Film Review: The Counselor

Over the weekend, I saw an amazing crime drama directed by English Ridley Scott at the Odeon cinema.

The thriller, The Counselor follows a rich and successful lawyer who gets thrown into drug trafficking operation.

The film stars the gorgeous Michael Fassbender as The Counselor, beautiful Penélope Cruz, adventurous Cameron Diaz and ambitious Javier Bardem, there are a series of twists and turns. The Counselor is about to get married when he encounters Westway (Brad Pitt) who changes his course of action. Then in order to save his bride to be, The Counselor has to reassess his life to protect his loves ones from the drug business.

As the drug plan develops, sexual moments arise and targets are chosen. It becomes a mission to survive. It’s an epic adventure of excitement. The truth continously unfolds quickly as it has no temperature. The world within the film becomes strangely beautiful. Definitely, a film to be seen soon.

Friday Fashion Fun

An esteemed English fashion designer and businessman is launching an exhibition in London.

Sir Paul Smith, CBE who founded his business at 24 is reflecting on his past collections to convey his true character at the Design Museum.

Building and maintaining a respected reputation in fashion, Sir Smith is showcasing his work through travel and print images.

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Photo Credit: Design Museum.

The exhibition, Hello My Name Is Paul Smith conveys numerous elements of creativity, As his empire continues to expand, there are key points of exploration in fashion. Sir Smith has influenced many around him as he emerged over the years. Synonymous in British fashion, design and tailoring are his areas of expertise which are present in collections. There are always bright colors, good quality and amazing cuts crafted from fabolous fabric constructions.

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Photo Credit: The Guardian.

The humble fashion designer aims to show aspiring creative types that there is a possibility to find inspiration, work hard and progress with creativity and business tactics. It can be seen throughout Sir Smith’s critical path with business, sales, marketing and promotion internationally. At the moment, Paul Smith has 15 stand alone stores and is stocked in global markets including: Tokyo, Paris, New York, Milan and Hong Kong.

Beautiful City Day

Sightseeing happens to be one of my favorite pastimes. Whenever I have free time, I enjoy traveling. Usually adventure springs from my frequent day trips in which I learn something new and intriguing.

Today, I visited Stockholm. Starting at the Nationalmuseum, I wandered around the galleries with imaganation. Then along the cobblestone streets, I found great viewpoints where instagram challenged my Canon T3i SLR.

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Small streets. Photo credit: Niya Sinckler

Soon enough, I found my center at Fotografiska. The popular Latvian photographer, Inta Ruka shared portraits of people who she felt each had a story to tell by merely gazing into a camera. Meanwhile, the romantic and poetic Italian photogapher, Paolo Roversi highlighted charcters in polaroid form. Roversi said, “Photography is always more about subtraction than addition for me.” That phrase completely captivated my mind as I continued along the waterside.

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Stockholm City waterside. Photo credit: Niya Sinckler
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Entrance to Modernamuseet. Photo credit: Niya Sinckler

There are moments in life where we feel the need to add to the things we do. Normally this is when we forget less is more. After that, I crossed a few bridges and traveled uphill to Moderna Museet. The current exhibition which I found most appealing was Surrealism & Marcel Duchamp. This art movement shaped the 20th century influencing many other artists including Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. I will forever be amazed by this experience in Stockholm.

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Marcel Dupchamp. Photo Credit: Niya Sinckler
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Marcel Duchamp. Photo Credit: Niya Sinckler
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Salvador Dali. Photo Credit: Niya Sinckler

Then strolling through Stureplan, the amusement from the svampen (the mushroom) was cool surrounded by lots of different shops and boutiques. A smile definitely warmed my face when I spotted Sephora. The fashion and style vibe was high fashion following prominent trends. I felt as though, I could roam for hours before returning to Stockholm Central for the Arlanda Express. It was fun times all around eating amazing cuisine at Sturehof and counting the number of Volvo cars seen in a day. Once again, I fell in love with Scandinavia.

Absolutely Amazing Artist

One of the greatest French artists during the 19th century is being celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The remarkable Honoré Daumier was renowned for exploring and commenting on social and political life through the use of cartoons, drawings and lithographs in France.

Throughout the exhibition, Daumier’s work depicts observations of surroundings that delve into reality and imagination. The subjects chosen convey everyday activities in a striking manner with emphasis on facial expressions. This allows the viewer to appreciate the presented emotion.

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Artiste: Honoré Daumier (1808 – 1879). Style: Réalisme. Oeuvre: l’Homme à la corde (1858-1860). Format 73 x 111 cm. Technique: Oil en canvas.

Then for the period of time in France, Daumier expresses through art the state of European political instability during the 1808 to 1879 when times were hard. Often, it can be seen how the artist experiments with a range of techniques and media. By focusing on social satire, Daumier is able to create and capture a noble aspect of common things in French society.

This judgement of art and people allows the artist to evoke an intangible atmosphere in his paintings. There is a strong tone representing an inspirational impasse from looking into the space. Most of Daumier’s pieces consist of oil on canvas, pen, pencil, black wash, watercolor and touches of gouache. Daumier was revolutionary for the realism art movement which resulted in admirers including: Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Quentin Blake.

There is a real presence within the works where great empathy is shown and passed onto the viewer. This exhibition is not to be missed if you’re an art lover visiting London.