Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits)

Michel and Paulette.

Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits in French) is one of my favorite films. It is about a friendship between a little girl, Paulette, who is orphaned in a Nazi air attack, and Michel, a poor farmer boy who is a few years older. During the war, they try to make sense of death and loss by creating a pet cemetary, and nurturing it with crosses they steal from the town church. It is incredibly acted by the two young actors, particulary Paulette, who is played by Brigette Fossey. It is an amazing film. If you haven't seen it, definitely check it out:
Forbidden Games
Rent it (there's a Critereon DVD now). Watch it. Love it.

Please Help My Brother Fund His First Movie

Hi friends and blog readers,

My brother David has been trying to get the funds together to make his first feature film for some time now with little success. He is an incredibly gifted screenwriter and director, and I've been watching him make ingenious short films and videos since he was in high school. If you could please take the time to look at his website, in which he explains his situation, his dreams, and tells you the about the plot of his movie and amazing talent already attached to it, including the incredibly charming actor and songwriter, Mr. Charlie Hewson, Eric Edelstein, a hilariously funny upcoming comedy actor, and my brother, natch:

David's First Movie

You can decide to purchase a DVD for $25 (which will help fund the film), donate less if you can't afford the $25, or if you happen to be in a good position to donate more, you can donate over $25 and recieve special bonus perks.

At this point, he's already going into production on it, but is still struggling to pay with inadequate funds. If I've already told you about this and you haven't made a donation yet, think of this: Wouldn't you want a DVD of an incredibly cool, quirky first feature film by a filmmaker whose influences include Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes? I know I would, even if he weren't my brother. This is a win-win situation!

Also, if you dig finding out about enchanting new music, the lead actor, Charlie Hewson's music is featured on the movie website, as well as on Charlie Myspace page.

Thanks so much,

P.S. I'll make an art post later today...

Bette Davis Interview

Love her.

NOTE: This video will not interest everyone.

Promise I'll post drawings soon...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Amazing Fred Rogers

What a truly wonderful man. Watch this video of Rogers defending funding for PBS to the US Senate. It's so powerful, there should be a film based on it. Maybe I'll make a comic about it? I love him.

But, why oh why, did he have to create Lady Elaine Fairchild?


Sorry. All I have to show at this moment is an inked tarsier. It'll have to do.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Great Dictator

I forgot how much I love this film.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chocolate Cheeks

Meet the comic artist whose graphic novels sparked a passion for drawing and writing comics in me that I didn't know I had. Steven "Ribs" Weissman. After reading my first Weissman graphic novel entitled "Don't Call Me Stupid," I asked the late Rory Root (of Berkeley's Comic Relief) if there was anything else "like this" out there that I could read (classic Ghost World moment, or something). He answered firmly, "Oh no. There's no one else like Weissman."

To cut the sappiness and get straight to the point--Steven is coming out with a new book in the fall called Chocolate Cheeks. He posts a lot of the artwork for the upcoming graphic novel on his blog: Sweet Chubby. I've read every Weissman book out there (I think), all of which follow the lives of neighborhood children with Hollywood monster and old Sci-fi characteristics. The comics are given the special brand name, "Yikes!" I was struck when I saw this image (above) on his blog. And intrigued. Though Steven's comics have dealt with another father-son relationship (between the Pull-Apart Boy and his scientist father), this image seems to take on an altogether more serious tone. I could be wrong, but I think we're in for quiet an epic, "heavy" tale this time 'round.

So go buy Chocolate Cheeks when it comes out in autumn! This is your 6-months-ahead-of-time advertisement. Hopefully it will be ingrained in your minds and you'll feel the need to stop by your local comic book store (say, why not go to best in L.A.? Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, that is!)

Monday, June 8, 2009

I Smell Children!

I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the first time. It is a mess of a film. Dick Van Dyke has two British children (?). I'm not sure if that's better or worse than him trying to pull off a British accent like he did in Mary Poppins (a film I love anyways). The story is totally vague, and meanders from one reality to the next (for no apparent reason). However, there is one great, unforgettable character in Chitty. He is fondly referred to as the Child Catcher.

He stalks the imaginary, blatantly German town looking for children to capture, luring them with candy (which seems to work on every child). You see, in "Vulgaria," creepily, children aren't allowed. They are taken by the Child Catcher and brought to the equivalent of a sewer, beneath the Baron of Vulgaria's castle. This is my interpretation of this nightmarish child predator.

Monday, June 1, 2009