Tag Archives: America

Cardio Cinema

ImageI so wish that they had this in my gym! Instead, they play Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj videos…

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Bowie & TildaDavid Bowie StarsI’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!

The Essence of America

I’ve never been to America before, but the images below really evoke my favourite aspects of how I imagine America to be – that kind of gritty classic film aesthetic.Kurt Manley‘s atmospheric photography captures twilight street scenes which are reminiscent of the work of Tod Seelie, J Bennett Fitts and Gregory Crewdson.

Alan Wolfson creates tiny scenes that have mostly been inspired by places in New York City. While a lot of the setups are loosely based on places that Wolfson has seen, some – such as Kat’z Delicatessen – are true replicas of real life places.

Objects As Food

These clever print advertisements make inanimate objects look like food to illustrate their point. This Swedish advert for Burger King is specifically for Burger King’s takeaway service. It was made by Shout Advertising. I really want the tote that looks like a can!These B&B Hotels ads are by Publicis Frankfurt, who took the concept of bed and breakfast and made it into a literal representation. Mattresses have been made to look like bread, and bed linen has been cleverly used to portray all manner of foodstuffs, from eggs to lettuce.Photographer Greg Slater took this ‘Killer Fries’ photograph for the American Heart Association campaign. It’s certainly a little melodramatic, but it’s also a hard truth that’s been communicated very effectively.

The Canyons

The first trailer for The Canyons is incredibly disappointing. Written by Bret Easton Ellis, the film sees Lindsay Lohan return to the silver screen and, according to IMDb, it’s a Thriller.

Not that you’d know that from this underwhelming trailer though – the only thing you’d get from this is that it’s set in L.A. This glossy video montage reminds me of a mixture of Gossip Girl and Made In Chelsea, if either of those shows were set in Los Angeles. Considering the song that’s been used is a mellow, self-indulgent number by Dum Dum Girls, it feels as though you’re definitely anticipating for the film to cut to Serena Van Der Woodsen checking her phone, or Millie Mackintosh tearfully packing her bags…you know, it just looks like some scripted reality/aspirational TV drama “filler” shots. While the shots themselves are beautiful, there’s just no action in this trailer at all. The aim may have been to make it appear enigmatic and mysterious, but the final outcome is that it looks as though nothing really happens in The Canyons, or that the trailer has been badly made. I want to like this film, so I hope it’s the latter and this teaser is just a bad attempt at, well…teasing.

Metamorphosis of Motel 6

I’ve never stayed in a Motel 6 motel before, so I have no idea what they’re like as a company. However, I love this ad by The Richards Group that shows how a traditional American family have changed while Motel 6 have been in business. It’s very conventional, and the family remains nuclear (no single parent scenarios or same sex couples – this is designed to appeal to your average middle American, after all) but I quite like that about it. It gives it a nostalgic feel throughout, even when the family progress to the contemporary stage, with their modern day car and iPad.

Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

Today Lana Del Rey released her new video for National Anthem. The video starts off a little strange, but the cinematography is really beautiful and fitting. When Lana Del Rey first emerged onto the musical landscape, the phrase “Gangster Nancy Sinatra” was being thrown around a fair bit. This video totally embodies that – it fuses contemporary hip hop culture with nostalgic sixties affluence, and somehow this combination really works well.