Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Hey You Geeks!!" at Sound on Sight


A call to all Geek-Kind. Be sure to check out and follow my new column, "Hey You Geeks!!" over at Sound on Sight. I know there are a lot of Geeks out there like me and I invite you to join me on my weekly accounts of the greatest (and sometimes worst) that Geek Culture has to offer. I call out to you; “Hey You Geeks!! Scope it out here (http://www.soundonsight.org/category/columns/hey-you-geeks/).
- Tony Nunes

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Crazy 4 Cult Brings Stay Puft Back To NYC

Art: Tony Nunes checks in on Dreaming Genius' favorite Art gallery, Gallery 1988 as they host their first ever Crazy 4 Cult show in NYC.

It's my favorite time of year. Each year, after the guts and glory of Hollywood's nerdy fandom pandering at Comic Con comes the greatest, and most original pop-art event for film geeks like me; Crazy 4 Cult. This year, nearly 200 artists have participated in the show with works inspired by cult films running the gamut from "Alien," "Back to the Future," and "Donnie Darko" to "Scott Pilgrim," "Twin Peaks" and "Willy Wonka." Normally held at 1988's LA gallery, this years show has been moved to the East Coast in a pop-up shop at 64 Gansevoort St. in NYC. Gallery owner Jensen Karp (who we interviewed during last years Crazy 4 Cult show) attributes the temporary change of scenery to a desire "to share this concept with a new coast," but more importantly as tribute to his late father who Karp explains worked so hard for him and "did it in New York."

This is what I love about Gallery 1988 and why I keep covering them here on Dreaming Genius. Karp and the gallery's other members keep the art world fresh and interesting. Gallery 1988 has created a haven for art to be appreciated by new generations of pop-culture devotees and nerds like myself. More importantly though, Gallery 1988 has aided in the development of the careers of some of the most talented new artists out there. Without a gallery like 1988, many of these artists would remain unseen. Its fitting that Jensen has come full circle in realizing his own dreams while fostering and invigorating the dreams of so many others.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sound in Pictures With Floyd and The Who

Music: Tony Nunes reviews Marcus Hearn's pictorial biographies on Pink Floyd and The Who

Biographer Marcus Hearn just released a pair of books outlining the careers of two of the most famous English rock bands to emerge out of the late 1960's. The books, simply titled The Who and Pink Floyd are detailed pictorial histories with extensive, biographically relevant context interlaced throughout. Both books are great insights into the humble beginnings of two bands that are now synonymous with grand tours, multi-platinum records and rockstar living. It's a fitting time for the books release as Roger Waters just finished touring The Wall across the US and The Who are ready to embark on their new Quodrophenia tour this Fall.

The psychedelic history of Pink Floyd is on display throughout Hearn's book. Page after page details their emergence from a small club band in the 1960's to their reign as the "darlings of the psychedelic underground" shortly thereafter. The book covers the band's early years by following them along on their journey of self discovery. Hearn does a great job recounting the story of Roger Waters, Syd Barrett and company on their road of experimenting with the poppy sounds of the 60's all the way to their identity defining release of Dark Side of the Moon in 1973. The book also captures the turmoil of Barrett's departure from the band and the addition of his iconic replacement David Gilmour.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

High Concepts and Nazi Moon Bases

Movies: Tony Nunes previews the high concept brilliance of "Iron Sky"

In 1945, just prior to the Nuremberg Trials, a number of Nazi's evaded prosecution by fleeing to the Moon. Yes, you heard right, at the tail end of WWII a secret Nazi space program packed up and built a secret (Swastika shaped) base on the dark side of the moon. At least that's the back-story of "Iron Sky," an ambitious new science fiction film from Finnish director Timo Vuorensola.

First, a little historical context to sum up my excitement about "Iron Sky." In 1980's Hollywood, "high concept" was a genre defining term used to describe unique and original films. Movies like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Empire Strikes Back" touched on well tested genres with new and innovative storytelling and audience attracting awe. High concept meant big ideas, fantastic settings and often quirky plot devices. Nowadays high concept movies are a rarity in this landscape of sequels and remakes, yet here is as zany a concept as any before it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Live From Geek Mecca: San Diego Comic Con 2012 Day 4

Comic Con 2012: Leonard Xavier Schwartz blogs live from his final day at San Diego Comic Con 2012

Playwright and Screenwriter (Murder University) Leonard Xavier Schwartz live blogs from the final day of Comic Con 2012. Sharing his favorite and least favorite moments, Lenny recaps this years Comic Con and dwells on the true spirit of the comic geeks and movie nerds who call San Diego home for one long amazing weekend each year. Read Lenny's recap after the jump and stay tuned later this week for some comic, TV, movie and video game highlights from this years Con here on Dreaming Genius. 
 
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