Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I love it.
Also I'm sure it all helps that shes gorgeous =)
Week Forty Nine. 6 months down the line.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Seasick Steve - Man From Another Time
Released: Out Now
1.Diddley Bo 3:51
2.Big Green and Yeller 4:15
3.Happy (To have a Job)
4.The Banjo Song 3:30
5.Man from another Time
7.Just Because I Can (CSX)
8.Never Go West 3:30
11.My Home (Blue Eyes)
12 Seasick Boogie 5:24
Country music has always been close to my heart, I usually like thinks no one else done. Weird taste I attribute to my blood, we aren’t the most sensible of families. I listen to the classics from Conway Twitty, The Statler Brothers, Willie Nelson and of course the legendary stylings of Johnny Cash. These are but a few artists from one of the most expressive music genres out there. It's always nice though, to see a little change to a well set way of making tunes, and no one mixes up the country and western scene more than the unique stylings of Steve Wold, better know as Seasick Steve.
After already unleashing three best selling albums onto the world, Steve is back to dominate this year’s Christmas list. Man From Another Time combines the solitary sounds of traditional country and what I can only describe as Euphoric Blues, yes I know that sounds illogical but Seasick Steve has a way of picking you up while telling a story, straight from the tales of Steve. It's a story of a man just trying to get on in life, make a living and settle down with the people they love most.
Of course, Steve once again has produced some outstanding work. He wrote all the tracks himself, a talent in itself. The worlds favourite guitar, The Three String Trance Wonder, is back and is still produce that obscure, broken yet energetic sound with the (literally, I'm Sure!) blistering "Seasick Boogie", which is just a song for the sake of it. Seasick Steve always has a wildcard on his albums, this one being no different with the song "Diddley Bo". Not many men can play a guitar, let alone well but Steve has gone one step further with his home-made ONE-string guitar, The Diddley Bo. If you want to get your hands on one of these musical wonders, no worries, the song is its on instruction manual. Basically it's a piece of wood, a guitar string and a couple of tin cans, but I don't think anyone can play it better than Steve. On Percussion this time round is Dan, Steve's long time pal and a gentleman straight out of the Muppets. There has never been a better Dead Ringer for Animal! His drumming style is indvidual to say the least, Hypnotic doesn't do it justice. The "Not so Secret, Secret Track" has guest vocal by Amy LaVere, a young American singer making a name for herself in recent months. They duet the beautiful "I'm so lonesome I could Cry" by Hank Williams. There is also a recorded phone call at the end of the album, odd but worth a listen.
I didn't know what to expect from a forth album. I was worried that maybe Steve should quit while he's ahead, I don't know how long his trance blues will stay fresh with today’s music scene. I will say that Man From Another Time is some of his best work, "That's All" is an instant classic. Even with all his recent success here in
Friday, 23 October 2009
Nirit Sumeruk has wrote an article for YM004 Urban. We love it.
Here is a bit of what Nirit is all about! Enjoy
Mesdames and Messieurs, please meet Nirit!
Journalist, blogger, TV presenter, actress, and casually known as the ‘Carry Bradshaw of Paris’, Nirit Sumeruk who originally hails from Cape Town is slowly becoming the talk on Parisians lips.
With an array of exciting projects currently in the works – one of which is her blogazine ‘Paris Popcorn’ where she captures exclusive scenes in fashion, literature, film, art and general happenings that mostly occur in Paris. Now with growing popularity she is looking to start expanding her Popcorn brand to other capital cities too. In essence Nirit is publishing her personal experiences and encounters often focusing on the ambiance the look and the taste of events people and objects, and aims to let her readers feel part of the fuss.
Whether she is mingling with pop-stars, royalty, film directors or book authors she likes to keep it real and down-to-earth – as she says ‘even glamour has a backstage entrance that can be just as, if not more exciting!'
Is she a tastemaker? Yes! She has a fairly large international following who regard what she features in her blogazine as worth knowing about – especially if it’s something coming out of or influenced by the glamour capital. Her articles and personal tastes have even been published in a number of glossy magazines around the world. "I'm obsessed with finding material to write about that resemble bits of treasure and share them with the world. I like to see my work as the ultimate excuse for a coffee break! I like to deliver pieces that are quick and easy to read filled with images and videos that provide my readers a 5-minute ‘pop-cultural’ refresher break before getting back to work – and also to give them something to talk about when standing next to the coffee pot. We are filled with so much information today especially on politics, that I think it’s important to balance it out with a little something light and glitzy - something to refresh the atmosphere!”
