Metropolis Today

December 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm (anime, fashion, movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I find it amazing the effect a single silent film from the 1920s continues to have today on pop culture.  I only recently saw the movie, but before seeing it I knew every reason I should watch it. Many of my favorite people were influenced by it.  I didn’t need any other reason to watch it.

Osamu Tezuka, “The God of Manga” drew a comic called Metropolis based on the film. Later in 2001 a movie based on this manga was made. It is one of the few animes I’ve watched over and over. The others belong to Miyazaki. Its got great music (Ray Charles anyone?) and the visuals are astounding, but of course they would be. The visuals for the silent film are still amazing  to me and  living in the 21 century. I’m still wondering how heck they did all that in the 20s. True it ended up being the most expensive silent film ever made and if you add for inflation it is still one of the most expensive, but they just didn’t have technology like we do today so how’d they do those city scenes for one?

If you haven’t seen the vid for Queen’s Radio Gaga you should and if you haven’t heard the song know that it is awesome and you’re missing out. They used real footage from the silent film which I hadn’t realized until I watched it, because it just looks like its black and white, not that old kind of black and white that really sux, but just black and white. Of course not all of the vid is from Metropolis, but it is hard to tell the difference.

Then there’s Lady Gaga who got her name from Radio Gaga. She did a series of photos with the photagrapher David LaChapelle. 

There are more people influenced by this movie such as Janelle Monae, but I’ve got to listen more to her music before I include her in the list of favorite people. Looks like she’s fairly cool to me and her music isn’t bad From looking at her album covers really connected to the idea of the film.  Thierry Mugler robotic outfits very much like the robot in the film, but I don’t know if he watched this or not.

Hmm I could just be obsessed with robots…but I think there is something more here. If you’ve got anything anything influenced by this film please share.

Kagehime

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Soylent Green is People!

December 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm (movies, rant) (, , , , )

I watched both Fast Food Nation and Food, Inc in the past few weeks and I’ve come to the conclusion that Soylent Green is People or at least where our food comes from is disturbing.

Granted our food is not people like in the movie Soylent Green, its mostly corn. Food, Inc showed that  basically everything down to gum, mouth wash, and vanilla extract is corn. Sorbitol and mono and di-glycerides can be made from corn and we all know about high fructose corn syrup. Corn in general is suposed to make us fat…cuz it makes you hungrier. Of course this wasn’t shown in the film, but knowing that made it all the more disturbing. Basically anything processed has corn and as Americans we eat a lot of processed foods. Not that we should never eat corn, but we shouldn’t mostly eat corn.

Currently I’m not sure what I can do with this knowledge…its probably going to sink away into oblivion within my mind. Its not something I want to think about much. The corn is bad enough, but eating poop in my meat is not a savory idea.  But I like my meat so what am I supposed to do about that? Stop eating it? Hmm I could give it up, but its hard when meat is so engrained in our conception of a meal.  Go organic? Good idea, but I’ll have to wait until I make some money cuz that is some expensive stuff.

What do you think?

Kagehime

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Singin’ in the Rain

November 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm (movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I watched Singin’ in the Rain in time for Glee, but I really should have watched it before. It is truly a good musical.  The singing was good, I had Singin’ in the Rain in my head for a while after watching the movie. What was really funny were the jokes on bad dubbing.  The movie made fun of dubbing before bad dubbin was done on Kung Fu movies and  it basically knew Milli Vanilli would happen.

If you don’t know Milli Vanilli was a total fake. They had other singers sing for them but unlike Debbie Reynolds’ character, they didn’t get a big break after Milli Vanilli were found to be fakes. I wonder if they wanted to be stars themselves or if they were fine in the background. Not everyone wants to be the star, even if they can sing.

But to make a circular connection to Singin in the Rain, Milli Vanilli did a song called Blame it on the Rain.

What can I say? Lip Syncing is dangerous. Look what it did to Ashlee Simpson.

Kagehime

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The Food of the gods

August 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm (food, movies) (, , , , , , )

 

You Could Be Eating This 'Frankenfish' in 18 Months

Genetically modifed salmon might hit the market soon.  It reminds me of the movie Food of the gods.  The animals that ate it grew huge and became agressive.  At the end of the movie it ends up in the human food supply. I guess we’ll see what happens after that when these salmon hit the market.

Would you eat genetically modified food?

 

Kagehime

PS. That big fish looks really bloated.  I wouldn’t want to eat it anyways.  And usually the small ones have more flavor. Like its always the small grapes that taste the best. Why do we always want to super size everything? Its only going to screw up our sense of taste even more than it already is.  Salt is not the only flavor and size isn’t the only thing that matters even though fast food would have us think otherwise.

