Prop Store‘s Live Auction at London’s ODEON BFI IMAX on September 26th is a bit of a behemoth, with 600 or so artifacts from the production of some cult films and blockbusters. There’s an exhibition of half the listings on at the moment, plus a paperback catalogue which is a joy to browse if you’re a nerd like me. You can get lost in the book digitally right here. The wearable parts are incredible, with several pieces that wouldn’t look out-of-place out on the street right now. That includes one of several versions of Jack Nicholson’s burgundy cord Margaret Howell jacket from The Shining (as discussed here before), a black Rebel Trooper vest from Star Wars, the Knicks/Mets looking parka for Norwegian crew members filming The Empire Strikes Back‘s Hoth scenes, a good look at the patches on a trenchcoat worn by Data’s stunt double in The Goonies, a Blade Runner crew jacket, the Joker’s purple Tommy Nutter overcoat from Batman and — a personal favourite — Private First Class Ricco Frost’s “PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER” t-shirt from Aliens. As a bonus, if you’ve ever wanted to get one up on every Premiership footballer and rapper ever, you can get the original Tony and Elvira portrait from Scarface up on the wall to unveil while your younger sister makes eyes at your best friend. PayPal running low? Just get some Babylon Club napkins instead. The idea of replacing labels on bottles in your home to make Blade Runner‘s vision of 2019 come partly true using a set of decals from the movie is appealing too. Continue reading WHO GOT THE PROPS?
Ahead of Blade Runner 2049‘s October release I’m sure we’re going to be assailed with merch and tie-ins. Once, it was low-key adidas, now-defunct companies on billboards, a Marvel adaptation and ERTL toys. This one won’t be quite as low-key. Merchandise is an unpleasant certainty now, but in the very early 1980s, readers of magazines like Starlog could buy some more considered gear to tie in with a new breed of sci-fi that was largely focused on headwear. The Thinking Cap Company was a key player. Based in California and founded in 1979, its origins remain something of an enigma to me — the name Sy Gottlieb crops up online as an original agent, and I know that the trademark had lapsed by 1987. Continue reading MERCH
The speculation around the Nike MAG shoe as the date depicted in Back to the Future II rolls around is increasingly tedious. As a design, I think the shoe is amazing, and prescient (or at least, so influential on post-1989 design that it seemed prophetical), but it’s also food for the dullest kind of footwear-addled folks and their childish nostalgia and click bait headlines. Still, self-lacing shoes are an appealing prospect that I want to see. Continue reading THE OTHER SCI-FI SHOES
We’re meant to have these in the next ten years. Hope there’s prototype Spinners in a warehouse somewhere.
I’m guilty of steeping these blog entries in the past – dwelling in the past and failing to look at the current cultural climate. It’s something I’ve pledged to resolve but there’s a reason for that. For all the bluster, mass of available information and glut of social networking resources, the noughties weren’t that good were they? Seeing as I’ve been alcohol-free for the duration, I think I saw them clearly enough for what they were – full of shitty buzzwords (I even used one seventeen words back) and referential nonsense. It was a decade bookended by misinformation, grand-scale terrorist attacks, economic meltdown, flu panics and punctuated by reality shows, a couple of military invasions and with some localised suicide bombs in the middle for extra misery, it hasn’t been what I expected.
I’d anticipated space holidaying, flying family-sized hatchbacks and video phones – actually, we got that one but then realised it was better in theory. I’m grateful for the little box giving me limitless music on the move and high-speed pornography, but is that it?
Continue reading THE NOUGHTIES WEREN'T ALL THAT