Saturday, February 26, 2011

Film: Fan films just as good as Hollywood?

You be the judge.

Note: EVERYONE involved in this production volunteered their time!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Design: Hedi Slimane's American Dream



Hedi Slimane, the former Creative Director of Dior Homme gives an interesting interview about what inspires him in Los Angeles and his new shows in Brussels and Paris. For more on the topic check out Dazed Digital.


Hedi Slimane: Anthology of a Decade is published by JRP Ringier in March jrp-ringier.com; Feb 26 – Mar 26 California Dreamin, Galerie Almine Rech, 19 Rue Saintonge 75003 Paris; Feb 25 – Mar 26 ‘Fragments Americana’, Galerie Almine Rech, 20 Rue de l’Abbaye Abdijstraat, Brussels



For more contemporary art, design and architecture visit my site, Culturalblahblah.com at http://www.culturalblahblah.com

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fashion: Rivals of Time

Rivals of Time is not your average apparel company. Their goal is to create a new brand experience by evolving a new avenue of collaborative projects, at the same time being able to expose the talent of the "Modern Day Art Renaissance", they call it. Along with the design on the garment, there is content, a song, and a video, creating personality beyond just a piece of clothing and reflecting the same theme of "time" along with the collaborative parties. This provides a new shopping experience for consumers, being able to connect to the brand and learn about talent that was right under their nose.

And it is all bonded with one common idea: Time

Get ready for March 10, when they are launching their full website, all garments and the rival against time.

And join them, along with MTV Sucker Free, at their First Official Launch Party, March 10, where I will be PERFORMING LIVE with acts including Short Dawg, Kooley High, Rugz D Bewler, Danse Daimons, Electric Slim, Prince Fev, Siya, Rivals of Time at Canal Room 8PM-4 AM.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Music: Adele 21

If you were some how searching for real music, well you found it. ADELE LAURIE BLUE is her name and her new album ADELE21 is AMAZING. A must buy, her voice is powerful and bone-chilling. You will feel like you're in a special place once you hear her sing. Please do yourself a favor and take some time out of your busy schedule and listen to true musical talent.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

FILM: THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander, in the films based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, is a tour de force. Lisbeth is a punk-rock, genius computer hacker, who aids an aggressive journalist trying to solve a murder mystery.


It’s just great storytelling (in all three films) and her character is so compelling you won’t forget her. These films were originally released in 2009 in Sweden and the last installment arrived in U.S. theaters this past October. All three are now available on DVD (I borrowed them from the public library) and (if you have the time) you might find yourself watching one right after the other.

In order they are:
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

I’m sure there’s talk of a Hollywood remake, but I highly recommend seeing the trilogy before that happens.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Film: Moving Forward and Backwards Simultaneously?

After doing several hours of research on technical specs, watching sample footage and shooting a music video with one, I’m still on the fence about buying a DSLR camera. You’ve seen them (I’ve talked about them in previous blogs) and maybe you’ve even shot with one--they are the cameras that look like still cameras but shoot in full 1080p HD glory. However, you cannot capture professional, broadcast quality audio with one simultaneously (unless you really want to risk all of your precious audio recording through a ¼” adapter) and so, you need a separate XLR recording device on set. Later, you must sync the audio to the picture--after you log and capture both in your computer for post. This is just like the OLD double system of using a film camera and a separate Nagra for sound and syncing them with a clapboard on a Steenbeck. The picture looks great, but having to take that extra step of synching the audio can be time consuming in post.

OLD Steenbeck Editing Machine

If you have the time… great--take full advantage. I really believe the portability of indie-digi ‘guerrilla’ movie making is at its best right now--with that small exception.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Design: Qatar's Sustainable World Cup Stadiums

Qatar is already gearing up to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Designed by AS&P, these stadiums will be fully modular and self sustainable. “The brand new stadiums, Al-Khor, Al-Wakrah, and Al-Shamal, will each be assembled using modular components for easy disassembly and transport at the close of the game. Each stadium will exceed capacity for FIFA requirements and each of the seats as well as the pitch (aka field) will be cooled using an innovative, environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral technology.

