July 2012

Beyond amazing.

Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York head-hunter on the search for an Art Director for GQ Magazine. Los Angeles-based Dylan Harper is running a blog with a massive following and he ends up as a possible candidate for the job. Eventually Dylan is offered the position and he decides to take it and thus moves to NY. And quite quickly Dylan and Jamie become friends. Their friendship turns then into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie’s emotionally damaged past and Dylan’s history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate…

“Friends With Benefits” has hardly an original script or storyline, thus the movie is carried by the strong charisma of Timberlake and Kunis and the witty dialogue their characters have. There are several quite funny sequences between them and there is as well a spark for sure. I reckon I fall more and more for Kunis when she get roles that fits her and her acting register. Her petite beautiful presence and those big stunning eyes makes it hard to not put focus on her. One thing I did react on was the fast pace in their acting and how they did present their lines. At times maybe a bit over the top fast paced. Then again it made the movie temporich and that is normally not an issue. Solid supporting cast with Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Woodie Harrelson etc. The ending? Well, a bit too romcommy in the midst of a flash mob in Central Station…. But, all in all not too shabby. Great soundtrack by the way with for example Fitz And The Tantrums. (3 and a half out of 5)

In 1982 a team of Norwegian and American scientists including Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) and paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) discovers a spacecraft and an alien buried deep in the ice of Antarctica. They realize too late that it is still alive, consuming and replicating the team members…

First of all I just want to say why oh why?! Why create a prequel to John Carpenters brilliant 1982 “The Thing” (one of my all time favourite movies)? Discarding the fact that the plot for the prequal ends immediately before the start of Carpenters movie which somehow gives it some sort of story. But, that was part of the charm of Carpenters movie. I don’t want to know exactly what happend before MacReady and Co bumps into the dog and the Norwegian chopper. Keep it open. Keep the mystery. Keep the fear alive. “The Thing” 2011 makes no real sense in my book and it becomes just a slave to the far superior John Carpenter movie. I will try to forget that I made the decision to see this one… (2 and a half out of 5)

The cover of issue 42 features Tom Hardy’s character Forrest Bondurant from the new John Hillcoat film, Lawless – a “downhome bootlegging caper” say LWL. The image was carved into Japanese Ply wood, inked up and printed by the magazine’s design team. The film also shows some of the woodcut section openers that appear in the magazine. The woodcut team in full: Angus McPherson (LWLies designer), Fabrizio Festa (TCOLondon designer) and Eve Lloyd Knight (TCOLondon design intern). (via Creative Review)

Refreshingly weird from DDB Chicago…

Greenpeace’s latest film aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Arctic polar bears, with a new film that sees a bear wandering homeless around a city with the voice of Jude Law and the music of Radiohead. Great ad.


A new series of ads from EDC Communication for Bacardi explain how various trends, including planking and texting really came about.

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