August 2013

Great song. Love the drums.

The Nike concept store in Shanghai is designed by the Taiwanese architectural firm, Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd, and the store was built by using 2,000 PET water bottles, 50,000 DVDs and CDs, as well as 5,500 soda cans. The water bottles were used to make 2,000 yards of wire tension, with the joints being made from 5,278 aluminum cans. The CDs complete the grungy interior by decorating the ceiling, making the vibrant colors of Nike’s shoes stand out. (via Design Taxi)

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Paris-based design collective Vaulot&Dyevre has created a whimsical coffee cup that makes it look as though your coffee is topped by a pretty, spiraling cloud. Made for people who take their espresso seriously, this simple white cup is made of Limoges porcelain and has won the design prize Agora 2012, Bordeaux. The “fluffly”, cloud-like cup cover is not merely decorative and aesthetically pleasing, but also serves to keep the coffee warm and flavorful. (via Design Taxi)


German design student Simon Frambach added a simple twist to the common house lamp to turn it into a more interesting appliance that can fit into small spaces. Fashioned from foamed polyurethane, the soft, light lamp can fit into nooks and crannies around the house. With its soft texture and gourd-like shape, you can even rest on it comfortably and feel its warmth.“To me it is fascinating how one little alteration can really change the whole concept of a product that surrounds us”, said Frambach. (via Design Taxi)





In 19th century Baltimore, Maryland, several policemen burst into an apartment to discover a murdered woman sprawled on the floor. Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) is called to assist in the investigation and discovers that the crime resembles a fictional murder in the short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. The alcoholic writer Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) has returned to Baltimore in hopes of winning the hand of the beautiful young Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve). However, Emily’s father, Captain Hamilton, despises Poe and threatens to kill him if he tries to see Emily. Poe is brought to see Fields for questioning and is horrified to learn someone is using his stories as the backdrop for a series of murders. Fields then proposes that Poe volunteer his services. The two men are called to investigate the murder of literary critic Ludwig Griswold. Poe realizes the gruesome crime resembles a scene from “The Pit and the Pendulum” as Fields notices a red demon mask near the corpse. The two then deduce that the scene of the next crime will take place at Captain Hamilton’s annual masquerade ball. Fields assigns several members of the Baltimore Police to go undercover as guests at the Masked Ball. A man on horseback dressed in a skeleton costume appears. Fields shoots the man only to learn he was an actor hired to deliver an anonymous note. Poe then realizes Emily has been kidnapped. In the letter, the killer leaves clues to Emily’s location but promises to killer unless Poe writes newspaper columns publicizing the crimes. Poe and Fields needs to figure out where Emily is captive and at the same time catch the killer…

The plot of “The Raven” is fictional, but the writers based it on some accounts of real situations surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death. On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, “in great distress, and… in need of immediate assistance”, according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington Medical College, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds” on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe’s final words were “Lord help my poor soul.” All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. Newspapers at the time reported Poe’s death as “congestion of the brain” or “cerebral inflammation”, common euphemisms for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. The actual cause of death remains a mystery. Speculation has included delirium tremens, heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningeal inflammation, cholera and rabies. One theory, dating from 1872, indicates that cooping – in which unwilling citizens who were forced to vote for a particular candidate were occasionally killed – was the cause of Poe’s death. I like the idea how the writers have incoporated fiction with real events in Poe´s life and “The Raven” is intense, well-paced, wellmade and intriguing. The fact that Edgar Allan Poe was quite of a character and writer sets a solid ground to the story and the timeperiod is very rich and interesting. And John Cusack is not too shabby as Poe. But, I reckon as some reviews points out, the lack of a compelling resolution makes “The Raven” a bit “that was it?”. (3 out of 5)



In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have been at war for centuries. After the last Vampire War, the Catholic priest and veteran Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church’s walled cities. When the Priest’s niece (Lily Collins) is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece’s boyfriend Hicks (Cam Gigandet), who is a wasteland sheriff; and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q)…

“Priest” is based on the supernatural horror and action Korean comics Priest by Min-Woo Hyun which I have not red. But, I must say I do like the storyline and idea with warrior priests in a futuristic, cyberpunkish and apocalyptic world. There’s a touch of “1984” and “Blade Runner” in the movie. Love how the church has more or less become a corporate company. This is a pretty good action movie in my mind with a a great story plus a lot of cool vehicles and weaponary. I particularly loved the weapons the Priests carries. I can’t really understand that this movie was panned by critics and the moviegoers. “Priest” is good, compared to the other Stewart/Bettany collaboration “Legion” which was a piece of crap. Bettany is great as Priest, Maggie Q is great as Priestess (a new favourite for sure) and Karl Urban is great as Black Hat. The only weak link is Cam Gigandet in my opinion. I simply liked “Priest”. (3 and a half out of 5)


