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June 22, 2009

Remaking Footloose Remakes All Our Pain

Kevin_bacom When I heard they were remaking Footloose, I gnashed my teeth and clutched my chest and flipped over the kitchen table. It was a scene. The table was all done up for dinner and dishes went flying and food everywhere and glasses smashing and silverware went ting ting ting. I fell to my knees and raised both fists in the air and made this guttural animal noise that was undoubtedly indicative of dark and primal forces.

But then, in the lucid moment of reflection that followed, I deemed that reaction excessive. Don't get me wrong. On the surface, I think Footloose was a terrible 80s disaster. But a reaction so violent denotes value of a kind. What, I wondered, dwelled in the formal structure of Footloose that unleashed so much vital power?


June 17, 2009

Painter Chooses Her Art Over Her Health (This Is Not An Episode of House)

Alison_silva Artist Alison Silva was a painter of adequate talent who started getting blinding headaches. Fearful for her health, of course, she went to a series of doctors and found out that she had a benign tumor pressing on her brain. Right next to her memory center, the tumor could easily cause seizures or death. What it did do was give Alison incredible inner vision that has transformed her into a painter that is selling her work at $7,500 a pop. So...she's putting her art first and keeping her tumor.

No, this isn't an episode of House. This is a true story, and Alison Silva really is keeping her tumor.

Man, it gives new meaning to the phrase "suffering for your art,"  huh?


June 03, 2009

David Lynch's Interview Project

David_lynch I love David Lynch's work and the reason might scare you a little bit, but here it goes: his movies (and TV show) are one of the most accurate depictions of life I've ever seen. I don't mean that, on a day-to-day basis, dwarves regularly speak backwards to me or that my husband has the potty mouth of Frank Booth. But just in general, when I stop and look around and actually observe what's going on, things feel really weird most of the time and I think David Lynch gets that.


May 05, 2009

Art History 100 Was a Damned Lie: Van Gogh May Not Have Cut Off His Ear

Vincent_Van_Gogh People, please put down your life-sized cardboard cutouts of Robert Pattinson and stop chewing on your Nutrageous bars.  And please don't think about the Abortion Plane.  It's time on MamaPop to get serious.  Because the spectre of Vincent van Gogh has once more risen from the grave TO FEED UPON THE LIVING reputations of art historians.

According to The Guardian, which is a better newspaper than a manhole cover,* it seems that Vincent van Gogh may not have cut off his own ear, as legend has it.  It may in fact have been fellow painter and unhinged SOB Paul Gauguin.


May 01, 2009

For Her Birthday, Amanda Palmer Wants You To Tell Your Friends About Amanda Palmer

Amanda_palmer Do you know those fragments of pop culture that you adore so much that you feel compelled to tell everyone you know how awesome they are? Sure you do - we're nothing if not overzealous here at MamaPop, and we pretty much only blog about pop culture so that other people will love/hate the same things as us, because this makes us feel closer to you as human beings in this dark, lonely world. 


April 15, 2009

"Hope" Poster Artist Shepard Fairey Charged With Felony Vandalism

Barack_obama_hope_poster Until last year, Shepard Fairey was probably most known for his ubiquitous "Obey Giant" images, which feature screen prints of the late Andre the Giant (whom you may recall as the lovable Fezzik from The Princess Bride). Of course now he is far more famous for another poster, the "Hope" poster featuring the now iconic and ubiquitous red, white and blue print of President Obama.

Fairey is now back in the news, having been charged with 17 charges of felony vandalism for posting his artwork on public property in the city of Boston.


Never Forget [pours a little out]


Best t-shirt ever? Perhaps. Unless you know of one you think is better? Well do ya? Huh, punk?

(Actually, this one brings tears of joy to my eyes as well.)

April 14, 2009

FAIL! Artist Uses Rhianna's Police Photograph, Says "There Is No Message"

Rhianna_art I have always thought that artwork represents emotions that words cannot convey. Whether it is a photograph or a painting, digital or in charcoal, art speaks without words. but what if a piece of art, provocative art at that, is prefaced by saying it has no meaning?

