Kubrick was a peerless master of film: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and so on. Why then was his historical epic on Napoleon never made? Did his grandiose plans scare the studios? Regardless, after two years of exhaustive research the project was shelved. Now Taschen books is releasing a massive volume of Kubrick’s research for the film. It takes you inside Kubrick’s creative process and contains thousands of pre-production photographs.
Do you really know how an internal combustion engine works? Can you fix your own computer? 99% of us answer no to questions like these. In author Matthew Crawford’s estimation, convenience technology of the modern world is alienating us from basic hands-on skills. Blending philosophy, cultural commentary and his own personal insights as a craftsman, Crawford explores the dynamic of a world moving farther away from understanding or engaging in the automation of everyday life.
In the realms of the surreal, dreams become reality. And for director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Dune) surrealism is familiar territory. Follow actors Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty into a strange montage of illusion, dread, and violence. Let’s not forget mystery, intrigue and psychedelia, too. This movie is tweaked but like all Lynch films, just let it wash over you like a dream and revel in the weirdness.
People who don’t understand the complexity of boxing write it off as base, a celebration of violence and primal pugilism. But they don’t know jack. This collection pulls from a wide array of great American writers who dealt with the subject in their work. From Jack London to Richard Wright to Norman Mailer and more, the culture & history of boxing is explored in literature; where the emotion and passion of the sport rise above punch counts and ringing bells.
Smart, funny, fearless. Spy Magazine was ahead of its time. Quick to pounce on celebrity scandal and dripping with sardonic humor, the 80s/90s-era mag died an untimely death. But thanks to the magic of the internet, Google Books has now put the entire back catalog online. Donald Trump, Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Bill & Hillary—they all got put through the ringer. Click through an issue and ask yourself why this kind of jacked journalism isn’t happening now.
The old Beastie Boys. Talk about a blast from the past. These whitebread, hip-hop pioneers haven’t dropped a new record since 2007, so you know they’re gonna funk shit up on their new 16-song release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. The boys have always been unpredictable; what kind of weirdness did they whip up with featured guest artists like Nas and Santigold? Guess we’ll have to wait until May 3rd to find out.
While you’re cruising this web site, some sleazy cyber-criminal could be hacking into your bank account and decrypting your lame passwords for a major rip-off scam. It happens every single day. Wired Magazine Senior Editor, Kevin Poulsen’s new book sheds some light on the billion-dollar business of online crime. It also follows the criminal investigation of Max Butler, a larger-than-life hacker, who stole access to 1.8 million credit cards. Feeling vulnerable? Well, you are.
Another true and horrifying tale, Chopper is the shocking story of an Australian murderer, psycho and national hero, Mark “Chopper” Read. The petty criminal takes his quest for prison infamy to depraved and violent lows that in some unbelievable way are a bit humorous. Telling you that in one scene he cuts his own ears off with a razorblade won’t spoil it. That’s actually one of the flick’s milder moments.
An impressive list of innovative contemporary artists jumped at the chance to work on this retro 3D art book with renowned designer/artist, Tristan Eaton. Over 100 pieces from artists as various as Shepard Fairey, Eric White, Tokidoki, Ron English, Claw Money and others are rendered in classic 3D style. The book includes a pair of blue & red glasses and features a historical account on the history of this 50s-era form by cultural critic, Carlo McCormick.
The Game is a hell-ride of a flick by the director of Seven and featuring Michael Douglas & Sean Penn. These three facts alone make it a worthy choice for your movie queue. Douglas is a successful, but lonely, businessman lured into a unique “game” by his brother Sean Penn. But rather than fun and adventure, the game gets real weird, real fast, quickly turning into a chaotic fight for sanity and survival.