Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Paramore 'Anklebiters' Official Music Video

The video to Paramore's latest single 'Anklebiters' off their self titled album has been released.


A fully animated video sees some weird creatures wearing black boots being chased by snappy black pac-man like things which I assume are the 'anklebiters'... a fun quirky offering of lines, patterns and mazes.

I have absolutely no idea what it is about but I don't think that matters... it is fun to watch and keeps you hooked.

Check out the music video below:

Sunday, 23 June 2013

'The Tree of Life' Film Review

Winning the Cannes Palme d'Or and nominated for three Academy Awards, as well as recommendations from friends, 'The Tree of Life' was an attractive choice for a family viewing one evening. How wrong was I!


The movie opens with a mysterious flickering light or flame with a narration from Mrs O'Brien (Jessica Chastain about choosing a path of nature or grace, before following the story of the O'Briens. Jack (Sean Penn), the eldest son, recalls events of his childhood, especially the tussles between him and his aggressive father (Brad Pitt). 

Allison Harvard for Harper's Bazaar Vietnam (June 2013)

 

Shot by Thien La, Allison has obtained a spread in Harper's Bazaar Vietnam, Harvard's first major fashion magazine work. She is quirky and beautiful in the images with a selective colour effect which showcases the outfits well, but is a little strange for me. 

Just very happy she is improving and getting jobs, proving to be popular in South East Asia after her work with Michael Cinco for his Impalpable fragrance

Check out more images below: 



Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Apprentice Season 9 Episode 8 Recap

This is going to be a short recap, had a busy week and despite having watched the episode on Thursday, didn't manage to write up the recap till now.

So this week was an exciting week as the two teams design their own internet dating website. Jason heads up Team Evolve, who decide to focus on the over 50s demographic. Following their focus group's suggestions entirely, they call their site 'Friendship and Flowers'.



Team Endeavour chooses Jordan over Alex (who has never been PM yet) and they go for the young professionals demographic. Calling their site Cufflinks, the masculine sounding site has a boring red backdrop.

During their logo design, Luisa is annoyed at Jason's lack of decisiveness and badgers him to make a decision. Taking over 45 minutes to select a colour scheme, they are two hours late for their website design and do not manage to complete it.

In the evening, Luisa suggests that Jason step down as PM and that she should take over. The rest of the team agree... and it is an Apprentice first that this happens... Will Jason's courageous move show guts or just stupidity and weakness? 

For their advert, Evolve goes for a classic, calm and somewhat boring advert showing two elderlies in romantic settings. Team Endeavour go for the opposite approach of cheese and memorability- equipping Alex as the dodgy perv date you DON'T WANT. 



At the panel, Endeavour was criticised for their lack of consistency between the advert and the website, whilst Evolve was critiqued for their boring campaign which was funeral-like.

In the boardroom, Lord Sugar decides that Endeavour had the better campaign and wins the task and is unsure what to do with Team Evolve's two PMs. Both Jason and Luisa will be in the boardroom and Jason decides to bring back Francesca, despite Luisa wanting Neil in the boardroom.

Man of Steel Film Review

I have finally seen the long awaited superman reboot Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by The Dark Knight trilogy's Christopher Nolan.


The movie opens with the dramatic sequence of the destruction of Krypton, a planet suffering from the exacerbation of natural resource exploitation. Stealing the ancient Krypton artifact called the Codex, Jor-El (Russell Crowe), in order to save his newborn son and the Krypton race, sends Kal-El to Earth. He is met by opposition from General Zod (Michael Shannon), who wishes to use the Codex to create a new Krypton and because of his treason, is banished into space just as Krypton is destroyed.


As a child, Clark Kent questions his identity and superhuman powers, bullied and feels like an outcast. Growing up, he uses his powers for good, but drawing too much attention to himself, is told by his Earth father Jonathan (Kevin Costner) to lay low as he does not believe the people of Earth are ready for his reveal yet. All grown up, Clark (Henry Cavill) goes on a quest to find out his past and his people, and meets journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams), who he confides in.

