Monday, 29 November 2010

Banana Rates...

This wonderfully dark video for The Naked and The Famous' Girls Like You.

I especially like it when what you see on screen matches what's going on with the music. That and the fact it looks so dark but rich with color and then the super slow motion kicks in - which again is one of my favourite things ever - makes me like this even more.

Directed by Special Problems responsible for pretty much all of their previous videos as well. Check it out. The song is pretty cool too.

The Naked and Famous - Girls Like You from Special Problems on Vimeo.

Marion Bolognesi

These designs by NY artist Marion Bolognesi are absolutely gorgeous to look at and what a great style focusing only on the eyes. Beautiful use of colours too which makes these images simply breathtaking to look at.  

Kanye also gave her props on his blog a little while back and that in today's popular culture terms means basically you've made it!

Her official stuff lives here:

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Another Year

This looks absolutely beautiful. First time I'm having a proper look at the trailer and I look forward to watching it.

Another Year Trailer from Classic FM on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Event

I'm really hoping the rumours are not true and this excellent series hasn't been canceled as it is thrilling my otherwise boring existence with its intense , edge of your seat plot and clever twists. Probably the most instantly engaging series to hit the screens since Lost - for me anyways - encapsulating a love story, political  conspiracy thrills, a good dose of science fiction, all wrapped up nicely in mystery to form this credible and very exciting TV format. Guarantee you'll be hooked after watching just one episode.

Some good newcomers too James Ritter, - son of John Ritter - Sarah Roemer, Taylor Cole as well as more established familiar faces Blair Underwood who is absolutely exquisite  in his role  of dignified and  morally strong president of the United States and Laura Innes as the leader of the non human species at the center of the plot who herself handles things in a very
The fact that there are so many questions we start asking straight away is only testament to the excellent writing and clever construction of this series but unlike Lost things get explained fairly quickly and you don't have to wait a long time to get some answers...even once some  of them are provided you find yourself asking new questions...but all in all I am 100% hooked on this and having devoured the first five episodes online 4OD, I now have to wait 7 whole days for a weekly fix each time! No fair!

Catch The Event every Friday on Channel 4. You've been told!

Levi's "The Trucker"

Levi's 'The Trucker' directors cut from Laundry! on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Above Everything Else

This is simply breath taking...and all through the magic of CG.


Silestone -- 'Above Everything Else' from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Movie RoundUp

I finally managed to catch up on some movie watching action and filled up these two Hollywood offerings.

State of Play proved quite a nice surprise considering I tend to instinctively avoid anything with Russell Crowe in it due to the fact that in spite of knowing he is an excellent actor I just can't...well....stand this guy's guts basically. With the exception of Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind I've pretty much turned a blind eye to any other production he's been involved with. Silly I know but if you hate the guy whaddaya gona do huh?!

Anyway State of Play proved to be a very thrilling ride with a good pace and a story that unravels bit by bit to keep that interest going till the end and nice twists and turns along the way to maintain the excitement. Political thriller delivered in a gutsy manner and a great insight into political investigative reporting. I'm telling you now I don't think I could do this myself, I know it's not real, it's a movie but couldn't do it.

Depending on how weak your nerves are it could be a nail biting affair but nevertheless it's a solid story with strong performances all around from a diverse cast. Based on the BBC series - ooooh I say - this big screen adaptation deserves a viewing or three  and like me, you might even find yourself rooting for the good guy - Crowe - to get all the baddies...

On the other side of the spectrum Julie & Julia is a sweet story about the real life chef Julia Child who  back in the 60s made history for introducing American audiences to French cooking and Julie Powell who decades later, herself makes history when her blog Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - based on Julia Child's bestselling book How to Master the Art of French Cooking. - picks up a huge fan base resulting in a book deal for her and later on this said film adaptation. 

