Hardcore cinephiles still bemoan the rise of home viewing, but DVD, Blu-ray and streaming have long provided space for cinematic oddities like this one that might otherwise have languished in studio store cupboards. Earlier this year, Brian De Palma took the unprecedented step of endorsing an online fan edit of his poorly received 1992 film Raising Cain as his preferred director’s cut, even convincing distributor Scream Factory to include it on the official Blu-ray. Having never been happy with the version of the film that made it to cinemas, he joined Miller in seeking satisfaction on home video. … [Read more...] about Is Mad Max: Fury Road even better in black and white?
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Music Swimming Girls Bristol’s Swimming Girls do that 1975-y, Pale Waves-y, Fickle Friends-y big 1980s guitar pop-influenced thing – and do it well. Perky tunes so big you could hang a rain-soaked woollen duffle coat on them, songs such as Back of Your Car and Asking for It will make you think of unfairly attractive teenagers running to jump into the arms of other unfairly attractive teenagers in a John Hughes movie. They met at uni in Bath, so this gig is something of a homecoming. The Nest, Bath, 20 October … [Read more...] about Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch
The earlier works here - soft shapes abstracted from hillsides, field patterns, trees (and perhaps a biomorphic memory of bodies), and a kind of bleached-out light – feel like tentative false beginnings, or rather a kind of groping for a system of some sort that would sustain her. They feel transitory and soon slip to an art of hovering rectangles, diamond shapes and triangles. Flat shapes stare back from the picture plane, and geometry replaces nature, or becomes a different kind of nature. … [Read more...] about Off the grid: the quiet, controlled paintings of Agnes Martin
De Saint Sernin had an itinerant childhood; he was born in Belgium, moved to Africa when he was two, then to Paris at eight (“When I arrived, I was the only white boy in my class and I didn’t know I was white. It was like my Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls moment”) and his interest in fashion began slowly, “watching Yves Saint Laurent and Dior shows on VHS”. He felt removed from the women’s fashion he was studying at college: “I wasn’t thinking of fashion as something I could wear. It was a fantasy,” he recalls. After internships at Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, he landed a job at the luxe, Kardashian-beloved Balmain label which he enjoyed but “aesthetically, I wasn’t satisfied”. A detox was in order. “I had to get away from the glitz and glamour,” he says. “To de-Balmainise.” … [Read more...] about ‘Oh my goodness!’: from jockstraps to codpieces, how menswear got sexy
Optical illusions make a little bit more sense when you learn that our eyes have very little to do with what we see and it is our brains that play the key role in creating images and trying to protect us from the potential threats around us Our brain is constantly trying to make sense of the world at the quickest pace it can despite the world being in 3D and the images on our retinas being in 2D It can be really difficult for your brain to interpret everything at once so it will often take shortcuts and give you a simplified version of what you see so you can have quicker reaction times if the object you're looking at looks dangerous When you look at an object what you're really seeing is the light that bounced off of it and entered your eye, which is converted into electrical impulses that your brain then turns into an image Our brains can warp straight lines if an object in the middle of them looks like it's drawing closer as it wants to emphasize the potential threat Different … [Read more...] about Unbelievable optical illusion ‘breaks your brain’ into thinking cubes are spinning