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The Avengers '98 - The Director's Cut DVD/Blu-ray covers

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/06/2021 - 9:15pm in

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'The Avengers' movie released in 1998 has to be one of the biggest disappointments ever in the history of movies... at least for me. I was genuinely looking forward to it having missed out on the opportunity to visit the set the year before. A stuntman friend of mine was doing some work on the film and needed some help with his gear. He knew I was a fan of the original series and tried to get in touch with me. But this was a few years before the advent of mobile phones, so his calls to me went unanswered as I was at the day job helping Sooty to put on a show at The American Adventure Theme Park.

When the film was released, it got blistering reviews. And it's easy to see why. The film was a mess and its narrative virtually incomprehensible. There were rumours of it being a troubled production. The film seemed to have very short running time for a so-called blockbuster. There had been no preview screenings for the press prior to its public release. Indeed its premiere was virtually non-existent. And what's more, even more sinister, was the fact that Sean Connery's face appeared nowhere in the Titan Magazines special published to coincide with the release (save for a shot of him in a full page ad for another publication).

Titan Books had also published a novelisation written by Julie Kaewert. Kaewert had used the original screenplay and the book revealed many omitted scenes and the plot actually made more sense. Indeed, it was one of those rare occurrences where the novelisation was actually better than the film!

Adding to the ignominy of the film's reputation (at least on a personal level). I was browsing a second hand VHS stall at the local flea market one Saturday and found, to my surprise, a brand spanking new copy of the film on VHS. It was the Saturday before the Monday the film got its official release on the medium. The VHS was a genuine copy and the tape inside had been played for about ten minutes. You can picture the history... Reviewer gets preview copy - Watches ten minutes of it - Gives up - Can't wait to get shot of it - Sells it on to a second hand stall - Rescued by fan out of pity.

As the years rolled on, stories of the production and the apparent existence of a 'Director's Cut' started to fly around filmdom.

Fast forward to last year and I was approached by Dan Martin who runs a Facebook page dedicated to getting the 'Director's Cut' released on Blu-ray. He wanted a faux cover as a proof of concept to put on social media to drum up some support for the campaign in the wake of 'The Snyder Cut' of 'Justice League' getting a release.

How could I not refuse?

Here it is with a few variants. Hopefully it speaks for itself. It's different to the original artwork. Not TOO quirky or stylised with the fun being emphasised through the use of old BBC weather symbols in the background. I also slipped in the union flag/rampant lion symbol which, although from 'The New Avengers' fitted in with the flavour of the design - especially since its a symbolically burning icon behind Sir August. 

Hope you like it and I'm still waiting for the call from Warner Bros either to ask me to produce a final version of the cover or to issue a take-down order.



Here's some textless versions of the artwork.




And a selection of logo variants too...

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Law & Order SVU Factory Seconds

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Dick Wolf Presents Law & Order SVU Factory Seconds, Pro Sports Rape Scandal 15-36

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Cartoon: The video vortex

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The Mainstream Worldview Is As Garbage As Mainstream Music And Movies

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 9:59pm in

I hate the mainstream scoff.

Do you know the mainstream scoff? It’s the scoff people who’ve been indoctrinated into the mainstream worldview make when you say something which falls outside that worldview. Something like “Nothing of substance has changed since the Trump administration.” Or “The west sided with al Qaeda in Syria.” Or “Check out this link to an article from an alternative media outlet.”

It’s any kind of swift, vapid dismissal someone makes when you offer a perspective that isn’t a part of the mainstream perspective, solely on the basis that it is not part of the mainstream perspective. A laugh. A “Pfft!”. A “LOL”. A laugh-cry emoji. Whatever form it takes, the dismissal can be summed up as “That’s a fringe position, so I’m dismissing it.” Which is really just saying “That’s not how they told me it works on CNN, therefore it’s not real.”

One of the many major obstacles to spreading awareness of what’s really going on in the world is the widespread belief that the mainstream worldview is mainstream because it is better. More accurate, more sensible, more reflective of objective reality. And of course this is nonsense. The mainstream perspective isn’t mainstream because it is better, it’s mainstream because wealthy and powerful people have poured a vast amount of energy and wealth into making it mainstream.

That’s why it’s such a joke that someone who sits in the ideological middle ground between the warmongering corporatist Democratic Party and the warmongering corporatist Republican Party gets labeled a “moderate” or a “centrist”. There’s nothing moderate or middle-of-the-road about supporting war and corporatism; it’s actually a violent extremist position. Someone who sits between two corporatist warmonger parties isn’t a moderate, they’re a corporatist warmonger. But because so much wealth and energy has been poured into ensuring that both mainstream liberalism and mainstream conservatism support the interests of oligarchs and the war machine in the United States, the middle ground between them gets labeled moderate.

In reality it makes no more sense to say that the mainstream worldview is mainstream because it’s the best worldview than it does to say mainstream music or mainstream movies are mainstream because they’re the best. Hollywood movies are artless garbage and so is the conveyor belt pop music that gets churned out and marketed to mainstream demographics today. They’re popular not because they deeply profoundly move people, open their eyes, leave them changed forever, or take them on journeys into parts of themselves that they never knew were there, but because a lot of money was spent promoting contrived escapist candy to a stressed and overworked population.

