Jay-Z ranks his favorite albums.
how u gonna see this LARGE FORMAT beautiful self portrait n be like, “nahhh this ain’t good enuf 4 our undergraduate juried exhibition…” ????
I love this!
ARTIST FOCUS: RON GUYATT
This week we get a chance to talk with Ron Guyatt, an illustrator and designer from Canada who is one of our favorite creative people on the Tumblrverse. You’ve most likely seen and marveled at his art before, now you can get to know the mind behind the fantastic design work.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
My name is Ron Guyatt. I’m a Graphic Designer / Illustrator originally from Peterborough ON Canada.
Currently I reside in Toronto with my Fiancée with whom some of you may know… the wonderful Indy Lytle.
What is your day job?
I am a full time freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator.
Most of the time I am working on Illustrations for Games / Film Studios or working on Commissions and travelling across Canada to attend conventions.
I started working freelance in 2010…just over three and a half years now!
How long have you been designing/illustrating? What’s your “origin story”?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember so yes I am self taught in that respect. Designing is something relatively new that I didn’t realize I was missing for the longest time.
I started my design career in 2007 alongside my now fiancée with the one year Design Foundation Program at George Brown College here in Toronto. After we both completed with Honours we decided to sally forth and pursue our Advanced Diploma’s in Graphic Design.
I’ve always naturally had an inclination to art but I think my parents gave me some of the initial seeds. My mother was always very hands on with helping me with creative projects early on and my father who is blind gave me a deep rooted appreciation for the visual world. After that they gave me the freedom to pursuit my own destiny.
What influences your art? Is there a particular person’s style that has influenced you?
I’ve been asked this many times and I always get taken back by the artist that says something or someone specific. For me it is the world around me … everything is an influence, everything has something to teach you.
I think this perspective has helped define my style as unique amongst others. This is not to say I haven’t been more heavily influenced by a few things. Growing up I loved Art, Geography & Math, it turns out that that is a great recipe for Design.
Today though I find joy in Propaganda Posters, Art Deco and Art Nouveau to name a few. Artists that I look towards would be Adam Hughes, Sean Gordon Murphy, Ashley Wood, Feng Zhu, Stanley Lau, Mike Mignola, Phil Noto, J Scott Campbell and of course Michelangelo (The Artist & The Turtle)
What medium do you typically use when creating your art?
Though I grew up in the 80’s and started with what I like to call Analogue Art, I have grown very accustomed to the Digital Realm. I frequent my Sketchbook, Copic Markers, Photoshop on my MacBook Pro and my Cintiq now as well!
What got you into creating video game artwork?
I started making gaming posters in 2009 as part of a semester long project in my Advanced Imaging class. Shortly into the new year (2010) while working on my final thesis project which involved the rebranding of the iconic Bloor Cinema here in Toronto, I was approached by Digital Devolver in the U.S. to create a series of posters for their latest installment of Serious Sam… this was officially my breaking into the industry point and the job that pushed me to make more! Of course that and needing to fill the countless hours watching my Fiancée play games :)
Tell us about your Space Travel Posters. Where did the idea come from for that? How badly do you want to visit the places you’re illustrating?
My Space Travel Posters have been a pet project for me that started almost two years ago. I was seeing a lot of travel posters on Tumblr and DeviantArt at the time and came to the conclusion that I hadn’t seen much for off world locations. I’ve always had a fascination for space and the universe and this was a great way to scratch that itch. I started by doing concepts that fell into the regular Travel Poster realm but it wasn’t what I really wanted. So I tried a more graphic approach… but there was very little preplanning. After posting online I got an amazing response and got featured shortly after on Io9.com amongst a handful of other sites. So I pushed forward… blindly. I quickly realized I needed to re-approach the project and decided to go big. So after months of contemplation and debate I relaunched the series at the start of July this year. I decided I would do one poster a week for 52 weeks, exploring the solar system as well as the world of Graphic Design.
