Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween 2010!! (PUMPKIN CARVING ART II: MEDIA INSPIRED)

So it's this time of year again, an excuse to go out in fancy dress and scare the living daylights out of people. The thing I like most is the creativity that fills people during Halloween. You can check out my post on pumpkin carvings last year, but this year, I bring more of the fantastical carvings people have done, but with a more coherant theme of media. 

It is astounding the influence media has on the world through TV, film, games etc... so no wonder many people use it as inspiration for art as well. Check out the wonderful and fun carvings below. I love Wall-E and Eve, The Joker, Space Invader and also Mario.

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween and give you all a bit of inspiration :) Check out last year's post on Pumpkin Carvings.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

London Boulevard Movie Trailer Preview

 
I had heard about this film before but not much more than knowing that Keira Knightley would be starring in it alongside Colin Farrell, and now having seen the trailer, also stars Anna Friel! 

Basic plotline is that Keira Knightley is an international superstar (so she's playing herself really) and hires Colin Farell's character (ex convict) to protect her as her bodyguard and inevitably they fall in love, but with the danger that is connected to Colin Farrel there will obviously be problems and trials in their way... Anna Friel I think plays Colin Farrell's sister who somehow gets roped into all the action.

The Social Network Film Review

Upon first hearing about this film, I was completely disgusted at the direction the film industry is going. If not ruining already successful franchises with unecessary sequels, they go and make a film out of any old rubbish- such as Facebook, Monopoly, or even Battleship. I have found that this wasn't the case with The Social Network.


~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
The basis of the film is this. After his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) breaks up with him, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates Facemash, a site which allows people to compare and rate girls from their university (Harvard, of course) based on their "hotness". This of course creates a craze despite getting him into trouble with the school.


Twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss (both Armie Hammer) approach Mark about being  part of their site idea Harvard Connection as a programmer to which he agrees, but instead finds his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) to launch their own site, "The Facebook". 


Whilst you might expect this film to chronicle the creation of Facebook, it does so in a way that isn't just for people who understand their computer jargon. Truncated and Episoded through two lawsuits (one by the Twinklevoss brothers and one by his best friend Eduardo), the story is retold from different people's perspectives: Mark, Eduardo and the Winklevoss twins. 

The Sims 3 DS Review

I was most excited when I heard that this was going to be released onto the DS. I currently play the PC version, but due to lag and the inability to play it at high settings, it isn’t the most enjoyable experience. Having it on the DS would mean I could play it anytime and hopefully without much lag but still retain most of the PC features as advertised.
So upon getting the game, you choose one of three save slots and start designing your Sim. The customisation isn’t as vast as you’d thought having seen the trailer and the controls also weren’t as easy. Using the stylus and selecting the facial features- I found it difficult to select a part other than the brow/eye area… but managed to make a decent looking Sim within a quarter of an hour. You will also need to dress it and choose some traits (neat, artistic, slob etc) before choosing a lifetime goal. So what next?

Friday, 29 October 2010

Keira Knightley at Last Night Italian Premiere

For the Italian premiere of Last Night, Keira Knightley wore yet another stunning gown (Valentino), previously wearing Chanel (multicoloured striped skirt- not great) for her photo-call and also after (black top paired with a full frilly layered skirt) from the Chanel Spring 2011 collection. She wore three outfits in one day for her "Never Let Me Go" Premiere.

The big thing was that the premiere was "cancelled" and the film delayed due to riots and protest with many pictures showing Keira with a "deer in the headlights" look but "some good" shots did surface, so thank goodness for that!


MY 18th Birthday

This pretty much sums it all up!

Pierre Cordier Chemigrams (V&A Shadow Catchers)

 
Previously, I blogged about photograms from Adam Fuss and Susan Derges, but having finally visited the V&A Shadow catchers exhibition, which was totally breathtaking, I now blog about Pierre Cordier, who works in the same way, but uses chemicals to treat the photographic plate to create stunning chemigrams.

