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7th-Apr-2008 01:09 pm - I DRINK IT UP!!
NOTE: I have not yet even seen this movie!













10th-Mar-2008 04:32 pm - A Spring Sprucing

Nouveau updated by ~StephenVincent on deviantART



I was looking through the gallery, and saw the original piece to this drawing, and I realized it had very few qualities to link it to art nouveau. So i fiddled with it a little bit, added some gradients to the hair, and cloth. I think it makes it look much better than the previous version. I then took it into illustrator and added all the little funky shapes around the image to make it a little bigger.
I was doodling in Photoshop, and had kinda inadvertently drawn Captain Picard. Then I decided I would do a little comic strip. I hope you like it.






"Not My Captain" 01 by ~StephenVincent on deviantART
5th-Mar-2008 12:20 pm - Netflix review #02
I figure that I'll try to make this a regular thing here, partly because it's been so long since I wrote for any length of time. I'm cross posting these to my netflix profile, so if they sound impersonal and generic, that's why.






The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Directed by Rob Minkoff


I put off seeing this movie for a multitude of reasons, one of which being a massive aversion to anything Eddie Murphy acts in. And seeing this movie does nothing to change my mind about the actor. However, on the whole, the movie was much better than I had anticipated, and seeing it on blu-ray is definitely the most optimal viewing choice available. The mansion itself in high def is really an amazing piece of eye candy. The sets are overly dressed with detail, and the multitude of colors pop in all the right spots. Now, the ride at Disneyland is on my shortlist of favorites at the magic kingdom, and the movie's portrayal of the ride's gags were a welcomed sight. The ride proudly boasts of its 999 happy haunts, aside from one sequence however, the film houses much fewer. Four ghosts and the disembodied head of Madame Leota are all that seem to make the actual mansion home. If they had decided to focus on the ghosts inhabiting the house, like in the graphic novel based on the ride, as opposed to making the script a comedic vehicle for Murphy, they may have been able to stretch the one film into a series. Clearly it never amounted to the franchise that Pirates of the Caribbean has for Disney, but that's just fine. Haunted Mansion is a nice little piece of popcorn film making, check it out if you've got the time and a love for the Disney attraction, and definitely if you have a blu-ray player. If you lack any of those, you aren't missing much.
I do not profess to be very good at writing a review, so bear that in mind as you read. I watched this movie using netflix's apparently new streaming capability, which was really cool even though it choked up my connection a couple of times. I prefer buying hard copies to digital distribution for ownership, however I don't mind renting them this way. I hope more movies become available in this format. Anyway, on with the review.




Klimt (2006)
Directed by: Raoul Ruiz

A mess of a movie about an artist I truly wished to know more about. The basic plot of the movie owes much to Citizen Kane, but without any of the passion for the work of either Klimt or filmmaking in general. The story is told through a fever dream as Klimt lies on his death bed. Through Klimt's own allegorical approach to art, the director attempts to replay for us the very height of his prolific career in much the same manner, and does a rather poor job. The visual style seems accurate to the period, and that alone makes some of the scenes visually interesting, but any of the attempts to take a risk artistically falls flat. My feelings throughout the movie ranged from mildly interested to flat out boredom. John Malkovich lends himself to the project only for what seems to be a paycheck and a trip to Europe. One need only look to Julie Taymor's amazing "Frida" to see how to make a biopic for a painter. And I would suggest renting "Frida" whether or not you've already seen it, before wasting your time with "Klimt".
1st-Mar-2008 01:18 am - 00.02 Kraken

00.02 Kraken by ~StephenVincent on deviantART

Kraken from the comic book "The Umbrella Academy". After reading Umbrella Academy #6 I wanted to draw a character from the book. My first thought was to draw the Rumor, but I didn't want to dig around for enough costume references. So I settled on Kraken. I love his like gothy, kinda turn of the century villain look. He looks like a guy Kirk Douglas would have played in a movie.

I'm actually really pleased with how this turned out. Done completely in Photoshop with Adobe CS3 and my wacom tablet.


On a completely different note, since I don't really watch the news, or keep up with current events that don't pertain to gadgets, comics, film, or music, does anyone know why flags are flying at half mast? Is it because of that school shooting? Something bigger happen? I always thought it was reserved for "national tragedies"
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