Saturday, 27 April 2013

'Anna Karenina' Film Review

Director Joe Wright reunites with muse Keira Knightley for the third time (previously in Pride and Prejudice, and Atonement) in yet another costume drama. Based on the Tolstoy novel of the same name, Keira Knightley stars as the titular character, who enters into a tragic love affair with count Vronsky in 19th Century Russia high society.


Nominated for four Academy Awards, Joe Wright's take on the movie was risky. Set in a dilapidated theatre in London, the artistic move made the movie feel overall claustrophobic, but certain sequences executed an exciting choreography of dynamism and cleverness that made it work.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Berlin Street Art Photography



I was amazed at the amount and quality of street art in Berlin. It was definitely a highlight of the trip. Whilst many of the large pieces were commissioned during street art festivals, there are many well known artists who tag and graffiti. They are not only full of humour, but expressive and some are quite thought provoking given the context.

Some of the work here are by Jimmy C, JUST, Banksy, El Bocho, Vhils, Victor Ash, Blu and Roa.

Check out lots more images below:


Berlin Photography



Here are some of the best shots from my trip to Berlin, mostly of architecture. My shots focused on building facade, material and pattern. 

Buildings here include The Reichstag, Brandenberg Gate, Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Peter Eisenmann's Memorial, Postdamer Platz, Sony Center, Berlin Philharmonica and more.

Check out lots more photos below:


My Trip to Berlin 2013


Got back from Berlin last night from an architecture trip and overall it was good. Berlin was not as modern as I thought it would/should be and it still has a subdued quality to it overall. There are a series of developments taking place in the city and some contemporary architecture already but kind of sprawled here and there. 

I was also surprised how well everyone spoke English and did not really get to practise my German :( boo! And also kind of surprised of the lack of food that Berlin is known for- seriously cannot only be Currywurst?

'Thor: Dark World' Film Trailer Preview

The sequel to Thor has released its first trailer ahead of the Iron Man 3 movie.


Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the titular character Thor, who "must battle a race of dark elves who threaten to return the world to darkness after the events of The Avengers."imdb

Also stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo and Stellan Skarsgard. 


Thor: Dark World will be out in November. Check out the trailer below:

Thursday, 18 April 2013

'The Lone Ranger' Film Trailer Preview

From Disney and the crew that brought us Pirates of the Caribbean come a brand new story set in the West. 


'The Lone Ranger' sees Depp play a Native American warrior who teams up with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law as they seek justice in the West. The film reunites Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter and looks to be an engrossing, funny and action packed adventure with lots of style.

The movie will be out in July. Check out the trailer below:

Duality Dreamscapes by Jeremy Miranda


Artist Jeremy Miranda creates mesmerising dreamscapes using acrylic paint. With water as a divisive line, Miranda creates a duality of contrasting worlds, just a ladder climb away. It is interesting and surreal but a beautiful execution and appropriate use of medium.

Check out more images below:


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

'Man of Steel' Film Trailer Preview

OK so I admit to trying to avoid this, but there really is no other way to anymore. The latest trailer to Zack Snyder's Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' is looking awesome.


Produced by The Dark Knight trilogy's Christopher Nolan, the dark tones and the symbolism in the movie elevates it to another level. Starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Christopher Meloni, it will be the first of (surely) many in the new superman franchise.

The movie will be released June 14th. Check out the trailer below:

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Robert Downey Jr in GQ Magazine (May 2013)


Robert Downey Jr covers the May edition of GQ magazine ahead of the release of the highly anticipated Iron Man 3, ensuring that the year following the release of the phenomenal Avengers movie won't be without a Marvel superhero box office smash.

Wearing leather in a playful photo shoot, Downey Jr talks of his rough journey to stardom and is potentially going to reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes in another sequel as well as starring in the next Avengers movie.

Check out more images below:



Monday, 15 April 2013

Carey Mulligan in Vogue Magazine (May 2013)


Photographed by Mario Testino, Carey Mulligan covers the May issue of US Vogue Magazine. Starring in 'The Great Gatsby' as Daisy Buchanen opposite Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire, the shoot is themed on her character and sees the Brit actress wear Miu Miu , Chanel, Oscar de la renta, Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen and Dior.

The Great Gatsby will be out in May. Check out more images below:



Thursday, 11 April 2013

Google Street View Hyperlapse by Teehan+Lax

The guys at Teehan+Lax have released this awesome cool hyperlapse video using Google Street View and their own developed tool which allows you to do just the same.


Sweeping across America, the video takes you on a beautiful and cinematic journey of lines and activity, you can see the dissolution of clouds, airplanes flying by, soaring skyscrapers, low lakes... This video definitely made me go WOW, and captures the huge opportunity that Street View provides both for function and for pleasure. 

Check out the stunning video below:

'Elysium' Film Trailer Preview

Set in 1954 where the wealthy live on Elysium and the rest of us on Earth, the harsh divide brings great tension between the 'perfect' people and the sick, poor and needy people.


Matt Damon plays Max, an ordinary person who will risk his life to not only save himself, but potentially all the other people with him.

The film will be released in August. Here's a trailer for the film below:

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Paramore 'Still Into You' Music Video

The music video for Paramore's second single 'Still Into You' has been released.


The band is seen to have a lot of fun with balloons, bicycles, ballet dancers, cake and fireworks, which is fitting for the upbeat and quirky track. Hayley Williams sports an original look of orange pink hair and crazy yellow tights.

Paramore's NEW album is officially out NOW. Check out the music video below:

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Avril Lavigne 'Here's To Never Growing Up'

Avril Lavigne has just debuted her single from upcoming untitled fifth album.


