Mondo

Borgman

Here in Austin (home base of Film School Rejects) there’s a saying that fills the majority of bumper stickers: Keep Austin Weird. It was originally coined as a way to speak to supporting local business. Some people — mostly gosh-damn hipsters — take it a little too far and are just weird. It’s a weird place with weird people. And the companies that exist here are a little weird sometimes, too. Few are weirder (and more beloved for it) than our friends at the Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo. When it comes to picking movies to distribute and champion, they’ve got a taste that goes beyond eclectic. It’s downright strange at times. As is the case with the dark suburban fable Borgman, the tale of an “enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.” What sounds like the setup for an Adam Sandler comedy or an Arrested Development meta-movie featuring homeless dad is far more deranged in this particular case.  Seriously, you have to watch the trailer for this thing. Even then, you might not entirely believe it exists. But it does. And to celebrate, we’re giving away a coveted nerd item: a Borgman Mondo poster by artist Jay Shaw. More details after we subject you to the Borgman trailer below.

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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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Long have I been fascinated by the first thought of my day. Think about it: what was the first thing that crossed your mind when you woke up this morning? It’s eerie that today’s first thought from yours truly, upon looking up at the poster-covered wall in my bedroom, was, “I haven’t bought any new art in a while.” Which is perhaps a good thing, according to my wallet. According to my insatiable need for pop culture art all over my walls, it’s completely unacceptable. Luckily, mere hours later artist Kevin Tong and the folks at Mondo announced that they would be releasing an art poster for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Problem solved. The poster is gorgeous, as seen below. And better yet, the announcement comes with a video showing Tong’s process of building the orientation-free print. Says the artist, “to emulate the dizzying effect of the movie, I deliberately designed this poster to have no true orientation i.e. there’s no right side up or down, it can be presented either way.” Click on through the jump to see both the video and the poster, which goes on sale this coming Tuesday, November 5.

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Basic CMYK

Tomorrow, during the Academy Awards ceremony and telecast, Mondo will be unveiling new posters for sale tied to the Oscar-nominated films (visit the shop here). It’s their second year doing a special series like this, and you may recall last year’s designs for Rango, Hugo and others. As you can see above, we’ve gotten a preview of their 2013 crop with artwork revealed for posters for The Master, Les Miserables and ParaNorman. You can see these in full after the jump along with a massive gallery featuring some older designs for current and past Oscar nominees.

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Mondo LOTR

While some might think that the best way to celebrate the release of a new film is to perhaps craft some art based on said new film, the folks over at Mondo have decided to use their poster celebration (posterbration?) of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to honor Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy instead. Sounds good to us! Everyone’s favorite poster shop (and the official collectible art division of the Alamo Drafthouse) will release the Olly Moss-made posters tomorrow, December 13. The posters each measure 15″ x 36″. The regular edition (as shown up top) is limited to 580 posters (priced at $50) and the variant edition is limited to just 285 (priced at $90). Make sure to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the exact sale time for these Hobbit-celebrating LOTR posters. Check out the variant after the break!

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Invisible Man

How do show the world an invisible man? That was the challenge for James Whale when he directed an adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ story for Universal. It was also the challenge facing Francesco Francavilla, the comic book artist who has scored some acclaim for work on “Zorro,” “Black Panther: The Man Without Fear,” and various “Captain America” tales when he took the task of creating a new poster for the iconic flick. To be fair, he had some help from how Whale dressed up Claude Rains for the role, but the poster he’s crafted for the forthcoming Mondo gallery show dedicated to The Universal Monsters is still a thing of beauty. The show takes place on October 19th (running through November 10th), and will feature art from Rick Baker, Kevin Tong and more. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peek of Francavilla’s work:

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Grow Up Tony Phillips

It’s not often that you get to see an exciting filmmaking talent growing and developing before your eyes, but one such example can be found in Emily Hagins. It’s impressive enough that she’s directing a film at the age of nineteen, but when you realize her latest will be her fourth feature? It’s enough to make a person wish for a time machine so they could go back in time to light a fire under their own ass. Hagins’ last movie, My Sucky Teen Romance, was a popular feature on the festival circuit and saw a DVD release last month from Dark Sky Films. Again, impressive for a film featuring no name talent to speak of. (Apologies to the two hundred and forty eight Austin bloggers who appeared throughout the film in various capacities.) She’s stepping up her game for her new film with both a more mature story and some recognizable talent in front of the camera. Genre and indie favorites Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil) have signed on to star in Grow Up, Tony Phillips which is scheduled to begin production in the next month or so. Even better, you can have a hand in the film’s production too. Check out the full press announcement below or go straight to the film’s Kickstarter page to help make Grow Up, Tony Phillips a reality (and score some pretty cool swag in the process).

