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Ming the Merciless

Ming the Merciless

I was experimenting with a new (to me) technique for copying from a photo. I started out zoomed way, way out and slowly worked my way in, adding more detail with each pass. I totally botched the angle of his head and the gun. I’m not sure how I managed to change the perspective from the source photo, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out for a first effort.

Painted in the gimp on a fujitsu stylistic st5112 with minor color adjustments/grain effects added using g’mic plugin.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in film

 

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Sherlock Holmes

#22 Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes poster

L: How long has he been like that?

W: About 35 minutes.  I suggested we take in a movie, and he grabbed his coat and rushed me out the door, flung me into the nearest hansom and here I find myself, watching my dear friend stand in the middle of a video store staring at a wall of movies.

L: Has he been at the pipe again?

W: I fear so.

L: Look! It seems as though his trance is broken; here he comes.

H: I wish I could say it was a pleasant surprise to see you here.

L: Have you figured out what movie to rent?

H: I have, indeed, not made a final decision as of yet.  I believe I am in the mood for an animated film, circa 2001, starring that blonde gentleman who later went on to portray a certain British secret agent.  I surmise the film was French in origin.  Would you be so kind as to go and fetch it for me, so that I might be on my way and distract you from your own search no longer than necessary.

L: It would be my pleasure to assist the great Sher–

H: Go!  Go!  Speed is of the utmost importance!

W: But–but–we watched that not more than 14 months hence.  It is not like you to rewatch a film such as that without purchasing it.

H: A mere ruse to distract our dear inspector from renting the very same movie I intended to take home this very night.  You see, there was only one copy left on the shelf and he was clearly interested in watching it, no doubt hoping to pick up a few pointers, as it were.

2 hours later

W: I say, how DO you do it?  How on earth did you know that would be the perfect movie?  Though some of the special effects were obvious, and the story was more action oriented than the books, the movie was an excellent example of an adaptation done well.  What I can’t figure out, is how the deuce did you know they’d get it so right?

H: It was really quite simple–a mere matter of deduction.  You see, the absence of any other copies on the shelf indicated that this movie was popular enough to have garnered good word of mouth, but not so popular as to have been consumed by the masses in entirety within mere moments of being made available for rental.  The muted tones and faux aged appearance of the illustrations on the cover indicated that this movie was being marketed with a proper sense of nostalgia and respect for the genre in which it belongs.  The prominence of the title, which, not coincidentally lacks a subtitle, suggests that this adaptation of a classic literary tale extrapolates from the entirety of the works, and not just from one short tale, thus serving as an excellent introduction to the characters and story as a whole.  The actor chosen to portray the lead role, while a little unorthodox in that he looks nothing like the character in question, is just different enough to make the character fresh again.  It is an added extravagence that the actor in question has a history of drug abuse, wild living, and a smarmy charm unequaled by his peers, not unlike our protagonist.  The director has chosen to render his name in small font on the back of the case, thus denying himself the privelege of bragging.  This told me that he either did not want to draw attention to the fact that he made this movie, and thus was not proud of it, or that he understood that the real draw of this film would be the stars on screen.  Since he was married for a time to a dance hall girl and performer of some considerable fame who later, unfortunately took leave of her senses, I can only believe that he has learned to accept his station in life and prove his skills in a quiet fashion.

W: You got all that from looking at the cover?

H: Well, that and the cute girl behind the counter suggested it to me yesterday.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2010 in film, Movie Challenge

 

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Spring Break

#17 Spring Break

Spring Break Movie Poster

If you were a college student in the 80’s, it was practically a rite of passage to load up with your buddies and head to Ft. Lauderdale, get drunk, do drugs, have promiscuous sex, and watch wet t-shirt contests on the beach all in the name of Spring Break.

If you were a teenager in the 80’s, it was practically a rite of passage to sneak home vhs tapes of movies about college kids doing those things.  This movie really struck many nostalgic chords for me.  I never lived a life like the people in this debaucherous riot, but as a young gentlemanbeggar, I found myself envious of the great fun it seemed they were having.  Even as a more responsible adult, I see that the lifestyle depicted here is in no way enviable, but still, it looks like great fun.  There is a plot in this movie, albeit a thin one.  I won’t bother trying to explain what the major conflict is, because, really what matters is that it’s an ensemble cast of college kids enjoying spring break.  You’ve got your white-bread goody-two-shoes who’s rebelling for the first time, his slightly edgier best friend, the “professionally cool” guy from New York, and the secretly deep dumb guy who’s more loyal than your favorite dog.  Oh, and there’s plenty of gratuitous nudity.  Oh yeah, you’ve also got the girl next door who’s so pure that fresh snow looks dingy next to her.  Don’t forget the gratuitous nudity.

Spring Break Screenshot

Oh look! "The Man" wants to shut down the popular hot-spot!

Seriously though, even with all the questionable behavior and the T&A in this movie, there is a certain innocence in the film that is sadly lacking in more modern attempts to make “coming of age” movies.  So often, movie makers just don’t get it.  They rely too much on the notion that nudity=fun, not realizing that the true formula is fun=nudity.  There really is a difference.  On the cover of the DVD it says proudly “Mr. Skin is a big fan of this movie!”  Surprisingly, the nudity in this movie, while gratuitous, isn’t as prevelant as you might suspect.  In fact, this movie could easily be edited enough to show on network tv.  And I’d wager it’d still be as much fun.

Fans of 80’s music might especially enjoy this raucous romp which features music by NRBQ, .38 Special, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, and Cheap Trick.

You can actually watch the entire movie online at crackle.com!

What a great way to finish up my Spring Break week!

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2010 in film, Movie Challenge

 

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Avatar Movie

Every time I see more hype for James Cameron’s new sci-fi extravaganza, somehow, this is what I imagine:

Smurfs in SPAAAAAAAACE!

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2009 in film, humour, tongueincheek

 

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World Premiere!

I’d like to take a moment to announce the world premiere of The Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer! This June, a friend and I filmed a short 5 minute movie in my backyard, and now we’ve put it up on the internet for ridicule prosperity and fame!  Without further ado, I present to you, The Fountain.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in fiction, film, friends, internet, pirates

 

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