Thursday, 31 July 2014

'Into The Woods' Film Trailer Preview

A highly anticipated Disney adventure 'Into The Woods' gets its first trailer, appearing to draw on 'Once Upon a Time' and other modern day fairy tale adaptations.

With a massive cast starring Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and James Corden, this looks to be a rather extravagant story which sees a witch played by Streep interacting with other fairy tale characters such as Jack (and the Beanstalk), Red and Cinderella.

The movie will be due out Christmas. Check out the trailer below:

'Begin Again' Film Review

Struggling music executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo) discovers young musician Gretta (Keira Knightley) at a bar on a drinking binge and is determined to sign her, despite her objections to compromising her artistry for fame and fortune.

When the two open up about themselves to each other, they decide to collaborate on a special album, an ode to New York and creates something truly special, even life changing.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Paper Microbes by Rogan Brown

I previously blogged about Rogan Brown's biological paper cuts, and now he has completed a new series of intricately cut paper microbes. Similar to the small scale works of Klari Reis' The Daily Dish, the lack of colour draws focus to light and dark and draws very much from Brown's previous larger scale pieces.

Check out more images below:

Intricate Chinese Rice Paper Cuts by Bovey Lee


For the past 10 years, Chinese artist Bovey Lee creates wonderfully intricate paper cuts on a single piece of Chinese rice paper, exploring a range of themes.

He says: "My narrative-based cut paper explores the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice, and survival. These three “motivators,” as I call them, drive all our desires and behaviors toward one another and the environment. We live in a time when we overdo everything from technology to urbanization to consumption. My recent work is informed by our precarious relationship with nature in the twenty-first century, i.e., what we do to the environment with our super machines and technologies and what nature does back to us in reaction."

Check out more images below:

'The Call' Film Review

911 Operator Jourdan Turner (Halle Berry) makes an unfocused decision, resulting in the death of a young girl. 6 months later, when Jourdan receives a call from Casey (Abigail Breslin), who has just been abducted, she fights to ensure the past doesn't repeat itself.

Monday, 28 July 2014

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Film Trailer Preview

Previously titled 'There and Back Again' (much preferred), the final chapter to 'The Hobbit' saga has a full length trailer!

The new name conveys the Lord of the Rings-esque battle sequence which will no doubt conclude the movie in a truly huge way. Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves must enlist the help of the elves in order to triumph over the dark forces.

The movie will be out by Christmas. Check out the trailer below:

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Film Trailer Preview

Despite several propaganda teasers from President Snow recently, a longer teaser from District 13 has been released, showing Katniss after the events of 'Catching Fire'.

With an all star cast, the fight between the districts and the Capitol begins in part 1 of Mockingjay. Just how they tie this up and flow into the fourth movie we'll have to wait and see. The full length trailer of the hottest franchise of recent years will be even more anticipated.

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



Check out the first full trailer to Mockingjay Part I:

Thursday, 24 July 2014

'Non-Stop' Film Review

Air marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is threatened on a transatlantic flight with text messages instructing him to arrange for $150 million to be transferred to an offshore account or someone on the flight will die. With everyone on board a suspect, Bill must be careful in who he trusts.

The film was quick to set up and put in place suspects that you watch carefully as the film pans out. The first thing to notice is the presentation of technology and the text messages that give it a strong visual style. Tension grips you right from the start and the claustrophobia of the plane is portrayed effectively.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

'The Other Woman' Film Review

Carly (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has a wife when she shows up at his house to surprise him. Just as she is about to forget about the whole thing, Mark's wife Kate (Leslie Mann) show up at her office and the two begin a very unlikely friendship.

Slow starting, a third of the movie chronicles the beginning of Carly and Kate's friendship, and isn't until when they start plotting their revenge that the movie picks up pace. With a predictable ending, the thrill is getting to that point, but 'The Other Woman' fails to induce laughs in a natural way. Scenarios are forced and some of the jokes are cringe-worthy. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

'The Imitation Game' Film Trailer Preview

The first trailer to 'The Imitation Game', based on a true story of Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma Code during WWII has been released.

Co-starring Keira Knightley and Mark Strong, the movie looks to be dramatic and quite intense. With a good cast, this could be getting some award attention! 

