Thursday, 31 December 2015

Taylor Swift 'Out of the Woods' Official Music Video

2015 was Taylor Swift's Year. Even Adele smashing her records cannot take away the fact that she fell in love, traveled the world on her world tour and has been nominated for 8 Grammys.

Ending the  year with a real BANG, Swift releases the video to 'Out of the Woods', presumably her last for '1989'. 


Taylor looks flawesome and dirty in the teaser image she released before tonight's premiere, which sees her bare herself in a woodland, mountain, sea, chased by wolves in what she calls one of her favourite tracks on the record, as it deals with the 'fragility' of relationships.

But beneath the CGI and Swift's dramatic expressions is a stunning metaphor through nature of her torrential relationship. 




The beginning of the video and metaphorically her relationship opens with a far-reaching expanse of the beach, you can see for miles... signifying peace and certainty, but as it progresses, she enters an uncertain woodland. 


It is at first still beautiful. High canopies, piercing rays of light, until she stumbles on brambles. She gets lost. There are so many directions this forest (and relationship) can take her. There are dangers, there are wolves. 


Maybe she gets scared, and she runs, but she only trips herself up. She might even get hurt. But she recovers, she gives it another chance, she believes. 


But as she enters new territories, new heights, time only passes for her to remember and question this relationship. And she jumps.




She realises this relationship can no longer continue and this causes great friction and destruction, and she's back to where she started, into the woods. But there's light at the end of the tunnel. The rain falls and washes all the dirt and pain away.



And in the end, she may have lost him, but she found herself, and somehow that was everything. Much like a forest fire, despite the destruction, spawns new life.

Check out the video below and additional screenshots after the jump:



'3 Days To Kill' Film Review


I wasn't going to review this but it was such a mess that I just had to. This may sound more like a rambling than anything, but on the eve of 2016, this is actually probably the worst movie I have seen this year (Oh wait, there was Keanu Reeves' 'Knock Knock', but that's a different story).


Imdb's synopsis sums up the movie pretty well: "A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment".What it doesn't tell you is just how much this father daughter relationship penetrates the story. 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Nyle Dimarco for VULKAN Magazine


Nyle Dimarco is featured in VULKAN Magazine Online. Shot by Balthier Corfi, who Dimarco has also worked with for The Fashionisto and OUT magazine, Nyle is shot in stunning black and white, very similar to the one he did with Tony Veloz for The Fashionisto and STARK. 

Since winning ANTM, Nyle has gained much popularity, being named one of Instagram's hottest males and more recently traveled to Asia for Oppo phones.

Check out the rest of the images below:


Lacey Rogers by Stephanie Parsley


Lacey Rogers looks stunning in a recent shoot by Stephanie Parsley, or rather she made this dress (by Michele Hebert) look stunning. Styled by Jessica Humerick.

Check out some more images below:


Ben Whishaw in Esquire Magazine (Nov 2015)


Ben Whishaw is featured in November's issue of Esquire Magazine. Having starred in a plethora of great movies this past year including 'Spectre', 'Suffragete', 'The Danish Girl', 'The Lobster' and 'In the Heart of the Sea', Whishaw is one of the most diverse British actors out there, and yet he retains a level of anonymity, focusing on the acting rather than the fame/celebdom.

More recently, he was seen in the divisive BBC thriller 'London Spy', and will move onto theater work in 2016. Whishaw's star is shining brighter than ever and we can't wait to see him take on more lead roles in the future.

Check out the rest of the spread below:


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Alicia Vikander covers Vogue US Magazine (Jan 2016)


Shot by David Sims, Alicia Vikander covers the January edition of US Vogue. The Swedish rising star is gaining a lot of attention for her recent role in 'The Danish Girl', and could very well be winning many of the awards next month. 

Vikander can next be seen in 'Tulip Fever' and 'The Light Between Oceans' to be released next year and is attached to star in the upcoming Bourne sequel.

Check out the rest of the spread below:

'The Danish Girl' Film Review

Another film that's garnered a lot of awards attention is 'The Danish Girl',  directed by Tom Hooper (Les Miserable, The King's Speech), which tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. 


Set in Copenhagen in the 1920s, landscape painter Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and portrait artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple, but when Einar steps in for one of Gerda's female models, begins a journey of self discovery and gender identity.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Sushi Go! Card Game Review


Those that know me know that I love games, and though I don't tend to review them often (often due to their complexity) I just received Cardwright's Sushi Go! for Christmas and this cute little sushi themed game turned out to be quite a treat. Played over three rounds, the easy to learn game sees you trying to rack up the highest score by collecting sushi cards in different combinations. 

With a bit of maths, strategy and a tiny bit of sneakiness, Sushi Go! provided our family a lot of fun yesterday, making us want to play again and again. It seemed to be pretty balanced as well, given we were almost always within 5 points of each other- and my mum, usually not fond of games, won two out of the three games we played!

But Sushi Go! would not be what it is without the uber-cute and graphically clean aesthetic- the drawings are adorable and packaged in a bento tin box, reveals its thoughtful design.

At a retail price of around £10, Sushi Go! is a steal- it will bring your family, young and old, hours of joy.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Apologies for the lack of Christmas message last year- this blog has been and felt neglected the past year or so. However, I'm finding time, motivation and more inspiration than ever so hopefully 2016 will see a more active edge to Edge of the Plank! Hope you like the new look too!

So, for now, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many Blessings.

M.

By Dudolf

Thursday, 24 December 2015

America's Next Top Model: The Best Photos

Now the America's Next Top Model is officially over, I can't be the only one with withdrawal! Despite the awful over-dramatised and cringeworthy downfall of the modelling show that started it all, there were in fact some stunning imagery that it has produced. 

