This week’s art is a glimpse at a new style of Impressionism that I’ve been pursuing in private for roughly the last three years. This one is a depiction of two burlesque dancers stepping through the curtains to take the stage. It’s a bit of a new approach for me that combines my rusty cartooning skills with an attempt at fine art, using a striking color pallette and some new (to me) techniques.
You’ll probably be seeing more pieces like this in Monday Morning Art in the future. Click to enlarge.
Last week TNA Wrestling (moving soon to Thursday nights at 8 PM on the POP! Network) presented what they hailed as an innovative new type of wrestling match, presented in a way that wrestling had never before been presented. It was called “The Final Deletion” and you can see the entire match, along with its set-up, above.
Justifying the fact that “The Final Deletion” may be one of the most moronically cheesy titles for anything ever, this wrestling match is a masterpiece of fine, grade-A schlock. Bringing together elements of Ed Wood movies, really bad 1970s Kung Fu and Sci-Fi flicks, backyard wrestling and country music videos, “The Final Deletion” is wrestling’s answer to Monty Python’s “Confuse A Cat” sketch, with it’s constant barrage of head-scratch-inducing non-sequitors.
It will leave you wondering what the hell you just watched. The acting is so bad that it’s instantly endearing. Matt Hardy, who looks like he’s trying out for a community theater production of “Sweeny Todd” and attempts to speak with a Spanish nobleman’s accent that doesn’t quite make it through his thick North Carolinian brogue, seems to be having fun, so you don’t feel bad laughing out loud at his performance. Jeff Hardy, his brother, and the apparent intended object of “deletion” demonstrates a disinterest in acting that is equally amusing. Both brothers deliver in the ring, until the match deteriorates into a garbage-gimmick free-for-all. There is something so wonderfully crazed about this that you can’t figure out if it’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen, or the best.
Our second episode, from August 2006, presented music from Stephen Beckner and The Sleeping Dons. The Sleeping Dons were Sean Richardson, Jay Lukens and Deron Sodaro. We also had animation from Frank Panucci and a special sneak preview of the then-upcoming Batman movie, which eventually got this episode banned from YouTube. That’s a story we’re saving for the RFC book.
“RVD Shirt” began the Radio Free Charleston tradition of naming the show after the shirt I was wearing. Over 200 shows in, this once-nifty idea is beginning to take up a lot of room in my house. With this episode, we established our basic format, but we still had a ways to go to find our voice. Host segments were shot at the late, lamented LiveMix Studio by Brian Young.
I don’t plan to see the new Ghostbusters movie when it’s released next week. I have many reasons, which I will lay out later in this post, and I realize that I’m late to the party when it comes to commenting on this film on the internet, but there has been a very disturbing twist to the marketing of this movie that needs to be addressed.
The producers, director and Sony Pictures, the studio financing the film, have mounted a bit of an attack campaign, portraying anyone who doesn’t absolutely love this movie as a mouth-breathing, sexist and misogynistic fanboy who has no life, lives in their mother’s basement and only hates the movie because the new team of Ghostbusters are all female.
This is cynical and reeks of desperation. It’s like they know that they have a deficient product, so their only hope is to somehow turn liking the movie into some kind of political cause and then they can trick Social Justice Warriors into shouting down their critics. The viciousness of the attacks has been pretty severe coming from an industry that has spent more than the last decade pandering to mouth-breathing, sexist, misogynistic fanboys.
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