Weekend

Directed by Andrew Haigh, the film, Weekend portrays intriguing encounters of a modern love story over the course of 48 hours.

As a true revelation, star crossed lovers spend the weekend together in flats, pubs, making out and having deep conversations which lead to more.

Tom Cullen sleeping. Photo from IFC.

After a Friday dinner with heterosexual guy friends, the semi-closeted Russell (Tom Cullen) heads to a gay nightclub where he meets and picks up Glen (Chris New), an artist-type who isn’t keen on having a boyfriend. They lose themselves within the weekend filled with crazy moments of sex, drugs and intimate conversation. From this, the two learn more about each other’s characters.

It becomes an instant where you can see how their ideas conflict of what life is, what they want from life and how to go about getting these needs and wants in life. Through time, they form a bond on a rather emotional level which ties them throughout their lives.

Weekend is an amazingly special and authentic love story with a great filmmaking techniques from director, Andrew Haigh. Weekend was the winner of Audience Awards at the infamous SXSW and notable Outfest 2011 and the opening night selection of Brooklyn’s acclaimed BAMcinemafest in New York.

This film is great artistic achievement and shouldn’t be missed. There are strong themes of sex, intimacy and love in the film. The film is available for viewing on Sundance website via their on demand service. The film is not rated and delves into a deeper meaning of life for 96 minutes where you questions what you did during your weekend time.

2011 Fashion Review

The biggest birthdays occurred this year in the fashion industry.

Some of the most renowned fashion labels are being celebrated and honored in business.

American beauty and cosmetic company, Kiehl’s has been dedicated to providing the finest skin and hair products for 160 years. From the use of natural ingredients, the products are formulated and now they have a limited edition heritage collection to carry on the tradition since the day the company was founded as a classic pharmacy in the East Village area of New York.

Trussardi bag. From Trussardi site.

Italian fashion label, Trussardi made their hundred year mark in the fashion world also known as the ‘House of the Greyhound’ since 1911. Now the high fashion brand markets men’s and women’s wear, design, fragrance, accessories, art and food.

And ten years later in 1921, Gucci was founded and began by selling leather travel bag. Through difficult times, the Florentine fashion label remains a top designer brand in the world after 90 years.

The British accessory brand, Mulberry reached 40 years this years. With their new Creative Director, Emma Hill, the label has taken a new fun and luxurious turn.  For business, the brand received a sharp rise in profits and an expansion of their Somerset factory. England is on the rise since the label, Reiss is celebrating their 40th year in fashion business as well.

Christian Louboutin, the man himself. Photo from Telegraph fashion.

And of course, the lovely red-soled shoe designer, Christian Louboutin has marked his brilliant 20 years in the fashion industry.

Following Louboutin success, the fabulous iconic luxury fashion designer brand, Jimmy Choo or Jimmy Choo XV with their coffee-table book has met their 15 year mark  with apparel, shoes, wellington boots, accessories, fragrances and more. This brand never fails to catch a consumer’s attention with bright colors and intricate designs.

Metallic Jimmy Choo heels. Photo from Telegraph fashion.

Lastly, Another Magazine is 10 years old. The publication invited the top ten leading fashion designers to create a fantasy birthday cake which become a reality by leading patisserie chefs later on. The magazine recognizes great talent from labels including Karl Lagerfled, Gareth Pugh, Gucci, Givenchy and Philip Treacy and others.

Christmas!

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ as a traditional family holiday with lots of treasured moments.

Santa Claus also plays a vital role as he flies around the world in one night to make the world a bit happier.

Santa Christmas tree ornament. Photo by Niya Sinckler.

There are tons of lights and decorations throughout many neighborhoods inside and outside of the houses. It must have taken so much time though to make shopping lists, purchase presents, cards and gift wrapping paper, all the driving and shopping increasing the global carbon footprint. Yet everyone loves that feeling of waking up Christmas morning and going downstairs for breakfast and gathering for opening presents. The spirit of the holiday is then portrayed by the gross domestic product of toy-producing and consuming countries if toys were bought at all. Still it’s not about the presents. It’s about the tree! Look at those ornaments…

My Christmas Tree. Photo by Niya Sinckler.

The pine tree in the house smells wonderful. Eating peppermint candy canes on the couch by the fireplace is magical. Playing with your puppy that you haven’t seen in forever makes for a more joyous morning. The traditions are fun. The customs are real and displayed in the types of food eaten whether: ham, turkey, beef, pork but it always tastes so delicious because your mom or grandmother made it. Enjoying family time is awesome. Returning home to a good atmosphere where you feel comfortable is great. Seeing old friends is a nice way to reconnect and catch up for lost time.  The holidays are an exciting time where you realize how much you have matured as well as others around you. Also as it’s coming to the end of the year, you begin to ask yourself more questions about what you need and want in life.

Piña

Piña Bausch conveys an exhilarating cultural journey deep into the world of dance as a tribute to a renowned choreographer.

The film, Piña is a collaborative effort accompanied by the choreographer Pina Bausch in an attempt to ilustrate her dance on the big screen.

Film cover. Photo from Pina site.

Piña was filmed in three stages. The idea came from the amazing, Wim Wenders who was inspired and moved by seeing “Café Müller” by choreographer Piña Bausch for the first time in 1985 when the Tanztheater Wuppertal performed in Venice. Wenders then sought to portray Piña Bausch’s unique art form from a movement, gesture, speech and music into film. The new generation of digital 3D cinema helped  to escalte the film into a reality.

Through the production phase, the work was successful until suddenly Piña Bausch died on June 30th 2009. With this unexpected tragedy,  the Tanztheater Wuppertal in Berlin mourned the death of the great choreographer and made them question whether to continue to make the film or not. Eventually, the project resumed.

