FILM: The Serpent →
When The Serpent first came out in the UK, the marketing made much of the fact that Bond girl Olga Kurylenko got her kit off in the film - a tactic which did more harm than good. The Serpent is actually a tricksy, Hitchcockian thriller that mixes the “wrong man accused” of North by Northwest with the dark psychological undercurrents of The Talented Mr Ripley to great effect. Yvan...
Levitating Japanese Girl →
This is a very cool photoblog by a Japanese teenager who takes pics of herself jumping - but appears to be levitating. Reminds me a bit of Mai The Psychic Girl by Kazuya Kudo and Ryoichi Ikegami - which I highly recommend btw. http://yowayowacamera.com/
Women laughing alone with salad →
If there’s one thing that advertising has taught me, it’s that women like nothing better than to laugh alone with their salad, right? http://thehairpin.com/2011/01/women-laughing-alone-with-salad
Three prime lenses for iPhone →
So now you can buy a Macro, Wide angle and Telephoto lens for your iPhone. I do wonder how good these things are - the fixture method looks a bit flimsy and putting iPhone in your back pocket could be a thing of the past. Thanks to Matthew Shaw for the heads up on this one.
This... is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Some exciting news - I’ve just been given the greenlight on my next production! The name? Still to be confirmed. The budget? Sky high. It’s going to take about 18 years to complete, and it’ll drive us to the brink of insanity - with sleepless nights, near-death experiences and the occasional moment of pleasure here and there. But so what? I couldn’t be happier - Cathy Mager and I are going...
Liz Jones in Somalia →
I’ve donated to this. You should too. dmreporter: Surprise! @LizJonesSomalia is a fake! Oh wow. No-way! Pah! Who knew? About two thirds of you, actually - which is great, because if I’d got 50 negative replies a minute I’d have stopped a long time ago. I’m genuinely delighted that so many people get the joke and totally appreciative of the…
Journalism students try to publish newspaper using... →
While archeologists try to recreate what life was like 10,000 years ago, and historians try to recreate what life was like 1,000 years ago, journalists can’t even recreate how they published a newspaper 20 years ago. No one documented the details or saved the old equipment. (I had to buy some of it from creepy old men through Craigslist.)
The Real-Life Laputa: Castle of the Sky →
This story of a floating island artwork cut adrift by vandals is sad, but it makes me smile - because Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle of the Sky is one of my favourite films. SPOILERS BELOW If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that it ends with the castle adrift over the earth, floating away out of sight, orbiting for ever. I imagine a similar fate has befallen this...