February 25, 2014
August 5, 2012
This weekend I attended a party where the drink of choice was communion wine. The standards for sacramental wine are different than consumer wine, which is why — perhaps naively — I didn’t think you could purchase it online. Apparently you can, but it’s really just wine made to altar wine standards — grapes only and “uncorrupted.” True altar wine is not sold to the general public. Angelica wine is the most popular altar wine. It’s a sweet, high-alcohol dessert wine that is believed to originate in Los Angeles, produced by Franciscan missionaries. You can buy a consumer variety over here.
At the same party, I ended up talking to a man who believes he’s a werewolf. So, that happened.
Sister Janet Mead rocks. [Spotted via David E. Williams]
The Colonial Theatre
I paid a visit to The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which hosted its first show in 1903. Scenes from The Blob were filmed there. The balcony is still open to patrons.
I’ve been writing a James Bond column for Movies.com and was excited to spot these Bond girl makeup tutorials from Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo fame. Their videos are always beautifully shot, and the artistry is admirable. I don’t wear nearly as much makeup (or smear glue stick on my face, ouch), but I always pick up a few things to try out and learn about new products. They love recreating theatrical pop culture looks.
October 30, 2011
∞ Writerly things:
Trailer for new Herzog; William Friedkin interviews Fritz Lang; beautiful horror film soundtracks; Cuckoo’s Nest asylum photos + more.
Friends new and old worth your time:
October 3, 2011
Last week I wrote a bunch of stuff for Flavorwire. You can catch up on all the posts over here.
July 15, 2011
June 27, 2011
* Nick Cave’s rejected Gladiator 2 script: “Following the success of Gladiator, released in 2000, Crowe and Scott invited Cave to write a script for the sequel. They hoped that the macabre musician could find a creative solution to Gladiator 2’s main hurdle – that Maximus, Crowe’s character, dies at the end of the first film.”
* Writerly things:
* Corner of a miniature interior I created. Using it as backdrop for a new video.
* Food alchemy: baked sweet potato secretions and beets
* Grzegorz Cisiecki shared a link to his film with me recently. Here’s his short called Smoke. Let him know what you think in the comments section.
June 19, 2011
Nerd Watch: Sexy Star Wars Nudescapes Movies.com
Guess I will pretend I made this pinwheel that I found at a sidewalk sale, because IT RINGS — and I had zero free time to work on anything this week. Stop the madness.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad
June 11, 2011
‘Human Centipede’ Sequel Banned From The UK MTV Movies Blog
Real-Life Titanic II Sinks on Maiden Voyage Movies.com
Two blocks from my apartment and always taunting meeeee
June 3, 2011
Horse carcass photo taken by a friend (inspired horsey nightmares — à la Prom Night 2 — which stirred ideas for a video). Horse drawing by me (lives on my studio wall).
Every time I think I’ve heard all the best Morricone, I find another song to love.
Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA
I didn’t even eat them. I was convinced they’d be the Germanic Twin Peaks of gummy bears, but they were just sad blobs.
May 28, 2011
Pics from a trip to an abandoned fancypants house, which are inspiring some ideas for a new installation I’m mapping out.
This + his Daughters of Darkness soundtrack x 1000.
Color swatch morbidity.
The window of Lerro’s Candy in South Philly.
Awesome neighborhood porch kitty I walk by lots. I like to think he’s betrothed to my tuxedo lady cat.
Fulci fo’ life.
My desk is looking creepy.
May 21, 2011
Cicada tucked inside plastic, amber medical container (found inside an abandoned hospital in Philadelphia)
Puppet for a video short
Sketchbook collage: photos and vintage encyclopedia illustrations
I live near a typewriter repair/sales shop, which is on the verge of closing. One day I went inside to take a peek, and the owner gave me this typewriter for free because he loved my bicycle and said I had “pizzazz.” I use it for something almost every day.
Hula hoop music. (Yes, really.) From Jacopetti and Prosperi’s 1971 mondo Addio Zio Tom (Goodbye Uncle Tom).
Centerfolds in Philadelphia
My Miami pics suffered from inebriated shaky syndrome — and shaky pools and beaches are kind of boring (sorry for failing you). Florida isn’t my favorite place in the world, but Miami has this amazing bygone motel culture that is kitsch-sleaze perfection.
January 9, 2011
I have an article in Rue Morgue Magazine’s January 2011 issue, which is in stores right now. You can also check it out online. On pages 58-59 is my entry in their Travelogue of Terror series, where I visited The Museum of Mourning Art in Drexel Hill, PA. If you’re in the Philly area and have an interest in history, funerary artifacts, and embroidery I highly recommend a visit.
© Alison Nastasi, 2015