These are stills from the film Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. I really loved the noir atmosphere and the amazing art direction that stay true to the original Blade Runner from 1982. The excellent cinematography is by Roger Deakins. Villeneuve’s film has some really epic scenes that take place in the dystopian world of a futuristic Los Angeles. The film’s score is composed by Hans Zimmer, which also follows on the tracks of the original awarded soundtrack by Vangelis.
This is a collection of shared photographs that started as a thread in Reddit website. Users from all over the world share their real-life pics of hotels, buildings, or sceneries that seem to be taken …out of a Wes Anderson movie! These are images for the fans of the director’s visual style: perfectly colorful, retro and stylized!
This is the official poster for Yiorgos Lanthimos‘ new film: “The Killing of a Sacred Dear” designed by Vasilis Marmatakis. Once again, Marmatakis has created a strange, but also very memorable film poster, that is also special in its own way.
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.