Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film version of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, and is well worth your time — both on its own merits and as part of the fascinating and ongoing history of the female road movie. While tales of the open road often focus on male buddies (Easy Rider) or lovers on the run (Badlands, True Romance, Natural Born Killers), some of our favorite road movies track the physical and psychological journeys of women. Here are a few …Read More
Can you possibly imagine Back to the Future without the DeLorean? Or The Dukes of Hazzard without the General Lee? In certain television shows and movies, the iconic vehicles the main characters cruise around in are so instantly recognizable that they’ve become as culturally important as their drivers. Illustrator Ido Yehimovitz plays around with this idea in the series Greatest Rides (spotted via Faith is Torment), in which some of the most famous vehicles in recent pop culture history get a playful, cartoon-like revamp. Take a look at Yehimovitz’s series after the jump, which features rides ranging from the Blues Brothers’ police car to the souped-up ambulance driven by the Ghostbusters.
Seoul-based artist group Shinseungback Kimyonghun — creative duo Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun, who we learned about on Booooooom — created custom software that configures a composite image reflecting the average face in a movie. The program tracks a person’s face every 24 frames. The final portrait is fascinating, because it resembles a ghostly version of each movie’s biggest stars. Avatar is particularly weird due to the movie’s humanoid characters. After the jump, check out the faces from Taxi Driver, Black Swan, and more. We’ve also included a video so you can watch Shinseungback Kimyonghun’s process in action.
Italian illustrator and cartoonist Massimo Carnevale has been capturing attention on film blogs all over the world for his beautiful and inventive artwork inspired by scenes from American movies; he makes striking use of color and repurposed iconography, creating works that are both recognizably his and true to the spirit of the films that inspired them. After the jump, join us for a quick stroll past some of our favorites by this prolific artist.
It’s been three years since we’ve been graced with a film from hyper director, Quentin Tarantino, but western throwback tale Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas, and fans are brimming with anticipation. QT has only directed about 10 films (unless you don’t count the scene he shot in Sin City), but his filmography is loaded with graphic and stylish imagery that makes a lasting impression. The intensity and loyalty of Quentin Tarantino fandom ranks just about as high as Star Wars, which is why we’re not surprised to see his films etched across the flesh of adoring fans everywhere. We scouted high and low for amazing tattoos that were inspired by Tarantino’s movies — the ones he’s directed, written, and starred in. If you have your own QT-inspired tattoo, leave us a link so we can check it out!