August 2012

A new company from Spain called DVELAS is making limited edition outdoor furniture from old sails. Created by a group of Spanish architects and designers, DVELAS takes old sails and re-uses them so that they don’t end up in the trash. Instead, they’re transformed into contemporary, comfortable heavy duty outdoor seating.

With over six different series of furniture, DVELAS has created a very nice line. Each piece comes with information about the sail’s origin such as the port and boat it came from, the type of sail, and the material and original sailmaker. (via Design Milk)

This is of course a similar idea to what FREITAG does with used truck tarps. A great sustainable idea that looks cool and carries a great backstory. I like this.

John Milton (Nicholas Cage) is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a Satanic cult, has murdered Milton’s daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will sacrifice the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper (Amber Heard) from her brutal, two-timing fiancé. There are odd things about Milton: his driver’s license is out of date, he has a very strange gun named The God-Killer, and he’s being pursued by a man in a suit who calls himself The Accountant (William Fichtner). Milton continues his hunt for King with Piper by his side while the time is ticking….

“Drive Angry” carries a grindhouse identity (just the name is a hint at it), but it doesn´t really end up as a full blown grindhouse action flick. I reckon if they would have taken the same route as “Machete” with “Drive Angry” it would have worked much better. Now it´s some sort of mishmash between grindhouse and a standard action movie with a cartoony backdrop. Nicholas Cage is not that convincing as Milton. I am quite tired of him in general I must say. He needs to reboot. Amber Heard is however a sight for sore eyes. I reckon she fits very well as the though and sexy Piper. It´s hard to not become completely mesmerized by her. I really like her. Looking forward to see her in “The Rum Diary”. Without her this would have been slightly lamer for sure. And, not the best CGI for sure…… All in all, this is not a complete disaster, but like I said, if they would have done it with a much more classic grindhouse wink in the eye, this would have been pretty alright I reckon. (3 out of 5)

Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) are former soldiers who have become hitmen since leaving the military. While Gal is laid back, Jay is still suffering from an unspecified disastrous mission in Kiev and, despite the urging of his wife Shel (MyAnna Buring), he hasn’t worked since and they are running out of cash. Shel organises a dinner party to which she invites Gal and his latest girlfriend and during the evening Gal reveals he has a new job for them, which Shel encourages him to take. Jay’s disturbed past surfaces as he spins out of control during the mission and soon enough Jay and Gal are the hunted…

I have red raving reviews on this psychological thriller and when Total Film rewards it with 5 out of 5 one do expect to see something extraordinary. “Kill List” has been shot in a classic “in your face” way, giving it an arthouse-realist feel. Solid acting is the result, particularly from Neil Maskell. And as well some strong violent scenes. Is it disturbing? Is it scary? Is it extraordinary? For me “Kill List” was more or less a disappointment. A flirt with “The Wicker Man” and “The Blair Witch Project”, but hardly reaching their heights. If this is seen as the best horror/thriller coming out of England the past years, I would say I am disturbed by that opinion. “Kill List” is not extraordinary in my book. 5 out of 5? No, more 3 out of 5. No more, no less. (3 out of 5)

This clever fruit hanger by Simon Colabufalo, debuted at DesignEX 2012 in Sydney. Made of polished aluminum, this prototype was designed to bring the fruit back to the tree. Great concept in my eyes. (via Design Milk)

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