“What Is Memory But A Story You Tell Yourself?” : Four Color Apocalypse Interviews Mara Ramirez

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I’ve been championing the work of Mara Ramirez to anyone willing to listen since first stumbling upon it in the middle part of last year. An undisputed master at conveying what I would call, for lack of a better term, “emotive memory,” Ramirez’ debut graphic novel MOAB resonates in ways both entirely new and oddly, even comfortingly, familiar upon successive re-reads. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ramirez on subjects far and wide, and it was such a fascinating exchange that I honestly feel I’d probably be doing you all a tremendous disservice by loading you up with a heavy preamble rather than turning the floor over to the artist with all due haste, and so, with that in mind —

Four Color Apocalypse : First off Mara, thanks for agreeing to this interview — it’s no secret that your book MOAB was one of my favorite comics…

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Here’s The Super Bowl Spot for Nobody!

Somehow, last night, I missed the Super Bowl spot for Nobody.  Then again, I also somehow also missed the streaker running across the field.  I was probably busy jotting down notes about the commercials that I had just seen.  Who knows?  It was a strange night.

Anyway, here’s the Super Bowl spot for Nobody!

Bob Odenkirk, action star!  That’s kind of a strange idea but I guess it could happen.  Bryan Cranston went from doing comedy to doing heavy drama.  John Krasinski is another example.  Watching The Office, you would never expect to see Jim Halpert blowing away the bad guys but that’s exactly what happened.  Of course, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of humor to go along with all of the action in this film so I guess that’s good.  Eventually, someone will cast Bob Odenkirk in one of those grim and depressing cop films where he’s like an alcoholic who spends all of his time looking at old case files and searching for that one clue that will put the murderer away.  I fully support the right of Bob Odenkirk to do new and different things!


6 Shots From 6 Films: Special King Vidor Edition

4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Today, we celebrate the 127th birthday of Texas-born filmmaker, King Vidor!  Though Vidor may no longer be a household name, he was one of the most important and idiosyncratic filmmakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age.  The Crowd is regularly cited as one of the most influential films ever made.  (Certainly every film that’s ever featured a shot of an anonymous office worker sitting in a room full of cubicles owes a debt to it.)  Duel in the Sun went on to inspire countless spaghetti westerns.  The Fountainhead is also regularly cited as a favorite by a surprisingly large number of directors.

In honor of King Vidor’s life and legacy, here are….

6 Shots From 6 King Vidor Films

The Crowd (1928, dir by King Video, DP: Henry Sharp)

The Champ (1931, dir by King Vidor, DP: Gordon Avil)

Duel In The Sun (1946, dir by King Vidor, DP: Lee Garmes)

The Fountainhead (1949, dir by King Vidor, DP: Robert Burks)

War and Peace (1956, dir by King Vidor, DP: Jack Cardiff)

Solomon and Sheba (1959, dir by King Vidor, DP; Fred A. Young)


Artwork of the Day: Cosmopolitan (by Bradshaw Crandell)

by Bradshaw Crandell

This is from 1938.  The artwork was done by Bradshaw Crandell, who did several covers for Cosmopolitan and who was one of the few artists of the era to actually get to sign their own work.  On this cover, you can find his signature right underneath the hands holding the gun.

There’s nothing more romantic than learning how to shoot together.

Music Video of the Day: Another One Bites The Dust by Queen (1980, directed by Daniella Green)

“And not a minute too soon, baby.”

— Dr. Johnny Fever, American radio personality

Queen wrote two songs that are perfect for any championship sporting event.  We Are The Champions, of course, is what the winners get to hear.  Meanwhile, the losers get Another One Bites The Dust.  

The song was written by Queen’s bassist, John Deacon.  Deacon also ended up playing most of the instruments on the track.  The band was initially reluctant to release the song as a single but changed their mind after Michael Jackson approached them after a show and told them that Another One Bites The Dust was their best song and that they had to release it as a single.  They took Jackson’s advice and the rest is history.

This song came very close to appearing in Rocky III but when the band and the film’s producers couldn’t come to terms, Eye of the Tiger was instead used as the film’s theme song.  It’s interesting to imagine how the scenes of Apollo training Rocky would have played out with Queen playing on the soundtrack.

If you play this song backwards, “another one bite the dust” sounds exactly like “You must smoke marijuana.”  Apparently, this is just a coincidence.  Fortunately, in the 80s, Tipper Gore was too busy going after hair metal to check Queen’s discography for hidden messages.