Other than her passionate affair with her blog, she also works as an international television presenter (did we mention she speaks like 5 languages?!) and gets asked to co-host live events from World Chocolate Masters to World Video-Game Masters from Paris to Las Vegas - and also has her hand as an actress in theatre, short films, music videos and commercials…..
“What can I say? I’m addicted to the world of reportage be it dramatically on the stage, in front of the camera or behind my Mac feeding my hungry blog….”
No wonder people call Nirit Sumeruk an “international media daaahling”….
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
“Never give a saga an even break!”
Directed by Mel Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger
Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, Alex Karras, Alex Karras, John Hillerman, George Furth
A wise man once told me “Laughter is good for the soul”, it’s a good bit of advice. I’m more than sure that it was stolen from someone else, these things usually are. Nothing tickles me more than the “Spoof” films from the 70s and 80s, and seeing as how I’m doing Credit Crunch Film Reviews, I thought I’d share one of the best with you. One thing I can promise you though, more comedy reviews will be on the way soon. We all need a giggle these days.
The early years of film saw very little in the way of genre progression. It was typically a Swashbuckling Adventure full of shiny trinkets and sword duels to the death, a tale from the dark ages full of shiny trinkets and sabre duels to the death or a Wild Western with shiny trinkets and quick draw duels to the death. To be honest, that’s my kind of thing. Yes, today’s so called epics really put on a show, with it’s special effects and skilfully written screenplays, but what’s wrong with a bit of love, a bit of shooting and a dance number. Westerns dominated out of the three during Flapper times, all the way through to the hippie years. Some alternative westerns still crop up today, there’s even an Eastern Western in the form of The Good, the Bad & the Weird (2008). But not even the classic western is safe from the clutches of Spoof Comedy.
Blazing Saddles is the story of Rock Ridge, a sleepy town where the west isn’t it’s wildest and everyone’s called Johnson. Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), the advisor to the boss-eyed Governor (Mel Brooks), has halted work of the railway because Rock Ridge is in the way. In an attempt to grab the land from the inhabitants, Hedley sends in his goons to make the place unliveable. After the current sheriff is killed by the onslaught, townspeople demand a new one. The Dick Dastardly-esc Hedley convinces the Governor to send Bart (Cleavon Little), a former worker on the Railway and now the first ever black sheriff in the west. Having the honour of being the first quickly turns sour when he rides into the town and finds out how they feel about a black sheriff. With the help of the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder), can Bart win over the locals while trying to save the town they love?
Mel Brooks has always been one for classics. His writing flows with perfect comedic timing, the silliness may seem over the top but it wouldn’t be the same without it. Of course, Brooks pops up from time to time during the film as the Governor, he always seems to cameo in his movies, and the oddly Jewish Native American. Gene Wilder, best known to the modern day filmgoers as Willy Wonka, has a good crack as the Waco Kid. Based on legendary western characters, the Waco Kid hints at the earlier westerns starring the likes of John Wayne. The character has many classic lines and Gene is to thank for that. Playing a down and out hero with a drink problem isn’t easy, playing it with comedy mixed in, even harder.
Every comedy film has its prime moments, the times that convince you to watch it again or suggest it to a friend. Blazing Saddles has them in abundance. Who could forget the classic scene involving Hedley’s goons around a campfire, funnily enough now that scene is being used on television to promote awareness of Unlicensed Gas Fitters. If that doesn’t give away what the scene’s about, the film is worth watching for that alone. The quick draw of the Waco Kid is also recognised as one of the greatest moments of comedy in the 20th century.
I’ve always loved silly films, I was introduced to them at a very young age. I remember watching Laurel & Hardy’s The Music Box (1932) when I was about 6 years old. Spoof media will be around for years to come, whether it will be a movie of music, The Spoof is more than often a sure fire hit, as long as we discount films made by Wayans brothers and other American double teams, they truly are a load of tat. Mel Brooks was the first master of this, turning what was popular into something very popular. Don’t just take my word for it, get the pizzas in, have a few mates round and let the laughter fly. Add Spaceballs (1987) for that extra Brooks homage.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
So if i upload images with that huge black line on it thats why!!
