Angelina Jolie / David LaChapelle

16th April 2013

Angelina Jolie, Horseplay, Los Angeles, 2001.

One of my all-time favourite actors x one of my all time favourite photographers.

This image of Angelina Jolie by American photographer David LaChapelle is going on auction at Christie’s in London on 15th May, and is expected to fetch up to £35,000. Not bad.

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Sigur Rós / Valtari

4th December 2012

Sigur Rós gave fifteen filmmakers the same (small) budget to create a film based around the songs from their newest album Valtari.

Film #14 by Christian Larson is beautiful beyond words. I can’t recommend taking 15 minutes out of your day to watch it enough.

“we never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting.”

The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment can be viewed online here, and this coming weekend a series of screenings are being held all over the world. Have a look to see if there’s a screening in your city.

Maybe if we’re still awake at 8pm on Saturday we could head down to Kubrick at the APM?

(Thanks Ewa)

Wavescape Film Fest

19th November 2012

I’m just a little gutted we’re going to miss the Wavescape Surf Film Festival this year. The big screen on Clifton is always a fun evening.

We’ll still be around to check out the Artboard Exhibition though which is cool. It’s going to be on at Superette between the 28th November and the 5th December and this year’s surfboards have been designed by 10 artists including Brett Murray.

Brigitte Bardot in Cannes

2nd August 2012

Si just showed me these LIFE archive shots of Brigitte Bardot in Cannes from 1953. How cute is she?

(via Retronaut)

iPad in the Sky

23rd July 2012

I’ve just been reading that Qantas plans to give all of it’s 767 passengers iPads to use for their inflight entertainment.

No more dodgy systems. Hooray!

Beginners

16th May 2012

Yesterday I had one of those coincidences (you know the ones…) where I found Christina Tsevis‘ illustrations on Visual News and her drawing inspired by a scene from the film Beginners which we watched the night before.

Directed by Mike Mills, I thought Beginners was beautiful and I love it when things like that happen.

Coincidence |kōˈinsədəns, -ˌdens|
noun
1 a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection: it’s no coincidence that this new burst of innovation has occurred in the free nations | they met by coincidence .
ORIGIN early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘occupation of the same space’): from medieval Latin coincidentia, from coincidere ‘coincide, agree’ (see coincide).

Amplifiear

18th April 2012

The Amplifiear is an old-school style gramophone shaped device to help enhance the iPad’s sound. This clever little clip is the perfect example of simple, beautiful design.

Developed by Nonlinear Studio, they’ve got a Kickstarter project on the go and have already hit their target of $10,000.

(via CoolHunting)

Audrey Hepburn

23rd January 2012

Wow. I thought this shot of Audrey Hepburn by iconic British photographer Terry O’Neill was beautiful. Simple, sexy and so different from many of the portraits you usually see of her.

Terry O’Neill: Screen Sirens & Rock Rebels has unfortunately just finished at the Proud Galleries in London, but the exhibition is still available to view online here.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

12th January 2012

Last night we went to see David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and…ohmygod…wow.

I read the books and loved them but never watched the Swedish movie versions because I thought I’d be disappointed. I didn’t doubt Fincher’s version would be amazing and I was completely glued to my seat from the minute the title sequence started.

The intro, created by Blur Studio was an über-detailed, sexy, oily mashup that reminded me of a Bond opening but with a hardcore cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” (produced by Trent Reznor, with Karen O and Atticus Ross) playing over the top. Definitely one way to get the entire cinema to sit up and pay attention!

Taiyō Matsumoto

10th January 2012

Here’s a poster by super cool manga artist Taiyō Matsumoto to brighten your Tuesday morning…

…and if you haven’t seen it already Tekkonkinkreet – based on Matsumoto’s manga by the same name is well worth a watch.

Club Silencio

21st October 2011

I’ve just been reading about Club Silencio in Paris, designed by David Lynch.

When asked what appealed to him most about creating a real club, Lynch replied: “The idea of designing something and making a mood that was warm and safe, where a person could feel good just sitting and being in the space.” Hidden away under 142 rue Montmartre, the opulent rooms remind me of the darkness in Mulholland Drive and the eeriness of Fire Walk With Me.

I’m not sure about warm and safe but definitely an experience, if nothing less!

(via NOWNESS)

Them Birds

18th October 2011

This awesome Alfred Hitchcock x Angry Birds mash up Them Birds was created by illustrators Dan Eijah Fajardo / aka Dandingeroz and Pedro Kramer / aka Badbasilisk.

Head over to Threadless to give it a 5/5 if you’d like to see it printed on a tee.

For Coloured Girls

9th June 2011

What a beautiful film poster. I can’t find who the artist is though…does anybody know?

Dog Day Afternoon

20th September 2010

Why don’t people make films like these anymore? I’d never even heard of Dog Day Afternoon until a few days ago but finally watched it last night.

Based on an real bank robbery in Brooklyn, the entire film is shot around more or less one set, with no music except during the intro credits and they didn’t use any make-up. Can you imagine that happening in a film today? The acting was great (Al Pacino is amazing), the storyline was interesting and it’s just a really good film. This is seventies cinematography at it’s absolute best.

Any suggestions for similar films in the comments below please!