Neo Japan 2202

Concept artist Johnson Ting has created a super cool look for a dystopian Japan. Apparently he’s aiming to make Neo Japan first into a book and then into a video game (YES PLEASE)!

Here’s a bit of a back story: “In the year 2200, corruption in the world has reached its peak, even police officers are involved in terrorist attacks. In Japan, Neorai Industries has successfully launched its Neo Keisatsu joint project with the government, and replaced all existing human officers into A.I powered mechas. Mass riots appeared throughout Japan by ex-officers and worried citizens, but the riots were contained efficiently and almost immediately with the merciless Neo Keisatsus. They soon proved that mechas are indeed better in handling tasks and duties than human beings, as crime rate lowers and corruption seems to fade out from Japan, they reannounced “Japan” to “Neo Japan” in the year 2202. Many still doubts the Neo Keisatsu project till this day, as machines are still machines, it can still be controlled and if fallen into the wrong hands, the outcome would be unimaginable. ”

Check out his DeviantArt profile for more beautiful stuff!

Röyksopp ~ Someone Like Me

This one is eternally beautiful.

Boyhood

With all the buzz surrounding Boyhood I felt like I had to see it mainly because of that. Until, a friend of mine asked what it is that makes the film so good? I realized that the best (and maybe only) point I could make was that it was shot over the course of 12 years recording the growth (both physical and mental) of one family and especially the son Mason (Ellar Coltrane).

I’m glad the hype was justified. Directed by Richard Linklater, this unique film is a beautiful drama centring on a boy’s life from his childhood to the first steps of adulthood. The years, all 12 of them, switch from one to another smoothly in process casting some childhood nostalgia on the early 2000s. The best way I can describe the film is that it gives you that feeling when you just have a small, content smile on your face whether for the childhood memories, the family love, the humour, or something else. That is not to say that Mason’s life is without hardships though. On the contrary, there’s the divorce, the missing for a father, the drunk step-fathers, constant moving and leaving friends behind, being the ‘artsy’ kid and all the struggles of coming-of-age. What works though is the fact that the accounts feel real, somehow truthful to life, realistic – a goal the director must’ve had in mind otherwise why go through the trouble of working on the project for so many years, right?

This is definitely a unique and authentic example of great cinema that won’t be forgotten any time soon. And so, it’s definitely a must-see!

Netsky ~ Everyday

This never ceases to be extremely chill and spot on.

FESTIVAL DE CANNES ’14 vol. II

I hope you can appreciate the fact that I resisted the strong urge of making this a gallery dominated by Cate Blanchett, specifically her flawless fashion sense. I mean look at that gorgeous shirt (Delpozo Fall ’14 RTW) she’s wearing in the Photo Call! Enjoy this hefty batch of pretty outfits.

FESTIVAL DE CANNES ’14 vol. I

Shall we celebrate the opening of the 67th Cannes Film Festival with some fashion? (While trying to ignore the flop, what Variety calls, the graceless Monaco, what happened Dahan?)

Musicwood & Expedition to the End of the World

Here are two stunning docs that I got a chance to see over the past week and thus can strongly recommend!

Musicwood (dir. Maxine Trump) is about the big guitar makers like Martin, Gibson and Taylor coming together with Greenpeace to try to negotiate an environmentally friendly alternative with a Native American logging company which is clear-cutting one of the oldest and vital rain forests on the planet. The film sheds light on how complicated and intertwined saving the beautiful forest actually is. Another positive thing about the film is that instead of leaving you depressed and hopeless about the torture humans submit the planet to, it instead leaves you with thoughts and an urge to act and do your part. Don’t be scared off if it sounds too music or guitar specific, its message extends beyond saving the acoustic guitar.

Expedition to the End of the World (dir. Daniel Dencik) is a crazy adventure story that takes bunch of Scandinavian scientists and artists to Greenland to discover how strong of an (mostly negative) impact humans have on the environment. That said, the film is framed in an epic way with some philosophical, peace-of-mind offering insights into dealing with the situation. Needless to say the scenery is breathtaking and mostly untouched by humans. An extra bit of spice comes from the typical Scandy-humour, which rarely is seen in documentaries that seriously address our impact on the planet. This doc is an epic journey you don’t want to miss!

If you’re in UK, the UK Green Film Festival will run across venues in the country in the beginning of June and these two docs are part of the program. So, if you’re interested check their site and find a screening near you.

 

FOKN Bois – BRKN LNGWJZ (Broken Languages)

M3NSA & Wanlov the Kubolor from Ghana bringing you this bad-ass crazy track. The last hippie hoppers!

Evolution of Film by Scott Ewing

The title pretty much says it all. Love film.