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Atlas Shrugged Part 3
Report from the Set
by J. Kent Hastings
On Monday, February 3rd, 2014, I visited the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 3: "Who Is John Galt?", the final movie of a series that completes the first film adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 perennial best selling novel.
Harmon Kaslow, one of the producers of Atlas Shrugged, invited J. Neil Schulman to the set and Neil brought me in on the deal. Neil rated the invite as the author of the prophetic 1979 novel, Alongside Night, and also as the director/screenwriter of its movie adaptation (being released this year). I was an editor on Alongside Night and like Neil, I wore other hats on the production. Neil is arranging an exchange of movie trailers between the film projects and discussing promotional tactics with the associate producer of Atlas Shrugged Part 3's new media efforts, Scott DeSapio.
Texas Frightmare Weekend
An Event NOT To Be Missed
Everybody's gonna be in Texas in May, including our very own Mondo Girl, Vicki Marie Taylor.
Back in 2005, Loyd and Sue Cryer decided enough is enough. There has got to be a blow-out Horror Con in Dallas. They got together with Rue Morgue and made the dream a reality. Texas Frightmare Weekend has been growing stronger and stronger year after year.
George Romero and Tobin Bell are this year's Honored Guests, and will be surrounded by no less than Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Earl Boen and Robert Patrick – to name only a few.
Fade Into Day
Reviewed by Jerry Jewett
Ayn Rand published her monumental magnum opus Atlas Shrugged in 1957. Producing it for the big screen took until 2011 for the first of three segments, an achievement Rand did not live to experience. J. Neil Schulman wrote Alongside Night in 1979, with a substantially shorter 'gestation period' to reach the big screen beginning in 2014.
Both movies have in common that they deal with philosophies, ideas and the consequences of ideas, shockingly radical ideas offensive to neo-cons, majoritarians, liberals or other conventional or statist thinkers: ideas about moral culture, property, liberty and economics that are at odds with contemporary dogma and in defiance of historical trends.
Mondo Girl Recommends...
Our own Mondo Girl, Vicki Marie Taylor, shows off her latest recommendation! Taylor, a long time fan of the iconic 80s actor Corey Feldman took the time to pose with his latest biography Coreyography and is demanding that all who are fans of Feldman add this to their collection or else!
The Man of the Hour
by Jerry Jewett
Troubled times beget troubling art: witness Zamyatin's We, Huxley's Brave New World, Picasso's Guernica or Orwell's 1984. When life has become torturous or fearsome for ordinary people owing to usurpation of their rights and liberties by high-handed "executives," "administrators" or "leaders," conflict and strife abound. And in the early phases of consolidation of power after a coup d'état, things often go still worse for the subjected hordes. The early Soviet era in 20th century Russian history, or Hitler's acts of brutal police power after the Reichstag Fire, exemplify this.
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Mondo Cult #3
Edited by Jessie Lilley
Published by Brad Linaweaver
2012, 1601 pages, $13
from the Prometheus newsletter
This brief review can in no way do justice to the third issue of Mondo Cult, which packs in several magazines' worth of material between full-cover pages. Although adhering to no solid publishing schedule, Mondo Cult, when it arrives, has become a critical vehicle for the review and study of classic film, music, books, and people of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. In this issue over 30 writers contribute articles. Photos of actors, writers, and other personalities fill virtually every page, along with images of classic movie posters, advertisements and cartoons, not to mention a Frank Frazetta picture on the back cover. One could spend hours reading and re-reading this magazine, and still discover or re-discover new aspects of what is covered.
The Visible Ray
by Brad Linaweaver
There is a special fraternity that experienced a crushing loss this year. I count myself a member. We have no old dark house in which to meet. There are no arcane handshakes, or glittering rings on anyone's fingers, to herald membership in this particular fraternity.
Live & CD
by Jerry Jewett
Sometimes things happen curiously, or rather, curiosity finds more than it sought. There I was, Tuesday, September 17th, with my Fender Showmaster stuck in the shop at McCabe's Guitars for upgrade work. I borrowed a few moments from office work on the computer to peruse the Fender website, the better to drool over the amp I would like to get to enhance my sound. That 65 Twin Custom 15 is still on Fender's website, thank God!
Window of Opportunity
Exclusive Photos from the set of the
Silicon Assassin Project
Production on this project is wrapping up and we're all very excited about it here at Mondo Cult. Series creator (and Mondo Cult Publisher) Brad Linaweaver has given us permission to post these exclusive pix from this past weekend's shoot.
This episode, "Window of Opportunity", was directed by Mondo Cult favorite Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray.
Another Canadian! The music keeps pouring in from our talented Northern neighbors. This is Grant Lyle's 7th album and I'm not surprised. The man has a solid voice and some marvelous lyrics. Lyle is a well known performer on the vibrant Canadian music scene. He's performed in top clubs, festivals and other select venues and his performances leave audiences bellowing for more due to the passion he has for the music he plays.
