Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Carlos Nunez

I haven't talked about photography in a while but I found this guy today and me likey a lot. I particularly love the hazy/late summer glow about some of his creations and the hair movement in the ones I've chosen to showcase. There was just something about them that really struck me even though they are quite simple really but maybe that's just it: the subtlety and quiet stillness especially in the last three. Anyway you can check more of this guy's work at: http://www.carlosnunezphotography.com/index.html

Grizzly Bear

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I was listening to these guys a lot towards the end of last year and I haven't revisited them since but just stumbled across this little beaut of a video and I think it's the sweetest thing. I love when videos flow so seamlessly and keep you interested throughout, I can imagine it's not an easy thing and carefully thinking out each shot/transition is a talent in itself but I think it's a really clever piece and the ending is particularly touching.

Basically you have to like this video because I say so.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Blood and Oil

Stumbled upon this powerful series tonight, I didn't watch it from the very start but when I did start to watch I was instantly gripped. Maybe because the scene was so powerful it was impossible to look away. The story goes like this...this woman's husband who works for an oil comapny in the Niger Delta is kidnapped, we are told that negotiations have been going on and he together with a few other hostages will be released...when the pick up is supposed to happen, the wife is persuaded to go along but then....the hostages are all found shot and hanged... Naomi Harris plays the role of the PR expert assigned to help spin the situation. Jodhi May plays the wife who falls apart trying to deal with the trauma. Together they want to find out what has truly happened. The acting is absolutely amazing, so powerful and emotional and I'm not usually for powerful political dramas but this one had me gripped from the start and I look forward to the next episode tomorrow night. BBC2, 9PM be there or be square.

My Iphone is an app whore

Everybody knows I love my Iphone, I'm borderline obsessed with it pretty much basically and I've been downloading applications on it like there's no tomorrow, silly girly games that I sometimes stay up till late to play - I know saaaaaad times - , entertainment/showbiz news type of things cause a girl has to know the latest from plastic celeb land and photo applications like Pano and Cross Process - the latest one I downloaded today - none of these of course could ever hide the fact that my eye for taking good photographs is pretty much non existent but my theory is that if I at least make them look nice no one will realize how crap I am.... for a few seconds anyways until they notice what's in the bloody frame.
Here's a few photos I played with today taken from home times I had last weekend.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Florence and The Machine - Drumming Song

My favourite song from the album. Never seen the video until today and I really like it. Damn this girl's got some legs on her...and the hair is pretty gorgeous too.

Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song from piximory on Vimeo.

Banana Reads...

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Finally tackling this novel after putting it off for nearly two years. I was mainly intimated by its size, but since this year I seem to be going pretty fast through books I thought "If not now..." and so far I am impressed with what an easy read it's proven to be. Complex themes of love, betrayal, guilt, depravity...sounds a bit like an episode of The Jerry Springer Show no?! But seriously, this is a great book, a wonderful classic, already made into a film - 1955- starring none other than the definitive rebel of that era, James Dean... it is being remade though and will be ready for the world late 2011, everyone should read it basically.

Banana Rates...

This teaser trailer for a short film called Turning, directed by Karni & Saul of Rokkit looks absolutely insane. I wish I could figure out what it is actually about but somehow it doesn't seem to matter that much because it just looks awesoooooome!!! http://rokkit.tv/

Karni & Saul - Turning (Trailer) 2010 from Rokkit on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

I feel Better

I didn't expect to be coming across this genius video today but I did and now my life seems so much more worth living and I genuinely mean that! Directed by Peter Serafinowicz - I had a rude dream about him once - I absolutely love the song - Hot Chip - can do no wrong!!! - my favourite one is the baldy one...he's got nice eyes...and seems like a decent guy you know...lots of character in there...you can tell he's a funny guy too! Apparently Serafinowicz is building quite a following on Twitter for his witty daily nuggets of fun such as this one "Bible films would be more interesting if the crucifixion had Christ facing inwards " or this one "If I could turn back time, I’d prevent Cher from recording that song."
I reckon more comedians should be directing music videos!
I only want one night, together in our arms This is the longest night, we're meeting arms to arms Nothing is wasted and life is worth living Heaven is nowhere, just look to the stars There is a day that is yours for embracing Everything's nothing, and nothing is ours genius lyrics... ! Hot Chip - I Feel Better Hot Chip | MySpace Music Videos

