May 2015


Ogilvy & Mather Group Hong Kong have joined forces with Pizza Hut Hong Kong to launch a product innovation campaign, ‘Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box’. targeted at bringing in consumers of the young Hong Kong crowd, the project brings together pizza and movies. Seems like a pretty fail-safe marketing plan, and so far its proven to be so. The test, which released the boxes on april 17th of this year, has been successful enough to warrant Pizza Hut to release the concept in other locations. The design introduces two components with four illustrated graphics. First, is a perforated circle located in the front of the box. second, is a plastic lens that’s placed in a void on the mini-support that’s put in the center of the pizza. when the goods arrive at home, simply pop out the hole, push in the friction-fit lens, and use your phone to scan a code and queue up a flick from Pizza Hut’s selection. (via DesignBoom)

http://www.designboom.com/design/ogilvy-hong-kong-pizza-hut-blockbuster-box-05-26-2015/

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Hawaii-native Sean Yoro, aka Hula, traditionally worked with paint on wood panels, until the day he combined his surfboarding skills and creative character, and took to the seas in search of street art-style canvasses. Instead of applying his paint to walls and surfaces in urban environments, hula made his way to abandoned spaces and untouched building façades only accessible by water. Carefully carrying cans of colored paint on the edge of his board, the now new york-based artist sources seaside locations in the creation of his most recent series of female portraits, half submerged in the surrounding water.

The series of artworks comprises four female portraits, each painted with a distinct hyper-realism. While their faces are painted on the wall, their bodies ‘hide’ under the water’s edge — the perfect placement for them to appear as if they are serenely floating in the surrounding abyss. The pool of water below reflects a semi-transparent image onto the surface, making the faces seem as if they are looking into a mirror. (via DesignBoom)

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In the future all plant life on Earth has become extinct. A few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, currently just outside the orbit of Saturn. Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern), one of four crewmen aboard the Valley Forge, is the resident botanist and ecologist who carefully preserves a variety of plants for their eventual return to Earth and the reforestation of the planet. Lowell spends most of his time in the domes, both cultivating the crops and attending to the animal life. Orders come from Earth to jettison and destroy the domes (with nuclear charges) and return the freighters to commercial service. After four of the six domes are jettisoned and blown up Lowell rebels and opts instead to save the plants and animals on his ship. Lowell kills one of his crew-mates who arrives to plant explosives in his favorite dome, with his right knee seriously injured in the process. He traps the remaining two crewmen in the other dome, just as it is jettisoned and destroyed. Enlisting the aid of the ship’s three service robots, called drones, Lowell stages a fake premature explosion as a ruse and sends the Valley Forge careening towards Saturn in an attempt to hijack the ship and flee with the last forest dome…

“Silent Running” is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had previously worked as a special effects supervisor on science fiction films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Andromeda Strain” and Michael Cimino was one of the screenwriters. In 2008, “Silent Running” was nominated for AFI’s Top 10 Science Fiction Films list.”Silent Running” has been on my to see list forever and it was a treat to finally see it. With this ecopolitical story it does stand out in the genre and its topic is as current as ever. It´s about isolation, alienation, lost causes, and the inevitable future we have created ourselves. It´s a low key movie compared to what you normally see in this genre and with a lesser budget. I do like the cross between deep space hopelessness and the hope for a future. Bruce Dern is great as Freeman showing his complexity as an actor. And the great take on using multiple-amputee actors (Mark Persons, Steve Brown, Cheryl Sparks, and Larry Whisenhunt) playing/operating the three drone robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie (named after Donald Duck’s nephews) breathes truly life into the story. In 2011, 65daysofstatic, an instrumental post-rock and math rock band, released an alternate soundtrack to the film, which is the version I saw and to be honest that was kind of difficult to cope with at times. (3 and half out of 5)

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Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is once again forced to become a vigilante after his girlfriend Karen Sheldon´s (Kay Lenz) daughter dies of a drug overdose. He is recruited by tabloid owner Nathan White (John P. Ryan) to take down various crime figures of the Los Angeles drug trade…

“Death Wish 4: The Crackdown” is the fourth installment in the Death Wish film series and it was directed by J. Lee Thompson. What can you say, this is a classic 80´s splatter violent B-action movie with some sort of social political agenda against drugs in America. The original idea from the first “Death Wish” has been so diluted here it has lost its flavour and the same goes for a stale and old Bronson. Bronson´s Kersey makes so many hasty decisions in his hunt for the bad guys it makes no sense at all at times. And it´s so funny to see how every bloody action movie from the 80s used MAC 10s or mini UZIs, making “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown” no exception. (2 and a half out of 5)

