Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Thing

When I was a kid I used to borrow my folks video camera and make short stop-action movies with my G.I. Joes. I thought I was pretty creative, maybe was for my age, but I never made anything quite like this. This is the coolest stop-action movie I’ve ever seen made with them.

John Carpenter’s The Thing, remade with G.I. Joes:

(How sad is it that I not only recognize most of the characters here, I can probably tell you their code names.)

In the stormy east-wind straining

Lady Shalott

In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in its banks complaining,
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower’d Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And round and round the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.
And down the river’s dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance —
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
At the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

Excerpt from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” (1833). The painting (also called “The Lady of Shalott”) is by John William Waterhouse (1888).