Friday, December 30, 2011

Dork Art: Drive Fan Art Obsessing

Phil Noto

And the other film owning my noggin tonight is Drive.  I need this on Blu asap, man.  Anywho, check out that beautiful Phil Noto image above.  That dude is amazing, and he's become a staple in ITMOD Dork Art gallery.



Dustin D'Arnault

Jennifer Christine 

Johnny Negron 

Pat Loika 




Lisa Gullickson

And, yep, that last one was done by my wife for our Christmas Tree.  Yes, she is badass.  Thanks dear.


Dork Art: Attack The Block Obsessing

Alex Pardee

I've been cramming in a lot of 2011's cinematic efforts today, watching a lot of middle-of-the-road bunk to round out my upcoming Dorkies post (what's a Dorkies post??? Just you wait and see).  But the movie that currently owns my brain is Joe Cornish's inner city vs outer space epic, Attack The Block.  So I've been spending far too much time trolling the internet snapping up fan art from all walks of life.  Check it out.

Carla Rodrigues 

Kevin Ang & Alex Pardee 


Dan Hipp 

Mike Horowtiz 


SK (Unknown)


54 Seconds of Wrong

Twitch Film has a 54 second clip from Quentin Dupieux's upcoming headtrip, Wrong.  Honestly, after the madness of this year's Rubber, Wrong might be one of my most anticipated films of 2012.  Forget The Dark Knight Rises, forget The Avengers, forget Prometheus.  2012 is all about Wrong.


Batman Beyond in 2015

Geek Tyrant posted the above bit of fan art from Guy Bourraine Jr. the other day, and now the below image has surfaced from the same artist via Slash Film via Shock Till You Drop.  All I can say is, Yes Please!  This may just seem like a Dork Fantasy, but don't forget we are now living in a world where The Avengers will assemble next summer in cinemas.  And we've already suffered through a crappy Green Lantern movie!!!  That's crazy!  Never in my wildest kid fantasies would I have thought such a thing possible, so it doesn't feel too unreasonable to one day get a film based on the Batman Beyond animated series.


Dork Art: Happy Festivus 2011!

Spoke Art has this joyous bit of Seinfeld pop art from artist Joshua Budich.  Once upon a time, I was a Seinfeld maniac and even though I haven't watched that show in nearly a decade it holds a very special place in my heart.  Not to mention that Jason Alexander is the STAR of one of my favorite 80s slashers, The Burning!  Now, that's a movie to ring in the new year.


Dork Art: Mondo Dracula

I know Matt just blitzed through Universal's Dracula movies and didn't really have the best experience with them, and I too am not the biggest fan of Lugosi's Dracula.  Blasphemy?  Naw, I'm just more of a Wolf Man/Frankerstein's Monster kinda guy.  But you can't deny the power of Mondo's latest creation.  The artist is Martin Ansin and the above print will set ya back $45.  The below gray variant is $84 and the wood coffin variant is $135.   All three go on sale today at some random time.  These are the last posters from Mondo in 2011.  It's been a very good year for them.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Stan Lee!

ITMOD wants to wish a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stan "The Man" Lee.  He is and will probably always be the face of Marvel, and I've been in awe of his life ever since I was a small boy reading his Excelsior! editorials.  But besides his contributions to comics, the man himself has become a franchise, slapping his name on anything that will have him.  Make hay while the sun shines, sir.

And 2011 was the year I got to stand next to him for twenty seconds and have my photo taken with him and my wife at the Baltimore Comic Con.  It was enough time to say thanks and drop fifty bucks.  Ah, Dork Life.  'Nuff Said.


Dork Art: Casa Di Me Padre

"From The Gringos Who Brought You 'Anchorman'"!!!  Oh man, oh man I cannot wait to see this Spanish language film starring Will Ferrell.  It looks silly as hell, but utterly brilliant.  And this poster is gorgeous.  Slap that up on my wall please.


Dork Art: Catwoman's Boy Friend Darwyn Cooke

Found this gem from Mike Holmes over on Darwyn Cooke's blog.  Just tickled my fancy.


Dork Art: The Dude Designs

Tom Hodge, aka The Dude Designs, is quickly becoming one of my favorite illustrators.  Along with all this beautiful grime, Hodge did Hobo With A Shotgun, my favorite theatrical poster for 2011.  Seeing that ode to VHS box covers at my local art house theater was a definite thrill.  Anyway, I've been trolling his site these last few minutes and I was just blown away by the above Savage Streets poster.  That film has never looked so damn appealing.


Dork Art: Big Trouble in Little China

Found via Fuck Yeah, Movie Posters, the artist is LRNZ and the movie is John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China.  One of my all time favorite movies; it made me the man (sidekick) I am today.


Dork Art: Steampunk Hellboy

Remember that Steampunk Predator from a few weeks back?  Well, those madmen over at KreatWorks are at it again.  This Hellboy can be yours for just $7,500.


A Holiday Message From Christopher Lee!

