Art

Douglas Sirk

Sirk’s films looks like they were filmed by a man who had just discovered colour and then went to play with all of them.

Among the first DVDs that I had borrowed from work were several Criterion Collection editions of films by Douglas Sirk, a now almost totally forgotten director who had peaked in the 1950s. While his Sirk’s films were commercially successful, they were considered by the critics to be generic melodramas in poor taste. But to the modern eye, each was a breath of fresh air and bold, amphibious assaults of colours seemingly thrown onto sets from a thousand paint cans.

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Jack Kirby’s New Gods

Prophecies have ordained that the final battle of chaos and order shall take place in a firepit–a burning, blasting sore on the surface of Apokolips.

There the father shall face the son he gave to his greatest enemy, and die at his hand.

—Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen, Legion of Super-Heroes #294, 28

Warner and DC should be making a New Gods film trilogy… without Zack Snyder.

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass Designer Edition

A 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass edition with vinyl top and opera windows (Future Classics)

The last of the mammoth, gas-guzzling American cars, the Lincoln Continental Mark V represented a peak of American opulence and excess. From the concealed headlights to the huge 7.5 litre V8 engine, from its 19.5 foot frame to its 2.2 tonne weight, from its CB radio option to styling by four major fashion houses, the Mark V established records that still stand today, e.g. 7 MPG on average! One did not simply drive a Continental Mark V… one steered it.

I’ve been particularly drawn to the anachronistic but über-handsome nautical-themed 1979 Bill Blass edition and I’ve tried to track one down as my weekend driver.