A Primitive Evolution
Independent / November 2012
Toronto's alternative/blues rock trio A Primitive Evolution are characterized by their raw, honest musical output and visionary "Alice in Wonderland-esque" music videos. A rock act that puts in effort and passion in all ways and that look like punks but their musicality denies the costume.
Chords of Truth
Reflections of Reality (Remixed Double LP)
Independent / March 12, 2013
This album is comprised of Garriotte's initial 7 songs. From those songs we now have 57 remixes from various producers in several different styles of music from his original acoustic releases to electronic interpretations and back again. Ultimately, the people involved have dubbed it "folktronica".
This had to have been a huge undertaking. Imagine reinterpreting oneself multiple times and presenting the same thoughts to such a huge spectrum of listeners. Certainly gets the point across to a huge audience.
Virgins Family Band
Independent / February 8, 2013
Pretty harmonies and melodies open this album and I enjoyed listening to the entire thing. Saman and Gabe were High School pals in Miami. They recorded together then in the classic garage (or, in this case, bedroom) style and then went their separate ways to college. Each played with bands during those years, but kept in touch personally and musically and eventually, Gabe left Florida to join Saman in North Carolina so they could pursue their vision in total commitment.
Backed by Tomás Doncker Band
Independent / February 28, 2013
This is one of those acts that has a lot to say but doesn't have strong vocals. Ms. Mase gets around this by speaking many of the lyrics and telling a story with music behind her. She sings as well, but it doesn't grab me. I've never been a fan of performance art, but while it may not be to my taste, Marla Mase is good at what she does. She's got a fine band behind her and together they have created an interesting commentary on life in the 21st century.
Grown Up Avenger Stuff
Independent / 2012
Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Deirdre Kroener, this band has legs. Intense rockers from Charlotte, NC, Grown Up Avenger Stuff is taking it step by step and "saving the world one rock song at a time." God knows, with some of the crappy acts out there (especially on the majors), it's nice to hear honest to God rock 'n roll again.
Time and Energy
Strange Kind of Focus
Independent / 2012
Here's a California sound recorded in Santa Cruz County that I might actually go to hear live. Time and Energy rose—phoenix-like—from the ashes of their former four-piece rock band. Jorge Rios and Brennan Roach have assumed complete control of all musical duties after the departure of the other two members. Rios handles vocals, guitar, bass, keys and percussion; Roach is on drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keys and clarinet in equal measure.
I Ain't Blue Any More
Green Monkey Records / 2012
A one man band of the old school, Tom Dyer's been around awhile and still rockin'. His recordings are just the way he wants them because he plays all instruments, sings all tracks and records and master his own work.
Monks of Mellonwah
Independent / 2013
A Singing Drummer! I love drummers who can sing. So often they sit behind the band and keep the beat (in many case in spectacular fashion) and rarely do they vocalize. Right away I like this band because Josh Baissari can hit the center of the note and he can drum and he's just adorable. Not since The Stems (raging Dom mariani fan here) have I enjoyed an Australian band as much.
Arc & Stones
Independent / 2013
There's a band in Brooklyn, NY that has come to my attention. Young kids. Why should I listen to these kids? I want my Stewart and Stones and etc. I should (and will continue to) listen to them because they can play. This isn't always the case with bands.
Fabulous Birthday at The Viper Room
October 5, 2012
by Jerry Jewett
PHOTOS: Raven Servellon
The opening act on Friday was The Fabulous Miss Wendy, firing up the stage at 8:00 PM with Lil' Kenny beside her for backing vocals, Christian Alexander on drums and Craig Goldberg on bass. Wendy works as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, playing her own tunes, which feature angst, fun, frustration, self-reflection and party-animal sensibility, in varying proportions.
A Celebration of Harry Langdon
by Chuck Harter and Michael J. Hayde
Bear Manor Media 2012, $49.95
You may think the new Telephone Directory somehow wound up in your mail when you open a package containing this astonishing achievement from Bear Manor Media. It stops short of 700 pages, but not by much. It is a big book.
Older fans who might be suffering from deteriorating vision will have no trouble perusing the exhaustively informative text, or pouring over the 500 pictures.
"But who is Harry Langdon?" a novice cineaste might be imprudent enough to ask in a careless moment. This book alone is sufficient to crush such a helpless innocent awash in ignorance.
August 22, 1920 ~ June 5, 2012
A Legend Passes
When one has friends that are older and have been ill, the realization that you will outlive those friends makes the eventual loss obvious, but no less painful to bear. Brad and I are devastated at the thought of facing the rest of our lives without Ray.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Selected to Screen June 6 at Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood
Black-and-White Indie Feature is Last to Be Shot on Kodak's 35mm Plus-X Film Stock
Dances With Films is setting the stage to bring the 15th year of its unique brand to Los Angeles audiences with more world premieres and original films from across the U.S. and abroad. The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is proud to be among the films chosen to play at this year's festival, which will be showcased at the famed Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.