Solar Thermal Collectors and PV panels will also be used to harness the sun’s energy, in turn powering absorption chilling systems. Air handling systems will re-circulate the air throughout the stadium, ensuring everyone is comfortable in the formidable desert heat. An integrated Building Management System will monitor the various different elements of each stadium, and each of the seats as well as the field will be shaded and protected from direct sun light.”

For more you can look at AS&P’s press release or a much more comprehensible article at Inhabitat.

For more contemporary art, architecture and design visit my site, Culturalblahblah.com athttp://www.culturalblahblah.com

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fashion: "Nomo" Griffey's

Definitely been anticipating this release! With a Slew Of Air Griffey Max 1's last year, it's good to get a breath of fresh air, the Nike Air Max Nomo! Another well celebrated baseball/training sneaker. The Nike Air Max Nomo was the signature shoe of Japanese major league pitcher Hideo Nomo. Originally released in 1996, the Air Nomo was more then well received, thanks to the shared sole of the Griffey Max 1 and air bubble usage! The first colorway release is the red-black-white-varsity maize (my personal favorite). They're already starting to show up at select stores such as City Footwear. Retail is about $140.00. But get there fast are there won't be "NOMO"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Film: The Force Ad


The nostalgia of a classic film, brought to new light by a young girl’s imagination - and then having the imagination empowered by her father (at the touch of a button - no less). The car even makes the dad look cool to his wife, as he gives a casual raise of the brow acknowledging how effortlessly he (through the car) excites their child’s fantasy! And in a way he’s telling his wife it’s harmless to encourage their child’s imagination, although it is based on fiction (as the mom had an indifferent look earlier to her daughter’s affinity towards Vader), which makes him an even cooler dad. Not to mention, the change in stereotype, a little girl passing on the expected princess scenario to play the villainous Vader. How the story is told through the “acting” of the child’s hands, creates a journey of struggle and disappointment, that is ultimately won by her dad’s anonymous assistance (through the car of course). The effort characterized in the muster of hopeful little hands, helps to build the suspense and leads to the reward of this Ad’s priceless moment - the child’s startled reaction of sheer amazement! Very smart, how they sell a car feature through an emotional connection.

Film 101:THE ODESSA STEPS

Along with Lev Kuleshov, Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisentein’s experiments with montage also revolutionized cinema. In his 1925 war propaganda film, Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein assembled this famous sequence that would go on to be included in every FILM 101 syllabus. Observe the baby carriage towards the end of Eisenstein’s sequence and then watch the train station sequence (with the baby carriage) in Brian DiPalma’s 1987 film, The Untouchables.

BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN


THE UNTOUCHABLES (in Russian)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Food: Do You Believe in Miracles?

Dr. Sebi
WORLD RENOWNED HEALER

GEO-THERMAL HYDROTHERAPY
Dr. Sebi specializes in Endocrinology and Auto Immune Deficiency

Now I know everyone in our society knows about degenerating diseases such as CANCER, LUPUS, HIV & AIDS, SICKLE CELL ANEMIA etc.

Well we all know that these diseases are known to cause discomfort, pain and even death!

Dr. Sebi is a man who prides himself in not going to one day of school! This 76 year old self taught master of Endocrinology and Auto Immune Deficiency has actually won his own case in the Supreme Court after being arrested and accused of practicing Medicine without a license & healing HIV/AIDS, CANCER, BLINDNESS, LUPUS, SICKLE CELL, FIBROIDS... I mean the list goes on guys!

How interesting it was that these people making these accusations did not once consider how amazing this is, I mean finally the CURE! Is it TRUE?

Indeed it is TRUE!

