Monday, 30 December 2013

Disney Pixar's 'Cars' Film Review

So I have put off seeing Cars as I've heard rather bad things about it from my friends and it's the lowest scored Pixar film on Rotten Tomatoes, but I've always had this curiosity of watching it given it IS Pixar and can Pixar really make a bad movie? 


Hot-shot rookie race car Lightning McQueen could make history by winning the Piston Cup, but an unseen three-way tie sends the three cars to a tie-breaker race a week later in California. Whilst making his way to the race, Lightning McQueen gets stranded in Radiator Springs, where he causes havoc and is held captive until he makes amends. Will he make it to the race in time?

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Keira Knightley in Harper's Bazaar UK (Feb 2014)


Shot by Alexi Lubomirski, Keira Knightley covers the February issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, to coincide with the release of her new film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recuit where she stars opposite Chris Pine in a slightly devious but action packed role.

In the magazine she also talks about feminism and why she joined Twitter for just 12 hours. Check out more images below:


Friday, 27 December 2013

'Arbitrage' Film Review

Business magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is about to sell his hedge fund in order to hide his company's losses and evade arrest for fraud, but when he enters a car crash killing his mistress, he flees. As the investigation proceeds, the truth begins to unravel, with the consequences affecting both his wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling).


The film took a while to get started, but once all the pieces were in place, it was a tense and riveting feature, aided greatly by the sound track. The dilemna that Robert faces, the risk of both public and private scrutiny, drives him to dangerous decisions. Will his business deal go through before the truth is revealed?

'The Artist' Film Review

Nominated for ten Oscars and winning 5 including 'Best Picture', 'The Artist' was a delightful, entertaining and thoughtful watch.


George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a famed silent movie star, meets aspiring actress/dancer Peppy (Berenice Bejo) and helps her on her career. But with the dawn of talking movies, George's silent world spirals out of control. 

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

'Oblivion' Film Review

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a veteran remaining on Earth whilst machines extract its resources after a apocalyptic war, soon discovers that all may not be as it seems when he rescues Julia (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who appeared in his recurring dreams. 


As he breaches boundaries and questions the mission he's been assigned to do, he unearths something about himself that will change his life.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

Wow, can't believe it's 5 years since the start of this blog- boy, did time fly by! It's been an insane year and next year will be too, so thanks for sticking around even though I've been somewhat less active recently.

So wishing you ALL an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year- can't wait to see what 2014 brings! 

Here's a nice little paper cut I did for you all :)


Sunday, 22 December 2013

'Transcendence' Film Trailer Preview

Johnny Depp stars in a new sci-fi thriller called 'Transcendence', which looks to be an intriguing movie from the full length trailer.


In the near future, Dr Caster (Johnny Depp) is forced to upload his consciousness to a computer an unprecedented attack by an anti technology terrorist group, raising questions of life and death, morality and reality. 

Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Kate Mara, this is set to be one to watch in next year's rather mediocre movie schedule (atleast the first half).

The movie will be released in April 2014. Check out the full trailer below:

Thursday, 19 December 2013

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Film Trailer Preview

The full trailer  for the sequel to the surprisingly successful 'How to Train Your Dragon' has been released.


With the bond between dragons and vikings, Hiccup and Toothless now explore the skies in search for new lands. When they discover a strange ice cave and a mysterious dragon rider, the two are suddenly involved in a huge war that threaten the peace.

Voiced by Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill.

The movie will be released in June next year. Check out the trailer below:

'Don Jon' Film Review

Joseph Gordon Levitt's director-writer-actor debut came as 'Don Jon, a movie about how sex and addition affect relationships.


'Jon' (Joseph Gordon Levitt) prefers porn to real sex. On his first encounter with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), Jon sees her as his next conquest. When he finds out she's in it for the long haul and wants to meet his friends and family, he holds out and does what she wants, but satisfies himself with porn, even when they're together. What will happen when Barbara discovers his porn addiction?

Sunday, 15 December 2013

'Sins of Jezebel' by TOMAAS

 

This stunning fashion editorial by TOMAAS, featuring model Lilya Polokhova, mixes art and photography, with a fragmentation and coloration that emphasises beauty in a different way.

There is a regality in the imagery, despite the effects of ruin with the dripping paint work/illustration, offering an imaginative dialectic.

Check out more images from the spread below:



Britney Spears 'Britney Jean' Deluxe Edition Album Review

As Spears' eighth studio album, 'Britney Jean' is reportedly Britney's most personal album to date and also an album she has been most involved with, having co-wrote each track that is on the record.


~~~TRACKLIST~~~
The new album features ten tracks and four bonus tracks:

1. Alien 3.5/5
2. Work Bitch 4/5
3. Perfume 5/5
4. It Should Be Easy (ft. will.I.am) 4/5
5. Tik Tik Boom (ft. T.I.) 3/5
6. Body Ache 3/5
7. Till Its Gone 3.5/5
8. Passenger 4/5
9. Chillin' With You (ft. Jamie Lynn) 2.5/5
10. Don't Cry 3.5/5

Deluxe:
11. Brightest Morning Star 4/5
12. Hold on Tight 3.5/5
13. Now That I Found You 2.5/5
14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)

'Britney Jean' opens with 'Alien', an average track but is reminiscent of her past sounds of 'Circus' and 'Femme Fatale'.


Lead single 'Work Bitch' gives off 'Don't Keep me Waiting' vibes from previous album 'Femme Fatale' and works successfully in a similar vein to Circus' lead track 'Womanizer', but failed to hit the mark on the charts, peaking at No 12 in the US.

Second single 'Perfume' which is arguably her best track on the record, features a softer beat but a ridiculously catchy hook and chorus.

Kelly Clarkson 'Wrapped In Red' Christmas Album Deluxe Edition Review

Who can believe it's already been two years since her last album 'Stronger'? But Clarkson does not disappoint, by releasing a very special holiday album titled 'Wrapped in Red', just in time for Christmas.


With a combination of original tracks and classics as well as covers, Clarkson's uniquely stunning voice captures the mood in a sublime way, while injecting a sense of her pop style.

~~~TRACKLIST~~~
1. Wrapped In Red
2. Underneath The Tree
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Run Run Rudolph
5. Please Come Home For Christmas
6. Every Christmas
7. Blue Christmas
8. Baby It's Cold Outside
9. Winter Dreams
10. White Christmas
11. My Favourite Things
12. 4 Carats
13. Just For Now
14. Silent Night



Deluxe Tracks:

15. I'll Be Home for Christmas
16. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel

Of her original tracks, 'Wrapped In Red' opens the album in style as a mix of pop catchiness and festive cheer. Though following a typical holiday tune formula, Clarkson makes it work wonders and showcases her immaculate voice. '4 Carats' is an upbeat track with some tongue and cheek which Clarkson has a lot of fun with.

'The Impossible' Film Review

Based on a true story, 'The Impossible' tells of a family's chaotic struggle after the 2004 East Asia tsunami.


Henry (Ewan McGregor), Maria (Naomi Watts) and their three boys go on holiday to Thailand for Christmas, but get swept up in a catastrophic tsunami. Initially separated, Maria finds her eldest son Lucas, but with the others nowhere to the seen, the two attempt to make their way to safety before trying to find their family. But with Maria's injuries getting more and more severe, her life hands by a thread. 


Will Henry and his two young sons be able to reunite with Maria in time? 

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Film Trailer Preview

A teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Nolan film 'Interstellar' has been released.


Featuring a voiceover by Matthew McConaughey, snippets of historial footage showing man's great achievements at reaching space are cut with shots from the movie. Though the plot is still relatively unknown, it is said to feature wormholes and alternative dimensions (hopefully more mindfuckery) lol.

With an all star cast that includes McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine and Topher Grace, this is going to be one hell of a movie to look out for.

The movie will be released next November. Check out the teaser below and the full trailer/posters after the jump:


'Edge of Tomorrow' Film Trailer Preview

Tom Cruise stars as a soldier in upcoming action movie 'Edge of Tomorrow' opposite Emily Blunt.


The movie sees Cruise fight aliens but repeatedly dying and reliving the last day of battle in some weird time loop. Directed by Doug Liman (of The Bourne Identity), the movie definitely captures some of that style. It seems like an interested premise, albeit done before, but we'll see how this one pans out.

The film will be released next June. Check out the trailer below:

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

'Godzilla' 2014 Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to the upcoming Godzilla remake has been released.


Starring Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston, the movie thrives on beautiful effects and explosive destruction as a smoky silhouette of Godzilla is vaguely seen wrecking havoc in America. 

Godzilla will be released in May 2014. Check out the trailer below:


'Jupiter Ascending' Film Trailer Preview

Despite their last film 'Cloud Atlas' being totally underrated, the Wachowskis return with 'Jupiter Ascending', a sci fi action romance 'epic' starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.


Jupiter, a Russian immigrant, played by Mila Kunis, is transported from a world of toilet cleaning to literally outer space, where she discovers she could be next in line to the throne.

Also stars Channing Tatum, James D'Arcy, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth and Doona Bae.

The movie debuts in July 2014. Check out the trailer below:

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Khopoli House by SPASM Design Architects


Located in India, the Khopoli House by SPASM Design Architects is a beautiful display of concrete usage in architecture. Responding to the context of the basalt outcrop, mixing basalt in the cement mixture gives the concrete a dull grey colour.

The large rectilinear forms manifest at different scales, forming stunning details such as the stairs, wall cladding and floors. 

Check out more images below:


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Wonderland Part II by Kirsty Mitchell


Kirsty Mitchell's ongoing photography project titled 'Wonderland' just received an infusion of exposure after a new set of photographs were released. The elaborate costumes and dramatic composition give these shots a real dialogue and narrative.

See my previous post on the project here. Check out the rest of the shots below:


Emergent Behavious by Thomas Jackson


Photographer Thomas Jackson has created this series of stunning images which sees ordinary objects suspended in nature to form patterns of emergent behaviour which he describes below:


"The hovering installations featured in this ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, "emergent" systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the installations from unexpected materials and placing them where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things. "


Exploring and developing his methodology, the items are now suspended using transparent lines which can barely be seen, reducing the use of post production.