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While today certainly feels like a slow news day, the Internet has provided a ton of great links to share with you all. I’ve felt compelled to keep my links strictly film related over the past couple of days, but I think you’ll appreciate some of the geeky, non-film stuff today.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that stays up late, making it a prime candidate for movies at midnight. Our evening begins with a shot from the upcoming season four premiere of Community (Oct. 19) that will include a parody of, you guessed it, The Hunger Games. It all centers around some lost student records and a competition to get into a class called “The History of Ice Cream.” I pre-enrolled, so I’m good.

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Donuts Bitch

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that brings you only the best. Or the rest. At this point, it could go either way. It’s important to start your day off right with a hearty breakfast. After a long night of binge drinking and carefully placing typos in this very column (I know you’re watching), I often wake up feeling pretty rough. So a good breakfast is huge in my world. What could be better than some Breaking Bad blue meth donuts? No one motivates like Heisenberg. Donuts, bitch.

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Mondo

If you’re the kind of movie fan who enjoys violence, action and seeing an audience squirm with “oohs” and “ahhs” throughout a 90-minute kick to the face, it’s my sincere hope that you were able to see Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption in a theater with a crowd. If you didn’t, the gods of cinema have given you a second chance this week with a Blu-ray/DVD release that should be at the top of your shopping list. Get a few friends together and have a watch party. It’s better if your friends have not yet seen the movie either. In celebration of this release, the folks at Mondo are having a little party of their own. Only their version of a party includes a gorgeous print from renowned artist Jock. Just after the jump you’ll find Jock’s take on The Raid and all the details on how you can pick this one up. You may want to hurry, as it goes on sale tomorrow.

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Having never previously covered the behemoth known as Comic-Con, I’m currently feeling woefully unprepared (underprepared?) for the experience. But years of monitoring and reporting on the news coming out of the ‘con has prepared me for something – the incredible flood of tangible marketing material that accompanies the convention. We’re not talking about panel chatter, rumors, or announcements, we’re talking hard stuff like posters and banners, material spotted out in the wild of the convention floor as often as it’s released before Preview Night even kicks off that you may one day be able to possess for yourself (and your walls). After the break, feast your eyes on every poster and banner (within reason) released at Comic-Con, an ever-evolving gallery of both pretty pictures and essential information, including such highly anticipated fare as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Pacific Rim, Dredd, and some very special original works by the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a thing that happens nightly, bringing you news from the world of film, television and pop culture. Mostly film. Thus, the name. We begin tonight with a shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad? Quick show of hands: who among you is not excited about this movie? Those with their hands in the air can kindly leave the room, while the rest of us do more news.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It happens nightly. It’s about movies. Sometimes television, too. It’s written by a guy who thinks he’s funny. He is often wrong. We begin this evening with a quick programming note. For the second time in the history of this column, we will be celebrating a week of guest entries. Once again, members of the FSR staff have come forward to pledge their swords to the battle for excellent nightly movie news link-dumps. I will be away doing my usual moving and shaking, while the likes of Nathan Adams, Kevin Carr, Luke Mullen, Kate Erbland and a doubtfully sober Robert Fure will be taking the reigns. I have faith that you will all survive their week of debauchery. I bid you to go with god. Above, Bane reacts to this news in a new image from The Dark Knight Rises.

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What is Movie News After Dark? Like a giddy schoolgirl come home to tell her diary the news of the day, it’s excited to share with you all that has happened while you were paying attention to other, more important things. We begin with the news of the night: Marion Cotillard has confirmed that she’s not Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, her long rumored role. She will instead play Miranda Tate, a ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” Or a good lady. Which is it, Ms. Cotillard?! If that is your real name! 