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

Saturday, 19 July 2014

'Laggies' Film Trailer Preview

The first trailer for the upcoming comedy starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell has arrived.

'Laggies' tells the tale of a woman (Knightley) who is stuck in adolescence and hides out with her new found teen friend (Moretz) when she is proposed to, and is forced to grow up before long.

The film is released in October. Check out the trailer below: 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

'Wild' Film Trailer Preview

From the director of Dallas Buyers Club comes another Oscar Bait Film, called 'Wild'.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, 'Wild' is a 'chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.' The trailer seems quite intense and will no doubt gain Witherspoon some traction for another best actress Oscar, as will 'The Good Lie'.

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

Friday, 11 July 2014

Year 3 Project 3: Plastic Design Guild

Site: Skegness

Increasing beach litter is threatening the health and safety of beaches for humans and wildlife. The greatest amount of rubbish found are plastics, almost all of which are recyclable, but only 24% are currently being recycled.

With advancing technologies, waste materials such as plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets and plastic particles can be transformed back into useful materials such as polyester and nylon to be used in the fashion, textiles and manufacturing industry.

The programme features a regeneration process that will see the cycle of plastic bottles being transformed into a garment through the depolymerisation and repolymerisation process into useful threads subsequently used within the design studios.

The scheme aims to tackle the huge issue of coastal waste whilst injecting inspiration and culture to the area through fashion shows and exhibitions. The economic benefits from the programme will also reinforce aspiration by providing skilled to semi-skilled employment throughout the year.

Products that are worn out or broken can be returned to be recycled and re-enters the production process to form new products.

The architecture will be inspired structurally by tensile systems and fabric architecture, expressed through a dynamic roof design that interweaves public and private space.

Year 3 Project 2: Seafront Recycling Hub

Site: Skegness

My intervention is a direct response to the observed litter problem in Skegness, which features Blue Flag Award winning beaches for cleanliness.

The Seafront Recycling Hub aims to provide a centre for beach cleaning activities to be organised and executed, as well as an inviting and functional place for volunteers. The storage of recyclable goods will be the focus of the design, in creating an element of display that will raise awareness.

The project takes a materials based approach to design. From the initial developmental models, the use of concrete to house the rubbish was desirable due to its structural strength and sculptural quality.

Exploration into concrete surface textures and how rubbish might be incorporated into its designed use was carried out, with a particular interest in translucent concrete. Using this material allows the contents of the vessels to be revealed as it fills up.

The functional zone of the building takes the form of an alternate volume, comprising of a different materiality- steel frame and poly-carbonate panels. The lightness and translucency of the structure creates the feeling of it being embedded within the concrete vessels. 

Year 3 Project 1: Multiview

Site: Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Coastal erosion, climate change and long shore drift exacerbate the conditions and increase flood risk. The human response to introduce flood defences all along the coast line are necessary  in order to protect the 75,000 properties at risk.

Unfortunately, the hard engineering and raised structures form a visual and physical barrier between the coastal towns and the seashore. The picturesque seascape is hidden and inaccessible.

My response to the site conditions is an exploration of the permeability of the sea wall, making improvements to the visual and physical access to the sea. As the only walking route in Lincolnshire is 'The Viking Way', my intervention manifests itself as a new walking route called 'The Great Lincolnshire Expedition', which seeks to create an experience for tourists and locals like throughout the year.

A prototype of a structure to be placed at Cleethorpes acts as a renewal of the promenade, providing gentle access across the sea wall. Influenced by groynes which run perpendicular to the sea wall, the structures will be made of timber. 

A development of this prototype will explore responsive systems and reactive technologies in order for the structure to adapt to climatic conditions such as tide levels, wind direction and solar power. 

Overall, the defined route is not prescriptive and gives users the opportunity to create their own routes from personal experience and preference.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

'Exodus' Film Trailer Preview

The first trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' has been released.

Starring Christian Bale, it tells the tale of Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt. The trailer selectively shows clips of drama, action and disaster, and much like Aronofsky's 'Noah', released earlier this year, does not reveal much about the religious back story. 

Will 'Exodus' be as divisive amongst critics as 'Noah'? We'll find out at the end of the year. Check out the trailer below:



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