Archive for the Film Category

Medication

Posted in Film, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by roarvis

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It’s been a great year for reissues so far. Captured Tracks did an amazing job on the first two Medicine albums, which I reviewed over at The Vinyl District. I also wrote about the recent My Bloody Valentine, Unrest, and Sentridoh reissues. Hopefully these reviews will each be bathed in the soft light of the Interwebs in coming weeks.

Show-wise, I experienced the mindblowing spectacle of Pulp and attended my fifth or sixth Spiritualized gig. Ol’ J. Spaceman’s still got it.

Pirate Planet is still tinkering away. Meanwhile, I launched a solo minimalist synth project called MATHESAR. Fans of John Carpenter, Giorgio Moroder, and the Doctor Who theme will want to take note. Also recorded for the first time since 1994(?) with my first band, The Plague Dogs. Imagine the soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar as performed by Sonic Youth and The Cure – or by a bunch of whiny emo/goth kids from Ohio.

We’ve lost some great character actors recently: William Finley, Susan Tyrell, and Richard Lynch, to name a few. I attended a screening of Phantom of the Paradise at the Million Dollar Theater the week Finley passed away. It’s probably time to revisit Forbidden Zone and God Told Me To.

In current B-movie news, I interviewed Piranha 3-DD director John Gulager for Planet Fury. Apparently I am the only person over the age 13 who liked that movie…

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Whole Lotta Nothing

Posted in Film, Music with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by roarvis

It’s been awhile since I’ve graced the blogiverse with my succinct wisdom. What have I been doing besides watching old episodes of Hill Street Blues and Homicide: Life on the Streets, you ask?

Back in November I had the opportunity to interview one of my musical heroes, David J, for The Vinyl District. Check it out here.

I have two different film soundtrack projects scheduled for this year. One is a short horror film directed by Ryan Stockstad, and the other is a documentary by noted artist Alexandra Grant. I’ll presumably be scoring the horror film on my own. The documentary will be a collaboration between Caleb Seavey and myself.

Meanwhile, Caleb and I have almost finished our second album as Pirate Planet. It’s a collection of songs inspired by Krautrock, shoegaze, space rock, power pop, ghost stories, and family life. It will most likely be ready for prime time this summer.

through the past, darkly

Art Archives: The Black Hole, Pt. 3

Posted in Artwork, Film with tags , , on August 12, 2011 by roarvis

Why do I get the feeling I’ve overstayed my welcome with these Black Hole drawings? Nonetheless, it’s time for…

The electrifying conclusion of The Story of The Black Hole!


Reinhardt begins to plunge the Cygnus into the black hole, taking the surviving Palomino crew with it.

Journey to the other side

Art Archives: The Black Hole, Pt. 2

Posted in Artwork, Film with tags , , on August 11, 2011 by roarvis


And now…the story of The Black Hole!

Read on

Art Archives: The Black Hole, Pt. 1

Posted in Artwork, Film with tags , , on August 10, 2011 by roarvis

I was four years old when I saw The Black Hole.

Apparently Disney had decided to cash in on the success of Star Wars by crafting their own cute talking robot space adventure. Theaters throughout the U.S. booked the film, and chain stores throughout the U.S. stocked the merch. The stage was set for Disney to move effortlessly into the realm of live action blockbusters.

voyage into the dark realms of space

80s Science Fiction Film Child Art Archives: Introduction

Posted in Artwork, Film, Television with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by roarvis

I’m proud to announce a new feature on this blog: 1980s science fiction movie art, as drawn by myself, when I was a child!

Recently I traveled to the remote woodlands of Northeast Ohio, where I found an archive comprised of every drawing I ever did from the time I first picked up a crayon. Most of this art is horrendous even by the standards by which we judge the art of a child. However, I was discovering the magic of motion pictures during a time before the PG-13 rating existed. This meant I was exposed not only to mainstream features like the Star Wars trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but also to titles that have since taken on cult status. I’m talking about The Black Hole, Flash Gordon, Tron, Clash of the Titans, The Dark Crystal, Blade Runner, and even Krull!

After returning from the theater, I would spend the next few days indoors, drawing what I had seen to the best of my ability. As a result, I have stacks of paper with crude interpretations of these beloved sci-fi classics.

More drawerings

We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago

Posted in Comedy, Film, Rants, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by roarvis

British television has become an obsession of mine lately. This probably dates back to my childhood, when I would spend hours strangling the rabbit ears on my father’s TV set, desperately trying to tune in Doctor Who on PBS. Nowadays almost every obscure overseas program can be either rented, streamed or downloaded. You can say the floodgates have been opened. More Anglophile ranting