Friday, February 28, 2014

Authors I Like: Chuck Palahniuk, Aleksandr Belyaev

I don't really like american writers, I am in to Russian science fiction - Alexander Belyaev is my god and Professor Dowell's Head is my bible. Seriously, it's my favorite book, well maybe after Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, I re read it a million times, however when I talk about it no one ever has the idea what it is and what it's all about, what makes me like it even more.

So for some strange reason I liked Chuck Palahniuk, even though I never really admitted it to myself or anyone else, even though I really liked Fight Club and Guts (fascinating story about a boy and a circulation pump in a swimming pool haha) I thought that he was over hyped. Obviously after reading that:

“We'll never be as young as we are tonight.” 

There is so much in those simple words, that make me so melancholic about it, never better said.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thirst (Bakjwi). Film Review.

I was hesitant to watch it for years. Heard about this film since it was released, but I thought it will be too funny in a bad way. So couple of weeks ago out of boredom and reading some positive reviews I decided to finally see it. What can I say? New favorite film in my collection. A must see for anyone.

The plot starts out as priest becomes a vampire after a failed medical experiment. Sounds kind of cliche, but it's not.

It's completely new and fresh view on vampire horror films, even though it's hard to describe only with one genre. During the film I cried and laughed a lot (the second one is really rare). Cinematography is beautiful. Plot is entertaining, weird, crazy, artistic and poetic. It's quite disturbing, but has a lot of dark comedy at the same time.

The director of Thirst (2009) - Chan-wook Park is one of my favorites (Oldboy(2003) and I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK(2006)).

Artists I Like: Martin Wittfooth

Stumbled upon Martin Wittfooth art by accident and I was fascinated straight away. His art explores everything I love and appreciate. What not to love about animals on fire in post apocalyptic world and especially his love for polar bears? But

seriously, I think the art work is magical and so close to what I used to do for my final year at uni. Exploring the death in animals and manipulating it through photography, collage and art work. People thought I was completely insane, standing on a pavement taking pictures of smashed dead birds for hours, then doing a collage of them sitting on a branch, haha... too bad I submitted it but forgot to keep the copy for myself. However in my opinion it's not crazy or disgusting. It's beyond interesting. Exploring something off limits, taboo and generally inappropriate is my opinion of good art that should be disturbing, in a way to communicate the message and be memorable.

ZODIAKOS by Valentino

" Individuality is at the center of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s stylistic approach, for Spring Summer 2014 zodiac signs are used to embellish handbags, flat sandals, espadrilles, and jewelry.  Choose your personal zodiac decorated piece and let your star sign shine."

I am loving a new Valentino collection, bags and jewelry look so good.