So far the response has been amazing… I’ve been contacted by Space lovers, Art Lovers, Scientists & Educators around the world. I was also approached by Spacevidcast, a group dedicated to promoting space and space exploration to produce a short series of Space Themed Educational posters. As for visiting the places… I would love to see them all! If I get to see just one of the 52 in my life I would be thrilled!
What is the best art advice you have ever received?
Make art about the things that you love the most.
Odds are that there are many others that love it just as much.
It hasn’t failed me to date.
Tell us about your current projects. Any upcoming shows?
I’ve got some great projects in the works, most of which I can’t discuss at the moment. But I can say that I am working with Xbox Europe on something fun.
As for Galleries, nothing is set in stone at the moment but I did just get in touch with Bottleneck Gallery in New York about some upcoming shows. I should know more in the coming weeks.
Beyond that I still have two conventions left for the year here in Toronto and in Ottawa in early Dec.
Do you have a favorite video game series?
This is a tough question .. I loved Fallout and Bioshock but my all time fav is probably SimCity.
Are you playing any video games currently? Any upcoming titles that you are excited about?
Haha yes… SimCity 5 actually. I gave up some of the last Gigs of hard drive space on my laptop to play it. It really is a guilty pleasure.
As for Console games … I am playing GTA 5, Batman: Arkham City and waiting in line on the shelf are Metro: The Last Light, & Batman: Arkham Origins.
I am most looking forward to Watch Dogs and Thief. I’m interested in the new Assassins Creed… and of course someday Fallout 4 :)
If you could be any video game character who would it be and why?
They say if you ever have the option to be Batman then be Batman. So yes… Batman!
If you could be a dinosaur with any super power, which would you choose and why?
T-Rex… Stretchy Arms or Invisibility. Deadliest creature to ever live and nothing is out of reach. The true apex predator!
Want to keep up with what Ron is working on? You can follow him on Tumblr for all his latest art and updates. You can purchase his excellent artwork at his Etsy Shop. Also, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his Website and DeviantArt Gallery for a full collection of his work.
The Ladies of Scream 2 by Mark Seliger - 1997
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and Nicholas Brendon by George Lange - 1997
Joseph Loughborough spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin.
Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from Loughborough’s impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition. Drawing inspiration from various themes concerned with Camus/Kierkegaard’s notion of “Absurdity”. Each drawing becomes story pursuing a standing point within the concept. Lonely human forms seem to struggle and ponder the sporadically lit space they occupy without reaching the point of a dramatic emotional encounter. Couples and groups of people cling together searching for an antidote to the revelations of their existence. Personifications of latent hopes and emotions wait in vain to be realized. No specific conclusions can be made to the meaning of the individual works aside from the acknowledgement and indulgence of image, expression and technique. This reflects absurdity’s philosophical model of observing our potentially meaningless existence without the sterilisation of Nihilism. The irony of religious motifs act to enhance the awkward balance between secularism and religious hope that the characters depicted seem to grapple with. Questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires.
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Scary Movies on Netflix Streaming: The Best, The Worst, The Weird
Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually find — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Halloween is nigh, it seemed appropriate to weed through every single horror movie currently available to stream on Netflix and point out the good ones, the bad ones, the disturbing ones, and the just plain silly ones. Read on:
Everyone’s going to have differing opinions on what movies are great, but I think we can all agree that the ones below are more likely to fall in the plus column than the minus.
Scream and Scream 2: For many people under 30, these jokey yet scary Wes Craven deconstructions of the slasher film genre were the first real horror movies that they were allowed to see. The films still hold up, and the first movie’s use of the song “Red Right Hand” introduced me to Nick Cave, a worthy reason to love Scream on its own.
Carrie: Did you see the new film version of Carrie? Did you like it? Did you hate it? It doesn’t really matter, not with Brian De Palma’s 1976 original so easily accessible this Halloween. The movie manages to be both garish and sympathetic, balancing Sissy Spacek’s amazing performance with De Palma’s film geek split-screens and over-the-top use of color and music.
