Sunday 21 October 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale mini-review

"The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong."

And how!

I liked it. 

After sleeping on it, I liked it more, despite some of the out-of-the-blue twists.

You could say it’s about faith in the service of others vs. faith in the service of the self.

One is beautiful, the other isn’t. One is a gift that helps and consoles and loves, while the other is manipulative, exploitive and deceitful.

We see both in Drew Godard's Bad Times at the El Royale. 

There’s the undying faith we have in a sibling, the faith we have in our government institutions and leaders, faith in money, faith in higher ideals and more.

The film touches on this theme from multiple angels. Basic human decency, and the struggle of ordinary people, is pitted against preening narcissism. 

Some characters reveal traits that aren't even hinted at, leading to a bit of a disconnect, but it didn't destroy the flow for me.

It's got a Quentin Tarantino vibe, just softer, not as eccentric. It's also not bubbling over with pop culture quotables. 

But the themes are deeper.

Friday 19 October 2018

Steampunk life drawing pics

I was playing around on the iPad Pro, and did these up. If you look close, you can tell the drawings have no texture. They look like they're drawn on glass because, well, they are.

The drawing app I used was CreateSpace, or something like that, and I've only scratched the surface of what it can do.

It certainly has lots of potential.

I just need the time to use it!

Saturday 6 October 2018

Myths, Monsters & Machines: more pics

A few more pics from opening night....

Tanya Marriott

Andrew Foerster
Friederike Ablang
Andrew Zbihlyj

Jennifer Phelan

Friday 5 October 2018

Opening night of Myths, Monsters & Machines!

My deepest thank to all the amazing artists, and everyone who came out to the show. It was a jam packed house, despite the ominous weather. 
The inimitable Scarlet Black put on a breathtaking fire dance (so good!), and Erica Balon painted up a storm while dramatically lit by car headlights, and all the wonderful art shone bright. 
The show will be up until October 21st, so if you couldn't make it to the opening, pop on down and give the exhibit a gander. 
You'll be glad you did.