In Paul Feig’s romantic comedy Last Christmas, jaded Londoner Kate (Emilia Clarke) notices a handsome stranger, Tom (Henry Golding), outside the Christmas-themed shop where she works. “Look up,” he tells her. She follows Tom’s gaze … and spots a peregrine falcon on a high ledge. However, she immediately cops an eyeful of bird shit – just as she later stumbles into a pile of rubbish while looking up at a delightful old shop sign. So far, so screwball. Critics have well and truly looked down on Tom’s whimsical, chin-lifting philosophy, branding it “naggingly repetitive”, “so very annoying” and “too hokey for anything but aspiring meteorologists”. But here’s the thing: people don’t look up. Recently, I managed to strain my neck and shoulder muscles by reading a magazine on the couch. Most of the ameliorative stretching exercises I found on YouTube blamed excessive desk work or smartphone use for such … [Read more...] about We spend so much time staring at our phones. What do we miss when we don’t look up?
A 17-year-old has caused a highway collision after driving blindfolded as part of the Bird Box challenge. Based on the hit Netflix horror starring Sandra Bullock, the social media challenge involves participants taking part in tasks while wearing a blindfold, emulating characters in the film who must evade sight-targeting monsters. On Monday afternoon, the unnamed teen drove on the highway with her beanie hat pulled over her eyes. According to KUTV and the Layton police department, she soon careered into the other lane and hit another car, a light pole and a sound wall. Police are recommending charges of reckless driving. “Honestly, I’m almost embarrassed to have to say ‘Don’t drive with your eyes covered’, but you know apparently we do have to say that,” Travis Lyman of the Layton police said. “The stakes are just so high and it’s just such a potentially dangerous thing as it is: to try and do it in that way is inexcusable. It really … [Read more...] about Teen crashes car after driving blindfolded for Bird Box challenge
Online, they call it “ruin porn”: a 2010s photography trend that has inspired gallery exhibitions, clickbaity listicles and academic theses with titles such as The Anxiety of Decline. Yet cinema’s fascination with disused buildings, like the one in the new Venezuelan feature by Jorge Thielen Armand goes much deeper. The dreamy La Soledad manages to be as confrontational and vitally political as a slasher flick set in those unoccupied properties near Grenfell Tower would be. Derelict buildings just look great on film. Their dusty corners and broken windows make for an unusual interplay of shadow and light, prepackaged with an intense emotional impact. This might be the creepiness of empty spaces in The Shining, or the bittersweet remembrance of faded glamour in the Maysles brothers’ 1975 documentary classic Grey Gardens. The spectacle of hubristic skyscrapers reclaimed by nature is usually the most compelling reason to watch apocalyptic sci-fi like Will Smith … [Read more...] about ‘Ruin porn’ and cinema’s obsession with disused buildings
The provincial government in British Columbia, Canada, has amended workplace legislation to prevent employers to force women to wear high heels at work. BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver filed a private member’s bill in March “designed to prevent employers from setting varying footwear and other requirements based on gender, gender expression or gender identity”. Rather than adopting Weaver’s bill, the BC government instead amended footwear rules under the province’s 1996 Workers Compensation Act, which did not mention high heels. “In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job. Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong. That is why we’re changing this regulation to stop this unsafe and discriminatory practice,” said BC premier Christy Clark. A mandatory high-heel dress code “is a workplace health and safety issue,” she said. “There is a risk of physical … [Read more...] about Canadian province makes it illegal to require women to wear high heels
Honda has appointed a woman to its board for the first time and given a major promotion to a foreigner, in a sign that the automaker wants to change perceptions of a hidebound corporate culture. Technology expert Hideko Kunii, 66, will join the carmaker's board, while Issao Mizoguchi, a Brazilian of Japanese ancestry who has worked with Honda's South American operations for nearly 30 years has been appointed operating officer, Honda said on Monday. The appointments need shareholder approval at a meeting set for June. Japanese companies have come under fire for promoting only Japanese men. Putting women in leadership positions is a pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies to revive the economy. Toyota has one foreigner on its board, Mark Hogan, an American, formerly of General Motors, but had yet to appoint a woman. Honda has cultivated an international image from its early years, as founder Soichiro Honda always regarded global acceptance as part of his vision for the company. It … [Read more...] about Honda appoints first woman to its board