Check out more images from this project below:



'The Amazing Spider Man 2' Film Trailer Preview

Andrew Garfield returns in the sequel to 'The Amazing Spider Man'.


Spider Man faces a new foe Electro and with the return of old friend Harry Osborn, secrets of Oscorp and Aunt May unravels. Will Peter Parker be able to handle it? How will his relationship with Gwen suffer?

The film will be released in May 2014. Check out the trailer below:

Allison Harvard for Graphics Metropolis


Allison appears for Graphics Metropolis in this series of natural but quirky close ups, where her distinct features are beautifully photographed. 

Check out more shots below:


Allison Harvard by Gee Plamenco


Allison Harvard appears in a stunning new shoot by Glee Plamenco. The clothes and styling are perfect for Allison, who offer quirk and originality. The doe eyed beauty recently stars in Mega Fashion Crew Reloaded, a fashion show in the Philippines.

Check out more images below:


Monday, 2 December 2013

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Film Review

The highly anticipated sequel to 'The Hunger Games' finally hit cinemas last week and I was one of the eager ones to catch it over the weekend.



After winning the 74th Hunger Games and inadvertently defying The Capitol with their berry fiasco, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embark on their victory tour across all twelve districts. Seeing Katniss as a beacon of hope, riots start to occur and the pair are threatened by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to put on a good show to appease the districts, proving that their act of defiance in the arena was no more than a display for love for one another.


Despite all efforts, violence increases in the districts and President Snow has no choice but to eliminate the source of hope: Katniss.

Ever 25 years, there is a special games called the 'Quarter Quell', where a new rule/theme is drawn. As the reaping for the 75th Hunger Games draws near, the announcement that the reaping will be drawn from the existing pool of victors in each district shocks everyone.

Will Katniss be able to save herself and the ones she loves in a games like no other?

Saturday, 16 November 2013

America's Next Top Model Cycle 20 Episode 16 (Finale Part 2) Recap

So last week we were left hanging as to which model would be eliminated just before runway... is Cory! So Jourdan and Marvin will be walking to the death in this stunning fashion show. 


The show starts with their fashion film that they shot last week (notice how amazing Nina looks!!) before Laura opens the show. 



Jourdan is phenomenal in Tex Saverio and definitely wows the crowd in her first look but on her way back a tiny stumble could risk her chances of winning. Her face does look more worried than confident and a lack of smize at the end makes it less strong.


Marvin has that weird smirk on his face throughout and just annoys me. Nina looked great as well. :3


After the runway show, the two get shot by Tyra in a simple shoot, both of which did well in.

And now for final panel, the judges loved Jourdan on the runway and Kelly is definitely floored by her performance. Noone on that runway could compare to her.  

Comparing their photos, they picked many of Jourdan's best shots and comparing to Marvin, she obviously did so much better. I think it is pretty obvious that Jourdan should win and has a stronger performance overall, but for all you know, Tyra would crown a guy just because this is Cycle 20, but given there is a Cycle 21, a guy/girl could win in that one too. So, if a guy wins here I think a girl will win 21 and vice versa.

So, America's Next Top Model is... 

Friday, 15 November 2013

'Heaven Is For Real' Film Trailer Preview

Based on the Christian book by Todd Burpo, 'Heaven Is For Real' tells of the true story of a kid's experience of Heaven.


After a near death experience, Colton claims to have been to Heaven and back, accounting things that he had not been told about his family which stuns his parents. No doubt this film will be powerful in recounting the Burpo's amazing story and get people talking about it again.

Appropriately released in time for Easter, April 2014. Check out the trailer below:

'Noah' Film Trailer Preview

Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky's latest film 'Noah' has just debuted its first full trailer. 


The biblical adaptation sees Russell Crowe play the title role in a highly dramatised movie, where visions of an apocalyptic flood prompts Noah to save himself and his family.

Also stars Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth and Emma Watson.

The film will be released in March 2014. Check out the trailer below:

Thursday, 14 November 2013

'Gravity' Film Review

In production since 2010, the highly anticipated film by director Alfonso Cuaron finally hit screens in the UK last weekend and wow, was it spectacular.



Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer embarks on her first space mission with veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), an astronaut on his last expedition. Just as Kowalski undergoes his final spacewalk, news of stray debris from a Russian missile strike on a derelict satellite prompts the team to abort the mission.



Debris strikes their shuttle explorer and detaches Dr Stone, sending her drifting into space. Kowalski manages to reach Stone and the two discover they are the sole survivors of the crash. Tethered only to each other and with no communication with Mission Control, the two fight for their lives in the hostile and cold outer space.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Disney's 'Maleficent' Film Trailer Preview

News of Disney's 'Maleficent' project surfaced for years, but finally we have a teaser trailer. 


Starring Angelina Jolie as the antagonist of 'Snow White' and Elle Fanning as SW, the teaser shows the dark side of the fairy tale in the same style as Alice in Wonderland, Oz The Great and Powerful and Snow White and the Huntsman.

The movie will be released in May 2014. Check out the trailer below:

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