Bring out the Orchestra, this certainly deserves a STANDING O! :0) (in my false british accent)

Aye Suns, my man won his own case without a Lawyer in THE SUPREME COURT, that's HUGE!


So it is a known fact that behind every Great man there is a Powerful Woman and this statement is indeed the truth when it comes to Dr. Sebi and his beautiful Wife Matun

Dr.Sebi & His Wife Matun
(Stylin' on em)
The Founder of USHA RESEARCH

Well, I actually just got back from....
Usha, his Healing Village in Agua Caliente a Jutiapa, Honduras kilometers 225.

GEO THERMAL SWIMMING POOL

The Village at it's best
These are the ROOMS

Lisa Left-Eye Lopez Room
she painted the flower

It was so dope guys, there is a naturally occurring Hot Thermal Spring running through the village. The water running through all of the faucets on the village has an alkaline PH balance, its full of minerals that the body yearns for and is not getting! There is an amazing Geo- Mineral Steam Room/Sauna with aromatic Eucalyptus that is so invigorating! Chile, I call it the VAPORS! There is also a Alkaline Geo-Thermal Swimming Pool and a row of cute outdoor bath houses too. Sun, they getsss it in!!! Every morning and afternoon you are given your herbal tonics, cell foods, seamoss, fresh fruit and a meal. Talk about room service, my girl Chapita, the Head Chica In Charge makes sure that your rooms are nice and tidy!

Geo-Thermal Water

Electric Cell Food by the QUEEN OF GREEN

That's me guys, u know I had to throw a few pics of me in there
YOU CAN EVEN SEE THE STEAM

The Backyard was sooo LUSH

I must say, that my skin was looking even more SMASHING than before once that water was "Drippin all ova my BODY!" Lol!
Don't You agree!

They clearly play no games!

If you want to know more about Dr. Sebi, get their Bio-Mineral Cell Food, please feel free to check them out at www.drsebiproducts.com

One can also call the office for more info on product, therapies and consultations!
California office -pacific time 9.00am-5.00pm Monday- Saturday 310.838.2490

Enjoy Kiddoes! xoxoxo
Signing off!

Food: Taco Bell Sells Fake Meat

http://ecosalon.com/taco-bell-sells-fake-meat-so-what-everybody%E2%80%99s-doing-it/

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Design: The Google Art Project



It has been in the works for a long time and now its available to everyone. The Google Art Project brings some of the great museums in the world straight to your computer with super high res closeups of select paintings, virtual tours of exhibition halls and the ability to customize your own art collection. Check it out: Google Art Project. Let us know what you think!

For more contemporary art, architecture and design visit my site, Culturalblahblah.com at http://www.culturalblahblah.com

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fashion: Air Jordan XIII


The 13's are comminnnnngggggg!!! (like a kid yelling for the Ice Cream truck). These are what Jordan collectors sit near the computer day in and day out for. Your time has finally payed off! The first and last time you saw these was on the feet of the man himself in 1998 in the N.B.A. All Star game. That's right, 13 years ago and they are the 13's. Of course they'll be gone before they hit the showroom floor. Which is scheduled to be Feb 26 at around $160 but probably going to go for a lot more$$!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Music: Jenny's "Back"

The Latin Queen is back! Jennifer Lopez is back in the Lab with her new single "On the Floor" featuring Pitt Bull. This song is going to be huge. It's definitely going to be an international sensation. If you love to dance, get those dancing shoes ready, because that's what you'll be doing when you hear this. The American Idol host is looking to do big things for 2011- movies, music, the whole shebang. Jenny from the block didn't forget her urban roots, as she seems to think Little Wayne could possibly be the best Hip-Hop artist to date. She also talked about doing a remix with the Boss himself, Ricky Rose'. If you're a Jennifer Lopez fan, you can follow what she's doing on her website http://www.jenniferlopez.com/ and listen to her interview with Angie Martinez on http://www.hot97.com/angiemartinez/