After a period of mourning and reflection, lots of encouragement allowed several people starting with international appeals, the consent of the family, and the request of staff and dancers of the ensemble who rehearsed on many occassions to pursue the film production.  The theatre made sure that every gestures and movement of hers resemeble the exact detail of her choreography was still alive and present and inscribed into the bodies of her dancers.

The new film concept includes excerpts from Bausch’s four productions of “Café Müller”, “Le Sacre du printemps”, “Vollmond” and “Kontakthof” incorporating lots of  creative and imaginative short solo performances by the dancers of the ensemble. This was difficult to achieve yet as Wender posed questions dancers replied with improve dance rather than verbal communication which made the movement results even more inspiring from their flowing body language.

The official selection was shown at the Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. The film was even selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards and won an award for European Best Film as a documentary. The film is now in theaters and viewings commenced yesterday at the IFC Center in New York. The film is not rated and prolongs for 106 Minutes in English and German. Enjoy!

Photos.

I had a lovely day taking photos. The passion was important for capturing images. This visual art form inspires me every time I press the click button to create a durable image.

The image and memories made are what make pictures special. With that inspiration and admiration, one is able to craft their ideal perfect image. The best times are when you find something intriguing that you initially weren’t looking for.

Many of us like to think we’re amazing photographers and we are. It just takes time to know what you’re doing. Whether with a polaroid, digital camera or SLR, it’s possible to produce something beautiful.

London Eye. Photo by Niya Sinckler.
Balls. Photo by Niya Sinckler

As a photographer, you wonder what is acceptable, what can you really take photos of or rather who, when, where and how. It’s interesting and fun to experiment. Walking around with a tripod and setting in one spot, moving to another, it’s great. You get a rush feeling as if you’re doing something brilliant.

The lens for focus on objects is wonderful. There are so many types as well. As the light is reflected onto the surface inside the camera, the exposure is timed. On another note, I have a friend who said exposure is the magic word. And he wasn’t lying. When rendering, the electronic image sensor correlates at every pixel then electronically processed which transcends into a digital image file.

It’s cool when you develop the image into negative or positive photographic material. Yet, the negative image on film is usually to make a positive image into a print form from paper base. I love that process in the red lighted dark rooms. I believe photography is a useful art for recreational use.

In all, the technical side of photography takes time to learn such as the focus, aperture, ISO speed, metering, shutter speed, white balance and whether you like to use auto focus or manual focus with flash for better lighting. There are always ways around it through with software program, Adobe PhotoShop where one can edit the filters, focal length and light sensitivity. Either way, if you have a good eye and possess some degree of creativity, you can make awesome photos with the help of belief for yourself and from family and friends.

Sherlock Holmes 2

The playful Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows transforms a literary work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into a highly visual entertaining film.

British director, Guy Ritchie has presented his infamous dynamic duo Holmes and sidekick Dr. Watson as they attempt to outwit and take down their fiercest enemy.

The film is full of action as Robert Downey Jr. plays Holmes an eccentric, intelligent, arrogant and mischievous bloke who is shaken by Dr. Watson (Jude Law) marrying his beloved Mary (Kelly Reilly). The union upsets Holmes since Dr. Watson may leave the crime detection business for good. Luckily, Watson’s bachelor night  leads to an investigation where the duo must uncover a plot to spark war in Europe from a series of anarchist bombings between France and Germany. As the pair explore the windows of opportunity, they aim to prevent this prospective social unrest.

When Holmes and Watson embark on their mission, they encounter a heroine, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) who motivates the mission as well as Noomi Rapace, a clingy gypsy fortune teller poster girl called Madame Simza Heron who’s brother is the puppet in all this chaos. Along the way, the fiercest enemy, Professor James Moriatry (Jared Harris) and Holmes battle through the crazy casualties.

Several adventurous moments occurred with lots of bullet rounds being fired on the train, throwing women out of windows, poisonous attacks, gypsy dancing in fields, aristocratic conference events, Stephen Fry nudity which are all shot through slow, stop and fast motion footage ending in the Swiss Alps.

The film shows how characters are manipulated into different situations similar to playing chess. Every move has a risk, sacrifice and consequence whether a bishop or a pond. Additionally, the many amazing special effects combine with an epic music soundtrack to produce numerous hilarious stunts performed which subverts the film into a comedy at times. The film is sincerely enjoyable for two hours. Check out the brilliant trailer.

Wilhelm Sasnal

The gallery is displaying Wilhelm Sasnal paintings in a chronicle way of the complex experiences faced today in life.

Art takes a turn combining with online imagery of popular culture icons with no limitations at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The icons featured are Roy Orbison and Georges Seurat’s Bathers to impressive photographs of the Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides.

Sasnal conveys through his work that there are no rules as he had the comic-style narration portray the Holocaust in a pretext for a series of sharp black-and-white paintings which was illustrated by Art Spiegelman. Then the news imagery of a Japanese girl being rescued from the tsunami in a whirlwind of  jewel-like colour composition. There are mixtures of no conventional boundaries, history appearing in the present, public and private displays and a collaboration of Romanticism and Realism.

There is clear visual culture with loads of photos and powerful paintings a compilation of all his art from the past ten years from the cultural impact of life in Poland. From that, world events are highlighted and his own extensive travel experiences are shown in his work. Sasnal also incorporates film, video, photography into his art with a selection of acclaimed short and feature films screened as part of the exhibition.

The admission is free. The gallery is situated close to Aldgate East tube station off the District, Circle and Hammersmith lines.