Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beautiful Girls & Decay

Here two nice paintings by the Spanish artist Luis Royo. He combines his usual sexy girls with an environment of ruins and decay. Leather, bare skin with red and black as dominating colors, could be painted fashion.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Evangelical Etertainment

"Left Behind: Eternal Forces" is a Christian video game based on the evangelical Christian Left Behind series of novels. The player controls the Tribulation Force, a Christian military group in a post-apocalyptic New York ("post-Rapture" is the Christian term). He has to fight against the world government led by the Antichrist.

To defeat the enemy the player has to convert neutral and enemy-allied civilians or to annihilate them. He is encouraged to use conversion over violence when possible.

Nevertheless the game caused a lot of criticism upon its release. Even many Christian groups criticized the use of religious intolerance and violence as essential parts of the game. One critic said: "The game is about killing people for their lack of faith in Jesus."
But just because of that it may be a good example for the Christian Supremacist movement in the United States of today.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cherry 2000

Few days ago I watched again Cherry 2000, a science fiction film from 1987. It’s one of these post Mad Max productions, mixing road-movie, western and science fiction elements. Despite the lack of ruins – like most of this genre and this time the film is set in the desert to reduce costs – there’s a lot of decadence and decay, which is presented with cutting irony.

Plastic fantastic. I’m sure that even Steven Meisel couldn’t do much better.

Trash and decay

When the beloved female home robot of the yuppie Sam Treadwell is broken, he is looking desperately for a substitute a new Cherry 2000. But it’s the future and Sam has to learn: "In The Year 2017, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find. A Cherry 2000 Is Even Harder."

Sweet Cherry 2000

He is told, that maybe in the lawless wasteland known as "Zone Seven" he can find another Cherry 2000. To go there, he has to hire a tracker, a certain E. Johnson, who turned out to be a woman, played by Melanie Griffith with cherry red hair. It needs the entire film and a lot of adventures until Sam realizes that a real woman could be more attractive than a robot.

Cherry red Melanie Griffith

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pixel Apocalypse

Probably one of best apocalyptic clips on Youtube is PIXELS by Patrick Jean. It’s very clever planned and well-realized. Old classic video games are destructing New York converting it into pixels.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Kinda Atlantikwall Bunkers

On the Costa Brava in Spain I discovered this strange piece of modern architecture. Half a dozen cubical beach cabins are hosting a sailing school.

What I found really interesting – besides the neglected condition – was the inclined construction, which gives the illusion that the cabins where half sunken in the sand.

It reminded me immediately of the well known pictures of the old German bunkers of the Atlantikwall in France.