Friday, January 19, 2018

Senses working overtime #143

Lana Del Rey vs Radiohead

This is plain weird, but The New Yorker does a good job giving the big picture to this copyright conundrum.

2 Performances that save or ruin a film
I don't disagree (shock horror). How 'bout you? Check out the list here.

3 Hue and cry
Twelve cool words that are survivors by dint of embedding themselves in phrases.

4 Luke

Interesting views on the changed Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (yes, that J G-L - the actor).

5 Nu Orlns!!!!!

OMG - what an end to a play-off game. The New Orleans Saints, with 14 seconds to go, looked like winning it, easily. Then they blew it. Big time. Here's the NY times on the whole sorry mess.

Overtime Benjamin Franklin

You could do a lot worse than following old Ben Kenobi's advice. Seriously dude - check it out!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Senses working overtime #142

1 Oprah Winfrey is a beacon

Her speech to the Golden Globe award celebration deserves to be read by everyone with an interest in how humanity develops from this point onward. You need to read this!

2 Anticipation

I enjoyed this run down (get it?) of the movies we can expect in 2018. Ant Man vs The Wasp looks like a must see already! And then there's Han Solo. Fingers crossed.

3 Aussie birds of fire!
Ha - from the only in Australia bureau - birds that carry fire sticks to get their prey! 

4 360 of Seattle
Cool time lapse panorama of the Seattle skyline over three years.

5 Wabi Sabi
I like this idea

Extra Texture: Family of the Year (again)
Another spin for this great song!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Senses working overtime #141

1 RIP Jim Baikie
Alerted to this by Warren Ellis' weekly newsletter - to quote the great man: Noting with sadness the passing of Jim Baikie, a master of comics...Unique storyteller, a supernatural instinct with his marks, scratches and smudges assembling in the eye into something with weight and texture and breath.

Best of 2017 - we move to adverts of the year!
Great summary courtesy of Adweek

3 Oh dear...everything must go...

The New York Times on the death of bookstore chains.

4 This is your dream year!
Nice reminder to go for it in 2018!!

5 More best ofs - photographs

More here.

Extra Texture: I can't think of a better way to start a new year than with Zuni. There is something about her and her version of Build that I never tire of (and apologies for nearly ending that sentence with a preposition, but this bracketed bit saved the day, sort of).

Friday, December 29, 2017

Senses working overtime #140

1 Time photographs of the year
Some great pictures of some harrowing 2017 events. Lest we forget.

The Thomas fire in December

Protest in Charlottesville in August

Mosul in March
More here.

2 More best ofs for 2017

This time - movies. The top 20. Given it starts with The Last Jedi and includes Dunkirk - I'm paying attention! Plenty of these to catch up with in 2018!

3 Best Last Jedi article so far

I LOVED The Last Jedi - have I made that absolutely clear yet? This dude manages to nail a few of the reasons why I LOVED it so much.

4 Stanley Clarke
Excellent interview with the jazz bassman:

Some humans, they just see each other, it has nothing to do with sexuality or anything. Sometimes you meet a person and you connect, sometimes you don’t. I think it’s the basic reason why really interesting creative things get done.

5 Rian Johnson on the force

Have I mentioned I loved The Last Jedi yet? Here's some interview responses from the director on the force.

Extra Texture: Last words on The Last Jedi

1 Threads throughout the franchise
Interesting critical analysis of The Last Jedi and Star Wars tropes.

2 Luke in exile
Apparently it was George Lucas' concept from the get go. Read all about it!

3 The Last Jedi is the most intellectual Star Wars film
Which may explain why the critics love it! Wired magazine weighs in this time (I am the master).

Friday, December 22, 2017

Senses working overtime #139

1 Best-of-year starts here, yeah!
Workers aboard a bus wait to go home in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
The Mexican state is across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
With some great shortlisted photographs from a talented bunch. Go see.

2 Gormenghast

Great website to accompany your reading of the brilliant trilogy by Mervyn Peake. What do you mean you've never heard of the Titus books?? For shame - seek them out!

3 Best of 2017 continues: Pocket's best reads 

Handy compedium of all the best stuff published on Pocket. Well worth your time! Go see (part 2)!

4 Bills v Colts - snow is the winner on the day

Hilarious! I watched the highlights of this game and it was as bad/good as this article tells you it was.

5 How Technicolour changed movies

Extra Texture:

In praise of Ansel Adams.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Senses working overtime #138

1 The first review is in...

...and it's a very positive one!

 2 John Wick, a celebration

Coincidentally, I re-watched this and Chapter 2 over two nights this week. This appreciation of Keanu Reeves hits the right tone.

3 Do the evolution baby
Movie trailers are how they have evolved.

4 Netflix
Some great stats here on how the world watches via Netflix, like: the highest global re-watch record was set by an American who streamed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 times in 2017

They tell some interesting stories about the evolution of watching stuff.

5 The last word on Star Wars: The Last Jedi for this edition

Excellent primer - what you need to know BEFORE you go and see Episode 8.

Overtime: Merry Christmas by Big Big Train

Friday, December 8, 2017

Senses working overtime #137

1 Unsplash photo of the week

Photo by Tomas Chevalier on Unsplash

2 Lessons from Whiplash

Great movie (great poster too) - here's 10 lessons from it for you to chew on.

3 Josh Rose

He's a photographer with some great tips.  

4 The Silence Breakers

Time's 'person of the year' is a diverse bunch brought together by a common stand which I applaud. Seems some folk have a problem with Tay Tay's inclusion. I don't.

5 Aristotle Aristotle was a begger for the bottle

The great man on friendship via this snazzy piece.

Overtime - North Korean graphic design

Love it!