Delta Spirit explore love, loss and life in the country in the sweeping video for new single ‘From Now On’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 29 Aug 2014

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Ahead of their eagerly anticipated fourth album, Into The Wide, LA-Brooklyn-Austin five-piece Delta Spirit have released a beautiful video for hook-laden single, From Now On. Directed by Andrew Bruntel and Isaac Cole, the video follows a Colorado man as he looks over the land for his missing dog. With calls to the spirit and heart of America, it’s an absorbing video that’s so triumphant and yet sad, sumptuously shot by Drew Bienemann. Into The Wide is out September 9th on Dualtone Records.

Film Review: The Keeper of Lost Causes

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 28 Aug 2014

The tropes of the grizzled detective drama just don’t get old, do they? As the ongoing proliferation of Scandinavian crime thrillers shows, audiences just aren’t tired of browbeaten alcoholic cops struggling against their demons to crack that elusive case. Show the rest of this post…

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret in its native Danish), adapted from Jussi Adler-Olsen’s novel, features another one. And you know what? It still works.

That cop is Carl, played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas, a curmudgeonly detective whose decision in the opening scene of the film causes him to lose his detective’s badge and be consigned to the police station’s basement, where he’ll be tasked with closing and filing old cases. A lot of old cases. There he meets his new partner Assad (Fares Fares), who is well meaning and good natured. Naturally, they clash.

Carl’s job is supposed to entail simply tieing up and filing the cases, but his attention is drawn to the mysterious suicide case of a politician, Merete (Sonja Richter), which he believes was never adequately closed. He’s right, of course; there’s something amiss, and he and Assad get drawn deeper and deeper into finding out what happened, while their bosses aren’t best please with what they’re up to.

Kaas and Fares prove a likeable and believable pair of leads. The film is pretty dark for most of its runtime, but the two of them have an endearing odd couple act which works nicely. Nor does Carl’s drinking and unbelievably surly attitude – Assad points out about half way through that he’s never seen him smile – ever fall over into charicature. It’s in the performances of the two leads that the film really shines. The mystery itself is well staged and involving, but feels a little more run of the mill – more reminiscent of previous entries in the genre.

The film is directed by Mikkel Norgaard, who has worked on the Borgen TV series, but it’s pleasantly cinematic and avoids feeling like an extended TV special. A mention, too, for the soundtrack, which is effectively understated and adds weight to the plot.

There’s a gag in here about ex-cops writing crime novels – a playful nod to the explosion of interest in the genre, particularly stories of Scandinavian origin, though this author actually wasn’t a police officer. Norgaard’s adaptation brings to life the latest in a long line of embattled detectives with confidence and efficiency. There are one or two eleme nts that don’t quite work – in particular some of the flashback scenes, and the rushed ending – but overall it’s another compelling Nordic mystery to unravel.

3/5

The Russet Residence’s glass boxes jut out to make the most of Vancouver’s glorious natural landscapes

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 27 Aug 2014

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With glorious floor to ceiling windows, Splyce Design‘s breathtaking Russet Residence serves up stunning views of the Vancouver landscape from wherever you look. With boxed rooms jutting out from the main structure, Splyce have created extra vantage points to immerse residents in the surrounding environment. Show the rest of this post…

Across three stories, the main entrance is on the middle level boasting a double-height atrium and big skylight, a media room, wine cellar, guest bedroom and two bathrooms are on the lower level with three main bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof terrage and a garage on the top level.

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Check out more of Splyce Design’s work on their site: www.splyce.ca

Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus team up for exciting franchise relaunch ‘Silent Hills’

Posted in Film, Games
By Sam Bathe on 26 Aug 2014

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Announced within interactive teaser, P.T., innocuously released on the PlayStation Store, Silent Hills is the coming together of Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Featuring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as the game’s protagonist, Silent Hills kick-starts the iconic survival-horror franchise, inviting gamers to explore the puzzles and scares of a looping freaky house in the teaser. Currently in the early stages of development, there isn’t currently a release date attached, but already fans are itching to get their hands on the title. In the meantime you can download P.T., but a warning, you will be scared: https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/games/pt/cid=UP4511-CUSA01127_00-PPPPPPPPTTTTTTTT

Photographer Stephanie Noritz captures life off the field of a high school sports team

