Sunday, October 06, 2013

Berserk - Complete Series (1997)

Berserk is a long-running seinen manga by legendary manga-ka Kentaro Miura. It is an incredibly dark and deeply textured tale centering on two men; the black swordsman: Guts, and the leader of the Band of the Hawk: Griffith. The first volume of the manga was published on November 26, 1990 by Hakusensha in it's Jets Comics collection. 

In 1992, after the publication of three more volumes, Berserk was serialized in Young Animal. The series was adapted into a twenty-five episode series covering the series' first story arc from October 7, 1997 to March 31, 1998. 

It should be noted that Berserk, the manga, is still running and still features some of the best artwork ever created for the medium. Miura is an undisputed master and Berserk is his masterpiece. The series gets progressively more supernatural as it goes forward and fans who began the series in the nineties are still eagerly awaiting it's conclusion.

The anime series below is an excellent introduction into the Berserk universe and covers the first major story arc of the manga, The Golden Age, extremely faithfully. As good as the anime is (and it is good), the manga is better, and so if you like the show I assure you, you will need to read the series, especially since (without giving anything away) the show ends extremely abruptly and at a very insane cliffhanger that if you are anything like me, will just encourage you to read through the entirety of the manga, probably as quickly as possible.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Peter Gielen - Supermax Photography

"I specialize in photographic and video aerial studies of urban development, documenting its relation to land use. During a 2010 helicopter photo mission in Arizona, where I recorded sprawl patterns—the hidden geometries of suburban and exurban developments that become visible only when seen from far above the ground—I also flew over a number of prison complexes. Observing residential construction, I normally take my time to find the right position in flight, but these quick “fly-bys”—for example, over one of the Florence State Prison compounds, as seen in the shot above—were necessarily much less controlled. This airspace is technically not restricted, but it’s more or less understood that as a member of the general public, one shouldn’t come too close to any of these high-security places.

Initially I was interested only in the comparative planning forms of these prison structures, in contrast to regular commercial housing developments. But then I quickly became intrigued by what else these constructions might reveal, both from an aesthetic and a sociological point of view."

 -Peter Gielen via Creative Time (click for more/context)

More on the project from Wired

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wicked City aka Yōjū Toshi (1987) - Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Friday, August 16, 2013

Junji Itou - The Enigma of Amigara Fault

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Burn! aka Queimada! (1969) - Gillo Pontecorvo

"And the groans from this dying beast will become our first cries of freedom, one that will be heard far, far beyond this island..." 

A masterpiece of political filmmaking, Burn! deals frontally with the imperialist driven capitalist-exploitation of a small Caribbean island named Queimada. Marlon Brando plays a professional filibuster who helps the island foment revolution and shows the local populous the way to throw off their colonial Portuguese masters. Though he aids in the righteous revolutionary cause, it is always clear that his motives lie with capital and that he is simply aiding in the opening of a new market for England to exploit. Ten years after the revolution he again returns to the island, this time with an all together different mission... Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (The Battle of Algiers) Burn! is a searing indictment of capitalist/colonialist exploitation and a sterling cry for justice. 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Jake and Dinos Chapman - Selections