November 2015


Lorraine Loots, an expert at creating tiny art “for ants,” is back with a new series of mind-bogglingly small (and beautiful) paintings of animals, space, and her favorite books.

She plans to create 100 mini paintings and drawings throughout 2015, drawing them on themed days of the week – “Microcosm Mondays,” “Tiny Tuesdays,” “Fursdays” and “Free Fridays.” (via Twitika)

To me this is very attractive. Lovely bare feet, black nail polish, nice hair cut, piercing blue eyes, toned down make up, colourful dress. She looks fantastic.

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This is what the typographic future of computers looked like in the 1960s and ’70s. (via FontShop)

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The Japanese emporium Muji opens a sprawling new NYC flagship this week—the company’s eleventh US store—in a prime location on Fifth Avenue across from the New York Public Library. With two floors and nearly 12,000 sq ft at its disposal, the store is Muji’s largest in North America and offers several new services (a scent bar, embroidery station) and collections (kids’ apparel) that haven’t previously been available in the States, as well as exclusive items like natural-material knitwear and animal-themed printed children’s’ clothing.

Exposed-brick walls, wood shelving and potted plants scattered throughout serve as a contrast to the brand’s streamlined, minimalist collection of living essentials—everything from toasters and rice cookers to suitcases—lending the space a warm, inviting feel. Highlights exclusive to Fifth Avenue include three personalisation stations: the Aroma Lab, where visitors can create a bespoke home fragrance blended on the spot for use in the brand’s popular diffusers; an embroidery station, where over 100 designs — including a cheese burger, Mount Fuji, the New York taxi cab and letters — can be added to textiles or clothing; and a rubber stamp bar, where shoppers can personalise Muji’s arsenal of paper goods and gift bags with a range of playful stamps.

The boutique also features an expanded area dedicated to Found Muji. Here, visitors can persue Muji’s ongoing collection of curated artisanal and utilitarian everyday objects and homewares inspired by different cultures around the world. For the opening, the Fifth Avenue space’s Found selection showcases utilitarian glassware, textiles and ceramics inspired by the Basque region. (via Wallpaper)

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Safecracker Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is released after spending 12 years in prison and seeks payment for refusing to rat out his boss Ivan Fontaine (Demián Bichir). He reunites with his best friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant) and they travel to Fontaine’s villa in the French countryside. Dom flirts with Fontaine’s Romanian girlfriend Paolina (M?d?lina Diana Ghenea) and becomes angry that he spent 12 years in jail for Fontaine. He begins to mock Fontaine and storms out. At dinner, he apologises and Fontaine presents Dom with £750,000. They spend the night partying with two girls, one of whom, Melody (Kerry Condon) strikes up a conversation with Dom. When the group go driving in Fontaine’s car, they crash into another car. While unconscious, Dom has a vision of Paolina asking for his money. He wakes up, resuscitates Melody, and finds Fontaine impaled on the car’s fender. Dom and Dickie head back to the mansion, where they find Paolina has taken Dom’s money, but they see her leaving in a car. Dom runs through the forest and onto the road, where he is almost hit by Paolina. She asks him if she looks like a woman who wants to be poor and drives away. The foul-mouthed Dom has suddenly lost the money he spent 12 years in prison for and he will not accept this turn of events…

“Dom Hemingway” has received mixed reviews, and Rotten Tomatoes stated: “Jude Law is clearly having fun in Dom Hemingway’s title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn’t quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen.” Without no doubt, Law is having a ball as the foul-mouthed anger management ready Dom, but I think it works. The craziness built up between Dom and Richard E. Grant´s Dickie is over the top, but there´s dynamics and the two do give us a performance you will remember. I liked the somewhat witty and foul dialogue, with a serious hint to Guy Ritchie and the anti hero antics of Dom is a tad bit “fresh” in my eyes, but he´s hardly likeable. He´s a drunk, a drug addict, a jailbird, a criminal, a bad father, a bad husband and a self-centred man with a huge narcissistic complex. Not someone you cheer for. And that´s not the idea either, despite the fact that the movie ends on a positive note for Dom. I think “Dom Hemingway” is enjoyable compared to what Rotten Tomatoes think. (3 out of 5)