Monday, 15 March 2010

Back to Back

Ok so I do have my "commercial" moments like the one earlier with Cheryl Cole...little guilty pleasures perhaps?! Everyone has them...but I guess there's no point denying the well known fact that I am a weirdo and I love quirky videos, unusual melodies, my sense of humor is quite wrong, I live inside my head most of the time...but those are the things that makes me the lovable person that I am y'know?! For example this wonderful little video by Wolf Gang is just absolutely beautiful to me! One of the best songs I've heard in a while...

Wolf Gang, "Back To Back" from Neon Gold Records on Vimeo.

DJ Mamy

Could this be the coolest granny that ever lived?! I think so... DJ Mamy/Mamy Rock or just plain Ruth Flowers up until recently, was just another ordinary granny, retired, widowed...you know run of the mill old person stylee...until one fateful night when she was out with her grandson checking out the party scene in London - they didn't even want to let her in apparently - she had one of those epiphany moments, the music, the lights, the people...she realized this was what she wanted to do with her life. Shortly after , her grandson introduced her to a friend who was the director/producer whom would transform Ruth Flowers to Mamy Rock. He gave her this new identity and gave her a new light. Now she is the coolest DJ in the world, djing the hottest parties in London and Cannes Film festival to name but a few...pretty amazing hey?! I wouldn't mind being a cool granny one day...I'm already thinking of a name, DJ Wanny...no?! Check out the cool trainers, I'm pretty jealous!

Banana Likes...

This video and song by Cheryl Cole...I was already surprised when I started loving the 3 Words song she did with Will I Am at the end of last year but that took a little while to grow on me. This Parachute business though was pretty instant and after discovering the video as well...what can I say, I am hooked. The choreography is mesmerizing and just beautiful to watch, she looks amazing which begs a couple of questions like how/why? what's wrong with him?, the boys are bloody hot too...basically it's got HIT SONG plastered all over it. I don't need a parachute baby if I've got you baby if I've got you I don't need a parachute...

Cheryl Cole - Parachute from ken on Vimeo.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Primrose Hill times

Ok so I've decided to become less of a recluse at the weekend and since the weather is going to get nicer and nicer - me hopes - there's plenty of London to be revisited or discovered and today was that sort of day, ending up in Primrose Hill. We started in this little shop full of cute antics from jewelery to furniture stuff to even old playboy magazines...of course everything was disgustingly expensive cause it is Primrose Hill after all...then we sampled some local produce, the cheese and the sausages were yummy - such an animal - after which we decided to actually get some proper food and ended up in this lovely Turkish place and had some typical stuff in fact the type of food we ate reminded me so much of being on holiday that all I kept thinking of was how cool it would be if after lunch we could go for a walk down the beach...aaaaahhh holiday timessss are the best...after stuffing our faces we went for a little walk and since you can't really have a walk without a cake these days we stopped in this cute little place called Lanka which apparently used to be a clothes shop but is now home to the cutest cakes ever served by the nicest staff too...and after that it was pretty much going up on the hill and enjoying the London views with the rest of the mortals...except everyone was so much better looking and more sophisticated like yaaah, with the tiniest dogs, at least three of them...so basically today was fun! Come back next week when I'll be sharing my adventures in the mother land...haha not really, well I am going home for the weekend...maybe I'll do a little post about that after all...you never know...I think it's the sugar talking now so I'll just turn in. Enjoy the pics!

Banana Watches...

