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Flash Gordon (1980) Icons [Jul. 30th, 2009|11:42 am]

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This is one of my favorite science fiction movies of all time. Everything about it, from the costuming, the sets, the props, the actors to that fantastic score by Queen, makes me feel like cheering, "Go, Flash, Go!" This is one of the few movies I can watch over and over again, fully appreciating the movie for all it's campy beauty. I can't really pick a favorite character or actor. To my amateur movie critic mind, everyone wears their character well, with style and grace.

The cast is full of talent and popular appeal; many have acting credentials far weightier than the pop and cult classics listed here. Although modern movie-goers may not be familiar with the entire group, Richard O'Brien, playing Fico, the Arborian Piper, may be recognized as the actor who played Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Ornella Muti, who plays Princess Aura, also starred opposite Sylvester Stalone (Rocky sans the Horror), Tim Curry (Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror) and Marisa Tomei (of My Cousin Vinnie fame) in the movie Oscar.

Both Chaim Topol and Timothy Dalton have had starring roles in James Bond films. Topol starred as Milos Colombo in For Your Eyes Only, while Dalton starred as Bond in The Living Daylights and License to Kill. Brian Blessed reprised his role as Vultan in an episode of Family Guy, but humor geeks may best remember him from The Black Adder television series. Max von Sydow also has an extensive list of roles to his credit, but is probably best known in pop culture for his role in the horror movie, The Exorcist. There's even an appearance by Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid of Harry Potter fame, another veteran of The Black Adder.

Topping off the cast, Flash is played by former Playgirl model Sam J. Jones, who played opposite of Bo Derek and Dudley Moore in the movie 10. Melody Anderson, who played Dale Arden, has additional sci-fi cred--she appeared in the original Battlestar Galactica series.

Even with all the star power, the 1980 movie wouldn't have gained such popularity without the talents of the writers, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and Michael Allin, to balance camp with wit and keep the dialogue engaging. The film, produced by Dino De Laurentis and directed by Mike Hodges, is one of many incarnations of Flash Gordon, who originally appeared in Alex Raymond's comic strip. Flash Gordon, a popular character, was eventually featured in movie serials, animated shorts and television series.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMEc_MiLmgw Original Trailer


The screenplay was written by Michael Allin (of Enter the Dragon fame) and Lorenzo Semple Jr. It intentionally uses a camp style similar to the 1960s TV series Batman (for which Semple had written many episodes).


Director Mike Hodges, referring to the numerous production problems that plagued the film, once called it "the only improvised $27-million movie ever made".


The Flash Gordon (1980) Icons: a set of 3 with 20 more after the lj-cut. Check back--more to come! If you enjoy any enough to use, please copy (no hotlinking), comment (tell me which you enjoy) and credit fringekitty and/or iconophiles and, of course, Flash Gordon.

On The Prowl: better watch out! Ah ha! I think I've got it! No one told me this event was black tie!
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Going for the Groan [Dec. 29th, 2008|11:03 am]

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The 1981 movie comedy, Caveman, featuring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, makes a great date movie. Really! Although, it helps if you and your date both enjoy a healthy dose of slapstick humor. Hey, as far as romance goes, Caveman worked for Starr and Bach, who met on set and were married the next year.

I have a soft spot in my heart, and perhaps my head, for this schlock-fest of a film which follows Ringo Starr, as Atouk, who seeks to win the affections of the beautiful, fur bikini-clad Lana (Bach), who happens to be the main squeeze of Tonda, (John Matuszak) the brutish tribal leader. Failing repeatedly in his attempts, Atouk and his friend, Lar (Dennis Quaid) become tribal outcasts who form their own tribe with other outcasts they meet along the way.

The humor is playful and juvenile, and the stop-motion animation may seem crude compared to today's techniques, but this quirkiness gives the film some of its charm and the creatures their character. The movie is also sweet without getting too sappy. The success of Atouk's tribe depends on his ability to capitalize on the advantages of diversity, tolerance and intelligence over the exclusivity and brutal domination of Tonda's tribe.

Caveman, a spoof of "prehistoric" film classics such as One Million Years B.C. , delivers the chuckles; although, historians, anthropologists and earth scientists will need to hang up those disciplines with some major suspenders of disbelief. We follow the development of Atouk's tribe as they learn to walk upright, discover fire and writing and learn to use weapons and tools. One of my favorite scenes is the tribe's discovery of music. A good jam session never goes out of style.