The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn: The first is an energetic and genuinely frightening low-budget gem. The second is sort of a sequel, sort of a remake, but bloodier and pitched as a semi-slapstick comedy. Together, they comprise the first parts of what should unofficially be known as the “Bruce Campbell Is a God” trilogy.
Cabin in the Woods: You can look at this one as a combination of Screamand the Evil Dead movies. Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, the clever movie has the same basic plot as the latter (young people head to the forest) but with the joyful meta-ness of the former. I can’t really write about Cabin in the Woods without blowing it for you, but be assured, if you love horror movies and aren’t too self-serious about that love, this will be a delightful experience.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Not unlike Cabin in the Woods, a movie that completely flips the script, imagining those creepy redneck guys that always pop up in forest-adjacent horror movies as the nice ones, with the typically fragile college students as the aggressors. Witty and bloody.
Rosemary’s Baby: Along with The Exorcist, which came along five years later in 1973, this Roman Polanski film helped kick off the horror boom of the 1970s. It’s still all sorts of messed up. There’s a scene in which the lead character is raped by Satan, for Christ’s sake. “This is no dream, this is really happening!”
Event Horizon: Not well received upon its release, I still have a soft place in my heart for this 1997 space-horror movie. Maybe it’s because it stars Sam Neill, who was still riding high in my eyes after Jurassic Park and In the Mouth of Madness. Or maybe it’s because it’s about a haunted spaceship that doubles as the portal to hell! There’s some great nasty, nearly subliminal imagery in this one.
Session 9: The first thing I mention whenever I bring this 2001 movie up is that it has a moment when David Caruso says “fuck you” as perfectly as anyone has ever said “fuck you” in a movie. The second thing is that the movie, about a potentially haunted abandoned insane asylum, is creepy as fuck. Choose whichever fucking reason you want.
The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers: Director Ti West’s movies might not be for the average horror fan. These two in particular are exercises in tension-building, experiments in how long you can “bore” your audience before pulling the trigger. I’d argue that it works better in House of the Devil than inThe Innkeepers, but both featured a classical type of horror directing that is rare these days.
Paranormal Activity 3: Blame Netflix’s scattershot movie rights system, but only the third and fourth parts of this found-footage series are available to stream. This entry is the series prequel, directed by the two guys who had previously done Catfish, which fills in the backstory for the two women who can’t seem to shake those pesky demons. Using many of the same found-footage fright techniques from the previous two, this is the film that put a video camera on top of an oscillating fan base, to memorable results.
Let the Right One In: An innocent love story that just happens to be about a young boy and his equally young (if ageless) vampire friend, this 2008 Sweden-set bloodsucker tale, remade for U.S. audiences in 2010 as Let Me In, is a masterpiece that floats between cold Scandinavian storytelling and steaming hot-blooded genre violence.
Hellboy and Ghostbusters: Not normally (ever?) linked together, I’ll do so for the purposes of this Halloween column. Here are two horror comedies, one a superhero tale about a wisecracking demon fighting Nazis and supernatural monsters, the other a beloved Eighties comedy about a wisecracking Bill Murray fighting Walter Peck and supernatural monsters. Horror is a house with many rooms (horror/sci-fi, for example, though The Thing is sadly no longer available on Netflix Streaming) and funny movies take up one significant wing.
The Frighteners: Peter Jackon’s first real Hollywood movie, and the one he directed before setting off on his now decade-plus-long Lord of the Rings binge, 1996’s The Frighteners is another horror comedy. This one, however, stars Michael J. Fox as a man who develops the ability to communicate with ghosts. Fox’s presence is no small thing, especially since it was his last major movie role. The special effects, impressive at the time, still charm.
The Host: No, not the movie based on the Stephenie Meyer book; that was no good. This is the 2006 South Korean sea monster movie directed by Joon-ho Bong, and it’s very entertaining. Also, it remains one of the highest-grossing South Korean movies ever.
