August 2012

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)

Living and working in New York City, Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita has a series of work using simple shapes and objects with light to create shadows. Using a single light source that projects light onto the material, Yamashita forms silhouettes of people and faces in the series entitled Light & Shadow. (via Design Milk) Very cool…

Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip hop. The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City. Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum of Hip Hop, however, the museum’s future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.

Bambaataa is apparently seeking support from fellow hip hop kingpins and is planning to meet Ruben Diaz, Jr, the Bronx borough President, in order to push the project onwards. Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa was one of the pioneers of hip hop and is often credited with naming the genre. A DJ and producer, his 1982 track ‘Planet Rock’ – made with the Soulsonic Force – was instrumental in founding the roots of hip hop as well as electro. 
In 2007 Bambaataa was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (via NME)

On This Day in 1991 – “Ten” was released. Time flies….

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