Although there was minimal dialogue in Caveman, writers Rudy De Luca and Carl Gottlieb, who also directed the film, focused the talented troupe of comedians rounding out the cast. Shelley Long plays Tala, who wants Atouk for herself; she also assists the blind Gog, Jack Gilford. Evan Kim, as Nook, is the only English-speaking cavedweller, and as such, is constantly being corrected for his gibberish and nonsense. Avery Schreiber plays Ock, Tonda's go-to-guy, and there's even a cameo by Richard Moll, as the Abominable Snowman from a nearby ice age.

Understandably, the majority of humor in the movie relies on sight gags, but with loincloths & fur bikini's to dress things up! If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you should at least let out a groan or two. Otherwise, check your pulse or your meds.

The images for the following icons were captured from my own DVD of Caveman . What follows is just a sample. 43 more icons follow the LJ-cut. If you enjoy any enough to grab, please copy (no hotlinking), comment (let me know which you liked the best) and credit fringekitty; iconophiles and of course, Caveman.

All Smiles It's NOT a mudbath! Bad Girl Spa B-ball Anyone?
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Schlock Value: Plan 9 from Outer Space [Jul. 22nd, 2008|03:20 pm]

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(Icons follow background write-up.)

Just like Orson Welles before him, Edward D. Wood, Jr. wrote, produced and directed; the works of both men are discussed in film classes and featured in festivals. However, Wood certainly didn't enjoy the same attention as Welles, not during his lifetime.

Instead, Wood's films, Plan 9 from Outer Space, in particular, enjoy the reputation as some of the worst films of all time; although there are those who dispute the reputation is deserved. A bit out of time and, perhaps, sense, Ed Wood movies nevertheless have found brand new generations of audiences, especially since Tim Burton released the movie, Ed Wood, in 1994, featuring Johnny Depp as the lead.

People who enjoy groaners most likely will enjoy Plan 9 from Outer Space. By this I mean the types of folks, like myself, who enjoy bad puns and a bit of schlock value. Don't expect a fancy production or much in the way of cunning dialogue, and you won't be disappointed! His films, while revealing much in the way of social contradictions, reflect the general naivete of the 1950's.

The cheesy effects are precious. During the graveyard scenes you can see markers wobbling or falling down after an actor has gotten a bit too close. And, mysteriously, day turns to night and back again all in what is supposedly one scene. Wood did not have the budget to be concerned with continuity. He grabbed all the footage possible, regardless of mistakes. Many times, it seems, he was trying to wrap up filming before being chased away for not having a permit to film.

The movie posthumously "starred" Bela Lugosi based on footage Wood had on hand from another derailed picture. Much of what is supposed to be Lugosi's character is actually played by a local chiropractor who was far taller than Lugosi. Even if you can't suspend disbelief here, the obviousness will give you a chuckle. Gun safety advocates will get a rise from the detective who uses his gun to scratch an itch, to adjust his hat and as a pointer; he doesn't seem too worried about pointing it at his fellow officers, either.

The movie also starred the wasp-waisted Vampira, the first horror TV hostess, and Tor Johnson, a weightlifter and pro-wrestler who started his strongman career in the 1930s. Like Lugosi and Wood, these stars gained their own cult followings in later years.

The backgrounds for the following icons were captured from my own copy of Plan 9 from Outer Space. This is just a sample. 24 more icons follow the LJ-cut. If you enjoy any enough to grab, please copy (no hotlinking), comment (let me know which you liked the best) and credit fringekitty and iconophiles and of course, Plan 9.

What a load of bull! The Amazing Criswell Superior in Satin
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Ghouls just wanna have fun! [Jul. 15th, 2008|11:28 am]

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Today, iconophiles presents icons featuring the work of writer/illustrator/filmmaker Sam Inabinet. He's written and illustrated for Dark Horse Comics, White Wolf and Holistic Designs, Inc. (HDI games). Drawing from careful research, he has a flair for detail and wordplay, and rarely do I encounter illustrators capable of such rich and precise renderings.

His film shorts are viewable on YouTube: (http://www.youtube.com/saminabinet). Works available for purchase include One Thousand Swinging Nights and The Pickman Portfolio which can also be purchased in an edited format for the squeamish: (http://www.lulu.com/content/1003830). To view more of his illustrations, visit some of his other galleries: http://www.pen-paper.net/artgallery/SamInabinet and http://saminabinet.deviantart.com/gallery/

If you enjoy these icons enough to grab, please copy (no hotlinking), comment (tell us which you like the best) and credit the artist, Sam Inabinet.