Slither: Marvel gave director James Gunn its weirdest movie property — the upcoming adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, a comic book franchise that most people can’t yet get their heads around. (A talking raccoon? A tree creature?) They likely had noticed his sick sense of humor in 2010’s Super, which starred Rainn Wilson as a psychotic wannabe hero, but also might have taken note of the way he balanced comedy, horror, and science-fiction in his directorial review, 2006’s Slither. Starring Elizabeth Banks and Nathan Fillion, it’s about a town that gets invaded by nasty parasitic aliens. Just really nasty-looking things.
Re-Animator: There haven’t been that many great (or that many at all) H.P. Lovecraft adaptations on the big screen. Perhaps it has to do with the author’s creatures being so amazing-looking that they usually drive people who gaze upon them insane — a high barrier for any movie. But this one adapts one of Lovecraft’s less cosmically grand stories into a wacky and bloody tale about a medical student who just loves to bring dead things back to life.
Pet Semetary: But you really shouldn’t reanimate people, or pets, or anything dead. As Herman Munster himself says in this 1989 Stephen King adaptation, “Sometimes dead is better.” Nowhere near the best King adaptation, Pet Semetary nonetheless rises near the top half of the crop by sheer virtue of the fact that it’s not utterly atrocious.
V/H/S: The anthology film has long been a staple of the horror genre, but this movie had the genius stroke of tagging on to the latest stylistic boom and making all of its shorts found-footage stories. Each segment has a different director and therefore has a completely different style and feel and conceit — making V/H/S completely schizophrenic and all the better for it. Some critics called it out for its lack of cohesion, which seems to run counter to the purpose of an anthology film.
Some other good movies to check out: Hellraiser(Clive Barker, puzzle box, pinhead); Land of the Dead (George Romero’s first zombie movie since Day of the Dead, starring John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper); The Bay (found-footage movie about a deadly parasite, directed by Barry Levinson!); Troll Hunter (another found-footage movie, this one a Norwegian mockumentary about the title creature); Night Watchand Day Watch(directed byWanted’s Timur Bekmambetov, these are the first two entries in an insane supernatural saga — at the time of its release, Night Watch was the highest grossing Russian film ever released in that nation.)
THE CLASSIC CLASSICS
We know they’re all in black and white and a little slow going, but the Universal monster movies — Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, and The Bride of Frankenstein (though not Frankenstein), are well worth watching. Same goes for the few silent horror films on Netflix Streaming, though I’m not going to try to convince you here that silent films are great (they are) — that’s for a whole other essay. Still, if you are in the silent mood, there’s the original big bad vampire, Nosferatu (as well as director F.W. Murnau’s Faust), the German expressionist dream film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, and Lon Chaney’s spooky and sad The Phantom of the Opera. Finally, there’s the fun and cheesy 1959 Vincent Price flick House on Haunted Hill.
The ABCs of Death (anthology horror with a great concept — one death for every letter of the alphabet — that also proves to be its own undoing, since we’re talking about 27 shorts!); Pumpkinhead (this is the directorial debut of the great special effects artist Stan Winston, so I feel bad saying that it’s no good); Children of the Corn (a risible Stephen King adaptation that spawned almost ten sequels — you’ll get acquainted with them later); Scream 3 (we get it, Wes, we get it); Resident Evil (zombies, video games, Milla Jovovich);Aftershock (Hostel director Eli Roth stars even though he’s most definitelynot an actor, Inglourious Basterds’s Bear Jew notwithstanding); A Haunted House, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2 (all written by Marlon Wayans);Species (women are scary and will kill you if you have sex with them, is what this sci-fi horror movie is about); Devil (remember when this trailer played before a movie and everyone laughed at the line, “From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan”?); Brain Dead (this is not the Peter Jackson movie, though Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman are both in it, so you’ll never confuse them again); The Prophecy (Christopher Walken starred in three of these movies as the archangel Gabriel, which is kind of perfect and also kind of dumb); Psycho (this is the Gus van Sant remake, an interesting experiment, though with all the movies in the wide world — including the original Psycho — what’s the point?);Mimic (Guillermo del Toro directed this Mira Sorvino giant bug movie, and he was very displeased with the final product, as was I); The People Under the Stairs (this Wes Craven horror-comedy satire about race and class is all over the place); Bruiser (the forgotten George Romero film, having come out between The Dark Half and Land of the Dead)
I Spit on Your Grave (some really nasty stuff — a rape revenge horror movie that Roger Ebert called, “one of the most depressing experiences of my life”);The Human Centipede and The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence(if you don’t know the conceit of these two films, you live in a happier place than I do); Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (this movie came out at a time — the mid-Eighties — when movie murderers and serial killers were seen primarily in jokey or cheap slasher films. This film feels different, more raw.The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker plays the title character.); The Snowtown Murders (grim Australian serial killer story); Maniac (Elijah Wood in the remake of a 1980 movie about a killer who likes scalps; the murders are shown from the point of view of the killer.)
