Friday, 23 January 2015

Sneak Peak: Deutsche Borse Photography 2015 Finalists

This year's selection of Deutsche Borse Photography Prize finalists reveals a trend of global activism: officially censored and often unspoken historical trauma turned into physical image. In an ironical subversion of media stereotypes representing culture, gender, and sexuality, we are confronted with the ever-humane but confrontational gazes of black lesbians and Russian families, the post-apartheid architectural ruins of Johannesburg, and even abstractions of the “shadow self.” The powerful photographs of Nikolai BakharevViviane SassenMikhael SubotzkyNicholas Woodward, and Zanele Muholi need little introduction: they speak for themselves.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Don't Mess With Mommy!

Everyone should be able to identify with at least a few moments of Xavier Dolan's semi-autobiographical film Mommy: the shouty antagonisms, manic codependence veering dizzily between love and hate, and maybe even Diana's eventual decision to state institutionalize her tyrant teenage kid. 

Moms seem to make the perfect popular film villains because it's unexpected and shocking when the woman who gave birth to you turns out to be a maniac. 

Sound familiar? 

Here are 10 more movie mommies you really don't want to get on the bad side of...

Monday, 19 January 2015

Adventures of the Black Square @ Whitechapel Gallery

Right off, Kazimir Malevich's little black rectangle jumps off the white wall of London's Whitechapel Gallery latest show, still as fresh and startlingly modern in its radical simplicity as it first must have appeared in 1915. Perhaps its the slight geometric imperfections of its borders – hand-painted, not digital or machine-made – that makes it so appealing to us now.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Don't even try to white-lie to fembot fatale Ava (Alicia Vikander), the creation of eccentric mastermind Nathan (Oscar Isaac). When young programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) commits this error, Eva doesn't hesitate to call him out, scanning his “microexpressions.”

Couched in Nathan's cabin/top-secret research facility, Caleb's tricky “Turing Test” is to determine whether Ava is merely simulating,or producing genuine emotion. Unfortunately for him, Ava appears so successfully human that Caleb begins to wonder whether he's a bot himself. She inevitably transforms his test into a role-reversed interrogation; then a built-up seduction, in order to facilitate her escape. 

More here.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Conflict, Time & Photography at Tate Modern

Instead of the familiar displays of graphic violence, Tate Modern in London's Conflict, Time, Photography evokes a much more spectral, meditative vision of the traumas of war due to what looms largely absent in its images – the human figure.
Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, this major group show looks back at how photographers have captured moments of world conflict elliptically, rather than chronologically.  The aftermath of violence is constantly, obsessively revisited in intervals. Luc Delahaye's US Bombing on Taliban Position was shot 2 minutes after an explosion in Afghanistan, represented by one oddly mesmerising puff of smoke above a low-lying field. Toshio Fukada's roiling mushroom clouds were captured 20 minutes after Hiroshima, and harrowingly, Chloe Dewe MathewsShot at Dawn series of tranquil pastoral scenes - taken almost 100 years later -  reveal some of the exact spots where British, French and Belgian soldiers were executed for cowardice and desertion on the Western Front... 
More here.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Actors Who Think They Can Direct - But Can't

In a world where Hollywood celebrities can successfully segue into singers or even politicians (I'm talking about you, Arnold), why shouldn't they also believe: “I, too, can direct”? Indeed, the star-turned-regisseur trend has been recently epitomised by Angelina Jolie's hilariously bad Unbroken. Maybe we should just be thankful Brad wasn't involved – at least, not yet.

Here are 8 more examples of the bad, bold, and beautiful who have picked up a camera...

4 Faces of Ethan Hawke in 'Predestination'

The Spierig brothers' latest collab with Ethan HawkePredestination, is a bizarre, mind-twisting, gender-bending thriller that not only challenges our suspended credulity, but Hawke's ability to act.