Now i have to either buy another back or get it repaired. Mega moneys!!
Monday, 19 October 2009
Here is some MORE amazing news -
The Impossible Project inspires Polaroid to re-launch Instant Cameras
'We are pleased to herewith announce a history making cooperation between Polaroid and The Impossible Project:As we have created quite some buzz about Analog Instant Photography over the past 12 months, the Polaroid licensee - The Summit Global Group - now can't resist any longer and announced at a press conference on October 13th in Hongkong that they will re-launch some of the most famous Polaroid Instant Cameras.
Keep up to date with the mission on their website
Thanks again to Chris Saltmarsh for keeping us up to date with the project.
You Instant fim Geek! =)
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I came onto the art foundation course with the intention of specialising in fashion and textiles. Since GCSE I avoided anything art related but with some encouragement from my uncle I decided to give it a go. So here I am! At the moment we’ve been set a typophilia project where we’ve each been given a letter at random, and after a few days of experimenting with it we were allocated a word beginning with that letter. My letter is ‘K’ and my word is ‘Knockout’. Initially I started playing around with the idea of the knockout girl but somehow she’s materialised into this butch superhero whose diet relies solely on potassium… and I’ve found myself drawing a lot of old people and bananas. The design used for the t-shirt is going to be used as the front cover of a promotional leaflet for how to become this stereotypical iconic superhero.
If you’d like to see more work, I’ve made a blog which you can find here:
If you’re also interested in my uncles work, his address is: www.melgrant.com
Photography - Errey
Model - Hannah Scott
Monday, 12 October 2009
“Can you change your whole life in a day?”
"...Undeniably beautiful..." Premiere
"...25TH HOUR is a riveting, emotionally resonant New York drama....Edward Norton is dynamite..." Rolling Stone
"...An impressive, affecting return to form from one of Hollywood's finest filmmakers..." Total Film
Director - Spike lee
Writer – David Benioff (Book & Screenplay)
Cast: Edward Norton, Rosario Dawson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brian Cox, Barry Pepper, Anna Paquin
40 acres and a Mule Filmworks
The recession, bane of the modern world and destroyer of capable societies, its hit as hard and we know it. Everything seems expensive yet money seems to be almost worthless; I can’t even get a penny sweet because they’ve gone up to 5 pence. I don’t like this, if there was a button I could press to say “Hey, I don’t like this”, guess who will be pressing it (listen up Facebook people, we want a dislike button, get on it!). I think it not only a privilege but a duty to help you through this difficult time. As you may have noticed, very rarely do I review new and up to date media outings, DVDs that are a couple of years, even months old are getting so cheap to buy. I’m going to help you get a good night of entertainment from the film archives at the cheapest price. I’m not one for advertising, so I’m not going to say where you can pick these up the cheapest but I promise you, no “Jungle” is too deep. Was that obvious enough?
Big budget films are commonplace in cinema, why make an epic when you can make an epic with explosions. It costs a lot to make a film, granted, but the budget is so high, ridiculously high some might say. Spiderman 3 (2007) had a supposed budget of $350 Million and a lot of that was due to the cost of filming in New York, which is $1,000,000 a day I might add, and re-shoots. The cast wasn’t cheap either, you don’t pay Kirsten Dunst pittance. I like films that have a reasonable budget but spend all of it on the acting talent. Movies don’t need to be big set pieces when you have high calibre talent behind the wheel. Take 25th Hour for example. Yes, it was set in New York but in hardly glamorous settings with no special effects. Just great camera work, a great script and the help of a great director.
Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) is going to jail for seven long years. Leaving the life of the Swankiest downtown joints behind is not something he wants to do but when you don’t have a choice, how will he spend his last 24 hours of freedom? Reconnecting with alienated friends Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper)? Revitalising his relationship with the love of his life, Naturelle (Rosario Dawson)? Spending time with his Father (Brian Cox)? How about finding the person who gave him up to the cops? Being who he is cost him more than he could have ever imagined; his friends, his family and his freedom. With time running out and the Sun coming up, who will Monty be in his 25th Hour?