The intricacy of his work is really puzzling. I personally have no idea how he could create such piecesof work. Does he drop different chemicals with a pipette or does he somehow create some sort of structure to obscure the light? Whilst they may look like woodblock carvings or some other sort of print, they are indeed chemigrams which makes their creation process all the more fascinating. Be prepared to be WOWed by his work.

Scarlett Johansson in Mango Fall/Winter 2010-2011 II

For some reason, I missed this campaign which was released some time in July and is apparently yet ANOTHER Fall/Winter Collection from Mango. Check out her most recent one here. These clothes too far too spring to me but Scarlett is stunning in them and there is something mysterious she always brings to her facial expression - a staring into the distance sort of look. 

If you missed this too, check it out.

 

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Scarlett Johansson in Mango Winter 2010-2011 Campaign

 

Since handing out a Mango Award about a week ago, pictures from Scarlett's latest shoot for Mango has surfaced. Scarlett is so stunning in these shots, they're much more sophisticated than the other Fall/Winter collection where she wears an unbelievably short pair of hot pants...

I wish they'd have shot these after her new hair cut (LOVE THE BOB) but she looks best with long dirty blonde hair. Can't wait for the rest of the shots, but for now, enjoy these two.

The rest of the shots are again sublime-- love the dresses and her subtle sexuality... yet another stunning shoot!


America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 Episode 8 Recap

After Liz rubs into our face how happy she is to get best photo of the week, Zac Posen walks into their house to inform them of an upcoming runway show they'll be walking in his designs. The girls will be walking amongst "real" working models, with a twist.

They have to be mean to the girls to see who keeps their composure. I LOLed at Kayla's comment: "The models seem bitchy, I'm sure they didn't walk out of the womb on the runway." This is another obvious gimmick to entertain and it worked, but for the high fashion cycle, it again appears to be too fake.

Anyway, on the actual runway, Jane opened the show (yay!) she did ok... Liz looked like a man, Ann got so psyched she nearly tripped over (lol!), I thought Kayla did well... but Chelsea got a "she's cute" comment from Miss Jay so who knows...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Glee Season 2 Episode 5 (The Rocky Horror Glee Show)

Wasn't quite sure what to make of this when I first heard about it, as I have never seen Rocky Horror. I thought the overall thing tied in quite nicely to progressing Will and Emma's storyline, but not by much, and in this way, seemed to have forced this Halloween themed episode.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Never Let Me Go Movie Trailer Preview

When I first heard about this film, I was unsure what it was about, but knew Keira Knightley starred in it, so maintained interest, and after watching the trailer several times, along with some cast interviews, finally realised the tragedy of a story that this is, and that all is not as it seems...


Never Let Me Go follows the lives of three supposedly ordinary children raised at Hailsham school through the eyes of Kathy H. As they grow up, they learn to question their existence and the reality that they live in, make ends meet with the way they've been treated and finally understand their purpose before their tragic end. 

Monday, 25 October 2010

Taylor Swift- Speak Now Deluxe Edition Album Review

Taylor Swift's highly anticipated album Speak Now has finally been released after the countdown we've had with the gradual release of three songs: Speak Now, Back To December and Mean (Check out my preview of the album). Now we get the rest!


~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
Swift is pictured wearing a fluid red dress and looking very princess like (the dress is purple in the regular version). Like the content of her previous albums, it’s very much based on relationships and experiences Taylor has experienced herself, telling us her story through song- a fairytale perhaps. The album cover is sweet yet sophisticated, a step up from her previous covers.

The album contains 14 tracks on the first CD:

1. Mine 4/5
The start of “Mine” already sounds very similar to previous tracks from Taylor Swift, which continues throughout the song. Musically, it is like a cross between “Fearless” and “Forever and Always”. It is a good song, but not the best we’ve seen from her. Lyrically, it goes through a rollercoaster ride of emotions and has a positive end like “Love Story” does, which is good!

[WATCH MINE MUSIC VIDEO]

2. Sparks Fly 5/5
An exciting intro precedes this song which has been performed live at concerts. Thankfully it has been recorded for this album as it is so fantastic, catchy and addictive! First FAV off the album.

