Be afraid – there be a many spoilers ahead. I’ve just returned from finally viewing the long-awaited Prometheus, and boy was it worth it. In a franchise universe dominated by Alien Resurrection vs. Predator vs. Gremlins, Ridley Scott has kidknapped his baby back and gloriously held two fingers up. Quite rightly so.
The teaser for 007’s new outing, Skyfall, is finally here! After being in a slight touch of development hell with the financial restructuring woes of MGM after Quantum of Solace (not as a result of the film, mind you, it made $586m worldwide), it has had that time to polish off a fine-sounding script and brought together a top-notch team. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road To Perdition) steps behind the camera with his collaborative cinematographer, Roger Deakins. Joining the regulars of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are Naomie Harris (Miami Vice, Pirates of the Caribbean), Bérénice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) and also Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) on villain duties.
The teaser, as always, is brief but gives an insight into the film’s look. Without giving too much away before you take a look, Roger Deakin’s cinematography of Shanghai looks amazing bathed in the neon of the city’s skyline. It certainly has the key elements of a great Bond film, but it’s slightly frustrating as this trailer (which it sets out to do) just leaves you wanting more. Roll on October 26th.
Moneyball first surprised me when I heard that it was nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars. After a quick first glimpse at its trailer and TV spots I was under the impression it would be more a situation, feel-good “dramedy”. Maybe going in with this naive frame of mind was beneficial, as the film I actually saw was a touching story of persistence, hope and self-worth. Yes it has its light moments of relief, but it’s not an underdog story akin to The Fighter or Remember The Titans. In fact, at its core it’s not even about the players or the game itself. It’s about overcoming the odds and working to make it mean something rather than the annual salary.
I recently invested some monies in a DSLR camera! All I’ve ever used before is your standard digital camera or my iPhone. It was about that time to upgrade my Sony Cybershot and slowly but surely I “justifiably” increased my budget to future proof myself. I could have spent less if I wanted it purely for still photography, but it was the filming aspect I was chasing a bit more. The iPhone is great and offers HD resolutions but it allows a limited control over your shots. It was a clear split decision between the Nikon D3100 and the Canon 550D which are both capable of 1080p HD video recording. After a long period of researching the net and testing out the cameras in-store, I sided with the Canon. A) It offers 24fps at 1080p (for that cinematic effect) and B) the lenses and camera chips are created with higher quality standard testing. The Nikon was tempting because of it’s cheaper price, but I discovered the box contents miss certain components such as a USB cable. So all in all the prices would have balanced out with the Canon almost.
Anyhoo – lets get to the juice. To get a bit more familiar with the Canon’s functions, I took some shots of my car and uploaded the test footage to Vimeo. You can view below or from my portfolio section. Enjoy!
The folks over at the Dark Knight Rises.com have kick-started the viral campaign in the run up to the movie’s July 20th release date. From the link, it’s a collection of police files and an arrest warrant on “the vigilante know as Batman” from the desk of one of Gotham City’s finest. At the end of the document it details a list of locations across the world, 5 of which are here in London. Every time someone tweets a picture with the hashtag #tdkr07202012 of the findings at the location, a frame is unlocked from what looks like the final trailer for the film. The nearest one to me would be the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane in Shoreditch which I investigated earlier and is the image for this blog post.
I was going to say that hopefully within a week or two, the new trailer will debut online in full HD glory. However, looks like the world has rushed out to these locations quicker than expected; the trailer was online as of this morning and is embedded below!!
Meanwhile, trailer #2 can be found on my previous post.
“Escape From New York in space” was how I envisaged this movie, unfortunately I was disappointed. After the interestingly fresh opening titles of Guy Pearce’s punchy interrogation, Lockout had all of the aspirations to be the Saturday night roller coaster it should have been. However, after a let down of one of the poorest uses of CGI I’ve ever seen, the film struggles to re-ignite the dead fuse. It involves a motorcycle chase out of 2079 New York which is reminiscent of something from a bad 1990’s music video attempt at sci-fi.
When was the last time you bought a CD? Since it’s first iteration from the USA in 2007, every year I always look forward to Record Store Day. It’s a time when independent record stores get together to celebrate music and the remember that it’s not all just iTunes; artists actually produce a disc complete with album artwork too! Given the recent decline of the likes of Zavvi (previously Virgin Megastore) and financial woes of HMV, we truly are in sad times if you have to go to Asda to browse for CDs. When HMV, sadly, kicks the bucket it will be the end of an era.
“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.”
This is one of Don Draper’s opening lines of Mad Men‘s pilot episode which resonates throughout the themes of future seasons. It’s 11am and a client meeting is in full swing. All the attendees are smeared behind a wall of cigarette smoke whilst knocking back a glass of whiskey, watching a presentation on poster-sized cards. Welcome to Sterling Cooper advertising agency, New York, 1960.
Hank Moody returns for a 5th season of Californication, and behold, it was….different!
Hank has been in a “stable” relationship for around 12 months in the time between seasons, living back in New York whilst Karen and Becca are still in LA and he seems to have curbed the drinking habit. SHO, what have you done with the real Hank and where is he? Female beauty and charm still remain his Achilles heel, but Hank really does seem to come across as a changed man.