Kevin Tong‘s Sights Unseen art exhibit is like when Carrie goes nuts on Homeland and puts up a huge bulletin board of work. It’s overwhelming and blinding, but totally genius. Tong, one of the most well-respected and talented screenprint artists working today, has created an exhibit not just for movie fans. It’s for everyone.
Comprised of over 200 drawings from the entire course of Tong’s career, the exhibit hits like a ton of bricks. It’s difficult to believe he’s assembled this much work in one space. As you begin to explore the nooks and crannies of the gallery, you’ll find beautiful movie pieces, music pieces and more general art pieces that Tong created on the way to larger, more commercial work. It’s one of those exhibits fans will have to explore again and again because they’ll find something new and exciting every single time through.
Tong has done movie posters for Mondo, Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, worked for bands like Phish, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and many more. But all of it started with these drawings and seeing them as a whole is not only to see the arc of an artist’s career, it spotlights an evolving style and ideas that are radically out of the box.
Sights Unseen is currently on display at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA through April 3. Below, we’ve captured just a few of the movie and pop culture related pieces. Read More »
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This post really doesn’t need much set up. Mondo has commissioned awesome artist Kevin Tong to do a poster for a triple bill of Edgar Wright films happening this weekend in Austin. Meaning, one Mondo poster includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Is it better than Alex Pardee or DKNG’s poster on the same subject? It’s debatable. But they’re all sick. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Honesty isn’t always fun, but in environments where it is a rare commodity honesty can provide entertainment like nothing else. Ronald Meyer is the head of Universal Studios. He’s a US Marine who co-founded the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and became president of Universal in 1995. He has held that post ever since, through six regime changes. He’s doing something right, even when he does things wrong.
The question is, which of these things was wrong: making Land of the Lost, The Wolfman and Cowboys & Aliens, or publicly admitting that the movies were mistakes? While appearing at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer talked with surprising candor about Universal’s recent fortunes and the state of the studio’s business today. The quotes in the headline are just the beginning. Read More »
Someone must have put in a cheat code because Scott Pilgrim vs. The World just got unlimited lives. Though you can watch Edgar Wright‘s awesome adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s comic book anytime you want on Blu-ray, or cable for that matter, the film will now play on the big screen every single month at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA.
The theater, which is co-owned by Quentin Tarantino (and had Wright as programmer for a month last year), is the place Scott Pilgrim had its midnight-movie birth with a series of sold out screenings. Starting in September, the film is starring an open-ended Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque residency. Read more after the break. Read More »
Sometimes there are posters so cool, people get mad when we post them. Posting them alerts more people to their awesomeness and, hypothetically, gives everyone less of a chance to buy one themselves. To those people, I apologize in advance.
Alex Pardee, whose work you might be familiar with from Sucker Punch or a new Attack the Block piece, has designed a “literally mind-blowing” poster for an upcoming Edgar Wright triple feature at the Castro Theater in San Francisco: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. After the jump we’ll show you the full image and tell you where you can buy tickets to attend the event and pick up one of these beauties. Read More »
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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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I’d answer the headline question with ‘no,’ but there might be a more measured approach to the Con from various movie studios. The New York Times has an article today that points to the fact that movie studios are reassessing how they’ll spend money and time at Comic Con. The paper says that Warner Bros. and Disney and DreamWorks are not bringing films to the show this year, and notes that Marvel is trying to decide whether to do a big panel in 2011. So what’s going on with Comic Con? Read More »
As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
Check out the collection after the jump. Read More »
For an awards show that purports to honor outstanding achievements in film, the Academy Awards seem oddly drawn to the familiar. The movies with the most nominations at this year’s Oscar race, for example, are The King’s Speech and True Grit — two films with a great deal of critical acclaim backing them, but ones that are decidely lacking in any grand ambition beyond presenting a traditional, accessible story. The Oscars, it would appear, favor the classically good to the unconventionally good, leaving the latter out to be forgotten in a sea of mediocrity and predictability. This isn’t a shocking revelation; the Academy Awards have always favored films that adhere to a certain standard of genre filmmaking. A heart-rending, war-based drama about one man’s uplifting struggle against adversity will always win out over the truly innovative, progressive, subversive films of our times. Read More »