[WATCH SPARKS FLY MUSIC VIDEO]

3. Back To December 5/5
Apparently to do with her break up with Taylor Lautner, “Back to December” is an apologetic song with fantastic lyrics that is translated into an emotional yet catchy song that I just can’t get out of my head. I think this is one of my favourite songs off the album!

[WATCH BACK TO DECEMBER MUSIC VIDEO]

4. Speak Now 4.5/5
The song has a beautiful and thoughtful story that flows very much like “Love Story” does as the song progresses. Whilst I am unsure as to how many weddings Taylor Swift herself ruined by “Speaking now” the song definitely have soundtrack qualities, and would be at the top of the list for any future rom coms. It is a fun and upbeat song that is addictive from the first play.

5. Dear John 3.5/5
I'm not too fond of the vibrato in the intro which doesn't quite go with the rest of the slow song. I would prefer if it wasn't there, but it does make it less moody and slightly more upbeat... Being the longest song on the album, the emotion does come through and the dramatics increase as it progresses which is nice.

Cute Animals: Arctic Foxes

 
Arctic Foxes live in the arctic and are not currently endangered. They are of "least concern". However, due to climate change and all that, this could very well change drastically in a short space of time, so awareness still has to be made about these animals.

I chose them because they are really furry, white and cute... These lupine animals are quite adorable really, although not all the pictures of them I found are of this inclination. They eat meat and hunt for small mammals in the arctic but really, they aren't animals that you would usually think of as cute, so here's a new perspective on them.




Sunday, 24 October 2010

Laura Kirkpatrick by J. Guess Photography

Laura Kirkpatrick's shoot with J.Guess Photography in bridal gowns reminds me of Heather Kuzmich's Wedding Essentials Shoot due to the shapes that are made and the style of the photography- the contast of the bride in a urban environment is stunning.

Laura Kirkpatrick by Missy Brown

 
Despite losing out first place of America's Next Top Model to Nicole Fox, Laura Kirkpatrick has been successful as a model. With these latest test shots, Missy Brown photographs Laura in a stunning and fresh light. The softness and sweetness shines through and makes these images really stunning- could be in any Bridal magazine. 

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The iPod Quiz

Inspired by Gareth Wrighton

Instructions:

Open your library (iTunes, Media Player, iPod, etc). Put it on shuffle. Press play. For every question, type the song that’s playing. When you go to a new question, press the next button

Here are my results:

Opening Credits: I Really Miss You- S Club 7

Waking Up: Here I Am- Delta Goodrem

First Day of School: Surfing In the Air- Christine Guldbrandsen

Falling in Love: Innocence- Avril Lavigne

Fight Song: Alice (Underground)- Avril Lavigne

Prom: Miracle- Paramore

Life: We Are Broken- Paramore

Mental Breakdown: Shape- Sugababes

Driving: I Do Not Hook Up- Kelly Clarkson

Flashback: Warwick Avenue- Duffy

Getting Back Together: Breathe Easy- Blue

Losing Your Virginity: You- S Club

Wedding: Never Again- Kelly Clarkson

Birth of Child: A Perfectly Good Heart - Taylor Swift

Final Battle: Mannequin- Britney Spears

Death Scene: This is Not me - Delta Goodrem

Funeral Song: Say Goodbye- S Club

End Credits: I'm A Slave 4 U - Britney Spears

Thorpe Park Fright Night October 2010


I went to Thorpe Park last night with my friends for my birthday (Fright Night 10am-10pm) and had a fantastic time... We ran for SAW-The Ride and got on within five minutes. Thankfully it was fully functional unlike last time on opening day. It was actually really thrilling- I was not as scared this time... I am now well trained :3

 

Anyway, we went to SAW ALIVE horror maze when it opened, which wasn't amazingly scary, but this one big troll-like guy in a room did scare me quite a bit before he went and stroked my head... Eeek!! At the end, the same guy kicked this chav out apparently for retorting "You want some?"... anyway, it made us laugh...


