Cool Stuff: Crazy 4 Cult 5 Preview #1

This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art. I am so jealous of all my fellow Los Angelans who are able to attend this week. I’ll be away in Texas, but I can’t complain as I’ll be bringing back my girlfriend with me (the big move, exciting). The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site.

After the jump you will find part one of our preview, which includes a new Back to the Future-inspired piece by the great Eric Tan, Monster Squad and Better Off Dead pieces by /Film favorite Dave Perillo, an incredibly multi-level Scott Pilgrim vs. The World piece by Jim Horwat, Alex Pardee‘s tribute to a new cult classic, Rubber, and more. So what are you waiting for?

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 20 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Come this March, there’s going to be a lot of Alex Pardee on screen during Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. The artist not only contributed artwork for the genre bending trip through a mental institution, but his drawings are the basis for much of the marketing campaign. We’ve already seen the finished posters that Pardee did of all the characters from the film and now we’ve got images of his original, hand-drawn sketches of those posters. Check them out, and find out how you can see Pardee’s work up close and personal in Los Angeles this month, after the break. Read More »

Artist Alex Pardee has been working with Zack Snyder on his latest film Sucker Punch. You might have noticed Pardee’s stylized bunny on the face of Amber’s mech. Some of his other designs also appear in the film. For Comic-Con, Pardee created a bunch of exclusive character posters. We didn’t see them during the con, but they have since shown up on io9. If you missed them in San Diego, you can check them out now after the jump.

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: a doc on Norwegian black metal; a doc on the first Asian member of the Black Panthers; a forgotten Dennis Hopper outlaw flick from Down Under; and a dumb-catchy rap song from the Sudan about movies, birds and popcorn.

With the possible exception of Forever21-styled country music a la Taylor Swift, no other music genre is as stigmatized and sensationalized by acts of church burning and murda as Norwegian black metal. The documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, is a dedicated and almost clinical look at how Norway’s black metal scene was permanently transformed—and magnified—in the early ’90s by what are now infamous acts of violence and rebellion.

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Trick r Treat

It is no secret that I LOVED screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s directorial debut Trick ‘r Treat (you can watch our video blog review here). The film will finally get released on Blu-ray/DVD this week, and part of the celebration includes Alex Pardee‘s “Hiding From The Normals” art show event at Gallery 1988.

To commemorate the event, Alex, Michael and Gallery1988 teamed up for a super limited edition t-shirt depicting Sam, one of the main, and scariest, characters from the film. There are only about 100 of these made, and they will be sold for $25 each. You’ll need to be at the Gallery on Tuesday night at 7pm, as they will be sure to go quick. Check out the full design after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Alex Pardee’s Watchmen Art Print

Alex Pardee created this awesome Watchmen-inspired art which he will be offering as a limited edition print at the New York Comic Con this weekend. Printed with archival inks on 17″ x 22″ Velvet Fine Art Paper, limited to 50 and hand signed by the artist, the print will be available for $80 exclusively at the Zerofriends / Snafu-Comics Booth # 1709 only at the New York Comic Con Feb 6th to 8th @ Jacob Javits Center, NYC. A pretty friggin cool print if you ask me. I wish they were available online, but alas you need to be in New York to buy one. After the jump we have a zomed in photo that shows the fantastic detail work and Alex’s thoughts.

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