Set in 1931, Franklyn County/Virginia, Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard (Jason Clarke) and the coward Jack (Shia LaBeouf), the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklyn with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes (Guy Pearce), the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursuits the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie (Jessica Chastain), a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and eventually they end up together. Jack courts the preacher’s daughter Bertha Minnix (Mia Wasikowska) and starts to do his own bootlegging deals with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman). Jack then starts to show off in Franklyn with new clothes and a new car that soon enough attracts the attention of Rakes who is getting closer to the Bondurant family…

On paper “Lawless” sounds great. Directed by John Hillcoat, screenplay by Nick Cave and with a pretty solid cast and a true story behind the script. However, the endresult is maybe not that satisfying. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 2 stars out of 5, writing, “it’s basically a smug, empty exercise in macho-sentimental violence in which we are apparently expected to root for the lovable good ol’ boys, as they mumble, shoot, punch and stab.” Which points out the main problem. The characters are all blend, not properly developed, and you feel no emotional attachment to any of them. Shia LaBeouf is miscast and Tom Hardy does his weakest role. The only one managing to stand out is Guy Pearce’s Rakes and he is basically overacting as much as he can. The dialogue is as well stilted and not engaging. And it gets this sort of clichéd balance when Hillcoat and co tries to convince us that we see a mythic depiction of the outlaw way of existence, meaning relentless killing needs to be the main ingredience. Thus, I don’t really believe in the characters or the storyline. Yes, “Lawless” has a craftsmanship feeling over it and it’s well made, but in the end the lack of conviction made me lose interest and engagement during the running time. But, its always a treat to see Jessica Chastain. (3 out of 5)


The former dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), now a bountyhunter, buys the freedom of a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), due to the fact that he knows the faces of three bandits Schultz is after. When Schultz learns that Django is on the search for his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), he sets up a deal with Django. He will help Django to find his wife if he helps Schultz with his bountyhunting business over the winterseason. He trains Django and eventually he becomes fierce and lethal. After the winter Schultz and Django learns that his wife Broomhilda is held as a slave at a plantation called Candyland owned by the ruthless Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Now it´s up to Django and Schultz to figure out how to free her…

Quentin Tarantino is back and nothing has changed. He keeps plowing down a path in the same direction of gigantic homages to the genres he loves. This time he has put his hands in the spaghetti western genre. Being an avid fan of the western as such, I thought this was a correct choice of Quentin after his great warmovie outing “Inglourious Basterds”. “Django Unchained” is a classic Tarantino movie based on violence, a cartoonish backkdrop, faul language, revenge and an over the top structure. Did I like it? Not the way I hoped for. I reckon I am kind of tired of QT´s explosions of violence that just never ends and how he pushes it so it can´t go any other direction than over the top and passed that as well. We´ve seen it and we know it all to well after 20 years of QT on the silver screen. Yes, it´s very cartoonish, but yet his violence just seems to have become more and more of a trademark he seems to feel is needed in whatever he makes. I buy into scripts that needs violence to tell the story, but it seems that QT just want to put in as much violence he can because he can. He´s QT and this is his playground. It´s his DNA. And I´m blasé on his DNA now. Foxx is fine as Django and so is Waltz, but the scenestealer is for sure Leonardo DiCaprio as Candie, doing his first real bad guy role and he does it with panache. Samuel L. Jackson is in QTs DNA as well, and I am tired of him by now. Overused till death. Liked the cameos by Don Johnson and Franco Nero. Don´t understand that James Remar had two roles. And then we come to the use of the n word. I reckon it might fit with the storyline and maybe how people used the word in the late 1800s, but I still think QT takes this a bit too far as he does with his violence. He exploits these subjects in a manner you can´t but just think he does it because he believes in his own myth as a filmmaker and what sorts of movies he makes and is known to make. Thus, yet again his DNA. In a way he has worn out his way of making movies and it´s just not that exciting anymore in my opinion. The debate about him exploiting slavery as the foundation of “Django Unchained” can be discussed for sure, but I hardly think he had any intention to actually exploit this horrible part of american history. I guess in QTs mind he only sees “Django Unchained” as a “revenge” on slavery, and nothing else. Finally, I simply can´t leave out how much I despise that QT continuously put himself in small cameos. He simply can´t act and has no business to be infront of the camera. Stay behind the bloody camera! Futurwise, I think QT is ready to retire. The time has come. (3 and a half out of 5)


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