Saturday, May 02, 2009

This Day in History|1902
The First Sci-Fi Movie Shown

Voyage dans la Lune, Le/A Trip to the Moon (France, 1902), the screen's first science fiction story, was a 14 minute masterpiece (nearly one reel in length (about 825 feet)), created by imaginative French director and master magician Georges Melies (1861-1938) in his version of the Jules Verne story. The silent film's plot, a light-hearted satire criticizing the conservative scientific community of its time, was inspired by Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and H. G. Wells' First Men in the Moon (1901).

This film, Melies' 400th and most notable film, was made on an astronomical budget for the time of 10,000 Francs - risky, but worthwhile since it was hugely successful. Its popularity also led to it being illegally copied, released under others' names, and pirated (including one stolen by Edison's film technicians and distributed throughout the US). [For example, an illegal duplicate of the film was available in the USA from Siegmund Lubin under the title A Trip to Mars.]

Melies wrote the whimsical script, acted in the film in the lead role, designed the sets and costumes, directed, photographed, and produced the film! He hired acrobats from the Folies Bergere to play the lunar inhabitants named Selenites, and the scantily dressed assistants (or pages) who launched the cannon were dancers from the Châtelet ballet. The image of the lunar capsule landing in the eye of the moon is a memorable sight and widely-recognized in cinematic history.

As a film pioneer and producer of over 500 short films, Melies made up and invented the film medium as he directed. He developed the art of special effects in earlier films, including double exposure, actors performing with themselves over split screens, and use of the dissolve and fade. He also pioneered the art of film editing. The sets or scenery backdrops in the film are simple, painted flats. It has all the elements that characterize the science-fiction genre: adventurous scientists, a futuristic space voyage, special effects such as superimpositions, and strange aliens in a far-off place.

[Episode 12 of host/narrator Tom Hanks' and HBO's 12-part docudrama mini-series From the Earth to the Moon (1998) focused on the making of the iconic film La Voyage Dans la Lune (in Italian with English subtitles), with Tchéky Karyo playing Melies and Hanks playing Melies' fictional assistant and camera operator Jean-Luc Despont, with an older Despont (also Hanks) being "interviewed" about the events. The Melies story of man's first moon landing was interwoven with the final Apollo 17 moon mission.]

Depeche Mode|Wrong

There's something wrong with me chemically

Something wrong with me

The Complete DM Collection

Jack Kemp Kicks It!

More later.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Under Construction


Turn another page in the Red Book,
and you'll see...
Sharleen Spiteri & TEXAS

Make this the one book you listen to this summer.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Still more Grace!

EVEN more Grace!

More Grace.

Karl Blossfeldt v Grace Jones

May Day is Grace Jones.
Grace Jones is May Day.

Robbie Williams

I don't miss you,
just who you used to be.

Keep your eyes on the Road: Volume 1

Checkin' in astrologically...

And then there's Maude
The Painter's Model

This Day in History|1931
The Empire State Building opens

What do you want on YOUR Tombstone?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Photo of the Day

Some photos, I just love.
Some photos, I wish I took.

This photo falls into both categories.

Thanks to Jeff for sending this my way!

Why Heterosexuals Need to be Banned!

Trash speaks for itself.
Doesn't need a definition from me.

This Day in History|1952
Mr Potato Head

Mr Potato Head is the first toy advertised on television.
No comment from Dan Quayle.

And who knew Mr Potato Head's birthday was May 1!!!

OrangeMercury v CNN
Google Reggie Aqui and you get...

Seems OrangeMercury is #1 and CNN (Reggie's employer) is #3.

Here's another photo of Reggie.
Because he's all that and then some.

Warhol's MACINTOSH at auction
$20,000 - $30,000

A Lumbar Disco-graphy has nothing to do with DISCO!

Well, I have a date with one of the few doctors left in CT who still perform this torturous procedure.

And the © remains with the original artist, and this is being shared as an eductional WTF? are you doing to yourself.

So fucking SUE ME for using your illustration.

Can't Resist|TEXAS and Sharleen Spiteri

I <3 Sharleen Spiteri, and this brilliant video!
Cool song too.

Any tune which starts with:

I believe that you told me a promise laced with lies...

has got to be good.

Right Kevin?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Changing Teams!

One Sick Day Since 1950|Jay Leno

The Author's Birthday|Harper Lee

This Day in History|1914

Bounce a $250,000 check and...

Anderson Cooper
Gay v Tea-bagging

What my Monday was consumed with.

This isn't my spine, but this is what I was battling all day yesterday.
A "routine" follow-up on my ACDF surgery in December 2008
was complicated by serious lumbar issues.

I need to go for a lumbar discography now,
a rare enough procedure in itself,
but also a very invasive procedure.

No. I'm not cranky.
I'm fucking PISSED.

Late to the Prom: And then, where's Maude?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Birthday Beat Boy|1940
Giorgio Moroder born

This Day in History|1822
Frederick Law Olmstead born

This Night in History|1977
Studio 54 Opens


Belated Birthday Boy|Al Pacino
25 April 1940

The Archies|Sugar Sugar [1969]

The Archies (Betty, Archie, Jughead, Reggie, Veronica) “Sugar, Sugar”. This sweet, piece of bubblegum pop hit #1 on the charts in 1969. The Archies were created to be the real live musical group behind the Saturday morning TV cartoon series The Archie Show that debuted in 1968. The show’s music was the work of Don Kirshner, who was also behind the Monkees, and producer Jeff Barry. “Sugar Sugar” sold six million singles!