Jenny Harmsen’s landscapes show the vast expanse of nature

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 19 Jul 2014

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Photographer Jenny Harmsen shows off just how impressive in scale nature can really be with her series of landscapes. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Jenny’s work on her Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/jennyharmsen

Aubrey Plaza comes back from the dead in Jeff Baena’s ‘Life After Beth’

Posted in Film, Previews, Trailers
By Sam Bathe on 18 Jul 2014

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Devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Zach (DeHaan) can’t believe is when she miraculously comes back to life. But hoping to take full advantage of their new opportunity of life together, not before long, Zach realises that Beth (Plaza) isn’t quite how he remembered her. The directorial debut from Jeff Baena (co-writer on I Heart Huckerbees), Life After Beth hits theatres August 15th in the US, October 3rd in the UK.

Kinfolk mix smart and casual with their 2014 Summer collection

Posted in Shoots, Style
By Sam Bathe on 17 Jul 2014

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A new range of pieces for people on the move, Kinfolk (not the magazine) are back with their Summer 2014 collection. Designs to transition between locations and situations, the range includes a number of button-up shirts, pleated trousers and short-brim caps. Kinfolk’s 2014 collection is available now from their online store: www.kinfolklife.com Show the rest of this post…

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A man on the run is showered with flying arrows in the video for Alt-J’s ‘Hunger of the Pine’

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 16 Jul 2014

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The first single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Hunger of the Pine, Alt-J return with new single, Hunger of the Pine. Directed by Nabil, who found recent fame with Beats’ commercial, The Game Before The Game, the intense music video follows a man on the run in the forest, under fire from an unrelenting torrent of arrows. It’s some return from the critically-acclaimed band, and a concept born of lead single Joe Newman. Alt-J’s new album This Is All Yours is out September 22nd.

A hard-living Bill Murray befriends his neighbour’s son in heartfelt comedy ‘St. Vincent’

Posted in Film, Previews, Trailers
By Sam Bathe on 15 Jul 2014

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The feature length debut from writer/director Theodore Melfi, Bill Murray stars in St. Vincent as a hard-living, alcoholic gambler who finds a friend in the most surprising of people. Finding himself looking after his neighbour’s 12-year-old kid, Oliver (Lieberher), St. Vincent takes the boy along his usual stops for the day, a race track, strip club and local dive bar, as the unlikely duo bond and bring the best out of each other. St. Vincent hits theatres on October 24th.

MP Cunningham talks to “stalker photographer” Alex about the intimate moments she catches in film

By Sam Bathe on 14 Jul 2014

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Hearing about a “stalker photographer”, filmmaker MP Cunningham tracked down Alex through a couple of mutual friends. Shooting members of the unassuming public while at home, Alex’s remarkable images are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Wanting to find out why she does what she does and her unique eye of the world, Cunningham sat down with Alex to talk about what has become a way of life for the photographer. Check out more of Alex’s photography on her site: www.quietshutter.com

Mike Jacobs Architecture’s San Lorenzo House is an oasis of space and light

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 13 Jul 2014

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Located at the end of a canyon road in metropolitan Los Angeles, the San Lorenzo House from Mike Jacobs Archiecture is a masterpiece of open plan living. The house is comprised of two interlocking L-shaped structures, connected by a central living space. That central facade is formed of steel and glass, with light billowing into the room thanks to glazing along the full length of the south wall. Social exchange is key to the success of the house, with the windows wall of the living room sliding almost full open, in contrast to the smaller, more private windows of the bedrooms. Measured outdoor space and a swimming pool complete the house to provide an enticing outdoor area. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Mike Jacobs Architecture’s work on their site: www.mikejacobsarchitecture.com

Wild Beasts’ technicolour video for single ‘Mecca’ blends live action and animation

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 9 Jul 2014

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Shot larking about then treated to a technicolour makeover in post-production, Wild Beasts’ video for new single Mecca superimposes the band on top of a number of stylised animations and videos. The third single to be taken from the band’s fourth album, Present Tense, what the music video lacks in narrative it makes up for in attention to detail, with a lot of nice touches in the frame-by-frame overlays in particular. Directed by Kate Moross.

The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington DC gets easier the closer you get to the middleThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 8 Jul 2014

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Located inside the West Court of the National Building Museum‘s Great Hall, the Washington DC institution have just opened a giant concave wooden maze. Designed by Bjarke Ingels of Danish architecture firm, BIG, the BIG Maze spans 18-square-meters and is made entirely from Baltic Birch plywood. “The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted,” explains Ingels, “what if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 18-foot-tall walls shield the maze from the outside, but as you approach the middle they shrink to just shoulder height, revealing a 360 degree view of the confusing path. The BIG Maze is open until September 1st.

Find out more on the National Building Museum’s website: www.nbm.org
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Film Review: BoyhoodFan The Fire Recommends

Posted in Film, Recommended, Reviews
By Sam Bathe on 7 Jul 2014

Boyhood is the breathtaking culmination of the most remarkable project from writer/director Richard Linklater. Show the rest of this post…

The film tells the story of a divorced couple, Mason (Hawke) and Olivia (Arquette), as they try to raise their young children, Mason Jr. (Coltrane) and Samantha (Linklater). Focusing on Mason Jr., the film follows his life from grade 1 at age 6 until he graduates at 18 and goes off to college.

Shot a few weeks at a time over a period of 12 years, the actors reprise their roles as Mason Jr. (and actor Ellar Coltrane) literally grows up on screen. Boyhood examines the relationships between the family members, with father Mason Sr. coming and going and mother Olivia finding herself repeatedly unlucky in marriage, the film snapshots adolescence before Mason Jr. ventures out of the family home as an adult.

Such a complex and mesmerising concept was always going to be difficult to pull off, but Boyhood is a total and complete success. Venturing into the unknown, writer/director Richard Linklater deserves unreserved acclaim. The ambition shown in the project is remarkable, but Linklater’s attention to detail and care and attention brought to making sure the film feels continuous is hugely impressive. Despite the breaks in time, Boyhood isn’t jarring and from one year to the next, letting the film flow organically and showing that time has passed through subtle changes like hair styles and clothes.

Written and adapted over the full 12 years, Linklater developed the idea and rough plot as they went along, with all four of the major actors playing a part in the writing process.

The project required total commitment from the actors too, and Linklater got it for every second. The four leads are mesmerising and the film will likely be a career-defining moment for them too. When young, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater hold their own against their older and far more experienced peers.

Boyhood makes you feel like you’ve brought Mason up, you feel proud of him when he graduates and goes off into the world. It’s a magical journey with a wonderfully rewarding payoff; a one-off masterpiece, the likes of which has never been done, and we’ll never see again.

Boyhood is totally unique, powerful, absorbing, life-affirming, a tear-jerker, and it’ ll stay with you for weeks after you see it. The second the credits roll you’ll want to queue up to see it again, and that’s the highest praise you can ever give a movie.

5/5

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