Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I went out on a date at The Egyptian to see a double feature of Peter Lorre movies this weekend. It's really fun to see that crazy character up on a giant silver screen in the way that Hollywood intended. The first film I saw was "Stranger on the Third Floor" (1940) and it starred an actress that bore an uncanny resemblance to NBC wunderkind alumni, Tina Fey. The actress who played the Lorre pseudo victim was Margaret Tallichet. She was a starlet from Dallas who later married famed director William Wyler and then chucked a really promising career. I thought she was amazing in this. I sure hope that Peter Lorre's crazy teeth were a part of his character and not his own teeth. The second film was titled "The Face Behind The Mask" (1941). This one was part tearjerking melodrama, and part film noir mobster fun! Here are a couple of clips from both movies. I was actually very moved by Lorre's performance in this one. It's basically a tragedy, but in the noir genre, it's the only way it can make sense. When Lorre approaches the mirror and says "What have you done with my...my face"!, it reminds me of my morning ritual when I first get up to look at my puss in the medicine cabinet.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I just signed up at issuu.com to make this little dummy for my old pirate kitten book. The book has changed a bit since this version, but I thought it would be fun to do book dummies digitally and show them to potential editors. I could just make a version like this in flash too, but this service was so easy and fast. It's also great for making portfolios and embedding them into your websites. All free! Click the small book here if you want to view it at a larger size to read.
Monday, April 07, 2008
The opening for Sideshow was really incredible. A very big turnout as you can see. I had a great wall for my pieces that seemed to be the perfect spot for people to check it out and discover what I do. Brad Benedict, the curator, seemed so busy chatting it up with about a million people. Bergamot Station has a pretty big parking lot, but man they need to start thinking about valet parking after the last year because the shows just keep getting bigger and bigger. So, if you are in the area I hope you come see the show while it's up. The Gallery has it up for basically the majority of April. I'm in good company as you can see by the samples here of Colin Johnson, Everett Peck and Van Arno. See the post below for links and more information!