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Hands off my Steampunk, Prada.

Trust the fashion world to annoy me.


A rogue click on this image on the Tor Books blog had me thinking that we would be receiving a big-budget Steampunk flick with Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell and Garrett Hedlund doing their best, pseudo-Victorian poses on the big screen.

Alas, we are denied.

This is part of fashion house Prada‘s new Menswear campaign for the Autumn, which is taking serious stylistic cues from all things Steamy, Punky and ever so slightly nerdy.  It has to be said that it is the latter thing which annoys me the most, as high fashion tends to eschew the geeky in preference to perpetrating the pursuit of glacial cool above all else, which is perhaps the least interesting thing that I can conceive of.   The eternal pursuit of cool = the absolute pursuit of humourless self-defeat, mark my aphorisms.

That said, this shot of Jamie Bell and Gary Oldman makes me yearn for some high-end, next-gen, Bizarro World incarnation of hyper-nerdy PC real-time strategy game, “Command and Conquer“, with these fine thesps hamming it up in a Steampunk World War scenario.  Make it so, current “C & C” devs!

In the name of Mecha Queen Victoria – attack!

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“John Carter” reviews posted – what will you be seeing next weekend?


Den of Geek has a review of Disney and Andrew Stanton’s sci-fantasy adventure, “John Carter” and have confirmed to me that it deserves my support at the box office next weekend.

As you’ll see if you click on the link to the film’s trailer, Disney are going all out in the week before release to counter some of negative early buzz and emphasise the action-adventure moments in the film, which you can hardly blame them for doing – this is the first salvo in what they must hope will become a series of movies and I’d be trying to hit as many eyeballs with as many arresting images as possible were I in their size 11 Cole Haan wingtips.

If you fancy some more advanced chitter-chatter, there’s an interesting interview over at The Guardian where Andrew Stanton talks about the process of moving into live action, his love for the Edgar Rice Burroughs books and what you chat about when Steven Spielberg asks for a meeting with you.


There’s a more guarded review up at Total Film, but even that isn’t enough to put me off – what say you, fellow nerd travellers?

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