You may have noticed that we’re kinda David Lynch fanatics here at Flavorpill (we have an in-house band who do a live re-soundtracking of Twin Peaks, for Chrissakes), so we greeted the arrival yesterday of the fancy limited-edition double-LP Eraserhead soundtrack with unconstrained joy. The sound design on Lynch’s mind-bending debut is almost as important as the visuals, creating an atmosphere that echoes the film’s ominous, industrial setting. Until now, however, it’s been nigh on impossible to get a copy of, so in celebration of the fact that you can finally get it on vinyl, here’s a selection of other soundtracks that we had to wait way too long for — and some that we’re still waiting for. … Read More
Thanks to the eagle-eyed editors over at Poster Collective, we’ve been turned on to the work of Tim Anderson, a concept designer for Electronic Arts in Salt Lake City. In particular, we’re excited by his series of illustrated movie posters for science fiction films that have been reimagined as pulp novels, a personal side project that he hoped would push him “into thinking more graphically.” Click through to check out the trio of prints that Anderson has completed so far (which are available for purchase here), and stay tuned for more work in the fantastic series. We’re curious: What film would you like to see him tackle next? … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we read drunk texts from famous authors. We nominated this Tweet from Ronan Farrow — Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s 24-year-old son — today’s winner. We hoped people would stop “begging the question.” We saw a bold visualization depicting the evolution of movie poster colors.… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if offering airline passengers the ability to choose seatmates according to their mood felt like a genius idea or a weird dating service. We watched comedian Mark Malkoff’s unusual Netflix challenge. We found out what Mad Men actor Jared Harris had to say about his… Read More
As anyone who has watched his earlier films like Alien or Thelma and Louise can attest, Ridley Scott is a director who knows what to do with a badass leading lady. That’s why we were excited to hear that in his recent meetings on the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, it was decided that relaunched franchise… Read More
The DVD of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was officially released yesterday, and a lot of people are confused by its unusual cover design, which resembles a bootleg video you might buy on the street. So many people mistook the disc for a pirated copy that the DVD-rental company Redbox has had to put a warning message on all their vending machines. This may well be the most press DVD art has gotten in years — which is too bad, because there are definitely some stranger designs out there than a fake pirated cover. Here are some of our favorites. … Read More
If you’re like us, then you’ve already bought your tickets for The Hunger Games movie, even though it doesn’t open until the 23rd. There’s no shame in that. We’ll also cop to spending a fair of amount of time clicking around on Capitol Couture, a promotional website devoted to the fashion in the film, specifically the sartorial whims of the citizens of District 1. While we all anxiously wait to see if the adaptation of the book lives up to what we had pictured in our heads, how about revisiting some of the most exciting futuristic film fashion that’s already graced the big screen? From Blade Runner to Tank Girl, we’ve rounded up some our personal favorites after the jump; leave yours in the comments. … Read More
Lego wizard Tyler AKA Legohaulic recently posted a commissioned set of Blade Runner figures on his gallery page, which should send you reeling back to the 1982 dystopian sci-fi epic. Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is transformed into a blocky version of the retired cop. His new, inhuman shape probably won’t help the “Is he really a replicant?” argument, but we forgot all about that when we saw how awesome Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty looked. (Tears in rain sold separately.) Daryl Hannah’s Pris doesn’t look like your average pleasure model here, and the rest of the Philip K. Dick-inspired characters are equally great. There’s even a miniature version of Deckard’s jet propulsion vehicle, the Spinner, which means someone totally geeked out while crafting this authentic set.
Hopefully looking at these pics will help cheer you up after news hit that Ridley Scott — who is working on the Blade Runner prequel/sequel/we don’t know what yet — is not currently in talks with Harrison Ford to reprise his role. We’ll have to wait and see if Scott thinks Deckard’s part will involve a big enough story point to invite the actor back, but since there’s no script yet let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Check out some Lego porn past the break. … Read More
1. Beyoncé threw on a form-fitting red dress and made her first post-pregnancy public appearance last night at Carnegie Hall, where Jay-Z was performing for the first time. [via Daily News]
2. Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove is “adamantly denying” rumors that Harrison Ford is in talks to join the cast of the Blade… Read More
Chris Marker’s haunting, fractured memory tale La Jetée is getting a Criterion Blu-ray release tomorrow (along with experimental essay Sans Soleil). Dubbed “one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made … ” Marker’s 1962 black and white film is composed almost entirely of still photographs, using voice-over narration to tell the 28 minute-long tale about a man held prisoner after World War III who traverses time, sees the future, and uncovers the secrets of his past.
The film’s themes are palpable in modern science fiction, where the exploration of time travel as an agent of self-discovery, use of looped narrative and multiperiod storytelling, experimental filmmaking, dystopian themes, and more have been carried into the present. Just look at Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, which is directly inspired by Marker’s film.
With that in mind, we wanted to celebrate a few other influential sci-fi movies that have made their mark on filmmakers and cinemagoers throughout history. Check out our picks below, and share yours in the comments section. … Read More