After some more rides (X-No Way Out, Nemesis Inferno- where we took our friend's rollercoaster virginity, Quantum and others) we queued up for horror maze Se7en. We were first in the queue for when it was meant to open (4pm) but due to "technical difficulties" it didn't open until around 5pm, and everyone rushed in so we had to run to keep out spot first. The maze was meant to be about the seven dealy sins, but we really couldn't tell which rooms were which due to being scared by actors jumping out at us everywhere... what made this scary was the fact that one room had so many doors we didn't know which one to open... we were stuck for like 30 seconds, and funnily enough, the supposedly scary actress had to lead us to the next room by flashing her torch. LOL.

After dinner at Noodle Bar, we went on the Canada Creek railway as a means of digesting our food and getting some good views of Saw-The Ride as well as Loggers Leap before going on some more flats (Vortex, Slammer) as it got dark.


 

The Terror Zone which was new for this year was utterly rubbish and just consisted of actors walking around in the area with some smoke... definitely a let down... but only queued for like five minutes in which some ghetto girls in front started confronting us after a nasty comment was made by one of my friends... *sigh*


Taking on Colossus and Stealth in the dark was quite scary as I'd never been on them before. Stealth is a bit overrated in my opinion as you really don't feel anything as it goes so quickly... You do not notice how high up you are. Colossus was good, the forces were so huge as you go through the heartline rolls.

To finish off, we went to Horror Maze Curse, which was the best one of the day as there were so many actors who jumped out at so many different places- least predictable one I think... so that was a good end to the day... To kill time, we went on Rumba Rapids twice more as well as this new show "Barry and Stuart" which was actually really gruesome...

NOTE: We also managed to spot the tubing for the upcoming Storm Surge water ride at Thorpe Park for 2011 whilst queuing for depth charge.


Overall, it was a fantastic day and we went on so many rides it was totally worth it. Next time, we will tackle Asylum :)

Rides count:
SAW- The Ride
Loggers Leap X3
Samurai
X-No Way Out
Rumba Rapids X3
Nemesis Inferno
Mr Monkey's Banana Ride
SAW Alive (Horror Maze)
Quantum X2
Flying Fish
Rocky Express
Storm in a Tea Cup
Se7en (Horror Maze)
Canada Creek Railway
Depth Charge
Vortex
Slammer
Terror Zone (Walk through)
Colossus 
Stealth
The Curse (Horror Maze)
Barry and Stuart

Marjorie Conrad by Hideki Owa

These test shots of Marjorie Conrad surfaced and was shot by Hideki Owa. Whilst some shots do not work such as the zombie one in the beige "ragcloth", the style, quirkiness and attitude of the Marjorie we saw in America's next top model certainly shines through in the rest.
I particularly like the black and white grainy shots, with the last full portrait having such quirkiness to match that of Allison Harvard. This girl has so much potential- I can't wait for more!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Scarlett Johansson at Mango Awards 2010

Scarlett Johansson attended the Mango Fashion Awards in Spain recently looking very pretty in a black mini dress by MNG, topped with a beautiful sparkly necklace. I love her hair- a natural messiness... hehe... Anyway, she presented an award to Jean Paul Gaultier.

She also recently renewed her contract with Mango and shot her latest Spring 2011 campaign in Spain. I cannot wait to see the shots. Check out her last Mango campaign here



Richard Serra- Sheet Metal Installation

In a video about Ernesto Neto, the commentator suggested that inspiration for his pieces came from Richard Serra. Upon looking up his work, I can definitely see the links. 

Despite being an artist on minimalism, Richard Serra's large metal sheet installations have much more meaning than just a sculpture in a room. The exploration of human interaction with space and obstruction makes his work extremely fascinating. 

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Scream 4 Movie Trailer Preview

 
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Scream sequel has been released showing new footage from the film. The original redefined horror and many films since has been "slasher" movies because of this. So this latest installment sees the killer return for more meat, ten years after the last killing.

Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to face the ghost face killer, whilst newbies (potential victims) include Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody and Emma Roberts. Who will live? Who will die? We will find out in April 2011.