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In the fifties upstate New York, Legs (Raven Adamson) is an athletic, charismatic girl with feminist ideals about female pride and solidarity who eventually leads a street gang of girls from troubled backgrounds. The girls see themselves as feminists and every man as a potential enemy. Maddy (Katie Coseni), a wannabe writer, chronicles the gang’s exploits on a battered typewriter, drawn to the charismatic Legs. After serving a stint in a juvenile detention center, Legs pays the first three months on a rundown house and moves the rest of the gang in to the premises, forming a radical commune. To fund their lifestyle, the girls seduce and rob men of their wallets. Legs, however, has bigger ideas and begins to formulate a plan to kidnap a wealthy businessman…

Joyce Carol Oates’ 1993 novel has previously been adapted in a 1996 version, notable only for providing an early leading role for Angelina Jolie. The film differs from the novel in many ways, most notably the change of setting from 1950s upstate New York to the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s. In the film, most of the Foxfire members come from comfortable suburban families; in the novel, they are working class girls from the “wrong side of the tracks” whose families suffer from domestic problems such as child abuse and alcoholism. The novel also covers a period of about three and a half years, while the film’s action takes place during the course of a few weeks.
Laurent Cantet (The Class) crosses the Atlantic for his version of “Foxfire”. Re-appropriating a traditionally male genre, the film’s female perspective highlights the inequality between the sexes during the period, whilst also trying to show the girls to be worthy adversaries to their male counterparts with a hint at Francis Ford Coppola´s “The Outsiders”. I was hoping for an emotional journey and strong performances in “Foxfire”, but this way too long coming of age story suffers first of all from theatrical and not very convincing acting from all involved. Cantet leaves us with a cold, objective look upon all characters committing all sorts of horrible acts and when every male character is portrayed as sleazy would-be rapists I simply can´t buy into the story that becomes so overbalanced on one side it´s ridiculous. The girls themselves are not very likeable either, which creates even further problems in the protagonist/ antagonist structure within the film. And a small detail such as Adamson spending half of the movie with a seriously bad wig on her head, doesn´t help either. Cantet´s direction takes the film not even close to where it should´ve gone. “Foxfire” is a disappointing one. (2 and a half out of 5)

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A joint Anglo-American plot is devised to steal a highly advanced Soviet fighter aircraft (MiG-31, NATO code name “Firefox”) which is capable of Mach 6, is invisible to radar, and carries weapons controlled by thought. Former United States Air Force Major Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood), a Vietnam veteran and former POW, infiltrates the Soviet Union, aided by his ability to speak Russian (due to his having had a Russian mother) and a network of Jewish dissidents and sympathizers, three of whom are key scientists working on the fighter itself. His goal is to steal the Firefox and fly it back to friendly territory for analysis. However, the KGB has got wind of the operation and is already hot on Gant’s tail…

I am surprised to say that I haven´t seen “Firefox” before, which is kind of strange since I have seen so many Clint Eastwood movies throughout the years. Initially there´s some sort of suspense in “Firefox”, but with a classic sort of 80s suspense that worked well in 1982 and maybe not so well in 2014. However, Eastwood´s adaptation of Craig Thomas cold war espionage thriller is quite blend, clichéd, way too long, filled with several plot holes and hardly Eastwood´s finest hour as an actor or director. (3 out of 5)

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In the late 1800’s, a beautiful former prostitute, Sarah Ramírez (January Jones), is trying to build an honest life with her husband Miguel (Eduardo Noriega) in the rugged plains of New Mexico. The nearby society is in the hands of the sadistic and powerful religious leader and prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs) who will stop at nothing to keep his control over land and people. When his sheeps are eating the crops on Sarah´s and Miguel´s land, they confront him which in return turns their lives violenty upside down. At the same time the renegade and eccentric Sheriff Jackson is on the search for the missing sons of the state Governor and the trail is leading him towards Josiah…

I haven´t heard or red anything about “Sweetwater” as far as I can remember, but I have such a sweet spot for western movies, so it was impossible to not see this one and I was positively surprised of this bleak and violent western. Nice to see the lovely January Jones stepping yet again outside of her Betty Draper persona and with her cool and no bullshit approach she makes Sarah come alive. Jason Isaacs is great as the evil Josiah, but the biggest treat is to see Ed Harris having the time of his life as Sheriff Jackson. He has so many great scenes and his character is such a breath of air. It makes me think of Marlon Brando´s Robert E. Lee Clayton in “The Missouri Breaks”. Love the scene when he literally kicks the shit out of the local corrupt lawman. The cast is good, the cinematography is solid and the story has a good balance between good and evil within the revenge scenario. Good one. (3 and a half out of 5)

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