The Quay Brothers in 35mm

The Quay Brothers in 35mm showcases a selection of dark and moody short films by stop-motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay.

Director Christopher Nolan is taking a curated collection of short films by the Brothers Quay on tour. The presentation includes the films In Absentia, The Comb, and Street of Crocodiles, as well as Nolan’s new documentary Quay, on all new 35mm prints.

The Quay Brothers, Stephen and Timothy, are known for their dark, moody, and often nightmarish work with puppets and stop-motion animation.

Street of Crocodiles by the Brothers Quay
Street of Crocodiles (1986)

The Comb by the Quay Brothers
The Comb (1991)

In Absentia
In Absentia (2000)

A collection of short films by the Brothers Quay is available right here. The Blu-Ray, available October 20th, will include three more recent films, as well as Nolan’s documentary.

For tour dates and other info head over to Zeitgeist Films.

Go Back to School With This Retro Bigfoot Lunchbox

Go in search of Bigfoot with this retro metal lunchbox, complete with cool sasquatch art and fun facts.
Retro metal Bigfoot lunchbox by Archie McFee
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Whether you’re going on an expedition to find the legendary sasquatch, or just going back to school, this retro metal Bigfoot lunchbox is perfect for transporting your peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Also, if you’re one of the kids from the 80s like me who is responsible for getting metal lunchboxes banned from school, you could probably use this thing for some pretty serious blunt force trauma.

In the event that you have to fend off an angry yeti in the woods, of course.
*Lunchbox not for use on human heads.

Back to school with the Bigfoot lunchbox

Get your retro Bigfoot lunchbox right here.

The Lady ParaNorma Brings My Pet Skeleton to the Printed Page

Acclaimed artist Vincent Marcone of My Pet Skeleton brings his haunting, surreal style to the pages of a new book this October.
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My Pet Skeleton

My first encounter with the work of Vincent Marcone was with the creations he designed for the band Jakalope sometime around 2004. Trent Reznor and other gods of industrial music were involved in the recording of the band’s first album, so I followed a link from some Nine Inch Nails blog or fansite to the official Jakalope website to check it out.

What I found instead was a bizarre flash-based puzzle that I never successfully cracked. The initial game looked like meat and blood vessels, with bacteria floating around. When you clicked the microbes, it opened downloadable Jakalope wallpapers featuring twisted amalgamations of flora and fauna.

Eventually, when clicking the right bacteria (or combination thereof?) you advanced to the next scene – a field of musical flowers. If you could mimic their patterns, you could move on. I don’t recall ever making it past this one, but I always wondered what was beyond.

As an aspiring designer and digital artist, I was blown away by this thing, and soon became completely entranced by Vincent Marcone’s work as I dug through his website My Pet Skeleton.

The Lady ParaNorma Book

Now, much to my excitement, Marcone’s first book is soon to be released from ChiZine Publications. Based on his short film of the same name, The Lady ParaNorma is an eerie fairy tale about an eccentric, haunted woman who finds happiness in a rather unusual way.

While the town gossips and jeers behind her back, ParaNorma lives alone on a hill, listening to the secrets of the dead, never able to reach them. But her isolated life changes forever when the carrion call of a kindred spirit sounds from the heart of a storm.

The book will feature an elegant, silky hardcover finish with 74 lavishly illustrated pages of Marcone’s paintings and words. Similar to the Jakalope puzzle, the pages also contain secrets to find, including faces, symbols and a hidden cardinal on every page.

The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone

The Lady ParaNorma hits the shelves October 8th. Pre-order it from Amazon right here.

Watch The Lady ParaNorma Short Film

Mac Sabbath: Where Happy Meals and the Occult Come Together

McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath features classic 1970s metal mixed with everything we love about fast food.

They call it drive thru metal.

And it is a thing of rare beauty.

Having crawled from the deepest, greasiest pits of fast food hell, Ronald Osborne, Slayer Mac Cheeze, Grimalice, and the Cat Burglar have come together to bring you a super-sized order of parodied Black Sabbath songs that will leave you asking “Would you like fries with that?”

Formed in 2014, the identities of the band remain a mystery. However, Mike Odd, singer of LA-based Rosemary’s Billygoat, acts as the band’s manager. About his initial encounter with the band in the basement of a fast food restaurant, he writes:

Black Sabbath’s music, hilarious fast food lyrics, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player, and Tony Iommi with a giant cheeseburger head. I was confused, amazed, and dare I say it, can’t ever remember feeling so………happy! I told Ronald that yes, I would love to manage his band. It wasn’t going to be easy—nothing ever is with a disturbed clown and a band of Monsanto mutants who refuse to reveal their identities because they think they came here from a wormhole in space time direct from 1970. But whoever they are and however they got here, they’re here now and they’re ready, so pull up to the window and check your order, because I am proud to present the world’s newest concept in entertainment, the culinary disgrace that is MAC SABBATH!

Mac Sabbath cover band

1970s metal…deep-fried and dipped in Sweet ‘N Sour sauce.

Unhealthy and unholy.

Hail Satan, and enjoy your meal.

Mac Sabbath – “Frying Pan”

Too Much Truffle Shuffling at the Goonies House

Thousands of people visit the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon every day, and the owner is tired of it.
Goonies house in Astoria, OR closed to the public

The Goonies house in Astoria, OR, where the adventure to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure began in the 1985 film, has been closed to the public. More than 30 years after The Goonies hit theaters, city officials say the house still receives 1,500 visitors daily. And the owner is tired of it.

A blue tarp now covers the house, with a sign stating access is closed to the Goonies house. Another sign reads:

Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it. This driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.

Apparently the property is plagued by cigarette butts, beer bottles and urinating dogs that the owner is fed up with. When she bought the house over a decade ago, visitors were minimal. City officials credit social media buzz with the recent onslaught of fans.

Chunk does the truffle shuffle at the Goonies house in Astoria

The huge 4-day celebration for The Goonies 30th anniversary that brought $2-$3 million into the Astoria economy may also have had something to do with it.