By the way, loving the graphics on the posters... very haunting, yet stylish :)

Check out the trailer below:

America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 Episode 7 Recap

After some bitchy chit chat about Kacey, the girls get taken to some sort of museum with MJ stuff. . . blah blah blah... the challenge is the girls have to pair up, each girl picks an outfit for their partner. Jay will pick a pair and Neil Portnow will pick the overall winner. The winning girl gets to hand out an award at the Grammies.
Despite being told to get a long flowing tight fitting dress, Kayla got Liz a punk rock look. Ann struggled finding anything at all, and Jane was a bit vexed findin something for Esther due to her bust size.

Kayla / Liz- The girls looked nice but not fantastic. Liz responded really nicely to whether it was what she wanted, as Kayla got her the exact opposite :3

Kendal / Chris- They looked quite trampy and could not handle the questions. Their response was ba-aad!

Jane / Esther- The dresses they wore were SO plain and boring.. It fitted them well, but definitely wasn't a red carpet event type outfit. :(

Chelsea / Ann - Chelsea picked the perfect dress for Ann, she looked stunning and I do feel bad for Chelsea because Ann couldn't really decide what to pick. But Chelsea did look good in it, she just lacked confidence.

In the end, the winning team is Kayla and Liz, and Neil Portnow picked Kayla to be the Grammy girl!! YESSS Will be watching in February to see her do it! GO KAYLA!!! Rihanna has red hair now... so imagine if Kayla handed an award to her :P


For their photoshoot, each model has to portray a famous designer - kind of stupid theme I think and they will be posing with another female model who will be wearing the designs. 

Personally, they could've done what they've done before by having the girls do both parts and then manipulating it afterwards into one composition. Alternatively, they could've paired the girls up and done it that way... but it would be unfair as the "model" part would obviously be easier... Plus, some of the girls will be posing as guy designers so that immediate gives an additional difficulty which again, is not fair.

Liz- John Galliano
Chelsey- Carolina Herrera
Chris- Betsey Johnson
Kendal- Vera Wang
Kayla- Vivienne Westwood
Jane- Marc Jacobs
Ann- Alexander Wang
Esther- Christophe Decarnin

The standouts during the photoshoot were Ann, Liz and Kayla. At panel, Kayla, Liz and Ann got good feedback, critiqued were Esther, Jane and Kendal. Predictions are that Esther and Kendal will be in the bottom two, whilst Liz or Kayla will get first call out. Ann "could" get first call out but it would again be WAY WAY WAY over the top if she does. It would totally be for publicity... we will see...


In the end, Liz was called first, followed by Kayla and Ann. YES THE STREAK HAS BEEN BROKEN. AS much as I like her photos, she can't get first call out all the time... The bottom two were Esther and Kendal and eliminated was. . . KENDAL. Meh she was gonna go anyway... 

Top three:
1. Kayla
2. Ann
3. Jane

Paik Nam June Media Bridge by Planning Korea

The design for Paik Nam June Media Bridge by Planning Korea is simply stunning. Spanning over the river Han at 1080m long, this bridge brings the city out onto the river and increases bridge function from just being a crossing between point A and B to an immense infrastructure. Fitted with museums, libraries, malls and every potential need of a pedestrian, the bridge will also likely grow into a tourist hot spot with docks for water taxis, boats and cruise ships.

Beautifully modern and fluid, the structure of the bridge is extremely easy on the eyes and I can imagine it to be an extraordinary piece of architecture that will be self sufficient as it has sustainable solar power energy and rain water collection systems installed. 

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Marine Research Centre by Solus4

 
This has been designed by Solus4 as part of a competition for an off-shore marine research centre in Indonesia. Featuring stunning curved shapes, this white fluid structure is inspired by the shape of a tsunami; the last disaster affected South East Asia in 2005.

The marine centre will have areas above and below water, comprising of specialised labs, scientists' bedrooms and aquatic garden. As well as being a marine centre, it will have parts open to the public such as the salt water pool, pool terrace, a bar and an auditorium.

I love the continuation of the fluid shape that translates into the interiors, making great use of the space, and the natural water features of the sea will greatly improve aesthetic. This is an exciting project that explores the use of space underwater and I hope it wins!




 



 

 

 

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