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Rita (Eva Röse) works as a dog groomer at a small salon in the southern part of Stockholm. In the little spare time she has, she takes care of her very demanding aunt Edith (Lena Nyman). The days are long and strenuous for Rita who feel constricted in her situation and she dreams of a life of her own with love and affection. Via the help of the caretaker Samir (Eagle-Eye Cherry), Rita manages to take some time off for a weekend in order to seek guidance on how she can change her life at a resort. Knut (Niklas Engdahl) works as journalist for a yellow press newspaper. He moves freely and easily in the centre of Stockholm and is pretty much high on himself. Then the editor in chief sends Knut on a mission to write about fuzzy roads to self-fulfillment at the same resort Rita has gone to. And this is where he meets her and his life takes new turns he couldn´t have imagined earlier…

“Att Göra En Pudel” (“White Trash”) is a simple, funny, sad but yet endearing and lovely little film I must say. The notion of wanting to change, grasp for something new and the wish to be loved and seen for who you are is the message here and it´s communicated well in a sort of “Amelie” way. Eva Röse is convincing as the too kind and lost for love Rita with her colourful clothes, makeup and hairdo. Eva Röse has been a personal favourite for many years and she has this magnificent radiant looks and a smile to die for. How can you not fall in love with her? Yes, the dramatic take and script is hardly something unique and more or less a no brainer. But, there´s this as said endearing feeling to it with colourful characters and it manages to bring out some of your emotional sides and feelings. (3 out of 5)

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Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) lives in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. Russell works at the North Braddock steel mill, while Rodney is US military veteran with 4 tours in Iraq on his cv. Russell has a reasonably normal life and his relationship to his girlfriend Lena (Zoë Saldana) is strong. On the other hand Rodney is restless and carries all the horrific experiences from his time in Iraq as a stone around his neck. One day Russell catches Rodney at a horse racing simulcast where Rodney had just bet on a losing horse. Rodney reveals John Petty (Willem Dafoe) loaned the money to him. Petty owns a bar and runs several illegal games. Eventually Russell offers to pay off some of Rodney’s debt, promising to pay Petty the rest with his next paycheck. Driving home intoxicated, Russell hits another car, killing its occupants, including a little boy. He is incarcerated for vehicular manslaughter. While in prison he is informed that his father has passed away, and that his girlfriend Lena (Zoë Saldana) has left him for the small town police chief, Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker). Upon his release from prison, Russell returns home and resumes his job at the mill. He wants Lena back but she is pregnant with Wesley’s baby. While Russell has been in jail Rodney has started to participate in illegal bare knuckle fights under the supervision of Petty. Rodney tells Petty the “nickel and dime” fights will never give him enough money to pay Petty back. Rodney then insists that Petty call and organize a more lucrative fight in New Jersey. Petty reluctantly arranges a fight with Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a sociopathic drug dealer from New Jersey to whom Petty owes a lot of money. Rodney is told he must lose the fight. When DeGroat seeks assurances Rodney will lose, Petty promises he will. Rodney almost knocks out his opponent, but when hearing Petty pleading with him, Rodney helps the fighter get up and then proceeds to let the man pummel his face. After the fight, Petty tells DeGroat that this fight made them even, reminding him that was their deal. DeGroat drops the subject. While driving back home, Petty and Rodney are ambushed by DeGroat and his men. DeGroat first shoots and kills Petty, and on having Rodney dragged to the woods, kills him as well. Unbeknownst to anyone, when reaching into his pocket for a rag that he gave to Rodney, Petty accidentally dialed his cell phone and it fell onto the car seat. The call connected to his bartender Dan’s voice mail and provided proof that DeGroat was the killer. That night, Russell finds a letter from Rodney, stating that this will be his last fight and that he wants to work with Russell at the mill. Wesley informs Russell about his brother’s disappearance and Russell sets off to take matters into his own hands to find justice…

