Archive for December, 2012

Cool stuff I want, Part 100,000,006-10

Posted in Books, Comics, Film, Music on December 2, 2012 by thebigsmoke

Pretty soon it’s going to be Jesus’ birthday and what better way to celebrate that than asking our friends and loved ones for awesome shit to clutter our lives with.  In no particular order, here are five things on my Christmas list this year.

1. Two-Lane Blacktop, Masters of Cinema limited edition steelbook (Blu-ray)

Although I don’t actually have a blu-ray player except on my laptop, I have a fetish for blu-ray steelbooks.  This one from Eureka is really a beautiful-looking object.  They have used the original movie poster for the cover art and I thnk it looks great.

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The movie, directed by Monte Hellman is a bit of a classic and I haven’t seen it yet myself.  Here’s the trailer:

2. Russ Meyer Collection (boxset and booklet) (DVD)

Er, because I am interested in the impact of Meyer’s fascinating directorial style within the context of modern cinema.  I look forward to exploring its continued relevance.  And not looking at big boobs.  Nope, that’s not it at all.  It’s not the big boob thing.

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3. Parker: The Martini Edition (Hardcover) by Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke

I love the Parker novels and ever since I started reading them people have been recommending the Darwyn Cooke adaptations.  To be honest, I’m not a huge Darwyn Cooke fan and did not immediately warm to this particular work.  However, this edition is just too beautiful.  It collects The Hunter and The Outfit.

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4. Bernie Rhodenbarr series (Paperback) by Lawrence Block

There are ten books in this series about a professional thief based in New York City.  He’s a bookstore owner by day, a catburglar by night.  I have been meaning to read some of Lawrence Block’s huge bibliography and this seems like a great place to start.

Unfortunately I think most if not all the series is out of print, but I’m determined to read them anyway.  Plus I like the old editions.

5. Ladytron – Seventeen (Vinyl)

There are always plenty of records I want, but right now this is top of the list.  It’s not particular rare or obscure, but I love this track and need it badly.

Here’s the awesome video:

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