'Here's to Never growing Up' is a shouty guitar based track which grabs you from the first listen. Whilst it isn't the more 'grown up' sound that fans expected, those who stuck with the Canadian star will love the track which has an acoustic vibe, much like 'Complicated', until the angsty chorus.

Check out the song below and read about the new album here:

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Tape Installations by Monika Grzymala

 

Monika Grzymala creates exciting tape installations using black tape which seems to sprawl in white rooms, usually interacting with columns. The Polish artist uses miles and miles of tape and sketches her work in the venue and develops into the final piece.

Check out more images below:



Saturday, 6 April 2013

'What to Expect when you're Expecting' Film Review

From the New York Times best selling book of the same name comes a movie adaptation dusted with Hollywood stars, a sprinkle of humour and the texture of cardboard.


The film revolves around couples with intertwining lives all of which experience pregnancy in some way- trying, adoption, miscarriage, preparation and so on, covering almost all grounds on the topic. 

'ATM' Film Review

From the writer of 'Buried' comes another claustrophobe-thriller titled ATM, where three co-workers on the way home from an office party gets trapped in an ATM vestibule and is threatened by a hooded man. 


Starring Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve and Josh Peck, the low budget film had real potential to flourish. We know writer Chris Sparling is capable of tension from what we've seen in 'Buried' but perhaps all his creative energies have been used up. What we see here is a good attempt, but lackluster acting, poor script and a failure to engage the audience render this offering uninspiringly dull.

'Gambit' Film Review

An art curator Harry (Colin Firth) plots to take revenge on his abusive boss Lionel (Alan Rickman) by tricking him into buying a fake Monet, enlisting the help of PJ Puznowski (Cameron Diaz), an unpredictably eccentric Texas Rodeo Queen.


Whilst Harry's plan is simple, the execution meets plenty of complications, especially when Lionel is infatuated with PJ. 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Paramore 'Paramore' Album Review

Since their last album Brand New Eyes, released four years ago in 2009, the band lost two of their members and underwent a period of soul-searching. Staying strong as a three-piece, Paramore's fourth album is appropriately self-titled, an opportunity for the band to redefine their sound and identity.



~~~TRACKLIST~~~

1 Fast In My Car 4/5
The leading track to the album is an upbeat and exciting track that is catchy and perfect for blasting in the car. Towards the end there is a long interlude which is nice before a repeated chorus. 

2 Now 4/5

Lead single 'Now' is a good musical and stylistic transition from previous album Brand New Eyes. It is pretty slick and fluid from beginning to end, making this easy to listen to and catch onto.

[WATCH THE NOW MUSIC VIDEO HERE]

3 Grow Up 3/5

Starting off shouty, the song eases off onto a harmonic chorus which starts with 'Some of us have to grow up some times'... The highlight of the track is probably the instrumental ending.

4 Daydreaming 4/5

'Daydreaming' is a softer but beaty track which existing Paramore fans will love, has great build up towards the end.

5 interlude: Moving On 3/5
A fun little interlude with a old classic vibe, clearly shows the band's inspirations.

6 Ain’t It Fun 3.5/5

...which flows smoothly into this track, a modern and upbeat track with pop-rock sounds and shouty beats. The song has a real anthemic build up, but risks being over-long.

7 Part II 5/5

This is Part II of their previous song 'Let the Flames Begin' and I have to say, this totally blows me away. The shouty rock track beautifully adapts and develops the sound musically and lyrically, making it one of my favourites so far and a major stand-out. Single material.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Keira Knightley in Marie Claire UK (May 2013)


Keira Knightley covers the May edition of Marie Claire UK. Shot by Nathaniel Goldberg, the British actress  wear Valentino, Tom Ford, Gucci, Chanel and Balenciaga.

Engaged to Klaxon's James Righton, Knightley will have wedding planning to be getting up to as well as appearing alongside Mark Ruffalo in 'Can a Song Save Your Life' and Chris Pine in thriller 'Jack Ryan'. It will be a busy year for Knightley!

Check out more images below:


'War Horse' Film Review

Nominated for six Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is a moving tale of devotion between a young man and his horse.


When Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) offers an absurd amount out of pride  for a young horse at auction, upon bringing him home, Albert (Jeremy Irvine) immediately grows attached and trains the horse, named Joey, up to plough the farm.


But when war breaks out, Albert and Joey are separated, Albert vowing to find Joey and subsequently volunteers to the front line in order to be reunited with his lost horse.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Film Trailer Preview

The teaser trailer for the teaser trailer of Catching Fire has just been released, showing Katniss and Peeta holding hands as they embark on the victory tour.


Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson returns whilst Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright joins the cast.

The full teaser trailer will be released on April 14th, with the movie premiering this November. Check out the very very short look now:



THE FULL TEASER TRAILER:


It is spectacular OMG it doesn't give too much away but shows so much! This is a different angle to how I thought they would film it, with the focus being on the 75th games but wow... it makes it much more focussed on the message of the books themselves which works... :D CANT WAIT FOR NOV!!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

'Deadfall' Film Review

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I thought it would be quite a typical- but exciting- thriller, but this movie definitely beat my expectations and turned out to be something altogether quite different!

 

Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are inseparable siblings on the run after robbing a casino. After a car accident, the two decide to split up and reunite at the Canadian border. Liza meets Jay (Charlie Hunnam), who gives her a ride on his way to his parents' home for thanksgiving. 



Upon arrival, Addison is already present, holding Jay's parents hostage. Tensions collide as relationships intertwine and Liza has to make a tough decision.

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