Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Audiobullys - Only Man

Right so I think this latest video will definitely confirm something I've been going on about for quite some time. Les French know how to do a music video basically...represented by the same collective as Megaforce, - El Nino -, Jonas & Francois - the brains behind the D.A.N.C.E video for Justice - strike again with a clever video for Audiobullys delivered with the creative flair, class and panache that only zeh frensh can produce...either all these people are direct descendants of Michel Gondry or there's some strange super creative French gene that I have totally missed out on in which case it's not fair damn it... But how cool is this video, crazy idea and extremely well executed. Bravo! Bravo! - said with a French accent of course -

audiobullys - only man from EL NINO on Vimeo.

Christina Koutsospyrou

Came across this great designer today, she hails from Greece but is now London based and her work has been featured in the likes of Vogue and Elle amongst others, as well as commissions by fashion houses, tv and record labels. I really like her style which can be quite abstract at times but overall there's a definite feminine touch and gentleness about her work resulting in a romantic narrative.
Her complete work lives here: http://www.dieforlove.co.uk/

Monday, 24 May 2010

Banana Rates...

This video by production company Daniels - two guys both named Daniel - for Icelandic band FM Belfast. The track is titled Underwear and I think this video is probably best enjoyed whilst intoxicated...although not exclusively of course but it would probably make more sense that way.

Anyway I really like the clever mix of well timed editing, slowing down, speeding up, slicing the footage, reversed shots...all in the good spirit of producing something unique. I think it worked, I enjoy watching this video even though it may not be so pretty in places....I can still look and feel something else.



Thursday, 20 May 2010

Denise Nestor

Her name is Denise Nestor and she seems to have some sort of bunny fetish or something and she also seems to be quite partial to a bit of that baby pink colour...I do like her style though and this first image is quite mesmerizing, the girl's expression seems to lock you in a perpetual gaze...hhhhmmm I like her line style as well quite unusual but she's definitely got some sort of unresolved thing with big furry costumes as well. Anyway, I've started following her blog and you can do it too, here: http://treesforthewoods.blogspot.com/

Banana Likes...

Ok I totally stole this from Stephen Fry's latest tweeter post but this video must be seen. How cute is the 17" moment?! I think I want to have the life of a sloth...

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

When I Am King

My love for stop motion animation is well documented, God knows I've uploaded enough music videos on here to reflect that. But this is the first stop motion wood cut piece that I think I've seen anyway and I find it so cute. So so clever and interesting, I've watched it five times already. You must watch it too.

Tim Knol - When I Am King from SubmarineChannel on Vimeo.

You can watch the making of video here as well which makes for a pretty interesting viewing and you have to admire the painstaking work that goes into something like this, - 5 hours work for each second of this video - which makes me love it even more: http://vimeo.com/11458721

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

What Is Love

Never heard this particular song in such a soulful context...I like it a lot. The lady in question is Diane Birch don't really know that much about her but she seems to be well established in the States.

But I'll always have very fond memories of dancing to the original version in the summer time many many years ago...



Sunday, 16 May 2010

Banana Ponders

Joanna Coles - editor of American Marie Claire - high profile magazine editors all seem to have a bob for some reason...
I'm not sure exactly when I've turned the corner but I have become slightly fashion obsessed these days and have developed a huge glossy magazines habit of late. Whilst I don't ponder daily on what outfit to wear, how to best accessorize it, what bag goes better with my complexion that sort of thing you can always find me checking out other people's sartorial choices especially at rush hour on the tube. I even have the regular faces that I always catch at the same carriage and if you could hear my inner monologue voice sometimes it would go something like this "nah I don't really like her outfit today"..."hhhmmm not sure about her hair like that"...oooh I really like her bag I wonder where it's from"...that sort of thing.
I've also become a huge consumer of various fashion blogs mostly the ones I hear about on Tv or the aforementioned fashion magz although it's scary how quickly you can get lost in the amount of info you inevitably stumble upon...one blog leads to another and so on...it's hard to decide which one to follow but it's all fun anyway and checking out the latest posts has become almost synonymous with my routine in the morning. Tea/coffee just seems to taste better with the latest gossip/fashion trends All that and I have started fantasizing about working for a fashion magazine, or at least I'd like to see what it would be like and if I'd be any good at it. I am under no illusion how competitive it all is but it seems to be the case with literally everything nowadays. I'm still working on the perfect cover letter to send out to magazine editors in the hope that I'll secure some work experience The Devil Wears Prada and Running in Heels are the only two examples I can go on - currently debating purchasing The September Issue - and considering and assuming that both of them are highly dramatized/staged versions of this elusive reality of the fashion glossies...for all I know it could be a lot worse...or not...having said that, I've been reading about Joanna Coles, editor of American Marie Claire - who came to my attention after I had started watching Running in Heels - and she's slowly becoming a role model for me in terms of her career and the path she has taken. She seems like a very determined and stern lady and I think I would love to be her assistant and learn the craft...working for a magazine publication in New York just has a better ring to it don't you think?! I'll settle for London though, there's plenty of ground to cover over here I'm sure. Anyway I'm not even sure why I started writing all this. It must be the miserable weather and the fact that I'm ill again and I just felt like rambling on...I want Joanna's job basically can someone arrange that for me, thanks!