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Angelina vs. Jenn’s Type cast

February 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm (movies) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 The movie roles taken by Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie reflects their situations in life and affects how the public views them. Seriously why is Jennifer always single or wanting to get married in her movies while Angelina is potrayed as a very protective mother? Hollywood does this to more than Angelina and Jenn.  Its really quite bad and just manipulates how the we see actors.

 

Jennifer Aniston

He just not that into you

The Break Up

Rumor has it

Angelina Jolie

Alexander

The Changeling

Beowulf

Have an more examples of this?

Kagehime

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The Graduate Music

January 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm (movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I just watched The Graduate and I must say that is an awesome movie.  Not to mention the music. Sadly the reason I watched it was because I saw the Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner movie, Rumour has it (watch isn’t very good, interesting, but not good) and found out that it was based on an older movie, the graduate which I was told was good.

I am now officially a Simon and Garfunkel fan especially for their lyrics.  I’m embarassed I wasn’t a fan before especially since I knew all about A hazy shade of winter (although I guess its because I do like the Bangles version better that I didn’t think of becoming a fan of theirs).

If you have not heard the Sounds of Silence and Mrs. Robinson listen to them now.

Seems the movie influence the lyrics of the Macarena with the line “I am not trying to seduce you.”

Kagehime

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This is Sparta Take Over

January 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm (comics, movies, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Seems like too many artists have been listening the This is Sparta remix and others like it.  There’s a lot of those like the Christian Bale rant remix and all your base are belong to us remix.  Although those are parodies these are real songs that people really enjoy listening to that use the same principle, but they aren’t supposed to be funny or are they?  I really can’t tell.  Listen to the Black Eyed Peas Imma Be and 50 cents’ baby by me  and Jay Z’s On to the next one.  Tell me if they aren’t just a little funny to you and if they don’t all sound kind of alike.

 It’s all about simple repetition.  I guess the songs that use stuttering would fall under this category too.  Umbrella…ellla..eh..eh…eh, p…p..p…poker face. What do you think about all this repetition? 

Kagehime

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Julie & Julia

January 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm (food, movies) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I saw the movie Julie and Julia a few days ago.  I thought it was good, but it seemed kind of long, and it made me really hungry.  The food looked and sounded really good.   I really want some of Julia Child’s beef stew.  So I got the cookbook from the library and then realized beef’s expensive and so are a lot of those recipes.  Not to mention how long the cookbook is. Julie really was determined to go through it and blog about it.  Consistent blogging is tough.  I would know, considering how often I take breaks.  I just got off one.  And coming back is always hard.  

Julie’s blog was all about how she got through Julia Child’s cookbook.  It was actually more of a year long project which attracted a lot of attention.  You can check it out here from the beginning if you’re interested. There’s a book too.  Seems interesting to me.  Now if only I can think of something that interesting. 

I don’t know if I’ll make the beef stew.    Although beef is cheaper now because of the economy.  Fancy restaurants aren’t buying up the good cuts, so I guess now would be a good time to have beef stew.  But cheaper is not cheap.  Istill have to check about the price, but it looked good in the movie and I like trying new things.  It might be worth spending a few extra bucks for.

Kagehime

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The mystery and power of Marilyn Monroe

October 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm (art, fashion, movies, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

Ever since  I heard that the grave next to Marilyn Monroe’s was put on sale,  I’ve been wondering what it was about her that people love so much (men and women) so naturally I had to find out.  What was so captivating that today that people are willing to spend millions to spend an eternity next to her be buried next to her?

Time and time again she appears in pop culture representing the epitome of beauty.  Many female stars attempt to capture her look or are strongly inspired by it.  Need I name some?  I’m sure you know.  Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Anna Nicole Smith, you get the picture.

She’s got at least one good song about her at least  inspired by her.  Know Elton John’s song Candle in the Wind?  It was originally written in 1973 about Marilyn.

And of course Andy Warhol painted his famous images of Marilyn Monroe.

Why?  It wasn’t just because she was beautiful and died tragically (not to mention the conspiracy theories her death spawned) at the age of 36, although that in itself might be enough to develop a cult following.  She didn’t let a hard early life stop her from becoming successful.  And seriously how many successful model, actress, singers are there? And of course she wasn’t just a dumb blonde.

What do you think about Marilyn Monroe and her influence today?

Kagehime

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Rihanna and the World of Tomorrow

October 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm (movies, music) (, , , , , , , , , )

For some reason for her next single Russian Roulette, Rihanna wants to look like Angelina Jolie’s character from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Kagehime

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