This below Holiday Message from Christopher Lee is Amazing.  No other words need to be said.


Dork Art: Happy Holidays From Marvel

Snagged this from Geek Art.  It's from last year, but I love the old style Marvel that it captures.


Monday, December 26, 2011


The below video of GWAR reviewing Steven Spielberg's War Horse is definitely the most amazing thing I've seen on the internet today.  Now, I'm even more psyched to see the WWI Equestrian Epic!


Godzilla Christmas Tree is Nerd (& Dork) Approved!

Found via Nerd Approved, this Godzilla Christmas Tree resides in the Aqua City Odaiba mall in Tokyo, Japan.  If only this glorious beast would reside in my merry abode.


First Image: Magic Mike!!!

The first image from Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie Magic Mike has leaked online and it's a doozy.  The director keeps threatening to retire but I don't see that happening anytime soon.  Besides starring the shirtless Matthew McConaughey the film will also grant us the chests of Channing Tatum (this guys's all over 2012 with Haywire, GI Joe 2, and The Vow--God Help Us All!) and Alex Petyfer.  


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Brad's Week in Dork! (12/18-12/24)

This week was about cramming as many theatrical films into one week as humanly possible.  I saw a good batch, but I could have done better.  Climaxing the week on Christmas Eve with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at E Street Cinema was definitely the highlight.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:  After Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is my second favorite film from director David Fincher. It's an emotional, magical epic spanning several of my favorite years in history while detailing the effects of life's odd characters upon your intellectual growth. Brad Pitt is brilliant under all that CGI and makeup, and as his story winds down I find it impossible to keep dry eyes. It's melodrama, but wonderful masterful melodrama.

Die Hard:  "Now I have a machine gun...Ho Ho Ho." How does one write a review of Die Hard? It is just so obviously awesome. Bruce Willis' California bewildered, just your average NYPD John McClane is the king of Roy Rogers cool as he picks his way through Euro Trash terrorists led by the ruthless Hans Gruber, aka the diabolically dashing Alan Rickman. Die Hard is THE action movie of the 1980s, brilliant popping squib work peppered with dismissive & sarcastic one-liners. If you don't recognize the genius of it than you just don't like movies.

Bad Teacher:  Cameron Diaz swears a lot and is an awful human being and she's A TEACHER! Funny? No. Not funny. Fifty minutes into the movie I let slip my first chuckle. That's not an exaggeration. After that I chuckled three more times before the hour and a half long film concluded. There could have been a Bad Santa comedy within this craptastic script, but instead what you have is an embaressment for all parties involved. Watching Justin Timberlake dry hump a bored Cameron Diaz is unexplainably painful. Yes, I expect more from you N*SYNC kid.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo:  I tried reading the novel. Couldn't get past the first fifty pages. The Swedish film was decent but couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. And I'm sad to say that David Fincher's crack at the material doesn't quite impress me either. His eye mashed together with Trent Reznor & Karen O's Immigrant Song makes for a badass movie trailer and one helluva James Bondy opening credits sequence, but the story is barely more than a little meh. Why put me through all that parole officer rape & humiliation? What's it got to do with anything? Frankly, I don't care at all for the gothy female protagonist--yank her outta the plot and I'd be just fine. What you got left is a solid episode of Cold Case.

The Adventures of Tintin:  Whoa. The Adventures of Tintin feels like young Steven Spielberg; a fun, humor rich globetrotting adventure film bringing the international comic sensation to ignorant American audiences. Indiana Jones lite? Yer damn right and I mean that with the highest of compliments. Jaime Bell is wonderful as the heroic investigative reporter, but it's Andy Serkis' Captain Haddock that steals the show when wonder dog Snowy isn't stealing the scene from him. There are at least two absolutely stunning action set pieces, one of which had me literally teetering on the edge of my seat. Forget the doubters, The Adventures of Tintin is the real deal, a stunning work of adventure art that just happens to be mocap.

Warrior:  Not a bad movie, but...Warrior will never get a second's thought after I've typed up this mini-review. Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are brilliantly roided-out as their MMA sibling underdog brutes but it's all very typical Rocky emotional pandering pap. Sometimes, I just don't understand these inspirational sports sagas but this horrendously savage sport makes the attempt at spiritual uplift laughable. Nick Nolte does a fine job in the typically drunk dead-beat Dad role but like the rest of the flick it's nothing to write home about.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would make a bloody brilliant companion piece to that other deliberately paced and intricately plotted espionage flick, The Good Shepherd. Gary Oldman gives one of his finest performances (and that's not hyperbole--sorry TIPTOES) as retired Brit spy George Smiley who must maneuver his way through the treacherously murky waters of MI-6 as he attempts to upturn a mole in the Circus. And surrounded by Oldman are some of the U.K.s finest: John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch--they're all utterly brilliant bouncing around this booby trapped script. Don't expect The Bourne Identity, the action is done in small facial distortions and the violence is short but brutal. One of the year's best movies.