General Zod finds Clark on Earth, wishing to retrieve the Codex and transform Earth into a new Krypton. Clark must decide which side he will be on and risks being an outcast if he was to reveal his identity.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Apprentice Season 9 Episode 7 Recap

This week on the Apprentice the two teams are going to be selling caravan and camping accessories. 

Kurt puts himself forward as PM having been in a caravan as a kid met against Alex, but is ultimately chosen.  Neil puts himself for PM and gets it straight away. 

With four camping accessory products to pick from, the two team picks the same two: camping box for kids and an electric bike, but with Miles being overenthusiastic and Natalie/Leah pushing on sales figures, they lose both items to the other team, being left with a folding canopy chair and a roofbox boat.



For their high ticket item, Neil picks the foldable caravan based on figures whilst Kurt pick the retro caravan based on personal taste.

On the day of the sales, Luisa manages to sell the items like hot cakes with her charm. Things go slowly for Miles and Kurt who are selling the caravans with their wooden personas and unenthusiastic approach. On the other team, Jason plays it cool with the elderly and really made an impression- and even managed to sell one!



Kurt decides to bring Leah over in the last hour as a bit of eye candy, and she is closest to securing a sale.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

'Byzantium' Film Review

Mother daughter duo Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) have a secret. They are both 200 year old vampires on the run from the dark brotherhood, whose gift Clara had stolen in order to save herself and her daughter.


When she is discovered, Clara and Eleanor flee to a coastal resort town in hopes of starting a new life. With local Noel (Daniel Mays) under her spell, Clara opens a brothel in his run down hotel Byzantium. But when Eleanor falls for Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), she is torn between keeping her mother's code of secrecy which has kept her alive and the love which she beckons to feel from another. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to part 2 of The Hobbit trilogy has been released.



Directly following the events of 'An Unexpected Journey', 'The Desolation of Smaug' sees Bilbo and the dwarves confront the dragon Smaug and recover the dwarves' gold and their home. 


A prominent feature in this trailer was Legolas (Orlando Bloom) who makes a return from his appearance in the LOTR Trilogy and also a female elf Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly. 


The movie will be released on December 13th. Check out the trailer below:

Friday, 7 June 2013

Fireflies in the Forest by Yume Cyan


A stunning set of photos by Yume Cyan, of fireflies in the forest. Using long exposure and a low aperture, the spark of the lightning bugs and their trails form low glows, creating magical displays which are fantastical and almost unreal. Absolutely stunning!

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The Apprentice Season 9 Episode 6 Recap

Sorry for the late recap again, but was busy on Wednesday night and only just caught up with this week's Apprentice!! So, the two teams are preparing away days for big clients, one for lastminute.com and the other for top management at Barclays, each paying £5000 for the day.

Francesca and Leah are given the roles of PM by Lord Alan Sugar. Leah imposes her power and decides on a medieval theme despite the majority of her team wanting a school theme, whilst on the other team, Francesca quickly decides on a back to school theme as well as wine tasting and chocolate making for activities.

Luisa undermines Francesca by rejecting the chocolate maker in favour of a cupcake decorating activity run by herself, whilst Rebecca and Jason are to blag the wine tasting sesh. Deciding on archery as a firmed activity, Leah struggles to find other activities and is coerced into allowing sumo suits to be bought, much to her disgust.


On the day, Leah's army theme was more coherent with Alex as 'kernel', whilst Miles and Neil drove the business side of the day when rain strikes and dents Leah's plan of archery. Whilst Francesca's day went according to plan, the lack of a focus (despite poor attempts at blagging it with the wine tasting and the creative cupcake decorating) resulted in a poor response from the client. That said, the highlight of their day was probably their £600 motivational speaker. On the other team, Neil took on this task.