So I finally managed to watch this movie, I've had it for about two weeks and thought I better watch it so I can get on with the other 400 or so films on my LoveFilm list. I'm a big Sigourney Weaver fan anyway although I haven't seen that many of her films but I like how she comes across in interviews, she seems very down to Earth and just sort of nice all around human being. I also think she's absolutely beautiful. Anyway, this movie, I'm glad I saw it even though it is quite old and the dubbing is annoying in parts because it's so blatantly out of sink with the picture but I love movies based on real stories so I'm prepared to forgive and the story of Dian Fossey is nothing short of amazing. I couldn't see myself living that sort of life and the way she died is also worthy of admiration although it's a shame that her life was cut short like that. I now want to read her book of the same name on which the movie is obviously based. Reading about her today I also realized something...I met and sat down to dinner with Jane Goodall at her actual home in Bournemouth - an amazing big mansion which I remember didn't look luxurious at all in fact it was quite the opposite but full of amazing books and her office full of pictures of her and these various famous people like Nelson Mandela and Marlon Brando - anyway the point of this little detour in my story is that whilst Dian Fossey was renowned for her study of gorillas, Jane Goodall is a chimpanzee expert and obviously continues to be...in fact they were born two years apart...but these people have had such amazing lifestyles and achieved something so incredible. I am waaaaaaaay too selfish for that shit...and way too high maintenance...so I'm just going to read the books and watch the films instead. This post is done.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Marina and The Diamonds - quite literally

Whoaaaaaaa look at all the sparkles everywhere...it's Shakira...no no it's Catherine Zeta...actually it is Marina...underneath all that beautiful make up...me likey a lot! I love the song too which reminds me I've had her album for a while but haven't managed to listen to it properly. But this video is just beautiful to look at and of course it has lots of sparkly bits which I'm easily seduced by but I just like the fact that it's quite a simple idea really but executed so well with stunning results. Directed by visionaries Rankin and Chris Cottam...this video is a little gem (see what I did there!)

Up In The Air

I spoke about this movie back in January when I saw it at the cinema and absolutely loved it. And now I had the opportunity to look at the titles more closely and I think they are just so clever. Shadowplay Stdios how to they say in the industry?! Oh yes...loving your work!
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Banana Likes...

I love these black and white shots taking back stage at various fashion shows during NY Fashion week. I still like to imagine what my life would have been like had a been just a few cm taller...I wanted to be a model dontcha know?! I know some stories would suggest that this profession is far from the idyllic life style that people imagine or think they want themselves but it must be pretty amazing to be in the middle of all that, fashion shows, exotic locations, gorgeous clothes, amazing shoes...of course when I think about this I prefer not to think about the dark side of the business which is quite surprizing really considering I'm such a pesimist on a good day! Anyway, I love these pictures, take a look!

Banana Likes...

This cute and lovely animation...I need to get myself one of those cats basically.

Second Wind from Ian Worrel on Vimeo.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Banana Reads...

I started this little gem today having finished with The Lovely Bones which was good but didn't have the ending I was hoping for/wanted...anyway I'm glad I read that book finally but I'm even more excited about this one cause it's about heartbreak, love, loss, relationships, life...my favourite things...only joking but it does seem to have that quintessential British self deprecating humor which I love so I reckon it will be an inspiring yet heartbreaking read.

Monday, 8 March 2010

And the Oscar goes to...

So I completely missed out on the Oscars this year as in I fell asleep as I had anticipated to be fair, but I think it was more a case of everything being so predictable, the winners that is...Mo'Nique won, Sandra Bullock won, Christopher Waltz won, Jeff Bridges won - I would've liked to have seen his moment - Avatar won the technical awards, Hurt Locker made history... But let's face it each year the thing we all care about the most is the fashion, the glitz, the gowns, the hair dos...who's totally embarrassed themselves in their quest to make a fashion statement...and so on...below are a couple of favorites of mine. Meryl Streep who is a total lady, absolutely stunning and always so elegant and dignified, Maggie Gyllenhaal whom I definitely have a girl crush on, Vera Farmiga again gorgeous lady and Jennifer Lopez who looks like an absolute doll, so so pretty, this woman never ages I tell thee...and I had to throw two men in the mix although obviously I wouldn't be too bothered with the stuff guys had to wear but I like the quirkiness in Robert Downey Jnr's attire and Tom Ford...well he is the most stylish man in the world chances are very slim that he would get it wrong... Anyways have a looksy for yourselves and see what you think!