SILLY BUT FUN 80S MOVIES
Flowers in the Attic (based on the 1979 V.C. Andrews novel and starring Louise Fletcher as an evil grandmother who locks away her grandchildren,l the product of incest, in her mansion’s attic); The Stuff (killer yogurt/ice cream —seriously, it’s a brilliant idea); House and House II: The Second Story(haunted house movies, the first featuring Cheers's George Wendt and the second featuring Cheers's John Ratzenbeger.); C.H.U.D. (for your next movie trivia night, the title acronym stands for “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller”); Ghoulies and Ghoulies II (honestly, the poster for the first onemight be the best thing about these movies)
Sharks, snakes, poultry, etc …
Shark Attack in the Mediterranean
Snakes on a Train
The Mighty Peking Man
2-Headed Shark Attack
THE MARIO BAVAS
Bava was an Italian director who made his name in the “giallo” subgenre of the Sixties and Seventies. The first films below are two of his most famous — Sabbath is a three-part horror anthology film from which the metal band took its name, and Sunday has a scene in which a mask of nails is pounded into a woman’s face.
Bay of Blood
Kill Baby Kill
The House of Exorcism
The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Hatchet for the Honeymoon
THE AMAZINGLY TITLED
These pretty much speak for themselves, don’t they?
Strippers v. Werewolves
Attack of the Puppet People
Satan’s Little Helper
The Devil Within Her
Girls Gone Dead
The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine
Mountaintop Motel Massacre
Gingerbread Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver
Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption
Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!
To Catch a Virgin Ghost
Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror
ANYTHING CAN BE HAUNTED
Even your queue.
A Haunting at Silver Falls
A Haunting in Salem
The Haunting of Whaley House
The Haunting of Hell House
The Haunting of Julia
The Haunting of Amelia
The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine
The Amityville Haunting
THE ENDLESSLY SEQUELIZED
Again, because of Netflix Streaming’s slapdash collection, many franchises have sequels available to watch, but not the originals. Such as the following:
The Hills Have Eyes 2
Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
The Fly 2
Hostel: Part III
And then there are the franchises that just keep going on and on.
Howling III: The Marsupials
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Howling V: The Rebirth
Howling VI: The Freaks
The Howling: Reborn
Tremors 2: Aftershocks
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Child’s Play 2
Bride of Chucky
Seed of Chucky
Mimic 3: Sentinel
The Crow: City of Angels
The Crow: Salvation
The Crow: Wicked Prayer
From Dusk to Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
From Dusk to Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter
The Toxic Avenger Part II
The Toxic Avenger Part II: The Last Temptation of Toxie
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return
Children of the Corn 7: Revelation
Children of the Corn: Genesis
The Prophecy II
The Prophecy III: The Ascent
The Prophecy: Uprising
The Prophecy: Forsaken
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Bates Motel. Season 2.
*Author’s note: The following are my reflections and realizations as to why I enjoy street photography. These are from the 2 years of experience I had with film photography and my undying passion for the street because there is perhaps no other genre of photography that captivated me and made me…