Das Boot

Das Boot

This weekend the Mondo Gallery will be celebrating the work of artist Ken Taylor, who has rapidly become one of the most sought after artists for film and music prints. His stamp is all over the last few years of Mondo selections, with prints for Watchmen, Halloween and Drive among the independent art purveyor’s most popular works. With “The Art of Ken Taylor,” Mondo is giving the Australian designer the space his work has long deserved in a show all his own. Opening on May 30 at 7pm at the Mondo Gallery location (4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX), the show will feature prints for films such as Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors, both films that have not yet been featured as part of any prior Mondo releases. Another film that has never received the Mondo treatment: Wolfgang Peterson’s claustrophobic 1981 submarine drama Das Boot. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards and long heralded for its visceral portrayal of what it would be like to be a line-level soldier locked in an airtight submarine in the middle of the greatest war the world has ever known. Regardless of what side you were on, it would be a living hell. Truly one of the great war films of all time, it’s long past its due for some celebration. Luckily Ken Taylor has included it in his gallery show. It’s a poster we are overjoyed to be able to share with you today…

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Culture Warrior

Editor’s Note: Normally it’s Landon Palmer hustling your brain through the mental gymnastics of popular culture and film theory, but he’s grading papers or something, so Cole Abaius is taking the reigns to drop kick your mind (instead of completely blowing it). Check back next week for the brilliance if you survive the completely adequate. It’s dark. Not the kind of dark where you strain to make out figures in the near distance or the kind of dark that sends a thrill through you in a movie theater. It’s the kind of darkness that your eyes never adjust to because there’s no light, and there never will be. I’m at the bottom of a cave near the small town of Bustamante, Mexico, and after passing graffiti from the 19th century, my friends and I have all decided to turn off our headlamps before heading into the grand hall. With the lights gone, the cool of the room becomes more tangible, and the walls begin to creep inward. Fortunately, this seems to be the latest trend in movie-making: shoving someone into the solitary confinement of life threatening danger, and seeing if they can work their way out.

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80sfilmheader

Rejoice! It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to remakes. There’s a ton of 80s movies that aren’t being remade, and here’s just a handful of the ones we’re most thankful for.

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