fan of the “straight out of the 70’s look”, it seemed more unique, but things do have to change. Though Caleb Followill has clearly very much improved his singing, I still prefer the more throaty and gritty version. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy their new record, Only By the Night, or his singing, because I do. It’s just a small superficial preference I suppose. I’m assuming they’ve had a pretty interesting road from Tennessee to what they’ve become.

Just for fun, a comparison:

     



Ben Folds…
October 23, 2008, 1:19 pm
Filed under: music, oldies but goodies, sweet

…Ben Folds Five!

I’ve been spending my work time on MySpace here (http://www.myspace.com/fronttoback) listening to this concert while designing. It sounds great, and I can’t wait to fully watch the whole thing.

Ben Folds Five (yes they “reunited”) performed in its entirety The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, front to back (I get it). Peppered with short interviews and commentary, this little documentary is insightful and entertaining, especially for Ben Folds Five fans. It is also in HD! 

It makes me want to listen to the album again. It seems like these days I need a reminder of how great music I already love is. This was the perfect nugget.



I’ve Been…
October 22, 2008, 11:18 am
Filed under: animation, learning, music, sweet

…really into TV on the Radio’s new album, Dear Science. 

Please go out and grab it any way you can. You will thank me. Maybe not but you will most likely love it.

Not to mention Tunde Adebimpe, the lead singer, can only be described as super awesome. He is most recently in Rachel Getting Married (which I always wrongly refer to as “Rachel at the Wedding”), and has been in a small number of additional films. He also directed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ video for Pin below. 

Singer, songwriter, director, animator…it is hard enough to be slightly successful in one of those areas, but he’s managed all. I think I have a new hero among many. It really makes me want to get off my butt and do everything creative, as all my hours are spent laboring over designs at work. It does become exhausting, and I am not a creature of routine. Blah blah blah…which is why this little blog has been neglected time and again. Here’s to another attempt at making it work!

Enjoy Pin.




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