timespace coordinates: 2010’s “warped Alabama backwoods narrative”
Y’all wanna get weird?
The Death of Dick Long is a 2019 twisted awkward black comedy–drama film directed and produced by Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man) and written by Billy Chew. The film stars Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, Roy Wood Jr., and Sunita Mani.
“Until It Sleeps” music video directed by Samuel Bayer. It was premiered by MTV on May 21 1996. The video depicts concepts dealing with the fall of man, taken from various paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. Apart from the general forms inspired from Bosch’s paintings, the prominent figures in the video are the human-eating monster from The Garden of Earthly Delights, the fall of Adam and Eve from Haywain and Christ in the Crucifige Eum (Crucify Him) scene of Ecce Homo. (w)
“Until It Sleeps” became the first “officially” pirated MP3 when it was released by Compress ’Da Audio (a piracy group and spinoff of the Warez scene) via an Internet Relay Chat network on August 10, 1996. An EFnet member on the #mpeg3 IRC channel named Coyote666 was responsible for creating the first mp3 ripping software.
The cover of Load is an original artwork titled “Semen and Blood III”. It is one of three photographic studies that Andres Serrano created in 1990 by mingling bovine blood and his own semen between two sheets of Plexiglas. The liner notes simply state “cover art by Andres Serrano” rather than listing the title of the work.
timespace coordinates: 1980s San Francisco / San Francisco Bay Area
Innerspace is a 1987 American science-fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer.
It was inspired by the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan, with Robert Picardo and Kevin McCarthy, with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. (wiki)
Love, Death & Robots (stylized as LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS) is an American adult animated anthology web television series on Netflix. The 18-episode first season was released on March 15, 2019. The series is produced by Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Tim Miller. Each episode was animated by different crews from a range of countries. The series is a re-imagining of Fincher and Miller’s long in-development reboot of the 1981 animated science fiction film Heavy Metal.
The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Topher Grace, Gary Cole, Samira Wiley and Stefan Kapičić, with Grace and Winstead appearing in live-action roles, rather than animated.
In March 2019, Netflix revealed that it was experimenting with a new approach by including a different order of episodes to different users. (*four unique episode orders, released to users at random.) (wiki)
timespace coordinates: California 1860 / 19th Century Java, Indonesia (Dutch East Indies – Dutch colonial empire)
Buffalo Boys is a 2018 Indonesian–Singaporean martial arts spaghetti western film directed by Mike Wiluan – official submission of Singapore for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
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timespace coordinates: 2020, Detroit / Georgia / New York City / Texas
Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction sports film starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo and co-produced and directed by Shawn Levy for DreamWorks Pictures. The film is based on the short story “Steel”, written by Richard Matheson, which was originally published in the May 1956 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and later adapted into a 1963 Twilight Zone episode. Real Steel was in development for several years before production began on June 24, 2010. Filming took place primarily in the U.S. state of Michigan. Animatronic robots were built for the film, and motion capture technology was used to depict the brawling of computer-generated robots and animatronics. (wiki)
timespace coordinates: 1980’s. the American Midwest
Near Dark is a 1987 American neo-western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red.
The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes involved with a family of nomadic American vampires. Starring the little-known actors Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright, the film was part of a revival of serious vampire movies in the late 1980s. It received positive reviews for its mix of the Western, biker and vampire movie genres. Over the years, the film has gained a cult following. (wiki)