What if that art was the representation of a woman's beaten face?

According to artist Sham Ibrahim, his digital art of Rhianna's infamous police photograph, in which the singer is beaten and bruised, her eyes closed in a position of defeat and pain, has no message behind it at all. In fact, it's all about the pretty colors he got to use.

Well you can use all 64 crayons in the box to color me pissed.


April 07, 2009

"Where The Wild Things Are" Second Poster Released

Where_the_wild_things_are_movie Warner Bros has released the second poster for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are on Yahoo.com. Can you tell we here on MamaPop are just, oh, a wee bit excited about this movie? What, did all the OMG OMG OMG-ing and SQUEE!-ing give it away? Uhhh yeah.

Ze new poster after le jump!


March 18, 2009

My Kid Could Paint That...Maybe

My_kid_could_paint_thatAs you're probably aware, the majority of the staff here at MamaPop fall somewhere in the spectrum of "parent bloggers." Some of us write almost exclusively about our children, and some of us write about other stuff with a dash of, "Oh, yeah, I have a kid," thrown in. Regardless of the amount of parenting material on our blogs, nearly all of us have been accused, whether individually or as a group, of exploiting our children, either for profit or attention.

Our response to that is, of course, "Pshaw." You don't have to believe me, but I can tell you that that's just not the case, especially when you get to see some potential examples of exploitation that will make you squirm. I'm referring to folks like Jon and Kate Gosselin who have a particularly nauseating approach to family life in the spotlight and who are coming under increasing scrutiny. I'm also referring to the far more complicated case of Mark and Laura Olmstead and their daughter Marla.


March 02, 2009

Rosie O'Donnell Is Right On The Munny

RosiemunnydollgrafittiRosie O'Donnell has been doing a heavy tour of talk shows lately to promote her new Lifetime Movie, "America", which she wrote, produced, and starred in.  As a parent to two foster children herself, the foster care system in the United States and its neglect is an issue close to her heart, and, from accounts I've read so far, it is good film.

I haven't watched "America" yet, but I plan to catch its second airing on March 3rd.  It's not really "America" that I want to talk to about here.

Every time I've seen Rosie on television over the last while, she segues from talk of "America" to another of her passions: the Munny.  She hand-draws on these Munnies obsessively and sells them at her Etsy shop.  All proceeds from the sale of her completed Munny pieces go toward the support of Rosie's Broadway Kids, an organization that "...provides instruction in dance and music and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity."

It's not really Rosie's charity that I want to talk about here, either.

It's the Munny.  After realizing the incredible creative potential of these gorgeous little dolls, I don't want to live a Munny-less life any longer.


January 27, 2009

The Case of the Disembodied Woman


This is an installation by Detroit artist Bob Turek. His description for the piece (of ass) says, "As part of my object remix series, this stereo forces the music source into the center of attention and creates a radically new user interface."

Oh, vom, Bob. Your user interface is not radically new, because its totally derivative of the "art" from the Korova Milk Bar set of A Clockwork Orange. And seriously, when the aesthetic you achieve is the sort that fits nicely with that of a protagonist who delights in brutally raping women, you may want to go back to the drawing board. Just sayin'.


January 21, 2009

Obama Begins, Get Your War On Ends


Amidst all of the happiness and optimism surrounding yesterday's inauguration comes a bittersweet moment: the very last Get Your War On strip.


September 03, 2008

Banksy Pops Up in New Orleans in Time for Katrina Anniversary and Gustav's Arrival


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It's been a rough couple of days for people along the Gulf Coast. The three-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was on Friday and, as if on cue, Hurricane Gustav roared into town on Monday.


Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki Keeps It Surreal


Perhaps the most renowned Japanese anime director, Hayao Miyazaki is responsible for films such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. His current project, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is a modern take on the story of The Little Mermaid, with a goldfish who wishes to become a human girl. The exceptional thing about the film, however, is that Miyazaki says the film was done without computer animation, each frame drawn in crayon, by hand.


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