In the boardroom, Leah's team was criticised for their medieval theme and Leah not listening to her team as well as their use of sumo suits and a lack of a rainy day plan, whilst the other team was criticised for a lack of focus and overspending. In the end, Francesca loses by £500 and will bring Rebecca and Luisa back into the boardroom. 

'Star Trek Into Darkness' Film Review

Having been unimpressed with the first Star Trek, the trailer for it was definitely more exciting.


Kirk (Chris Pine), now captain of the Enterprise explores an alien planet Nibiru, but breaks protocol in order to save Spock's (Zachary Quinto) life, losing his position. But when a terrorist named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) destroys the Starfleet archive and kills Pike during a Starfleet meeting, Kirk regains the Enterprise in order to destroy Khan and avenge his mentor, whilst attempting to prevent war with the Klingon race.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

'Runner Runner' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to upcoming gambling movie 'Runner Runner' has been released.


Justin Timberlake plays a Princeton student Richie, who gambles to obtain his tuition money. But when he is cheated in a game and loses it all, he discovers that the site is hosted on a Puerto Rican island and goes to pursue its owner Ivan played by Ben Affleck, only to be lured into becoming his protoge.

But tension increases between the pair as the FBI tries to use Richie to bring Ivan down. Will he succumb to the temptation of money, women and the high life? Or will he seek to obtain justice from the man who took it all from him?

Also stars Gemma Arterton, Nashville's Sam Palladio and Anthony Mackie. The movie will be released in September. Check out the trailer below:

Taylor Swift 'Everything Has Changed' Official Music Video

The official music video for Taylor Swift's new single 'Everything has Changed' ft. Ed Sheeran, off her album RED has been released. 

Two children who look like the singers are featured in the video: a sweet love story between the two as they embark on another day at school- (why the teachers don't do anything about them doing their own thing is beyond me) but it makes for an amazing video- one of Swift's best yet.


And as the day finishes, there is a great surprise, as one of the kids belong to Swift and the other Sheeran. Cute. 

Check out the music video below:

Saturday, 1 June 2013

'Closed Circuit' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to upcoming crime thriller 'Closed Circuit' has been released.


Starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as defense lawyers investigating a bombing in London, the thriller sees the two, who are ex-lovers avoid danger as their every move is being watched. 

From the producers of 'Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy', this looks to be quite an exciting film- let's hope it's less confusing! Also stars Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent.

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

The First Cut Paper Exhibition at Lakeside Art Gallery

I went to the Lakeside Art Gallery for it's paper exhibition titled 'The First Cut' with little expectation but came out extremely satisfied. Having been interested in paper cut art for a while, I didn't expect to see work from such high profile artists, at least not here in Nottingham!



It was great to see the infamous Peter Callesen skeleton paper cut in real life and it was much smaller and more intricate than the images you see. His other works on display were unfortunately not as exciting, but I'm glad that his most famous piece (arguably) was on display. 
[SEE MORE PETER CALLESEN HERE]

Rob Ryan, famous for his large scale intricate paper cuts had a large three metre framed piece. 


Internationally renowned Su Blackwell who has exhibited worldwide and created high end shop windows had several of her book cuts on display. 
[SEE MORE SU BLACKWELL HERE] 


The suspended paper dresses by Violise Lunn was one of the highlights for me. 


Other artists included Andy Singleton, Mia Pearlman, James Aldridge, Andreas Kocks, Justine Smith and Yuken Teruya. 

The exhibition is on until 9th of June- go and check it out!!

See more images below:

 Andrea Dezso

Exploding Light bulbs by Jon Smith

 

Photograher Jon Smith explores high speed photography through photographing exploding light bulbs, but adds an extremely visual and dynamic element by filling it with objects such as sand, feathers and coloured balls. 

The results are extraordinary and I extremely like the shots which sees the paint-dipped light bulb exploding with colour, incorporating another layer and medium to the whole shot.

Check out more images below:


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