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 25 Aug 2014

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Capturing the life of two high school sports teams away from the sports field, New York-based photographer Stephanie Noritz visited a high school in Brooklyn to tell the stories and emotions of the young sportsmen. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Stephanie’s photographer on her site: www.stephanienoritz.com

Film Review: Lucy

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 22 Aug 2014

Often, a film can live or die based on how seriously it takes itself. How many times do we see self importance suck the life out of a project, or a film which lacks the daring to stick to its guns and follow an idea through? Lucy is far from a perfect film, but it does at least know what it is, and what it is trying to do. Show the rest of this post…

Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy, a young traveller who, through no real fault of her own, pretty much immediately finds herself in the clutches of a gang lord played by Choi Min-sik, probably still best known in the West for Oldboy. Before we know it, Lucy has a stomach full of designer drugs. She’s to be a mule, or so her captors think, until she’s roughed up and the bag splits, filling her body with performance enchancing blue crystals.

It’s a high-concept thriller based, as so many of them are, on a single idea. In this case: what would happen if human beings could use the whole power of their brains, as opposed to just the 10% which the film takes to be ‘average’. Never mind the debatable veracity of that figure: for the purposes of the film, the average human uses 10% of their brain, and Lucy finds that she can use increasingly more of hers.

The film is pacy and doesn’t outstay its welcome. The only real character is Lucy, with a couple of supporting roles for Morgan Freeman, as a scientist whose primary role is to (literally) give an expository lecture on brain usage theory, and Amr Waked, as a police officer. Lucy is the focal point, and her presence remains likable and mostly convincing thanks to a charismatic and sensitive lead performance from Scarlett Johansson, who makes the whole thing more plausible than it has any right to be.

Lucy is more of a thriller than an action movie, despite what the trailer wants us to believe. Indeed, having seen the trailer, I went in expecting a knock-off of various action movies from the last decade or so, but was relieved to find that Lucy is much less derivative than it was sold to us. By the time the minimalist plot runs out of steam and goes all sorts of barmy, the thing wraps itself up and doesn’t give us time to ask too many questions.

It’s an interesting thriller, a good role for Johansson, and the most interesting thing Luc Besson has directed in years. It wo uld be a stretch to call it smart, but it isn’t stupid either, and Besson is sensible enough to allow the film to sprint with its idea until starts to get tired, and then stop.

3/5

Photographer Emma Hartvig uses food in unusual ways in her photography

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 21 Aug 2014

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A recent graduate from the London College of Communication, photographer Emma Hartvig already has shows in New York, Amsterdam and Sweden to her name. Using texture and light to create a very sensual feeling to her images, Emma also uses food in unusual ways to display her message. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Emma’s photography on her site: www.emmahartvig.com

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are back in business together in comedy short ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Posted in Film, Short Films, TV
By Sam Bathe on 21 Aug 2014

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Produced to promote the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, after their exploits in Breaking Bad, Emmy-winning actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul go back into business together, this time running a pawn shop. Barely Legal Pawn sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus drop into the store, hoping to strike a deal for her ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Seinfeld Emmy. Sharply written and filled with satire, the short is a great idea rather than a traditional commercial to build anticipation for the event this weekend.

Adidas celebrate 20 years of their iconic Predator series with the limited edition Revenge Instinct 94

Posted in Sport
By Sam Bathe on 20 Aug 2014

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Celebrating 20 years of Adidas’ iconic Predator boot series, the German manufacturer have released the celebrated first model. Part of the Revenge Pack re-releases, the Predator Revenge Instinct 94 updates the original heavy design for a slick upper body while maintaining the Predator Instinct control frame and extended tongue that gave the boots their classic look. Limited edition of just 1,825 pairs, the Adidas Predator Revenge Instinct 94 boots are priced at £260 available from Pro-Direct Soccer and select online retailers: http://www.prodirectsoccer.com/responsive/adidas/revenge/adidas-limited-edition-predator-revenge-pack-football-boots-1994-accelerator-mania.aspx

Nobumichi Asai’s remarkable real-time facial projection mapping project pushes the boundaries of technology

Posted in Art, Design, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 19 Aug 2014

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Pin-pointing the shape, size and contours of the model’s face, plus tiny dots to aid the camera, Nobumichi Asai’s remarkable project maps and projects in real-time onto her face. Using incredibly precise light projects, Nobumichi is able to digitally alter the model’s face as she moves around in the 3D space, a first for such complexity while using this technique. For more from Nobumichi, head to his site: www.nobumichiasai.com

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