In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved’s life… Yes, it’s the new Michel Gondry film. Be still my beating heart.
This one snuck by me! Jeremiah Jae’s album, Raw Money Raps, was one of the best hip hop releases of last year. Mumbled lyrics that get lost in a bass heavy mix and a matter of fact delivery created a unique and original style. In March this year it appears Jeremiah dropped the video for the track, “Cable”. I didn’t catch it, but no matter, my friend Molly pasted it up on Facebook so I had to share it here. It’s got an old school VHS quality to it – like you’re watching something from the early 80s late at night on, er, cable.
Among the most anticipated films at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is Nicolas Winding Refn’s, Only God Forgives. Refn is one of the most exciting figures in film today and Only God Forgives marks his second collaboration with actor Ryan Gosling (their first being 2011′s Drive). Refn is Kubrickian in his approach – his style is visceral and meticulously executed. Watching the trailer (below) it looks as though Only God Forgives will have all the hallmark aesthetics of a Refn film: measured silence, ultra-violence and cinemaphotography that borders on the lyrical. The story is one of revenge: Gosling plays Julian, an American who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favoruite son, Billy which sets Julian off for a quest for vengeance.
Only God Forgives screens on Cannes on Tuesday, 22 May and opens in Australia on 18 July. If you absolutely, positively must get a Ryan Gosling fix before then, you can always watch him refusing to eat cereal.
This is awesome! For this ongoing project, Jay Shells creates official-looking street signs that quote famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installs them at those specific street corners and locations. I really love this concept! It combines the poetry of hip hop with a sense of cultural context while simultaneously making the experience social and interactive. Check out the video above and a selection of the signs below!
Earlier this month, Instagram users @projectlife365, @christianflorin, @alexanderpavone and @mattbg held an InstaMeet at the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, California. 115 people turned out for the event, and one of them, Ravi Vora (@ravivora), decided to put together a film about the day and what happens when the Instagram community comes together. It’s a nice piece about an emerging collaborative culture of creativity – as well as an insight into how mobile photography and Instagram is influencing our culture.
Like so many people, I’ve been hanging out for the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Greaty Gatsby. Luhrman’s films are a sensory feast – and the soundtracks are no exception. As I posted previously, Jay-Z has been working with Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts on the film’s score. And, today, the xx dropped their new track “Together” which was written for the film. The track is typically minimalist until the 3 minute and 40 second mark where a crescendo of lush strings kicks in. Listen to “Together” below.
The new documentary about artist JR, Inside Out: The People’s Art Project, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York last Saturday, giving an insight into the passion and challenges involved in creating the world’s largest participatory art project. The aim of The People’s Art Project was to connect people worldwide through a collaborative artistic action. The documentary is a revealing look at the artist and the power of a camera, some paper and paste.
I am just a little keen for the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Greaty Gatsby. At Record | Preserve | Share we’ve monitored the casting, we’ve seen the poster and we’ve critiqued the first trailer. As Pitchfork reported earlier last month, Jay-Z has been working with Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts on the film’s score. The second trailer (released late last year) provides some hints as to what eclectic soundscapes we might hear; a highlight being Filter’s cover of The Turtles ‘Happy Together’. Man, it’s a long wait until the official release date of May 10.
Ryan Gosling has a new movie and it co-stars Australia’s Rose Byrne. Honestly, that sentence should be enough to make you want to buy a ticket. The Place Beyond The Pines sees Gosling pair up once again with director Derek Cianfrance (who directed him in the bittersweet Blue Valentine). Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician. Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta make up the ensemble. But, who gives a shit? It’s got Ryan Gosling, so we know it’s good.
It’s Jay Z’s 43rd birthday today and he just gave us a present. Where I’m From is a 25 minute documentary that takes a behind the scenes look at the creation of the rapper/mogul’s sold out opening concert series at the Brooklyn Nets’ new area. Watch Where I’m From below:
[via Life + Times]
It’s that time of the year when we look back and take stock of the year that was. The culturati over at New York Magazine have put together their annual “Year in Culture” issue. They curate the most gripping, unexpected, head-scratching, and lovely moments in the arts over the past twelve months, then unveil their top-ten lists in Movies, Television, Music, Theater, Books, and Channing Tatum, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the other standouts of 2012. It’s one of my favourite lists, so get over to NY Mag to take a look back at what made our year.
Clean Bandit are about to pop. The London-based quartet fuse classical, electronica and hip-hop beats, with a diverse group of vocal collaborators. “Nightingale” is a catchy amalgamation of awesome: the sound is fresh and original while harking back to the sound of Britain’s pre-Millenial dance scene. Me likey.