Wednesday, March 5, 2008

It's Alright Mate. You Can Tell Me...

Scene of the week this week is from Sexy Beast. Ladies and Gentlemen...Sir. Ben Kingsley!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Good Night In

Film 4 are currently running a season of British Cinema. Last night I was treated to a fine nights entertainment. Kicking off the bill was Dog Altogether, a directorial debut from Paddy Considine. This won a BAFTA in 2008 for best short film. Well deserved I think. It is however a very bleak and harrowing tale of a highly unstable and violent man. Set in a grim and gritty part of the U.K the tone of the film is a true reflection of its setting. Short and not very sweet but a good watch none the less.

The film that followed was Shane Meadows 2004 feature, Dead Man's Shoes. Really glad I finally got to see it. Paddy Considine gives another stunning performance and the film is thoroughly gripping from beginning to end. Check it out.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Movies & Graffiti?

I discovered
this stencil amongst the vastness of quality street art in Berlin recently and it cracked me up. It did however start me thinking about the use of movie images in graffiti artistry. Many are ripe for parody but some may also be used to express a statement on our society, culture or whatever. Some would just look great twenty feet high on a dull gray wall. Below Matt's s**t eating grin are two such works by Banksy.

A collection of these images might make quite an interesting photographic project and subsequent exhibition. Finding gems like these on our streets doesn't happen every day, so acquiring enough for any respectable body of work would be tricky indeed. Gonna do a bit of research and see what I can dig up, I'm sure cities like London, Tokyo, Berlin and New York with a vibrant graffiti and movie culture are homes to such treasures!