View from Under

Some pics from this weekend. As I was walking home on Saturday I came across this tree and when I stood right underneath it and looked up, to me it seemed like the most beautiful view ever. I'm not sure if I managed to really capture that but there was something lovely about the sunset and standing under that tree at that particular moment in time...

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Greyson Chance

Somebody give this kid a record deal or something...over 13 million views on Youtube since this was posted on the 28th of April.

Absolutely amazing I tell thee.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Banana Likes...

All I'm going to say about this is that I loved the song when I first heard it on the rolling credits for Kick Ass. The Pretty Reckless are a band fronted by Gossip Girl's original Taylor Momsen who since playing this cute character in How The Grinch Stole Christmas many years ago has morphed into a super rock chick with a voice and panda eyes /all out black outfits to match...who would've thought it eh!!!
Cindy Lou Who Angst ridden teenage rock singer

Inception

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I have been excited about this film ever since I first got word that Cristopher Nolan had a new project in the pipeline. Since he took over the Batman franchise I have become a firm fan and Memento is now clearly a good reference point for what kind of mind this man has. If you had trouble figuring that one out I reckon Inception is just that one extra step above it. I knew the special effects were going to be out of this world and this latest trailer just proves it. I had to watch it several times, I am that excited, I reckon this could be The Matrix of 2010.

Featuring three of my favourite guys ever, Leo Dicaprio who's firmly cemented his place in my heart ever since Revolutionary Road - I totally felt he should've at least been nominated for an Oscar for that role - , Cillian Murphy the Irish man with the prettiest face ever and Joseph Gordon Levitt whom I still hope to meet one day and have him fall head over hills in love with me...and I suppose I should mention Tom Hardy as well, I mean I did go on about him intensively at one point in my life but I guess I've moved on and he needs to know that you know...anyway I can not wait to get my little self at a cinema near me this Summer and maybe accidentally bump into Mr. Levitt walking around Soho like last year when he was in town promoting 500 days Of Summer...hhhhmmm maybe fate will bring us together again...

Anyway it's all about Inception and I really do hope it won't be a massive let down.

Girl Crush du Jour

How could I miss this video? I totally love this woman and have had a major crush on her since my teenage years when I used to dress exactly how she's dressed in the Torn video. Looking so stunning as always, that face is just perfection I could stare at her all day long.
But this video was released last year in September and it didn't even make it on to my radar....very strange indeed. She sounds a bit Kate Bush like here I think it suits her and the song was written with Chris Martin who at one point confessed that the Coldplay song Shiver was written with her in mind...
Anyway I love her and that's that.
Natalie Imbruglia - Want from LadyMoo on Vimeo.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Leigh Viner






Beautiful work from this make up artist/illustrator/photographer...you name it. She seems to be some sort of all around creative beast and I of course am very jealous...once again. But I love these images and they just reinforce the reason why so many artists choose to focus on the female form...because they come out with stunning images like these ones. Her style is great with just a few lines, sometimes messy but they seem to come together so well and I could stare at her portraits for hours on end, they're just so exquisite.

I'd love to get my little hands on some original prints they're not even that expensive, check out her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jkldesign?section_id=5378070

Her other work lives here: http://leighviner.com/

Banana Likes...

I heard this beautiful cover of The Killers' song by The Noisettes a few days ago on Radio 1 and managed to find it on YouTube.I think it is absolutely beautiful, it really did stop me in my tracks as soon as I heard it and I said it before and I'll say it again...The Live Lounge is brilliant for allowing artists to give songs a whole new dimension and sometimes making them that slightly bit more special indeed.
Kelis did a great cover this week of La Roux's In for The Kill but that one ain't on YouTube yet so I can't steal it...but this will do for now.
Enjoy x

Monday, 10 May 2010

Elisava

There's something instantly fascinating about watching a miniature piece like this one...and even more fascinating that this was created with no animation at all, just camera movements and frame changing...pretty amazing stuff.

Martin Allais builds an impossible building for Elisava from boolab on Vimeo.

Banana Likes...

