Red Dog New York, September 2006
From his book Melting Point
'I had a few supporters who really liked what I was doing with color and strobe, but most of the members of Magnum, especially the Europeans, hated it with a passion, because it violated every one of Cartier-Bresson’s rules. If you read The Decisive Moment, he literally set out rules: We photojournalists do this. We photojournalists don’t do that. And two of the things that we photojournalists don’t do is one, in his words, “use little flashlights,” because that violates the integrity of the natural light. And we don’t use color; we see the world in black and white. I cannot tell you the resistance that my work engendered at Magnum in 1978.'
This is Alfonso Cuaron’s follow up to Children of Men, which’s been seven years in the waiting.
There’s no shortage of hype:
Playlist: chatter about an apparently heavily CGI, 20-minute opening sequence; Guillermo Del Toro calling it 5-years ahead of its time; a 3D shoot that left Clooney hoping he’d never bother with the format again; a product that Bullock said will be “profoundly silent and big and loud and I don’t know how to explain because I have never seen anything like it" and finally, noise from a test screening last year that made certain folks freak out in anticipation.
This is my favourite Townes Van Zandt song.
You can tell from the title that it’s not exactly upbeat.
'Townes is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.'
'I’ve met Bob Dylan and his bodyguards, and I don’t think Steve could get anywhere near his coffee table.'
-Townes Van Zandt
Tom Waits and Keith Richards sing sea song Shenandoah for a new pirate themed album
Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys.
Can someone spare a Strepsil for dear Tom?
I dare you to watch this without skipping it forward. It is rewarding.
Can peeps arrange Transaurus to appear at my funeral along with Harry Belafonte and the Muppets.
A hot new 2013 release from Criterion is 1969’s Medium Cool, directed by Haskell Wexler. I saw this years ago on the dodgiest VHS ever, I’m looking forward to seeing it restored in Blu Ray.
Best movie title ever huh?
In 2001 Paul Cronin made a documentary about the making of Medium Cool, Look out Haskell, it’s real! Which can be seen in full here
Here’s the trailer:
You can check out the bizarre opening sequence here.
The shot from the back of the motorbike is awesome and the tunes are great!
Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home near Beijing, on January 8, 2009.
Photo: Reinhard Krause/Reuters
I love that Wu’s robot has a hat, a scarf, an earring and a spray tan!
Check out 38 more radical DIY inventions coming out of China in the last few years.
Loving 70-year-old inventor Zhou Miaorong too.
The Knitting Machine, 2005
acrylic felt with excavators and aluminium utility poles, completed flag is approximately 30 x 20 x 1 feet
The Music Box, 2012
Caterpillar CS-553 Vibratory Roller-Compacter with cherry wood, spring steel and United States National Anthem (arranged for steamroller), 11 x 19 x 8 feet.
Complex has a couple of videos of these two beasts in action