It's a well constructed light hearted film with both stories being told in parallel but  each one with  its own individual charm  and an overall girly quality to it that I suppose will inevitably appeal to female audiences more so. The power of this movie is such that after viewing it I actually felt compelled to cook something really French - only managed some pasta with chicken and courgette but it was the best Goddamn pasta I cooked in my life, real passion went into making that and it did have a certain  French quality to it if I may say so myself - anywhoo back to the film itself although not a cinematic revelation  by any means, it did provide the entertainment for a lazy afternoon and seeing Meryl Streep get into this larger than life character is a joy to watch; the real Julia Child's spirit as portrayed by Streep  is actually something of a wonder and well worthy of admiration; initially refused entry into the professional chef school and being told she'd never learn to cook the proper French way she went on to achieve...well what we now know she was able to achieve. Streep as always delivers a great performance and never falters in her "impersonation" putting on a highly comical voice and mannerisms which can only come with a highly detailed character study. Amy Adams, we all know is a good actress and she plays her character well and it really is interesting seeing their long suffering respective partners go on a journey with these two quite incredible women.

I would definitely recommend this movie as a pleasant viewing experience and a lovely  testament to the wonderful art of cooking.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Banana Likes...

Director Chris Cunningham returns to his  disturbed and dark twisted best with his latest music video for Placebo's Uknown.

Having spent a number of years pursuing "other creative interests" he finally returns to what he does best a good ol' eerie music video.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Banana Reads

Jane Eyre edition I'm currently devouring 

Jane Eyre 2011 Official Film Poster

Finally sinking my teeth into this wonderful classic. Obsession has been unleashed and turned up to the max and from now till pretty much the latest much hyped film adaptation comes out in March next year I am going to drive all my loved ones to absolute desperation with Jane Eyre this and Jane Eyre that...oh well it has to be done really. I'm only a few chapters in and I already love it and can see why it was such a revelation when it was first published. The language is beautiful the tone really dark but romantic at the same time and I have a feeling this is just one of those characters that will have a big impact on me. 

With a facebook page to its name which of course I've joined and a newly released first trailer that's doing the internet rounds at the moment gathering momentum and a lot of praise this is one  cinematic occasion not to be missed I mean it features Michael Fassbender in some amazing sideburns for God's sake. I've never lusted after a fictional character before but Mr. Rochester might just be the one to turn me.

Check out the official trailer below.

More than Words

For lack of time I have resorted to uploading videos such this one that frankly speak a thousand words really.
Damn you time why must you go so fast!

Banana Rates...

The French simply own it. This is pretty spesh.

TODOR & PETRU from CRCR on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Exciting Timessss

This evening I shall attend my first ever premiere and I'm going to laugh.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lanvin for H&M

The internet is alive with the sound of fashion PR's machine announcing yet another famous collaboration between high street veteran H&M and old school Parisian couture fashion house Lanvin due to hit our shores on the 23 November. 
Now I've actually never paid attention to the media circus that usually surrounds such an ocassion but this time I've been seduced and I'm seriously contemplating camping outside the stores at stupid o'clock in the morning to get my hands on at least one item from what promises to be an amazing collection.

Accompanying today's various official statements from every self respecting fashion channel was this short film and I've already spotted my dream item. Have you?!

LANVIN For H&M from The PLEAT on Vimeo.


Well known on the blogosphere as main hub for pretty much all the cool shit that's relevant right now Hypetrack streams today Cee Lo's new album  a collection of wonderfully mostly up beat songs with the kind of freaky quirkiness he's become well known for on the international circuit. 
Soulful material that feels in places like a modern version of the golden Motown era and driven by the delicious solo hit F**k You this will no doubt seal his status as eccentric enfant terrible of the American soul scene. 

Catch a listen of this excellent album now.

Banana Likes...

I'm quite excited about Christmas this year but this song/video has got me  equally all giddy with anticipation about next year's summer-times of fun and joy hopefully.

Miami Horror - Holidays from rods films on Vimeo.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Banana Rates...

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun apparently and I have failed to update this with the latest things to have enhanced my universe lately including this great video from Chromeo taken from their latest album release Business Casual.

The entire record is ace with the usual style that these guys have become household names for and the accompanying  cheeky video is a testament yet again that these boys know a thing or two in the way of charming the beautiful and learn boys!

Chromeo - Night By Night from nettwerkmusic on Vimeo.