March 2013

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is one of the most wellknown and powerful headhunters in Oslo/Norway. Roger has a very harsh outerself with a foundation in his reputation, while his innerself is very insecure and frighten. To keep his trophy wife, art gallery owner Diana Brown (Synnøve Macody Lund), by his side he maintains an extravagant lifestyle. And to support this he moonlights as an art thief. Roger steals art pieces, replace the originals with forgeries, which go undetected at least until the trail back to him and his accomplice Ove Kjikerud goes cold. Ove gets rid of the original in Sweden and they split the money. However, Rogers lifestyle is draining him on money and he really needs a big score to cover everything and maybe as well be able to quit. Suddenly he sees his chance of that big score when he meets the former CEO and military Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) at his wifes art gallery. However, he could never imagine the consequences of this meeting…

I red the book by Jo Nesbo last year and kept the movie on the backburner until now. I liked the book and I am pleased to say that the filmmakers have crafted a wellmade movie that catches the spirit and the feeling of the novel spot on. Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are great as Roger and Clas. The story has so many twists and turns, but the movie keeps you in line throughout its running time. It is a brutal story with very up close violence, but somehow it works within the storyline. I reckon the one thing you can react on is how over the top the story really is and all the things Roger is put through. But, in the end you do buy into what “Headhunters” serves you. Director Morten Tyldum says that they wanted to create a Hollywood stylish movie with a budget of a normal norwegian movie, and I would say that they have succeded with just that. And I maintain my opinion on the fact that Norway and Denmark is a hell of a lot better in making movies than we are in Sweden. Fact. (3 and a half out of 5)


After Katrina, New Orleans police sergeant Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend Frankie (Eva Mendes), his alcoholic father’s dog, run-ins a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence’s job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He needs a big score to get away from his debts, so he joins forces with the drug dealer Big Fate (Xzibit). But, the murders remain unsolved. The situation is out of control…

“Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans” is a massive failure from the well known Werner Herzog in my opinion. A Nicolas Cage doing his worst overacting in a long time, a cut up narrative, scenes that makes no sense, improvised set ups so it seems, poor dialogue, handheld camerawork with no proper direction and there’s so much within the framework of the movie that’s not close to being believable. The fact that Cage’s character manages to do what he does more or less infront of his own colleagues without becoming arrested himself makes no sense at all. Just a small thing that he carries his weapon in his belt is not convincing what so ever. Sad to see two former great actors, Cage and Kilmer, totally out of form and passion. And the same goes for Herzog. And this is not even close to Abel Ferrara’s intense and solid “Bad Lieutenant”. (2 out of 5)


Foreign Legion Major Foster (Gene Hackman), an American haunted by his memories of the recently-ended Great War, is assigned to protect a group of archaeologists uncovering an ancient city near Erfoud buried by a sand storm 3,000 years ago. Among those who volunteer in Foster’s unit, willingly or unwillingly, is “the Gypsy” Marco Segrain (Terence Hill), a charming jewel thief famous for a three-year crime spree on the Riviera until French authorities managed to apprehend him. Gypsy befriends three other recruits: the Russian giant Ivan (Jack O’Halloran), formerly a member of the elite bodyguard of the deposed Russian Imperial family; “Top Hat” Gilbert Francis (André Penvern), a fashionable man and musician who lacks the physical traits needed in a soldier; and Fredrick Hastings (Paul Sherman), a romantic young English aristocrat who missed the Great War. The four friends are soon disillusioned by the harsh realities of life in the Legion. When the unit arrive in Erfoud they are encountered by the Arab leader El Krim (Ian Holm). El Krim was promised earlier by Foster that there would be no further archeological excavations and yet this is exactly what is occuring. Thus El Krim will not allow this to happen and suddenly Major Foster has a massive threat on his hand to handle…

Never seen “March Or Die” and I bought it on a whim due to the strong cast, well minus Terence Hill… Unfortunately, this is pretty much a failed try to create an epic sort of movie in the line of “Lawrence Of Arabia”. I still wonder who thought it was a good idea to put Terence Hill in one of the leading roles. What I hated the most about the movie was this crappy slapsticky sort of humour that runs through the whole movie and just ruins what Gene Hackman, Max Von Sydow and Catherine Deneuve tries to achieve with their solid acting skills. “March Or Die” just becomes completely unbalanced and painful to watch at times. The intentions were there, but the endresult is something else. (2 and a half out of 5)


Brooklyn-based designer Nina Azzarello has created a series of handmade, paper cut-out icons for computers. Made entirely by hand, Azzarello sketches, colors, paints, cuts, and finally scans each desktop icon into a digital image. According to her, this project is currently still on-going and she plans to make an icon for each desktop application. (via Design Taxi)

You can find the icons at The icons are also available at


Paris-based graphic designer Ludovic Houplain and his partners at the H5 design studio have put together a monumental tome—aptly titled Logobook—that details thousands of the world’s most recognizable brand logos. Back in 2009, Houplain produced the Academy Award-winning short film Logorama, which imagines a world composed entirely out of logos.

His latest book is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed film and alphabetically documents more than 7,000 corporate logos—amazingly, this is just a fraction of the approximately 40,000 consumer graphics that the H5 team has gathered for the production of Logorama. Each logo in the book is accompanied by a caption that identifies its company, category, year and country of creation. Colorful and informative, this will make a great resource for artists, designers and anyone else who has an interest in graphic design and brand identity.

Logobook is set to launch on 1 April 2013—you can purchase it on Amazon. (via Design Taxi)


The German automobile company has rolled out a new version to its sound logo, which will be used in the brand’s new product films, and radio and TV advertising commercials. The old sound logo had a ‘double gong’ ending and was used the last 14 years, according to Joachim H Blickhäuser, the head of Corporate and Brand Identity at BMW Group. “As part of the evolution of our acoustic branding, we are replacing [it] with a new sound logo, which gives the brand a distinctive modern, aesthetic and dynamic recognition factor and can be used in many different ways worldwide,” Blickhäuser said in a statement.

Sound designer Thomas Kisser, who developed the new logo, also added: “It was a very intensive process and a wonderfully exciting challenge right from the start. The questions I asked myself at the outset were: What does the BMW brand sound like to me? Which sound themes represent the values I associate with BMW, such as Sheer Driving Pleasure, aesthetic appeal and power? And how can I create a sound logo that clearly differentiates the brand from other brands—especially other automotive brands?” The new sound logo will be first introduced in French and UK markets in March, and will soon rollout globally later this year. (via Design Taxi)




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