Tennis step into a bizarre and wonderful Twin Peaks-inspired world in the video for single ‘I’m Callin”

Posted in Music, Music Videos
By Sam Bathe on 21 Oct 2014



Looking like an intermediary sequence ahead of Twin Peaks’ much anticipated return in a couple of years as front woman Alaina Moore follows a cryptic clue to a strange house on a seemingly innocuous road. Directed by Keith Musil, after entering to find an old lady scrawling on video tapes, Alaina soon explores the rest of the house and is drawn into trance that’s even stranger. Tennis’ superb third album Ritual in Repeat is out now.

Teddyfish’s bright and bold bags are a new spin on urban backpacks

Posted in Products, Style
By Sam Bathe on 20 Oct 2014



Featuring a unique overhanging lip at the top of the bag, Teddyfish’s new S/S 2015 minimalistic backpacks are inspired by architectural forms. One with a zip down the middle, and another without, Teddyfish’s backpacks feature twill polyester for the shell and 16oz pure cotton canvas for the lining. The Hong Kong label also calls on English Bridle leather for the handle and fastenings and YKK gold zippers. Available in 9 colourways and two size options, the backpacks are available now from the Teddyfish online store starting at $310:

Citizen chase an endless sunset in Tristan Patterson’s gorgeous five-minute short ‘Chasing Horizons’

By Sam Bathe on 17 Oct 2014




To celebrate the launch of their Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 watch, one cold, icy day in Reykjavik last February, Citizen sent photographer Simon Roberts off in search of a never-ending sunset. Flying around the world at a latitude of exactly 80 degress, with the world rotating at 289.95 km/hour, Roberts flew in the opposite direction to stay in the same moment in time. Executing a meticulous flight plan of fuel stops and bursts in the air, Roberts was able to shoot the same sunset over and over again, each time over a new horizon. Directed by Tristan Patterson, the campaign is a play on the watch’s ability to automatically adjust to a new time zone in just three seconds.

Wesley Allsbrook’s ghoulish illustrations scream a dark Studio Ghibli

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 15 Oct 2014



Splitting her time between comic books and magazine and newspaper illustration, Wesley Allsbrook‘s unnerving artwork fill you with strange unease, but there is so much layered detail you just can’t pull away. Based in Brooklyn, Wesley started with work from her professor’s wife while still in school, she’s since done work for the top printed titles and is currently working on a comic, Mountains and Valleys. Show the rest of this post…








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Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 13 Oct 2014

This pumped up reinvention of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a franchise beloved to many of recent generations – at least tries to conjure up the spirit of the comics and cartoons upon which it is based. That it largely fails to do so shouldn’t be held against it too harshly, for while Jonathan Liebesman’s film is messy and flimsy, it isn’t altogether lacking in quality. Show the rest of this post…

We begin in the company of April O’Neil (Megan Fox), a plucky young journalist who just isn’t getting the breaks she needs to move away from the fluffy stories she’s being given. This could be because her primary method of investigative journalism is to point her phone camera at things – her boss, Whoopi Goldberg, isn’t impressed. April is driven around by cameraman Vern Fenwick (played by funny actor Will Arnett, who gets almost nothing funny to do or say) and stumbles upon the titular reptilians while chasing down the deadly Foot Clan, which is terrorising New York. It becomes clear that April’s background and that of the turtles are intertwined – as is that of philanthropic businessman Eric Sacks (William Fichtner).

I would outline for you the bad guys’ dastardly plot, but the one short sentence it would take to sum it up would ruin almost the entire film. Let’s focus instead on the stars of the show – the turtles. Buff, CGI, mo-capped badassess they may be, but the scriptwriters have at least attempted to invest them with personality and heart. Their brotherly bonds and the relationship to their rodent sensei Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub) generate some genuine, if fleeting, moments of investment. The film is always concerned with moving onto the next set piece, however; it rarely slows down to lets its few characters breathe.

In truth, the turtles are only partially successful. Leonardo, the leader, oddly gets the least screentime, while Michaelangelo, the funny one, is only intermittently funny. They just about convince as reckless but talented teenage brothers, which I suppose is a feat given they’re turtles, but the film doesn’t give them, or any of its characters, enough to do. It would be unfair to be overly critical of Megan Fox, since her role is so criminally underwritten, and once the turtles are introduced she slips out of the focus of Liebesman’s lens. Big baddie Shredder, introduced in his full armour as a clunking behemoth, is at least sprightly when it comes to the action sequences, but his character motivation extends to ‘bad man’, which makes him about as blandly uninteresting as can be. There’s an extended action sequence during which a number of the main characters tumble down a snowy hillside, much of which is ‘captured’ in a single take – I use the inverted commas because 95 percent of the scene is computer generated. A helpful hint to directors: just because it is now possible to depict four anthropomorphised turtles sliding down a hill pulling off any number of ‘cool’ martial arts moves and bantering away at the same time while cars and trucks crash around them, doesn’t mean that one should necessarily do it. Just shoot the scene so it makes sense, and we can see what’s going on.

When it comes down to it, this is a film in which one of the chief villains says the following line in relation to his plan to take over New York: “It’s time to take a bite out of the Big Apple.” That tells you a lot. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for all its many faults, isn’t a complete f ailure. It has hints of heart, and one or two good sequences, but rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline and paper thin characters leave it floundering in generic action territory.


