Jack in: Aaron Beck and The Art of Modern Cyberpunk

Hey, what’d you think of Elysium? Were you also super-psyched about it then get bored about 30 minutes in and spend the remainder of the film barely looking up from whatever bullshit you were doing on your iPad? Wow, me too!  But that shouldn’t take away from the awesome vision and incredible design of the film. One of, if not the, chief designers and artists responsible for the look is artist Aaron Beck. Never even knew about this guy until I stumbled upon two articles from The Verge this morning (“Dark Arts” and “Designer Death“). This is the type of shit I used to sit down and try to draw but would ultimately end up with a page full of circles featuring asymmetrical spikes  and wonky arms that didn’t quite hold true to Euclidian geometry. In other words, my artistic talent is basically equivalent to that of a petri dish full of algae (ed. note: don’t forget the agar!). So stuff like this just always blows me away. So check out some of his art here, read the articles and check out Aaron’s site for some equally awesome, non-Elysium art. You won’t be disappointed.

Unless you are, in which case: nrsdbpz1x3c42lprhxvn

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Hey! It’s the trailer for Elysium, a/k/a Neill Blomkamp’s new movie that is inexcusably not District 10

Obviously I will watch this movie and obviously I will enjoy it. But am I alone in thinking nothing about the trailer looks innovative or even interesting? A future dystopia, featuring a wildly unfair class system? SHOCKING. And Matt Damon’s exoskeleton looks like he superglued an erector set to his skin. Worst of all, this is text of the official synopsis:

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

What’s so offensive about that, you ask? Oh, nothing. Just that this movie cost more than the GDP of most countries, yet no one thought the worldwide press release needed to be proofread by a native English speaker. A man-made space station? No shit. In contrast to all the naturally occuring space stations cluttering up our orbit? Also, the year 2159 is a time, not a place. That means it’s a when, not a where, morons.

Sigh. See ya at the movies, suckers!