Edward Norton has always been my favourite actor so this film was a real pleasure to watch. The life he brings to the character Monty made me believe the feelings that were being sent through the screen, I felt the sorrow, the anger, the love. Norton has a habit for accepting the roles of slightly depraved, quirky characters; The Narrator in Fight Club (1999) is a prime example, but he plays them with such vigour. It was also nice to see Rosario Dawson; her allowance for broad acting horizons surpasses that of other people in her field. The role of Naturelle was hard to act, the lover of a soon to be convict, and she allows herself to sit comfortable within the role lovingly showing off the talent she really has. If you’re a Rosario fan like me, take the time to watch this film. It’s some of her best work, even if trying to play an 18 year old at one point seems a little far fetched.
It’s not hard to realise that Spike Lee was behind this little adaptation masterpiece. There is always an underlying storyline to his films and 25th Hour is no different, especially seeing as its based on David Benioff’s novel. For the very observant of you reading this, you’ll notice this film came out in 2002, a year after the tragic events of 9/11. With the rest of Hollywood seemingly denying what happened, Lee throws out the rule book and gives us an insight to the city of New York and its atmosphere in the months after the attack. A scene featuring Hoffman and Pepper overlooking “Ground Zero” is not only insightful; it’s also a haunting reminder.
25th Hour is a hidden gem. The feel, the flow and the realism is to a very high standard, an astute look at the world today and the not so bright side of crime in the 21st century. It’s a sparkling picture with suspense and wonder with some hard hitting home truths. A movie worthy of recondition in this colourless world we live in today.
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Sunday, 11 October 2009
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“Magnificent” The Guardian
“Whimsical loveliness…Inventive magic” Little White Lies
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Written by Seo-Gyeong Jeong & Park Chan-wook
Cast: Su-jeong Lim, Rain
It wasn’t long ago when America was shocking the world with its innovative use of cinema; everybody wanted to be involved in the Hollywood phenomenon. The wealth of acting talent was at unimaginable levels and the glitz and glamour seemed to dwindle as fast as it came into existence. British film making has also stepped up its game in recent years but there’s another continent that seems to be dominating our screens lately. The surge of Asian cinema seems to be gaining the majority fan base in the world, the recent revival of Bollywood in the west is mainly to thank for that.
The Korean film market seems to be churning out many future classics, some of these are thanks to the brilliant and un-doubtfully courageous Park Chan-wook, with his most notable films being Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005) & I’m a Cyborg. Due to the latter being mainly unknown in Europe, and being that it’s also my favourite, it will be great to review.
I’m a Cyborg is the surreal romantic comedy following Young-goon, a do-gooder under the perception that she’s a cyborg. After an occurrence at her job, Young-goon is admitted to a mental institution where she meets many other colourful characters. Being a supposed robotic being, she happily charges her batteries using a transistor radio. Enter the ill fitting and personality stealing Il-soon, the quirky love interest who believes he’s fading and one day will be nothing but a dot. On finding out that his fellow inmate is on hunger strike, Il-soon takes it upon himself to get Young-goon eating again. Cue colourful scenes of quirky love and Korean Yodelling.
Not many films are as playful as I’m a Cyborg and it’s nice to see such childish antics in a spectacular set piece like this. It goes without saying that the film is subtitled throughout, unless your Korean is up to scratch, and it would lose its magic if it was dubbed. Subtitles have a knack of getting you more involved in the film, being that you have to concentrate harder to stay with the story. As with his other films, Park Chan-wook has written a masterpiece very worthy of world cinema. Creativity is in abundance with such a romantic tale. Casting is to a very high standard, with fresh, young actors moulding the characters into believable yet flawed humans, giving new life to a revitalising genre. Striking visuals full of colour and composed scores give the film a dreamlike quality, as if daydreaming could be saved onto digital media. I really didn’t expect yodelling in an Asian film.
It’s nice to see that foreign film is no longer set to the traditional Kung-fu flicks or lust filled, near pornographic stories of mistaken identity. I’m a Cyborg grabs its viewers and gives them a 105 minute lesson in how art imitates life. I can spot moments I can relate to throughout the film, even if they’re blown out of all proportion and involve over the top, radical acts. I mean, I’ve never personally tried to hide in a hiccupping grandfather clock.
If you’ve never seen any Asian cinema, this is a definite must see. It’s won many awards around the world for its innovative and tender look at the romantic fairytale.