Nike take their hexagonal Zoom Air cushioning onto the striking new black/turnquoise Hypercross trainers

Posted in Products, Sport, Style
By Sam Bathe on 11 Oct 2014



Featuring the new hexagonal Zoom Air cushioning technology from the LeBron 12 basketball shoe, Nike’s new Zoom Hypercross Trainers are designed to be versatile across multiple sports surfaces, both indoor and out. The shock absorbent pads provide fast and responsive traction to aid your agility on the court. Formed of a lower turquoise panel and upper dark green/black body, the lightweight mesh features foam on the inside for support and a comfier fit while training. Nike Zoom Hypercross Trainers will be available at select retailers and

Sponsored: Philips completes the perfect music partnership with You Need To Hear This and their new CitiScape headphones

Posted in Music
By Sponsored on 10 Oct 2014

From premiering new tracks, to documentaries about what makes musicians tick, to the geeky facts and trivia that only feeds your music obsession more, You Need To Hear This – a collaboration between Noisey and Philips – has become and unique platform exploring evolution in music and innovation in sound. But while it’s all well and good knowing what to listen too, unless you’re listening to it through the right headphones or speakers, your endeavours might be in vain. Show the rest of this post…

Taking their passion for music to the next level, Philips’ new CitiScape range is perfect for urbanite audiojunkies. Available in three different models, all CitiScape on-ear headphones comes with 40 mm high quality neodymium drivers, a closed acoustic build. The three designs take cues from your city; the Fixie is a slick black model with gold detail and an embossed headband; the Foldie features a handcrafted headband inspired by bicycle bartape and a compact foldable design; and the Frames is inspired by sunglasses design and also features and foldable frame.

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A magical pin is the gateway to a far off world in Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Posted in Film, Previews, Trailers
By Sam Bathe on 9 Oct 2014



His first film since 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird returns with sci-fi adventure movie, Tomorrowland. After being released from detention center, Casey (Britt Robertson) finds a mysterious pin in with her belongings. To her surprise and amazement, touching the pin transports Casey to an enigmatic far off place known only as “Tomorrowland”, but she soon unearths secrets that will change the world forever. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Keegan-Michael Key also star when Tomorrowland hits theatres 22nd May 2015.

Studiofour creates amazing view corridors with their Victorian conversion Alfred Street Residence

Posted in Architecture
By Sam Bathe on 8 Oct 2014



Originally a single level property, Studiofour‘s renotation of the Victorian Alfred Street Residence replanned to add a first floor and create a dynamic space ready for family life. Creating an amazing view corridor from front to back, the house in Prahran, Australia, connected the exterior courtyards to the kitchen for easy outdoor dining, while creating an apparent extension of space to the living room. Show the rest of this post…







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Film Review: The Maze Runner

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Martin Roberts on 7 Oct 2014

Following the breakout success of Twilight, Hollywood has been falling over itself to crank out as many ‘young adult’ novel adaptations as possible. Some franchises, like The Hunger Games and, to a lesser extent, Divergent earlier this year, have made an impact; others, such as Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, have failed to ignite the same levels of interest. Show the rest of this post…

The Maze Runner, adapted from the first in a trilogy of books by James Dashner, is the latest off the production line. It has performed well so far at the international box office, and sequels are already in production.

The film was a co-production between Gotham Group and Temple Hill Entertainment, the latter company most notable for having produced the Twilight films. For The Maze Runner they’ve adopted a similarly canny ‘first feature’ approach, which is to go for material with a solid fan base (but potentially broader appeal), allied to a fairly modest budget. At $30m, The Maze Runner is in a similar ballpark to the first Twilight film, and is producing not dissimilar results, whereas Beautiful Creatures, for instance, which had double the budget, struggled to make back its production costs.

Wes Ball’s film drops us right into the action, as an unknown young man wakes up in a lift without any memory. Moments later he is thrown out into a large grassy area, ‘The Glade’, which is surrounded by towering stone walls. We soon learn that these walls form the inner edge of a giant maze. The Glade is home to a number of amnesiac young captives – all male – none of whom know anything about why they are there, or who has imprisoned them. Our protagonist (Dylan O’Brien) soon remembers his name, Thomas, and sets about learning the ‘rules’ of his new community. In short, the majority of the captives hang about maintaining their lives in The Glade, while specially selected ‘Maze Runners’ venture into the maze when the gates open at sunup, trying to map out as much as they can before hot-footing it back to safety lest they be trapped inside when the gates close at sundown. No one, we are told, has ever survived a night in the maze.

All this scene-setting moves along confidently, world-building and introducing characters simultaneously, until we’re at the half way point, and things begin to change. The ‘Gladers’ are a likable bunch, and there are good supporting performances here from the likes of Will Poulter (more imposing than we’ve seen him before), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who will be well-known to fans of Game of Thrones), Ki Hong Lee as the primary Maze Runner, and youngster Blake Cooper as Chuck.

There is some silly dialogue in the early scenes as Glade leader Alby (Aml Ameen) and his peers constantly inform Thomas about this and that (“we call it ‘The Glade’”, “we call them ‘Grievers’”; “we call it ‘the changing’” and so on) but thankfully most of that is dispensed with when the action begins. Naturally, Thomas helps his fellow captors to find out the true nature of the maze, and a sequel is adequately teased. The revelations in the final third are fairly well done, though the nature of the story – there are reveals but the real truth remains hidden – means the ending is a tad flat. The increased action quotient also throws many of the characters into the background (in particular one late addition to the colony, who gets very little to do) so by the time the credits roll, it’s actually the supporting characters, some of whom won’t make it to the second film, who linger longest in the mind.

But that aside, Dylan O’Brien is a strong lead, and the fact that the supporting cast are so likable makes a second film a moderately exciting prospect, which is certainly more than can be said for some young adult a daptations. Wes Ball does a good job of establishing his world, and making the maze an imposing place to spend time – here’s hoping the second film will be able to build on that.


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