This is the new festive advert for H&M directed by Wes Anderson! Come Together is a short and sweet film, in true Wes Anderson style, starring Adrien Brody as a train conductor. It’s the first H&M Christmas ad to be created by advertising company Adam&Eve/DDB, which again produced this year’s John Lewis’ excellent holiday campaign, Buster the Boxer.
Yesterday, we watched the excellent animated film “The Red Turtle” together with the kids, shown as part of the Athens International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a man washed up on a deserted island populated only by turtles and crabs. Everything changes when, in an effort to escape the island, he meets a red turtle. It’s a really great film, for both adults and kids. It has no dialogues but that was no problem, it was actually a plus for our youngest daughter. The film touches on all the major life stages: life, death, rebirth, family. The direction, the animation and the watercolors are magical. The film is a co-production of the famous Studio Ghibli (of Totoro) and directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit.
I just watched the film Iris yesterday. It’s a documentary about Iris Apfel, an extraordinary woman with a very rich life, who is still a fashion icon at 94.
Iris calls herself a “geriatric starlet”. She is known for her flamboyant wardrobe and passion for accessories. She’s also known for her signature enormous glasses. But Iris was more than simply a fashion expert, she was a successful business woman—she and her husband Carl had a great textile company that gave her the opportunity to travel all over the world. Can you believe she took part in design projects at the White House for nine presidents? Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton!
Do yourselves a favor and watch it (you can rent it in iTunes).
As she says: “You only have one trip…. you might as well enjoy it!”
Remember when we tried to retrieve our parent’s old Super 8 movies in order to turn them to VHS and then again save in digital form ? And you always hear that today’s digital cameras cannot compare to the vintage feel of the old super 8 ones.
Well, Kodak has launched a brand new film camera that shoots on 8mm film! Yes, they have gone back to analog (well, almost). The new Super 8 camera comes with an LCD viewfinder and a nice leather handle, but most importantly Kodak takes care of all the processing hassle. So, apparently when you purchase the Super 8 film, you will be buying the film, processing and digital transfer. The lab will send you your developed film back and email you a password to retrieve your digital scans from the cloud.
I have been following the French street artist JR for some time and I just saw that the poster of his new short movie ELLIS is out. The film will be out in the US in October and hopefully we will be able to see it at some point. It is part of a series of projects about Ellis Island, the gateway to the United States for 12 million immigrants.
The short film explores parts of the island that nobody visited in over 70 years, and pays respect to to all those who were not given a chance at the American Dream. “It’s a fiction, that slowly connects to the reality,” JR explains. “I asked Robert De Niro to play an immigrant that’s been there and never got accepted, and ended up being a ghost in this island. You see things from his point of view, telling his story and it slowly connects to what happens today.”
Last year the artist also hosted a very interesting photo installation called Unframed – Ellis Island, on the walls of the old abandoned hospital on the island, which closed in 1954.
Last night I watched the 1960 original Ocean’s Eleven with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack and although I have to admit it looks a little dated, you can’t beat the title sequence by the great Saul Bass.
I was a big fan of the first season of True Detective series, and especially loved the cinematography, the atmosphere and the title credits, so I was thrilled to watch the opening sequence for series two. It was created again by US studio Elastic and production partner Antibody in the same style as the first one but with a California theme.
I think the song in the first one was much better though. You can see the title sequence of season one here.
Vasilis Marmatakis is the designer behind the two brilliant posters promoting the new film by Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The film premieres in Cannes today. Marmatakis also did the poster for his previous film “Dogtooth”, which was nominated for an Oscar for foreign language film.