Yum! READ! Full Moon
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Iconic Fashion [Jul. 11th, 2008|08:45 pm]

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[Sounds |the quiet hum of fans blowing]

I designed these icons from my own illustrations based on the works of artists such as Gerda Wegener, León Bakst, Etienne Drien and Georges Barbier; although, my illustrations are a bit more diverse in terms of features, body types and skin tones. Here's a sample of three with twelve more following the link below. I hope you enjoy!

Stay icon by fringekitty Purple Passion icon by fringekitty Peachy icon by fringekitty
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Fifties Flash: icons from the TV series Flash Gordon [Jul. 9th, 2008|03:56 pm]

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Today's icons are a tribute to the 1950's Flash Gordon television series. Starring Steve Holland as Flash Gordon, Irene Champlin as Dale Arden and Joseph Nash as Hans Zarkoff, the space opera was filmed in post-WWII Germany and France. The ravaged landscape offered a unique backdrop for the series. Although based on characters from the Flash Gordon comic strip by Alex Raymond, this particular incarnation deviated from the comic strip in several ways, including the futuristic setting.

Panned by critics for terrible dialog and poor production values, the series still managed to gain a cult following. It shares peculiar low-budget charms with movies such as Plan 9 from Outer Space, which is sketchy on delivery but big on enthusiasm with a healthy dose of overall silliness. Girl geeks can appreciate Dale Arden's character, who ends up rescuing Flash on more than a few occasions. Dale Arden was far more independent and scientifically minded than a typical Girl Friday character from the time period.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the icons. I've posted a sample of three, followed by more icons after the LJ-cut.

Related links:

Series Summaries



Media Commentary


Character History


Geek Gals Rock! Flash! Dr. Zarkov's Rules: Love yourself; love each other; enough said.
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If you like any enough to grab, comment, copy (no hotlinking) & credit fringekitty or iconophiles and, of course, Flash Gordon. Thanks!

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New Icon Offerings: Young Frankenstein [Jul. 5th, 2008|03:49 pm]

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Dr. Frankenstein: Igor, would you mind telling me whose brain I did put in?
Igor: And you won't be angry?
Dr. Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby someone.
Dr. Frankenstein: Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.

The 1974 movie, Young Frankenstein, withstands repeated viewings. I still laugh each time I watch it, and so do my guests. Young Frankenstein, filmed in black and white, has rich atmosphere and texture, as black and white film tends to have. A multi-layered homage to classic horror movies and a comedic gem in its own right, the film starred comic masterminds Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Terri Garr, Peter Boyle and the irrepressible Marty Feldman. Legend has it, the cast enjoyed filming so much, they were sad to see it end. That would have been quite a set to hang around!

The screenplay was a collaboration between Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, and the writing is filled with snappy zingers, earning Young Frankenstein rankings on several movie lists as one of the top 100 comedy films. The movie has surpassed cult classic status, garnering critical acclaim and many awards. It was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2003. Brooks originally had to walk out on one company who'd planned on backing the picture when they wanted him to produce the film in color. This was unacceptable to Brooks; instead, he held onto his vision and took the movie to 20th Century Fox. Mel Brooks has noted that Young Frankenstein is his personal favorite.

As a tribute to how much I've enjoyed the film, I've designed the following icons, captured from my own personal collection. Below is a sample of three with many more following the LJ-cut. Enjoy!*

wanna make some art? Look! Bette Davis Eyes! Darling!
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*Please let me know which of these you enjoyed most and if you liked any well enough to grab. Please copy the icons, but do not hotlink. Credit fringekitty or iconophiles and, of course, Young Frankenstein. Feedback is appreciated!
Related Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Frankenstein (Movie Summary/History)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072431/quotes     (Memorable Movie Quotes)

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First out of the gate: Creature Feature [Jul. 2nd, 2008|11:55 am]

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[Sounds |Gnarls Barkley]

Constructive feedback is most welcome!

Icon making is a recently acquired hobby of mine. I've done some limited graphics work before, but I generally work more with words. I'm using this space to feature samplings of my graphic work and other neat graphic finds. I'll get the requisite cute animal icons out of the way first.

Odd, assorted animal icons:

Play now?  Cozy Cave Lioness Chain Link Gang: Birds of a Feather
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All of these icons started from usable areas in digital pictures either I or my husband, goodbrains, took. Please let me know which of these you enjoyed most and if you liked any well enough to grab. Please copy the icons, but do not hotlink. Credit fringekitty or iconophiles. Feedback is appreciated!

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