Today may be Halloween, but not all ghouls want to be scary. This wouldn’t be such an issue…unless of course you’re the son of the Grim Reaper.
We stumbled across this hilarious and heartwarming animated short which comes straight from the National Taiwan University of Arts. It’s a wonderfully spooky and well produced piece, and we know you’ll especially love it on a day like today.
Have a safe, spooky, and happy Halloween!
On the surface, ‘You’re Next’ appears to be a formulaic slasher film akin to 2008’s ‘The Strangers’.
Directed and edited by Adam Wingard (most notably known for his 2012 surprisingly creepy and original ‘V/H/S’) the film first premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer for the film is misleading in conveying both the tone and what to expect. The Perfect Weekend and The Perfect Family fade across the screen to images of a beautiful country home and boisterous dinner. I was pleasantly surprised that the film was entirely not what I was expecting having seen the trailer.
At the risk of spoiling too much, I’ll say very little about any of the characters backstory. ‘You’re Next’ is categorized as a Dark Comedy, which won’t make sense until you see it. If you’ve seen ‘Cabin in the Woods’ you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. It’s a spoof without being gimmicky or over the top, and I can only think of one word to describe it: cathartic.
I believe Adam Wingard set out to make a horror film unburdened by those irritating tendencies of characters and movies past: the hero/heroine surviving by pure luck; villains immune to harm or mistakes; and worse still a characters inability to walk, instead crawling away in terror though they have no injuries. This movie has none of those pitfalls. The acting, cinematography, editing and story are all top notch.
‘You’re Next’ is a clever, brutal, cathartic horror film that will leave you feeling empowered, not underwhelmed.
From the very beginning you know this is Bond, pure and unrestrained.
After a reboot comparable to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, 007 found himself the #1 spy once more with Daniel Craig at the helm. However, an unrefined film with a plot as convoluted as it’s title, Quantum of Solace left many movie-goers feeling rather dissatisfied. In an effort to come back strong, director Sam Mendes and his talented team chose to go back to basics while still retaining that 21st century sense of style and relevance.
It was the right decision on many levels. The headlining single “Skyfall” by Adele serves well to the symbolic, dramatic, and haunting opening title sequence, while Javier Bardem brought his reliable sense of unease and creepiness to a villan who, in the wrong hands, would’ve instead been ridiculous.
In an effort not to spoil anything, I won’t delve too deeply into the plot points which so characterize and callback the Sean Connery days of James Bond. The script here is a polished, engrossing work of cinematic set-pieces and calculated coolness. The exotic locations, a staple of the series, are varied and utilized as more than mere scenery, and Bond himself by the end is a far more interesting person and character for the revelations found across his journey.
This is Bond at his best.
Our graphic designer Josh and writer David recently submitted their entry into the pop-culture spoofing website I-Mockery‘s Halloween Toothpaste Art Contest.
Tasked with creating an art piece purely out of toothpaste, they conceptualized, rough drafted, and fine-tuned their WINNING piece into a wonderfully cheesy work of toothpaste art. Check it out below!
Read the article describing their process here.
Also check out the other entries, and their featured piece here.
‘Halloween’s Last Kiss’
Break out the blue jeans and favorite sweaters, because Fall is upon us and bringing with it the cool chill of change. It’s a time for pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. A time to flood your senses with new sights, smells, and the exciting calm before the holiday season storm.
Like the leaves, your music changes to one more suited to the moody atmosphere.
So brew some coffee, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy our fall playlist favorites.
- Minds Without Fear – Imogen Heap (feat. Vishal Shekhar)
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
- Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
- Spitting Image – Freelance Whales
- The Girl – City and Colour
- Black – Kari Kimmel
- We Will Walk Through Walls – Electric President
- Madness – Muse
- Blood For Poppies – Garbage
- I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
- I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
- Fly – Nick Drake
When an original becomes stale, it’s time to re-work it. Make it fresh. Hear it new. Re-discover the reason you loved it in the first place. Sometimes it’s stripped down and simplified, other times it’s amped up for a movie.
So go ahead, enjoy a collection of songs that on their own were great, and with a little TLC continue to age well.
These are the remixes and covers that we love most:
- Immigrant Song – Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Original by Led Zeppelin)
- Hello Seattle (Remix) – Owl City
- This Woman’s Work – Greg Laswell (Original by Kate Bush)
- Dream On – Blessthefall (Original by Aerosmith)
- Baby – Reliant K (Original by Justin Beiber)
- Rainbow Connection – Jason Mraz (Original by Kermit the Frog)
- It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork (Original by Betty Hutton)
- I Want You Back – Discovery (Original by Jackson 5)
- Gimme Sympathy (iTunes Session) – Metric
- Major Tom (Coming Home) – Shiny Toy Guns (Original by Peter Schilling)
- All My Loving – Jim Sturgess (Original by The Beatles)
- Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix) – The Postal Service
Songs characterize seasons — Press Play and the mood shifts into one appropriate to the weather, the scene, the setting.
Portland is fortunate in it’s proximity to other environments, with the Painted Hills just to the east and the Oregon Coast not two hours to the west.
A cultural melting pot of things past, present, and future, it’s also a hub for used record stores. Prime places to lose yourself for a few hours.
Below are a mix of old classics and new favorites; for that neon-lit night out on the town, a day spent road tripping somewhere new, or a crisp morning spent with good coffee and great company.
They’re the songs we love to love this summer.
- Sunshine – Matt Costna
- Lost in the World – Kanye West
- Drops of Jupiter – Train
- Daylight – Matt & Kim
- Something to Believe In – Newsies Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
- Good Time – Owl City
- National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
- Too Close – Alex Clare
- Scarlett (Tokyo) – William Beckett
- Swells – Jonquil
- Right In – Skrillex