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Austin Cinematic Limits

Up until last week I never heard of Adventure Time. (I will chalk this up to not having easy access to cable television, specifically Cartoon Network, rather than my utter lameness.) So, it was not until the announcement that Mondo Gallery was opening an Adventure Time themed art show — featuring 40 pieces of original art and posters from 31 artists (the show is on display through May 26) — that I first heard of Finn and Jake and the Land of Ooo. Considering that Mondo’s tastes are typically in line with my own, their love for Adventure Time intrigued me. Luckily, the gallery opening was to be paired with an Adventure Time Marathon Screening and Feast — hosted by Mondo and featuring series creator Pendleton Ward and voice actor Tom Kenny (Ice King) — at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. What better way to get introduced to Adventure Time than with a two-hour immersion into nine episodes (including two world premiere episodes), served up with a three-course menu (including “Everything Burrito”, “Wizard Rainbow Dogs”, “Decorpsinator Puffs” and “Meatman Meat”) designed by Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington, and seated alongside a sold out audience of rabid Adventure Time fans? Oh, yes, the fans! Seeing all of the fans decked out in Adventure Time costumes got me all the more excited to experience whatever it was I was about to see. I mean, how often do people dress up like characters from bad television shows? (Okay, don’t answer that.) I was […]

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the calm, both before and after the storm. It’s the thing that keeps you warm just before you slip into a night’s slumber. It’s the movie news, editorial links, audio-visual stimuli that you yearn for all day long. It’s the alpha and the omega of what’s happening in the world of entertainment news. It’s also quite playful. We begin tonight with a new shot of Bruce Willis in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in which he plays Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe. It’s hard to argue with the facts: that man knows how to look cool holding a gun, even if the gun in the hands of Adrianne Palicki (seen behind him) is far more badass.

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Just Like Being There

Inside Just Like Being There, a fairly straightforward documentary about the world of rock show “gig posters” and the artist community behind them, is a big idea. Intended or not, the film presents us with the notion that in today’s pop culture landscape we do a lot of consuming of media. From mp3 downloads to streaming films to podcasts and the like, we spend so much of our time consuming everything we can get our hands on. Lost, in so many instances, are the opportunities to experience things. So in those increasingly rare instances — that time you saw The Black Keys play in a basement in Akron, Ohio, the time Tokyo Police Club played that tiny club in Buffalo, NY — it’s wonderful to have connective tissue to that experience. Such is the brilliance of a good gig poster. One look and you’re transported back to that experience. And the emotion you feel for that experience is no different than the emotion expended to make said poster. Therein lies the brilliance of what is exposed within Scout Shannon’s directorial debut: it’s not about the art, so much as it is about how the art makes us feel.

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Mondo

As we just mentioned in our Photo Tour of the New Mondo Gallery, the folks at Mondo opened their gallery today to a great deal of fanfare. Lines of soaking wet devotees stretched down Guadalupe St., press packed in early to mingle and in some cases (yours truly) spend all of their hard-earned allowance, and despite the terrible weather, an incredible time was had by all. And now that we’ve presented you with a photo tour, it’s time to give you a close-up look at some of the art presented for the opening. There’s a little Tyler Stout, some Phantom City Creative, some Aaron Horkey and plenty more to satiate your hearts desire for great cinematic art. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

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Earlier this afternoon, Mondo, the art distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse empire and undoubted king purveyors of geek wall decorations, t-shirts, custom vinyl albums and other fine collector’s items, opened the doors to its brand new gallery space at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin. For the first time ever, Mondo will have space to present amazing art from the likes of Tyler Stout, Olly Moss, Phantom City Creative, Martin Ansin and so many more. It will also for the first time in a long time have a place to sell locally. In passing, I was told by members of the Mondo team at today’s press preview (where I spent more than a few dollars of my own money) that events are being planned, sales will happen and this new gallery won’t just be a look but don’t buy space. It’s about to become the center of the universe for geek art collectors. For a look at some of the posters — including my new favorite of all-time, the A Trip to the Moon poster by Phantom City Creative — head over to the Mondo opening gallery at Movies.com. From Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan to a number of David Cronenberg pieces, there’s a lot in there. But more on the actual art later. For now, we’d like to present a photo tour of the gallery. Just head on down after the jump and see Mondo’s new home.

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