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Tikis in films
creativenative
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Posted: 2014-10-01 01:21 am   Permalink

Ah, yes, DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY GO ROUND where cool Colburn says a memorable line as he's describing the apartment his new wife picked out without him, "It's kind of a Wackiki Pop isn't it." Not sure if he was trying to say "Waikiki Pop" or was hinting to his wife that the décor is wacky, ether way, it has been one of my favorite terms. Sounds like a book title I know. Thanks BaliHai for the great screen shots. And thanks, Otto for reviving that movie list from B. Berry. There are some titles that I didn't know about.

Funny or coincidence in class this morning we covered Pacific in films and we shown a few Hollywood film clips, one of Bali Hai in SOUTH PACIFIC and the other weird tiki moai like image in the prequel to RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON with the young Brooke Shields. Here's that tiki which is fun to compare with the one Otto posted.



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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2014-10-01 5:22 pm   Permalink

Here are a couple of screensnaps of the Tiki bar scene from "Bachelor in Paradise". It's obviously a standard restaurant set, dressed up with a little bamboo, some tropical flowers, and a couple of Balinese statues, but the drinks look pretty enticing, and there's a good floor show, so I think I'll hang out a while, have another "Scorpion's Kiss" (only two to a customer!), and watch Lana do the 3-sheets-to-the-wind Hula.








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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-10-13 11:18 pm   Permalink

I really liked In Search Of The Castaways when I was a kid, so I watched it again a couple years ago, it has no plot and bad acting by Chevalier but it did have tikis!

At the bridge entering the Maori village.


Around the door where they were captives.



And this building in the background.


These must have been a set made at the studio in England where it was filmed. Some cool background and foreground paintings for the movie though.

aloha, tikicoma



 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-11-15 3:11 pm   Permalink

I caught an advance screening of Tim Burton's new film "big eyes" last night. The attention to period detail is great. Hawaii features prominently in the story and a souvenir Kane statue plays a role.

Most interestingly, there is a scene set in San Francisco's Tiki Bobs. The scene plays out in medium and close up shots and there are no tikis but if you are watching carefully you will catch the details.

There's also a ton of great mid century modern furniture and design elements throughout the film.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2014-11-15 4:13 pm   Permalink

SoCal Savage is the movie closer in tone to Ed Wood?
or actually a straight forward drama?


 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-11-15 4:54 pm   Permalink

ATP - it's more straightforward than Ed Wood but still has old school Burton touches. Definitely the best thing he's done in years.

 
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Posted: 2014-11-15 7:22 pm   Permalink

GTK! Thanks.

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creativenative
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Posted: 2014-11-17 6:46 pm   Permalink

Mahalo SCS, great news and thanks for sharing. I remember rumors of this movie but I guess they slipped in and out of the islands without much notice. I also remember Margaret Keane and her work here in Hawai'i. She comes from a long line of great artist living or being inspired by Hawai'i. We in Hawai'i seemed shocked about the trial and her husbands claims. We on the rock knew all along Margaret was the painter. Here are some screen shots from the trailer. I can't wait for the movie to come out.

The classic Diamond Head shot (without the hotels below its tip):


Getting married at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel:


Here, in the background, one can see what we know of Margaret's work in Hawai'i with the big "Polynesian" eyes:




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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-11-18 8:22 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-11-17 18:46, creativenative wrote:
Mahalo SCS, great news and thanks for sharing. I remember rumors of this movie but I guess they slipped in and out of the islands without much notice.




Creative -- they definitely shot on location, I checked the credits! Though Canada served for most of San Francisco (minus the exteriors). Burton for sure has an appreciation of the era.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-11-18 9:25 pm   Permalink

The Package 1989 movie with Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones had a scene at Ciral's House of Tiki in Chicago.

Outside scene.



I could not find a clip of the indoor shots, but there is a bar scene with Hackman and Jones.

DC


 
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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2014-11-21 7:01 pm   Permalink

"Murder, My Sweet" (1944)

Dick Powell searches for Moose's dame, Velma, at the Cocoanut Beach Club; a couple of years before the Tiki craze hit, but still a nice hybrid of oriental, bamboo, and nautical themes. Note the mask on the wall behind Powell and Mike Mazurki in the last screencap.









 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-12-21 1:31 pm   Permalink

This is more an "Exotica in Films" post but I didn't want to start a new thread for it.

I Watched the new Paul Thomas Anderson film "Inherent Vice" last night and the great Les Baxter's Simba was in it several times.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2014-12-25 10:42 pm   Permalink

Here's the Tiki Bob scene in "Big Eyes":



This shot from my laptop screen has no shadow detail, so I zoomed in on the many Tiki Bob's props in the shot:



There are THREE posters in the background showing the Tiki Bob cartoon and font



There's also a coaster on the bar:



- all these, while using the correct drawing and font, are not based on original ephemera. One wonders why they used Harvey's Fogcutter mugs and not Tiki Bobs. The whole place is not that impressive, it looks like someone's home bar.

Nice A-frame home:



I was kinda underwhelmed by the movie, it's like a very straight forward bio pic. And why did they pic this German dude as Keane? He seems to fake it from the start.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2014-12-26 2:10 pm   Permalink

Here's a better lit still of the underdressed Tiki Bob's set:



Most likely shot in Vancouver, Canada



 
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tikicoma
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Posted: 2014-12-26 6:27 pm   Permalink

I'm underwhelmed. I've liked a bunch of Tim Burton films and dug the set designs but this looks like he didn't even try.


 
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