Here I present to you, some of my favourites, which if I saw in a fashion magazine, would rip out and stick on the wall. It is by no means exhaustive, and I am sure I have missed some out- and if there are ones which I have overlooked, leave a comment and let me know!


Jenah, Cycle 9

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

'Misconduct' Film Trailer Preview


February sees the release of thriller 'Misconduct', starring Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins and Malin Akerman.


Whilst it seems to be formulaic and reminiscent of many films in the genre, it looks to be an enjoyable thriller, reminding me of 'Fracture'.


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

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

'Anomalisa' Film Trailer Preview

From the director and writer behind 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' comes an animation that critics are raving about, already calling it the most 'Human' movie in recent memory.


Anomalisa tells the tale of Michael Stone, a man who is tired of his mundane life, and on the night of a business trip, meets a woman who may change his life forever.

Animated using felt puppets, the realism and attention to detail is breathtaking, and I am excited that this has every chance to take the Academy Award from Pixar's 'Inside Out', truly upping the game in the genre dominated by the animation studio.

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

'Brooklyn' Film Review


Gaining strong reviews and traction for being one of the best films of this year, with Saoirse Ronan also gaining a lot of buzz, 'Brooklyn' tells the story of young Irish immigrant Eilis (Ronan) as she travels to America for a better life. 


There, she falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), who helps her recover from her homesickness. But when tragic news from home travels to Brooklyn, Eilis returns to Ireland and rediscovers what she had left behind. 

Friday, 18 December 2015

'Room' Film Review

You may have heard about 'Room' and you may have heard about this 'Brie Larson' amongst the start of the awards season, both are getting a lot of Oscar buzz, but you don't really know what it is, who she is and why it's getting so much attention. That was me, till last night.


Adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (which I'm desperate to read now), 'Room' tells the story of a four year old boy Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who lives with his mother (Brie Larson) in Room, unbeknownst to him that they are in fact being held captive in a shed by a man only known to him as 'Old Nick'.

As Jack turns five, his curiosity wanders and his world in Room is turned upside down when his mother hatches a plan for the both to escape... 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Lacey Rogers for FACTICE Magazine (Winter 2015)


Despite not winning America's Next Top Model, finalist Lacey Rogers proves she can do high end editorial as she features in the Winter 2015 edition of Factice Magazine. Shot by Randy Tran, Lacey carries her sweet look with an added edge.

Check out the rest of the spread below:



'The Boss' Film Trailer Preview

After soaring to worldwide acclaim in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, Melissa McCarthy returns next year alongside Kristen Bell in 'The Boss', and looks to be a good laugh.


Bell works for tycoon McCarthy [as her assistant?] who gets imprisoned for money laundering. On her release, she is penniless and ends up staying with Bell and resultantly becomes an influence on her daughter, her school and building up to a brownie fight.

The film also stars Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates.

'The Boss' premieres in April next year. Check out the trailer below:

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

'Independence Day: Resurgence' Film Trailer Preview

The sequel to the classic 'Independence Day' releases its first trailer, as the alien invasion returns to Earth.



Starring newcomer Liam Hemsworth, he is joined by returnees Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A Fox and Bill Pullman as they fight this 'bigger' invasion. Time will tell whether this will actually add any cinematic value or is just another cash cow.

Released 20 years after the original, Independence Day Resurgence will hit cinemas in June 2016. Check out the trailer below:

'Star Trek: Beyond' Film Trailer Preview

With all the hype revolving around Star Wars this Christmas, it seems like the trailer to the Star Trek sequel would be completely eclipsed.



Nonetheless, 'Beyond' sees the crew attacked and stranded on a foreign planet, reuniting the cast which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Zoe Zaldana.

The film will be released July 2016. Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, 12 December 2015

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Film Trailer Preview

The last film in the prequel trilogy, 'Apocalypse', sees the young X-Men face off against Apocalypse, the first mutant. 


Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence return, joined by Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac, Olivia Munn, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters. 

We will await to see how they will manage to top Days of Future Past, which pleased fans greatly with the characters all coming together.

X-Men Apocalypse will be released in May 2016. Check out the trailer below:

Thursday, 10 December 2015

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II' Film Review

The final chapter to the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part II was set up to be the epic conclusion to the literary adaptation of the hit trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 



We left off in the last yawn inducing film seeing a brainwashed Peeta rescued. A traumatised Katniss is determined to take President Snow down, despite Alma Coin's urges for her to stay put and remain 'the face' of the rebellion.




Determined to be part of the front line, Katniss defies Coin and sneaks out to the Capitol in order to kill Snow herself, only to find herself still a pawn in a game.

'Legend of Tarzan' Film Trailer Preview

A live action take on the Tarzan story starring Alexander Skaarsgard and Margot Robbie sees its first trailer released.


Set 10 years after Tarzan leaves the jungle for a gentrified life with Jane Porter in London, he is lured back into the Jungle as a trade emissary for London. But things might not be as it seems when Tarzan discovers he may be used as part of a political and selfish game.


'Tarzan' also stars Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and John Hurt.

The film will be released in 2016. Check out the trailer below:



Nyle Dimarco for Spirit and Flesh Magazine


Shot by Alexandra Arnold, Nyle Dimarco can also be seen in Spirit and Flesh Magazine. His post-show stuff is so much better than what he did on it- hopefully he goes places!


Check out the rest of the images below:



Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Nyle Dimarco by Balthier Corfi for The Fashionisto


Since being crowned America's Next Top Model, Nyle Dimarco has been seen in a whole array of spreads and campaigns, including OUT magazine, 2EXIST, Adamist, Grip Bell and more. 

Shot by Balthier Corfi, Nyle can be seen in The Fashionisto, looking dapper in black and white.

Check out more images below:



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