Thursday, June 29, 2006
While in NYC I went and saw the Pritzker Award winning Zaha Hadid's show at the Guggenheim. 10 stars. I Highly recommend this show. A lot of sketches and paintings, and some of the finest architectural models I have ever seen. To put it simply; I want these models on my coffee table. Her and her staff are extremely good at taking graphic shapes and applying them to large architectural projects. The BMW plant in Leipzig, The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, and the standout of all- The new "Dancing Towers" for Dubai's Business Bay (how is Dubai and all its building plans lately?- whoa!). These photos just dont do the design an ounce of justice- an amazing pair of buildings. Please go see this show. Its not as huge as the very similiar Frank Gehry show of a few years back, but still not one to miss.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
My friend Melissa scored us some passes to the new Superman movie. Im not a huge fan of the license, but I thought it was a pretty good flick. If nothing else- the effects were smart and overall, the film looked great. Still curious of the shots my main man Emanuel at the Orphanage and his staff worked on. I have my suspicions. Regardless- great job you guys. Anyhow- go check it out in 3D on an IMAX screen if you have a chance- not as impressive as Batman Returns- but still, pretty good for a Summer blockbuster.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
If you have not ever seen The Hidden Fortress- its time you did.
Especially for the Makabe vs. Tadokoro spear duel. Do not miss this part. Toshiro Mifune (and Akira Kurowsawa for that matter) are at their finest. One of my favorite movie scenes ever. It's not neccesarily a scene with lightning fast choreography or anything like that- but the tension Kurosawa achieves with these two actors- along with the crowd of lower Samurai is something rarely accomplished. Also as with all Kurosawa films it has a fantastic score.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Maybe youre in the market for a new surf vid. Its rough out there- nothings worse than coming home anticipating the surf movie you just dropped 30 bones on, and upon viewing said vid you realize its absolute crap. Well this Shades of Bali film makes me realize what crap really is, and its the surf here on the Eastern Pacific Rim. Rizal, Bol, and Betet killing it "from 6am to 6pm, offshore everyday".
Friday, June 09, 2006
Perhaps you really like airplanes, or just need a new artbook- this one has been one of my favorites for the past few weeks. Great caricatures of planes, jets, and helicopters by Jean Barbaud. Nice hardcover book packed with drawings, nearly all in color (a few choice black pen sketches)- with high quality printing and book design.