Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some extraordinary works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Penelope’s Tapestry by Rene Magritte 1943 Gouache on paper 

This is an absolutely beautiful work by “Belgian Surrealist”, Magritte. It takes a unique turn from pure Surrealism, and adds Realism to the mix. It’s an outdoor piece with a misty sky and old fashioned houses. We also get a brilliant blend of snowy blue and green grass. The center of the piece houses a snowy tree, and it blends extremely well with the grass. Near the right side of the work, we see another tree, however, this one is green and planted in rich grass. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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More Fascinating TV Tropes

Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for some more tropes. I hope you guys are ready for some awesome trivia. Now, let’s begin!

  • Crazy Homeless People: An extremely common trope in almost all forms of media. It occurs when characters meet a paranoid and insane vagrants. They’re usually quite harmless, but some may be drug addicts, and other unsavory folk. Some examples include: The entire cast of Arakawa Under the Bridge, Many of the enemies in the Condemned series are violent, Meth-addicted hobos, Finally, we have the nameless bum from Beavis and Butt-Head.

arakawa The crazy cast of Arakawa Under the Bridge.

 

  • Fireball Eyeballs: An extremely popular trope that’s used in many Anime. A character’s eyes will flame up, and this can mean a variety of things. It can symbolize, determination, rage, overreacting, or excitement. Some examples include: Rock Lee from Naruto whenever he gets excited, Mama from Cooking Mama gets this way whenever you fail a task, lastly, we have Ron Burgundy from Anchorman when someone insults his hair.

rock lee.jpgRock Lee

Asher’s Cult Film Watchlist Part 2

Hello fellow Cult Film Fans! It’s time for another film-based post! A couple of months ago, I discussed some Cult Films that I would like to see. I had a ton of fun doing that post, so I decided to make a second part to it. I’d love to hear some suggestions from you guys, so be sure to leave some in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Release Date: August 10th 1984 Rated: PG Runtime: 1h 43 min Genres: Comedy, Adventure, Romance Directed by: W.D. Richter Written by: Earl Mac Rauch Produced by: Sidney Beckerman Starring: John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum  

Short Summary: This film, aside from its incredibly long name, is a pure 80’s Sci-Fi satire. The movies tells the story of Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), a mad scientist/Neurosurgeon/Rock Star and his equally unique teammates. When an alien race from the 8th Dimension threatens to conquer Earth, Banzai and his friends must suit up for battle in order to save the world from total destruction. The script is chalk full of hilarious dialogue and unpredictability. This alone makes this film right up my alley. Also, it has an all star cast, and it’s always enjoyable to see Goldblum chew the scenery. I will definitely seek this movie out if I can find it. 

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  • Pan’s Labyrinth Release Date: January 19th, 2007 (In USA) (2006) internationally Rated: R for language and graphic violence. Genres: War, Drama, Fantasy Directed/Written by: Guillermo del Toro  Starring: Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones Runtime: 1h 58 min Language: Spanish  

Short Summary: Pan’s Labyrinth is a terrifying and beautiful film by one of the godfathers of Horror, Guillermo del Toro. The film takes place in Spain during World War II and tells the story of Ophelia (Baquero), a young girl who lives in the midst of the battle with her pregnant Mother and ruthless Stepfather. Ophelia loves fairy tales, and runs into a fairy, and this is where her adventure begins. The creatures believe her to be a princess, and have information about her estranged Father. She’s asked to complete three horrific tasks, and if she even fails one, she’ll never see her Father again. This film immediately intrigued me upon seeing some of the grotesquely beautiful characters. I have yet to watch a del Toro film, and I believe that this one might be my gateway drug into his incredibly unique stories. Expect a HUGE review after I see this film.

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Trippy Art Studio (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s time for another look at some truly insane pieces. Now, let’s begin this mind-blowing adventure into psychedelic heaven!

  • Visitors from the Dark Star by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper.

This is an incredibly trippy and surreal work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The piece takes place in a hellish forest with ink black trees and murky red sky. The whole atmosphere is extremely foreboding, and it accelerates in creepiness with the large shadowy creatures. These creatures don’t have facial features, but they do have piercing red eyes. The center of the painting seems to mirror in on itself, with repeated spookiness. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Rainbow Ride by Rae Vena 2010 Acrylic 

This is a beautiful work by a fresh artist I have yet to talk about on this blog. Her name is Rae Vena, and I met her at the Electric Forest. She does some absolutely amazing psychedelic Pop Art. This work, in particular, is very trippy and exceptionally gorgeous. The background is filled with melting rainbows, and metal platforms, and this gives it a brilliant mixture of Surrealism and Realism. In the center of the piece lies a single carousel zebra, and this humorous object brings the work all together.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 187 (Special 2 Parter!)

