January 2017


Rest in peace John Hurt. Magnificent actor. #JohnHurt

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The ‘Peri Duo’ iPhone case integrates a hi-definition speaker system and 2500 mAh battery into the design. creating a full audio experience loud enough to fill several environments, the ‘Peri Duo’ can also provide more than a full charge to smartphones, with a sleek design making it ideal for both casual and professional settings. (via Designboom)

http://www.designboom.com/technology/peri-iphone-loudspeaker-chager-phone-case-01-27-2017/

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A new ‘intelligent turntable’ that allows record collectors to play vinyl directly from their smartphone is currently in the works. It promises music fans, ‘the intimacy of vinyl with modern day convenience’ and it ‘reads vinyl with a stylus, connects to bluetooth and wi-fi, and is controlled by your smartphone’. Designed by Yves Béhar, the sculptural-spinning object is capturing peoples’ imaginations with its unorthodox playing style — rather than the record traditionally turning on a platter, the technology literally puts a spin on vinyl. (via Designboom)

http://www.designboom.com/technology/love-the-first-intelligent-turntable-powered-by-a-smartphone-01-27-2017/

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The first-ever Pantone color of the year experience has been brought to life in the heart of London by Airbnb. The two brands have joined forces to create the ‘outside in’ house in Clerkenwell, immersing guests in a universe of ‘greenery‘. The bookable apartment features a woodland reception area, an indoor greenhouse that doubles as a dining room, a garden bedroom with mown lawn, a tented nook for children, an herb garden kitchen, and botanical life interspersed throughout. (via Designboom)

http://www.designboom.com/design/airbnb-pantone-greenery-london-apartment-for-rent-01-25-2017/

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A true stunner as Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

A race of aliens called Mimics has taken over continental Europe. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), head of humanity’s United Defense Force, orders Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a public affairs officer and former advertising executive, to cover combat on the beaches of France during the next day’s assault on the Mimics. Cage objects to the dangerous assignment and threatens to use his public relations skills to turn the public against Brigham when the casualties start increasing from the invasion. General Brigham has Cage arrested; Cage is knocked out during an ensuing escape attempt. He wakes in handcuffs at a forward operating base at Heathrow Airport and discovers he has been labeled a deserter and put on combat duty for the invasion under the command of Master Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton). The invasion is a disaster for the humans. Cage manages to kill a large Mimic but dies as he is sprayed with its acid-like blood. He then wakes up at Heathrow the previous morning. No one believes his story that he knows the invasion will fail. He repeats the loop of dying on the beach and waking at Heathrow until he encounters Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). She recognizes his ability to anticipate events and tells him to locate her the next time he “wakes up”. Cage finds Vrataski at Heathrow. Together they meet up with Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor), a former government scientist and expert in Mimic biology. Cage learns that the kind of Mimic he killed in his first loop, an “Alpha”, resets time when it is killed to give the Mimics an advantage in battle. Cage inherited this ability when he was doused in the Alpha’s blood as they both died. Vrataski had this ability in the recent but only successful battle but lost it after receiving a blood transfusion. She tells Cage that they must hunt the Mimics’ hive mind, the Omega. And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the Mimics, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy…

Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Cruise Sci-Fi alien thriller “Oblivion” was a doze for me despite its great cinematography and visuals. So, I was hoping for something better in the genre from Cruise this time around and “Edge Of Tomorrow” delivers for sure. It´s always tricky with time looping movies since how many times can you repeat the same scenario before the audience lose the interest. “Edge Of Tomorrow” is balancing on that line for a moment, but manages to keep it on the right side and it doesn´t get lost in the progress. I like the development of Tom Cruise character from a terrified public affairs officer in combat to becoming a hardened soldier. He fits the role as Cage and so does the talented and beautiful Emily Blunt in her role as Rita. Love the scene when she is doing yoga in the battle training room and being approched by Cage. She manages to balance her role as the “Full Metal Bitch” and yet being vulnerable at the same time. Justin Chang of Variety called “Edge of Tomorrow” “a cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller” and said the film was director Doug Liman’s best since The Bourne Identity (2002). Chang said the screenwriters, with the assistance of the editors, “tell their story in a breezy narrative shorthand (and at times, sleight-of-hand), transforming what must surely be an unbelievably tedious gauntlet for our hero into a deft, playful and continually involving viewing experience”. The critic said of the relationship of Cruise and Blunt’s characters, “Liman handles it with a pleasing lightness of touch that extends to the proceedings as a whole.” He also commended the visual effects of the “expertly designed Mimics” as well as Dion Beebe’s cinematography. It´s hard to not think of Verhoeven´s “Starship Troopers”, but “Edge Of Tomorrow” carries its own uniqueness, weight and strength. An alternative, darker ending was considered for the film as follows: As they approach Paris in the drop-ship, Cage briefs the soldiers that they must not kill an Alpha or it will cause a time loop and “we’ll be right back here having this conversation, and we won’t even know it.” During fighting, one of the soldiers gets separated, then confronts and kills an Alpha. The audience sees the Omega reset the day and witnesses the same conversation as before about not killing an Alpha, but then an attack starts and the audience knows that the Mimics have the upper hand as the movie ends. The actual released movie has scenes in the drop-ship where the soldiers are reviewing Cage’s warning and one says “Do not kill an Alpha or we’ll never even know we had this conversation and they’ll know we’re coming”. Also, when the Mimics begin firing on the ship, somebody yells “They know we’re coming, Cage!” These scenes were probably filmed for the alternate ending. I think “Edge Of Tomorrow” is really well made, intriguing, popcorn action fun and the CGI is top notch. And I don´t have any issues with the ending. (4 out of 5)

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A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) struggle to survive after an unspecified cataclysm has killed most plant and animal life and a grey sky is constantly present. Civilization as we know it has collapsed, reducing the survivors to scavenging and in most cases cannibalism. The duo search for supplies as they travel south on a road to the coast in the hope it will be warmer. The only things they have is a pistol to defend themselves, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food and each other…

“The Road” is of course based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy. Esquire screened the film before it was released and called it “the most important movie of the year” and “a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there-and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.” IGN gave it four and a half out of a possible five stars, calling it “one of the most important and moving films to come along in a long time.”Peter Travers from Rolling Stone calls the film a “haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young”. He states that “Hillcoat — through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee — carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.” Roger Ebert awarded the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising Mortensen and Smit-McPhee’s work, but he did criticize the film for not being as powerful as the book. First of all I love Cormac McCarthy´s book. Reading it was such a fantastic experience and I had trouble to put down the book, because it was so good and as well because I didn´t want it to end. I think John Hillcoat has managed to make a great adaptation of this fantastic book, but yes it´s too short to be fully compared with the book so to say. I would´ve wanted it to be more fleshed out and longer to fully satisfy me. Nevertheless it´s a haunting, harrowing and strong movie as much as the book is with great performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The strong bond and love between a parent and a child and the challenges they face, is both difficult and beautiful to watch. A parent that does whatever it takes to protect his child is so strongly portrayed here by Viggo Mortensen it goes straight into your heart. Hillcoat & Co manage to fully convince us that there has been some sort of apocalypse and the cinematography and CGI presents us with some stunning landscapes and environments of this bleak post-apocalyptic world. The story of the “The Road” is as current as ever and I personally believe that this sort of world might be what we will get if we don´t really start to handle the worlds global problems asap. Maybe not in 10 years, but maybe in 50. (4 out of 5)

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