“Out of the Furnace” gives us yet another high class performance from Christian Bale, but as well from Casey Affleck, Zoë Saldana and Woody Harrelson. This movie is intense, strong, emotional and engaging. The script is solid with good characters and has strong topics such as family ties, dreams, hope, disappointments, death and remorse as pillars. The environments are not very pretty and the classic industrial small town redneck feeling adds a dark layer on the movie. I like the fact that for the first hour the movie was very open and it was not that clear where the story was going. Christian Bale has shown so many times that he is one of the best actors in his generation and it´s always a pleasure to see how he immerse himself in his roles. On the minus side of the movie is a slightly jumpy narrative which is not really bad, but not good either. I prefer a more logic narrative when you present the whole picture and not just framed parts. Nevertheless, “Out of the Furnace” is a great piece of film. (4 out of 5)

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A landing gear malfunction has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots Alex (Antonio de la Torre) and Benito (Hugo Silva) are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants Fajardo (Carlos Areces), Ulloa (Raúl Arévalo) and the chief steward Joserra (Javier Cámara) are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution. Life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which could be summarized in two: sex and death…

Pedro Almodovar always creates colourful movies with all sorts of strange characters moving in and out of different emotional platforms. Almodovar´s previous movie “The Skin I Live In” (“La Piel Que Habito”) from 2011 is a movie I rank as his best without no doubt. I always look forward to what he will do next and in this case we got “Los Amantes Pasajeros”. A movie Almodovar explains himself as a “light, light comedy”. I personally think this is his worst movie, containing lifeless characters in some weird way (which is very unusual for Almodovar), way too many gay sex gags, boring dialogue despite the fact that there´s all sorts of emotional problems being addressed, a static environment and it never seems to end. It´s absurd and campy, but that doesn´t help or lift the movie. This is simply too light for Almodovar and what we expect from him. (2 out of 5)

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A large parts of the Danish population is outraged that a newly appointed government has broken its election promises and together with the United States decided to drill for oil in the fragile North-East Greenland. Mia Moesgaard (Trine Dyrholm), journalist and political commentator takes part in a TV debate with the danish foreign minister Thomas Borby (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) where she is manipulated into appearing to advocate violent reprisals against the drilling. Rasmus Holm Jensen (Kim Bodnia), a geophysicist and former Olympic marksman, is watching the broadcast. He has information that proves the government is lying about vital aspects of the oil field. He also agrees with the idea that violent action is the way to force the issue out into the open. He sends Mia the information he has gathered, but while the newspaper strives to confirm the figures he’s provided, he takes it upon himself to target the people he feels are responsible for betraying the Danish electorate. Soon, he and Mia are being regarded as in collusion, and Mia has to do everything she can to stop Rasmus from carrying out his plan to stop the deal from being ratified…

“Skytten” is a remake of the 1977s “The Marksman”, and the political cause has changed from keeping Denmark a nuclear-free zone to one where the government is holding back information about an off- shore oil deal that involves the US. The foundation for a good conspiracy thriller is there, but I think that the dramatic structure, the direction and the not fully convincing acting makes this a very vague production with a TV movie feeling. I think the biggest failure is the non existing suspense, which is really the pillar in this sort of movie. The sub-plot involving Mia adopting a child from India feels forced and doesn´t really add that extra layer to Trine Dyrholm´s character. Kim Bodnia is normally one of Denmark´s finest actors, but he seems a bit lost here and his character isn´t fleshed out properly in my point of view and his reasons for taking the action he does could have been fleshed out as well. Yes, there´s intriguing layers such as newspaper censorship, whistle-blowing, and political expediency, but due to the fact the movie never takes off, everything ends up as said in a vague shadowland. (2 and a half out of 5)

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