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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys.The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

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British Pathé have over 90,000 previews of their films online. They range from films of squeezing 15 girls into a mini to some very sobering WW1 footage. Some don’t have any sound and the previews are quite small but that doesn’t seem to matter as the content is exceptional.

Kiko Mizuhara stars as the elusive Midori in the much-anticipated adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, directed by Tran Anh Hung. Here she is posing for the Barneys’ “Have a Foodie Holiday” campaign, shot by Japanese artist & photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

Already a national treasure in Japan… think we might be seeing a lot more of Kiko from now on.

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

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Interesting article on Wired with the oddly Napoleaonic Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro — “The underground of the city is like what’s underground in people. Beneath the surface, it’s boiling with monsters.”

On a less ominous, shorter and furrier note, why not build your own Hobbit house.

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Watchmen. Opens this weekend. Enough said.

Art of the Title is a great website resource that allows you to view carefully selected title sequences from the movies.

Somers Town is the soon to be released film from the awesome Shane Meadows. It features Thomas Turgoose who of course made his blistering debut in This Is England.

Looks like another winner from Mr Meadows.

Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them”.

Objectified is currently in production and will have its world premiere in early 2009. Poster by Mr Place. News Nicked from Cpluv

On the subject of remakes, Darren Aronofsky, the director of movies like Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, has signed on to direct the newest addition to the RoboCop franchise.

The fourth movie is being fast-tacked for a 2010 release. Interesting!

Oh Dear. Ive just read that Warner Bros are attempting to make a live-action version of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 landmark animated movie “Akira”. Whyyy!….and to make matters worse, I’ve heard the name Leonardo DiCaprio mentioned?!? Perhaps I’ve jumped the gun, maybe I’ve missed something, please correct me if I’m wrong, but first impressions = “Dreadful”!

Channel 4 recreates The Shining to promote its Kubrick Season on More 4. Wonderful attention to detail.

Looking for something a little different on DVD? Try Silent Light.

“Johan and his family are Mennonites from the north of Mexico. Against the law of god and man, Johan falls in love with another woman.”

Carlos Regaydas delivers another incredible film. Virtually no dialogue and music, however the cinematography is stunning. Evokes Dreyer, Bergman and even Kubrick.

In 1956, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz abandoned a successful medical career, packed his wife and 9 kids into a 24 foot camper, and lived out the utopian dream of the nomadic surfer. Surfwise, a film by Doug Pray, is out in May.

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Ok, so I managed to catch Fifth Element again on the TV over the weekend; I’d forgotten how ridiculously cool it is. More ridiculous than cool most of the time, but any film that has an abundance of Spaceships, Latex Aliens, Hot Air Stewardess’s and a Cast List made up of Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker and Tommy Lister gets a thumbs up from me.

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This is the first preview of any submissions, created for the forthcoming film inspired design project “Now Showing”, curated by myself (WIWP). This one by “WeBuyYourKids” is one of latest to get sent in, and is their interpretation of the 1977 horror flick “Suspiria”. Really Nice! No fixed dates for the Launch yet, but I’m thinking April/May now.

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Promotional website for the documentary ‘swing state’ which debuts today at the Cleveland Film Festival. This film intimately follows the 2006 Ohio Governors race & how this will directly effect the upcoming 2008 Presidential Election.

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Go see the Derek Jarman exhibition, curated by Isaac Julien at the Serpentine this month, showing a collection of this pioneering independent film-maker and painter’s work from the last four decades.

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Modest words from a design Legend.

“There is nothing glamorous in what I do. I’m a working man. Perhaps I’m luckier than most in that I receive considerable satisfaction from doing useful work which I, and sometimes others, think is good.”

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“You know how this is going to turn out, don’t you?” 

 

“Nope.”

 

“I think you do. So this is what I’ll offer – you bring me the money and I’ll let her go. Otherwise she’s accountable, same as you. That’s the best deal you’re gonna get. I won’t tell you you can save yourself, because you can’t.” 

 

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