His work anticipated the real-world blurring of the organic and the mechanical, the real and the virtual, that powered so much science fiction and so much horror over the last thirty years. The fact that horror and science fiction have become increasingly indistinguishable is partly due to Giger’s imagery, and designs that borrowed or outright stole from him.
Of course, the terrific Matt Zoller Seitz delivers a terrific retrospective on H.R. Giger’s work and the influence it chest-bursted upon the science fiction world. Great read.
Thanks! I do occasionally pause before the “publish” button, wondering if I’m the only person who thinks this or that is funny, and the Connery thing was certainly one of those pauses.
But you know what? I still laugh at nearly everything I’ve made here, and I’ve had dozens of posts that I thought were hilarious that no one cared about, so oh well.
I’ll take the word “disturbing” and a slow clap as badges of honor any day of the week.
Here’s a suggestion for anyone with too much time on their hands: stroll through my My GIFs tag here and let me know which is your favorite and/or the one you’d most classify as “disturbing”. I’ll post any replies I get!
I’m not sure you’d even be interested in an endorsement-kinda post from me, but ah well.
I recently started using My Movies on my iPad at home to catalog my DVD and Blu-ray library. What was happening a lot is that my family would be hanging out wondering what we should watch, yet we’d have no easy way to review everything we have, at a glance, to see what would pop out and offer itself for our evening’s entertainment.
This is partially because I group our movies in the cabinet by genre. Kooky!
So I sought a way to make our movies easily referenced, listed, and scrollable, and My Movies really does the trick - and then some.
You enter your movies into its database via UPC code number, so that there’s no need to choose which version of a given movie you might have. Once the app finds the movie artwork that corresponds with the UPC code, you simply tap it and it’s added to your digital library. Instead of entering the code numbers, you can also simply take a picture of the UPC code with your iPad or phone (we entered the numbers manually because I have the first iPad without a camera). The app displays all your movies on a shelf-like interface or other ones that you can choose.
AND! You can follow links from your movies to the IMDB site, categorize movies on a wish list, or classify them as being borrowed or on loan to someone else. And a cool feature for someone dopey like me is that the app lists all the actors and moviemakers in your collection - so if you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 2:48 in the morning and you’re thinking
"Gosh, I wonder how many movies I own with Frankie Faison in them…?"
The app will tell you, lickity split.
(I own two movies with Frankie Faison in them)
(because I know you were wondering)
Anyway, if you’re interested in organizing your home movie library, I quite like this app - and my collection is modestly-sized. I’d imagine for some of you folks out there with thousands of titles, this kind of thing would be pretty useful. I don’t usually purchase apps; I prefer the fun, free ones or the ones I can buy with the gift cards I steal borrow from my boys - but I shelled out a few bucks for this one because I found it to be well-designed, with robust functionality (you can try a free version, too, but it only holds 50 titles).