The news media are owned by giant megacorporations and billionaires. The modern schooling system was constructed by plutocrats for the purpose of molding new generations to turn the gears of industry. Hollywood movies are routinely co-authored by the CIA, NSA, and Pentagon. Scientists have shown that popular music has become more homogeneous and formulaic than ever before. There is no reason to believe that something is good because it is mainstream, least of all information and perspectives. Across the board it’s ruling elites who dictate what’s mainstream, not the people.

And so now here we are, drifting through a psychologically enslaved civilization where culture is manufactured for the convenience of the powerful and everything’s shallow and phony. America is the bastion of liberty and democracy. Soldiers fight for your freedom. Capitalism is working fine. The TV would never lie to you. Everything’s exactly as it seems. Stop thinking and dance to this song about money and butts.

We float rootless in the current of power and profit motives which have nothing to do with us. Without any grounding in truth. Without any grounding in art. Without any grounding in depth or authenticity. An ocean of blaring screens and billboards full of idiotic nonsense being marketed to minds that have been warped by idiotic nonsense through a worldview which consists of nothing but idiotic nonsense, as far as the eye can see.

And nobody’s really fine with it. Everyone’s starving for truth, desperately hungry for reality; they just don’t know where to go for it because their entire field of perception is cluttered with fake, power-serving bullshit.

That’s really what we’re here for, at this point in history. To help point each other to the truth. To help one another sink our roots into something real. To expose the lies of the mainstream manipulators and show each other what’s really going on. To create real art and real culture that arises from sincere encounters with our inner leviathans instead of being cooked up by a bunch of suits around some corporate conference table. To help life blossom between the cracks in the concrete of social control. To create glitches in the matrix.

And there will be scoffs. Of course there will be. But we keep sowing seeds, keep throwing sand in the gears of the machine, because what the hell else are we going to do? Either humanity will rise to the occasion and move from the artificial hallucinations into a meeting with reality, or it will follow the mainstream worldview into the oblivion of extinction. All we can do in the meantime is try our level best to coax those eyes open.

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Philosophy Majors Nominated for an Oscar

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Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka The Lucas Brothers, both philosophy majors at The College of New Jersey (prior to both attending law school, both dropping out just before graduation, and then pursuing a joint career in comedy), have been nominated for the 2021 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with Will Berson and Shaka King, for Judas and the Black Messiah.


[still from Judas and the Black Messiah]

The movie is a drama chronicling the betryal of Fred Hampton, head of the Black Panther Party in Chicago in the late 1960’s, by an FBI informant, William O’Neal.

The Lucas Brothers, who have been very successful in their comedy career, graduated in 2007 from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with honors in philosophy. According to Consuelo Preti, professor of philosophy at TCNJ, the brothers planned on going to law school and both took courses in Law and Ethics, Theory of Knowledge, and Philosophy of Mind. “Kenny says he’d have pursued [philosophy mind] had he gone to graduate school in philosophy… He still tries to read about it; most recently, Wittgenstein,” Dr. Preti says. Kenny wrote his senior thesis with Melinda Roberts on Mill on Liberty; Keith wrote his senior thesis with Mort Winston (who died in 2017) on William James on Evidentialism.

You can read an interview with the Lucas Brothers about their writing of Judas and the Black Messiah here.

The Academy Awards take place on April 25th.

Are We Living in a Simulation? Bad Religion, Bad Media Combine in New Doc, ‘A Glitch in the Matrix’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 8:13am in

Brother Laeo Mystwood looks at the camera, his body obscured by a 3D avatar. He...

Lockdown II - Cinema Posters

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Yes, I'm back. It's been three months since my last post so not only am I apologising to you for the neglect, I've also got a backlog of stuff to post. So without further ado, here's a very large one to be going on with...

Obviously, there's been a second lockdown in the UK during much of December and that very nice Emily Cook from Doctor Who magazine again took it upon herself to organise a selection of tweet-a-longs for the Whovian community. 

To cut a long story short, I uploaded one of my cinema posters to the lockdown website and next thing I know I'm doing social media ads for all of the tweet-a-long episodes. 

They are (with one or two exceptions) all based on vintage (and not-so-vintage) movies. Some are quite familiar whilst others are on the obscure spectrum. They've really been fun to do and the only real labour was the effort in finding suitable old posters to homage. 

In no particular order, here they are - all 23 of them*. At the end of these, is a list of posters that I paid homage to.

* Yes, I know there weren't 23 tweet-a-longs but I kind of overdid it. All of the Christmas/festive specials are included even though they weren't all selected.





















A Christmas Carol – The Muppets' Christmas Carol (1992)

Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways – This Island Earth (1955)

The Christmas Invasion – Invaders from Mars (1953)

Dark Water/Death in Heaven – Original

The Return of Doctor Mysterio – Batman (1966)

Last Christmas – Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)

Resolution – Not of this Earth (1957)

Revolution of the Daleks – Earth vs the Flying Saucers (1956)

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe– The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The End of Time – El Cid (1961)

The Husbands of River Song – Tobor the Great (1954)

The Next Doctor – Konga (1961)

The Pilot – Fantastic Voyage (1966)

The Runaway Bride – I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

The Snowmen – Great Expectations (1946)

The Unquiet Dead – Scrooge (1951)

Thin Ice – Wuthering Heights (1949)

The Time of the Doctor – The Time Machine (1960)

Turn Left – Original

Twice Upon A Time – It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Utopia – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Voyage of the Damned – The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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