In light of recent rambling posts, I decided tonight I’d just draw your attention to some things that are just awesome for their own sake.
Clint Eastwood is Cooler Than You
I recently picked up the latest issue of GQ Magazine because of the cover featuring Clint Eastwood. The article is great, and Clint seems an okay guy. A big part of it was promo for his new movie, Invictus, which, to be honest, I’m not all that interested in seeing, at least not in the theater. I do love that at 79 he’s still kicking ass creatively. What I didn’t realize is that he was already well into his 30s when he got popular making the spaghetti Western movies, and was 41 when he did Dirty Harry. That’s pretty awesome inspiration for those of us reinventing ourselves downslope of our 20s, let me tell you. Plus he still just looks cool. I mean check out these images. This first one is a recreation of Unforgiven with Morgan Freeman, from Empire Magazine‘s 20th Anniversary photo thing where they recreated a bunch of movies (which is a cool spread, and you can check them all out here):
And here is the GQ cover.
A couple things strike me about this. First, GQ is a really, really shitty magazine. Second, look at Clint here. If I tried to rock the denim-on-denim I’d look like a total freakin’ dork. But Clint . . . Clint looks like he could still kick anyone’s ass and leave with their date shortly thereafter. That’s awesome.
Speaking of Magazines
I found this a couple weeks ago, CinemaRetro Magazine. How come I’ve never seen it before? And at what point did I become one of those people who only thinks things from the 60s and 70s are truly awesome? We’ve been watching a ton of old movies — mostly noir and cop stuff — and they are just a gas. I’m going to subscribe to this mofo.
I mean, that is Lee friggin’ Marvin, for crissakes! I’m not 300 words into this blog and I’ve already invoked two of Hollywood’s greatest tough guys, ever. Is your head exploding yet? I think I need to take a few deep breaths.
They don’t make ’em like this much anymore, and it’s a shame. This website, Golden Age Comic Book Stories, has blown me away more times than I can count. They post old pages from vintage funny books, but usually it is samples of art and photography. In this case, we have Hollywood Glamour Photography from the 1940s. You must check this out. Here’s a taste, and make sure and click the images to see the larger sized versions of the photos. Simply stunning!
My Boogie Van
Another big thing in the 70s were the garishly painted vans. Maxim Magazine recently did a spread on 12 Superheroes Who Should Be On 70s Vans. I hate Maxim, but this is pretty awesome. Dig the Shang-Chi van (god, did I love Shang-Chi — Master of Kung Fu back in the day!):
Now that is what I’m talking about.
David Simon in Vice Magazine
I didn’t realize how much of a magazine theme was going on here until I started posting. Damn. Anyway, we just watched the last episode of The Wire last week. What a fantastic series. David Simon, a former writer for the Baltimore Sun, is the primary guy behind this landmark television show, and this interview with Vice Magazine is something else. The guy touches on the show, politics, everything. Even if you’ve never watched the program you should read it. The guy is just a sharp man. I’m happier knowing there are people like this out in the world, especially after a few days of being convinced that everyone is an utter dumbass.
We are definitely in withdrawal knowing there aren’t any more episodes to check out. We just watched the pilot episode of The Shield tonight. It may be okay, I don’t know. It sure as hell ain’t no Wire though, that’s for damn sure.
Stick it to the Man
Here’s an awesome article from AlterNet called 10 Ways to Screw Over the Corporate Jackals Who’ve Been Screwing You. The title alone makes you want to read it, doesn’t it? Dig this:
A year of our collective life has flown by and our global culture is still rife with schemers, screw jobs and sorry excuses for solutions. And we just sit back and take it, year after year. But no more. When you make that hefty list of New Year’s resolutions, drop some of these bombs. Then duck. You’ll get your change faster than you can say, “Teabag this!”
Tell me you don’t lay in bed in the morning, thinking of getting up out of your warm nest, and mutter to yourself, “Man, fuck those guys!” Yeah, you know you do. . . .
Just don’t read the comments section. That will be my resolution this year: don’t read comments sections on any internet articles (except these blogs, of course). You want to be reminded the world is full of assholes and friggin’ morons? Just browse through a comments section or two!
Speaking of comments, feel free to drop a few here of things that you are digging lately that should be made known to the world of their awesomeness!