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I’m no film reviewer but I’ve seen a few recently which have surprised me so I though I’d write about them.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, a Banksy Film. My only preconception of this was that it was going to be about Banksy. This was one of the main reasons that I didn’t get around to watching it sooner. Not because I don’t like Banksy, I just think there are more interesting street artists. This film proves that in a good way. It’s not just about Banksy, it is a cleverly put together and a film which I will definitely watch again.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This film is dark in many ways, but it’s one that is so creepy that it has stuck with me. The ending was bizarre however, there is no other way to describe it. I’m not sure it worked either, even in a bizarre way. The final scene is more in-keeping with the tone and recovers it.

One film which has done really well at the Golden Globes (if you care about anything other than Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue) is ‘The Social Network’ I was not hooked at all from the start, maybe it wasn’t sensational enough for me! Or maybe the story has been in the papers enough that a film seems a bit much and didn’t really add any new perspective to the narrative. If you don’t know the story it’s a great way to see it.

[I will almost certainly never write about films again. Lucky you]


New Year, new paths, new me, etc, etc, etc…

Myself and Disco went to the opening night of the Jamaica Street Artists’ exhibition, Inside-Out. It was buzzing, there were so many people at the RWA on Friday night that it was difficult to actually see the artwork, but a great atmosphere to soak up. When we did manage to maneuver our way around the hoards of people drinking wine from plastic cups the work was fantastic. There was a great range in the fine art room, from photo-realism to skulls made of string and cardboard sculpture. There was also a separate room for animation and illustration which contained some lovely bigger pieces. It felt like a very classy exhibition, the standard was really high and the space at the Royal West of England is really something. I have previously visited it to see an exhibition called Crimes of Passion, which was also exceptionally good.

Anyway, it felt really good to start the New Year with something positive, fun and creative. Now I shall return to all the spring cleaning.

The Jamaica Street Artists’ Photostream on Flickr seems to be the best place on the web to see the work, but I would recommend seeing it in the flesh. The exhibition is on until the 8th of February.

I’d say this post is fairly self-explanatory. I’ve started experimenting more successfully with crossing over the frames, in the photo above the lovely Llio (in the black dress) appears three times.

All taken using my Diana+ mini 🙂

I bought a Diana+ mini the other week. It’s cute, colourful and tiny. It took me at least an hour to load the first film (with the aid of a excellent youtube video) before finding out thats it’s ‘Definitely not a beginners camera’. Oh well, if it was easy it wouldn’t be so much fun, right?!

These are some of the photos. Next time I promise I will pay more attention to a) The focus length, and b) the shutter setting. I’m so used to digital point and press I was quite lazy! Rum does not act as an aid to the photography process either.

All these photos are half frame.

I may or may not have taken an unused film to the printing studio to be processed. Oh dear.

In May last year I posted this ‘…who said that we need to be strong…’ about an artist called Milk whose main page was on Myspace- I would like to say that finally, 11 months later, Juxtapoz (my favourite art and culture magazine) have finally caught up, and last month published an article titled, ‘Exploring heartache with Milk’ which can be seen here.

While I’m on the retrospect, I also blogged some time ago about some Nike sandals which I had never seen. Yesterday I saw them in the flesh, attached to someones feet (the silver version). The views I expressed, here, remain mostly unchanged. I think they worked – It’s good to be different.

I also came across this whilst on the Juxtapoz website this morning, it’s from an art installation by Scion at the L.A. Gallery. There are eight spaces/rooms in the exhibit, each designed by a different artist. I want this candelabra encorporating pearls, tentacles and, er, pink. It’s a shame I can’t just pop round…not this time anyway. Read all about it here.