Divide By Zero/ Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell by The Offspring from the album “Days Go By” Released: June 25th, 2012 Music Video Released: 2012 Genre: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock

These are the last 2 songs from the Days Go By album. They were both made into a continuous music video, that is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever laid my eyes upon! Dexter’s powerful vocals, Noodles’ aggressive guitar skills, and Parada’s awesome drumming really transform these pieces into rock gold. This first song, “Divide By Zero”,  tells the story of a solider in a futuristic war against an army of skeletal adversaries. There’s also a blue god of war and destruction that repeatedly changes sides to cause as much bloodshed as possible. Dexter essentially boosts morale throughout the song repeating the lyrics: “I will persevere, I will resist you here, I will interfere”. The intense chorus of instruments reminds me of a power metal ballad, and it’s fantastic! However, as the mood starts to change, the lyrics also take a turn into insanity. The suggestion to divide by zero might be metaphor for trying the impossible. This is shown in epic detail as the soldier, like Slim Pickens, at the end of Dr. Strangelove, rides a bomb to destroy the enemy and himself. After impact, “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell” starts up. Taking place right after the solider’s “death”, he finds himself in Hell. The lyrics in this piece are mainly about chaos and the world appears to be ending. We get verses like “Dance around the fire that we once believed in”, and “If you are gonna go to hell, drink it up, you might as well”. The world is in a state of never ending anarchy, you should just stop caring and enjoy the destruction. Both of this songs are absolutely amazing, and I definitely recommend them to lovers of Rock.

 

 

More Awesome TV Tropes

Hello fellow Pop-culture enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome references. Now, let’s begin!

  • The Fake Cutie: A deception trope that used in many forms of media, often in video games. It occurs when an overly childish female character suddenly switches personalities, and becomes a badass that terrifies even the most fearsome of foes. Some examples of this include; B.B Hood from the Darkstalkers video games. She appears as a Little Red Ridding Hood character with a wooden basket and the standard red outfit. This, however, is a massive farce, and her true colors come out in combat. She develops a slasher smile and packs enough heat in her skirt to make Arnold Schwarzenegger blush. Next, we have Flowey from Undertale. Flowey is the main antagonist of the pacifist mode. He masquerades as an innocent flower, however those who don’t what their backs will see his true personality come through. He’s actually a demonic entity with a sadistic view on life. Lastly, we have Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill. She originally appears as a standard 17-year-old Japanese school girl. This, as usual, is a disguise for her true persona, an absolutely insanely savage fighter with a giant meteor hammer.

gogo Gogo from Kill Bill.

 

  • Lethal Chef: Another common and often comedic trope found in all forms of media. It occurs when someone is so bad at cooking, that upon consumption their food can cause a variety of bizarre effects. These effects include; vomiting, change in color, breathing fire, falling unconscious, or death. Some well known Lethal Chefs are; Mizuki Himeji from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. This incredibly cute female protagonist cooks food that looks absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, upon consuming it, you are subjected to hallucinations of death. Next, we have Linguini from Ratatouille. Before he met the amazing blue rat, he made a soup that was so bad, he puked upon consuming it. Lastly, we have  Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4. During the camp section of the game, the two High School girls decide to make curry. Unfortunately, they aren’t the best chefs, and the ending result, referred to as “Mystery Food X”, causes the protagonist to immediately spit it out, and fall unconscious.

mizusMizuki’s “delicious food”.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

El Dorado (SkyWorld) by Two Steps From Hell from the album: “Skyworld” Released: October 25th, 2012 Genres: Epic, Orchestral, Film, Neo-classical

It’s been a very long time since my last Jukebox, but I’m back and ready for action! This particular piece by the insanely talented music group, Two Steps From Hell, will blow your socks off! I’ve loved this group for many years, and never get tired of listening to their epic music. This song starts out with some intense violins and other string instruments. The entire piece has a very Middle Eastern feel to it, and you can imagine hearing it in some lavish party. The strings go on until about the 90 second mark, and then the drop comes in, and we are hit with a bazooka blast of raw musical power. A chorus of horns starts up, and thunderous drums annunciate the end of each note. Upon hearing this for this first time, my entire body became covered in goosebumps and tears of pure jubilation cascaded down my face. Next, a beautiful operatic voice fills the air and carries the piece till its eventual end. I would love to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below. Also, I’m thinking of starting up a new Jukebox for epic orchestral music, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day.