This cute birdy video which I meant to put up here aaaaaaages ago...so long ago in fact that I can't even remember who it's by. The Quicktime only offers me the details Cla...God only knows what that stands for and to be honest I'm not really in the mood to scour the net in order to find out. But check out the cute little birds...wouldn't life be more bearable with these cuties hanging around the house or the office?! Instant mood up-lifters...someone look into this for me please and let's get these birdies rolled on to every household in the UK by 2011.
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Yvette Inufio

It's mainly because of beautiful images like this that I sometimes wish I had studied photography. So evocative and a touch of melancholy in there amidst the hazy light and pastel colours. Almost a longing for days gone by... But I'll be the first one to admit that such technicalities as exposure and aperture never stick with me long enough and I constantly have to ask my friend Pete "how does that go again...?!" and he has to recap over and over again...I have however recently asked for some expert advice on purchasing a sort of SLR - at some point in the future - that would be fool proof or Oana proof - perhaps same thing here - my main criteria being, something easy to use, not too expensive, something that would make me look oh so cool and interesting and almost French art studenty type of thing...Pete's response?! "Oh God..." I do however plan on acquiring, in the nearer future, a Diana camera and start playing with that. There's something instantly elegant and timeless about film photography, almost that extra bit special and with the warm colours and the haziness that I love so much, I look forward to taking some great photos for the family album. Anyway, here' some snaps I really like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvetteinufio/

Banana Likes...

An oldie but only found it today and I like it so I thought I'd put it up here.


Circlesquare - Fight Sounds Pt.1 from Bienvenido Cruz on Vimeo.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Megaforce

Switching from the visually pleasing aesthetics of Beyonce's video to something a bit raw and slightly edgy, after all it is Friday and the country is basking in political uncertainty and I can imagine some people might be feeling a little bit like our protagonist here...you know that sudden urge to punch a dog in the face...we all get that sometimes no?!

Oh and my new favourite directing collective, Megaforce...they're pretty special indeed. 



TAME IMPALA - Solitude is Bliss from MEGAFORCE on Vimeo.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Banana Rates...

This amazingly clever ad...I mean creative advertising at its best. Now where can I get me one of those cars?!

Hair Conditioner from Jonathan Gurvit on Vimeo.

Beyonce

I like this new video for Beyonce's Why Don't You Love Me, I mean there are a few bits that I think are just a tad over the top but she does look amazing and the whole look and feel of the video is quite stunning. I like the song too without necessarily being a fan of her music, there are a few songs of hers that I will admit to liking yes but since I'm not a massive fan of the genre anyway I suppose this is a good sign. I doubt she'd care that much though. Anywhoo watch the vid.

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.

David Downton

In my weekly search for the latest fashion illustrations to post here I managed to stumble upon these beautiful creations by British fashion illustrator David Downton and finally solved the mystery of my Twiggy M&S canvas bag and the in store massive posters. Everytime I go in there I always look at the beautiful silhouettes created with only a handful of lines that convey so much and now I know they were created by him I feel quite excited, as if I managed to solve some sort of existential mystery. I read a bit about him as well and found out that he pretty much fell into the fashion world by chance - after being asked by the Financial Times to cover the couture shows - and remained there ever since. Pretty cool no?! I think his work is just absolutely stunning, I'm so fascinated by it. Check out more of his work here: http://www.daviddownton.com/

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Banana Likes...

This spot for Cartoon Network. It reminded me of my great CN years when I used to watch endless repeats of Tom & Jerry, the ol' Disney classics as well as Dexter's Lab, Johnny Bravo, Ren and Stimpy...oh the days...
I love how dramatic and cleverly humorous this is...a bit like me in real life actually...

Toy Soldier (Cartoon Network) from Animatório on Vimeo.

Monday, 3 May 2010

First May Bank Holiday 2010





I love the blossom trees and since they been battered by the wind the flowers have been scattered all over the ground and I think it looks sooooooo pretty. I couldn't take loads of pictures since it's such a quiet neighborhood I already felt like such a weirdo.



The local park where I go running is usually full of parents and their kiddies but this weekend apart from the odd dog walker, the park was pretty empty. It was nice though

As it customary in British tradition that with any bank holiday weekend the weather will be absolutely crap, this one didn't stray from  convention and the Gail winds and relentless rain were all out in force...we all knew this was going to be the case anyway but what can you do, Mother Nature decides to shit all over us you either choose to go out at your own peril or stay indoors and indulge in whatever activity you see fit. I did a lot of cooking and enjoyed myself in doing so since I hadn't done it in absolute ages, I watched some TV, went to the park for a run - the odd hour when it didn't rain - did a lot of sleeping and erm generally took it waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay eeeeeeasy!

These are some pictures from the weekend.