Pulp Fiction Live Read

There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.

While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »

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Meet the Vertical Cinema Movement

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Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small.

But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling film festival featuring movies specifically shot with a vertical orientation.

Below, read more and see additional images and trailers for some of the films screened in the festival. Read More »

Feb 14 Art

This week might have started with the Super Bowl, but it’s ending with a weekend of super art. Five art shows in four major cities open tonight and tomorrow. If you’re a fan of pop culture art, this is like Christmas. Here’s the breakdown.

  • Thursday February 6: UnReal Estates III by Tim Doyle at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA.
  • Friday February 7: It Came From 1984 group show at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Friday February 7: The Art of Laurent Durieux at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX.
  • Friday February 7: Such Pixels by Aled Lewis at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Friday February 7: Adventure Show by Nicole Gustafsson & Meghan Stratman at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

We’ve already written about each of those shows at those above links but, below, we’ll once again give you the info and feature a few new pieces from each show. Read More »

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2015 is only a year away but you can have everyone’s favorite 2015 movie on your wall starting this Friday. Laurent Durieux, he of that excellent Die Hard posteramong others, is having his first solo art show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin TX on February 7. We’re delighted to debut one of the many pieces in the show: Back to the Future Part II.

We already knew Durieux, who flew in from Belgium for the show, did The Birds, Forbidden Planet and the first Back to the Future for the show (though that has yet to be revealed) but with this one image, he truly captures the time, place and tone of Robert Zemeckis‘ hit 1989 sequel. Check out both versions of the poster below. Read More »

Aled Lewis - Happy Gilmore

UK artist Aled Lewis is a relative newcomer in terms of mainstream pop culture art, but he’s about to become a household name. Previously, he’d done a few brilliant Edgar Wright pieces for Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles (among others) and now the gallery that all but started the craze is featuring Lewis’ first solo exhibit. And it looks insane.

The exhibit is called Such Pixels and will open February 7 at Gallery 1988 West. The first few teases of the show just came online and while I’d normally wait for a few more images before writing about the show, these images are so beyond cool I figured you had to see them. That’s just one above. (From Happy Gilmore, of course.) Below, check out some even more amazing images blending movies and video games. Read More »

Tim Doyle - Lost

For two years, Austin based artist Tim Doyle has been proving locations on television are as essential as the characters. The Kwik-E-Mart on The Simpsons; the RV in Breaking Bad; Castle Greyskull in Masters of the Universe; these locations are as important to their show as Homer, Walt or He-Man. Now, for the third year in a row, Doyle emphasizes that point with the art show UnReal Estate III, which opens Thursday February 6 at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The artist has once again made iconic locations from popular shows into beautiful art.

In the past, Doyle’s tackled The Sopranos, Sesame Street, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and so many others. This year, we’re proud to exclusively debut Doyle’s takes on Game of Thrones, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Lost, Adventure Time, Six Feet Under and The Munsters. Which is only a fraction of the show. Check it out below. Read More »

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1984 was a great year for blockbuster cinema. Like, a ridiculously good year. The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Beverly Hills Cop, Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Police Academy, This is Spinal Tap, Revenge of the Nerds, Purple Rain, The Karate Kid, Splash, and Red Dawn were all released. All those films and more are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is having one big bash in their honor.

It’s an art show called It Came From 1984 and it opens February 7. Artists from all over have interpreted films from 1984 in all kind of media and, below, you can catch a glimpse. Read More »

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My mind just exploded. Every year, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas hosts a massive art exhibit during South by Southwest but, this year they’ve outdone themselves. They’re teaming with Oh My Disney for a show called Nothing’s Impossible, and it’s all art based on Disney properties.

The show opens March 7 and remains open until March 11. It’ll feature new works by Ken Taylor, Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Tom Whalen, Aaron Horkey, Daniel Danger, JC Richard, Mike Mitchell, just a murderer’s row of amazing artists. Only one piece has been revealed, Alice in Wonderland by Ken Taylor, which you can see in part above. Check it out in full below along with all the info. Read More »

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