Three … two … one … make Open Thread go now!
First off, the Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday. Director Tim Burton headlines the jury. Films shown here include the new Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe), Fair Game (adapted from Valerie Plame’s book), Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Outrage by Takeshi Kitano; Tamara Drewe by Stephen Frears; and Aurora by Cristi Puiu. Oliver Stone’s sequel to Wall Street, titled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is screening but not entered for competition. When reached for comment, Stone produced a montage of American Indians and atomic explosions.
Question: any movies at Cannes this year that you’d actually like to watch? Like, in a theater? (I have a few, but I’ll let y’all go first)
Second, geeks the world over mourned the passing of artist Frank Frazetta earlier this week. It’s easy to dismiss his paintings as fan service – maidens in revealing gowns clinging to the rippling thighs of shirtless warriors. But Frazetta’s work transformed the genre of fantasy art so thoroughly it’s hard to imagine what it was like before. Plus, at least his paintings were evocative. At least when you picked up a flimsy paperback with a Frank Frazetta cover you knew what you were in for. No pale hands holding apples for this guy.
Question: Frank Frazetta’s painting a picture to go on the cover of a pulp novel detailing your life’s adventures. One, what does he depict you doing? Two, what is the title of that novel?
Do you want to see some iron-thewed barbarian lay waste to the Palme d’Or Jury? Or is there something we missed? Sound off in the comments, for this is your … Open Thread.