Alfonso Cuarón has slowly but surely become a tour de force director over the last several years, putting out smart, dramatic, intense and well-acted films. Children of Men remains one of my very favorite films, and when I heard he was directing a space thriller, I was excited and hopeful. Well, the film debuts tonight, and the reviews are in. Gravity’s reviews are off the charts. I can’t wait to see it. I’ll post an update after my first screening.
“In a little more than 90 minutes [it] rewrites the rules of cinema as we have known them.” A.O. ScottNew York Times
“Gravity, a weightless ballet and a cold-sweat nightmare, intimates mystery and profundity, with that mixture of beauty and terror that the Romantics called the sublime.” Liam LaceyGlobe and Mail
“In one form or another, motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there’s never been one like “Gravity.”" Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
“Gravity into a thing of transcendent beauty and terror. It’s more than a movie. It’s some kind of miracle.” Peter TraversRolling Stone
When visiting Sagrada Familia, it’s easy to imagine this enormous, hugely complex cathedral will never be finished. In construction for over 130 years, it’s easily one of the most intricate building designs anywhere, and staying true to Antoni Gaudi’s master design has proven to be very difficult and expensive. But in 13 years, the construction is set to be finished, and the remarkable, bizarre, and beautiful structure should be complete. Via FastCo Design:
You don’t have to love Nike to appreciate the enormous range of footwear they make. Designer Nathan VanHook has a pretty sweet looking design for this all weather boot. The inner liner is insulated and can be worn inside a home, while slipping into the boot shell provides a waterproof exterior. Available this October. Via Nike:
“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.
The skyline in San Francisco is poised to change with the addition of the Transbay Tower, a huge 1,070 foot tall skyscraper, due in 2017. It’s part of a larger project called the Transbay Transit Center, which is considered to be the Grand Central Station of the West, and will include a hub for the California high speed rail network. It will be by far the tallest building in the city, and will mark a new era of architecture in the Bay Area.
In the leadup to today’s iPhone announcement, I wasn’t impressed by the rumors of the cheaper iPhone 5C. Make a good phone cheaper, what’s to like, from a design perspective? Well, I’m not so sure I’ll be rushing to buy one, but Apple did a pretty great job pairing the colorful new plastic phones with custom-made contrasting cases.
We’re big fans of Pop Chart Lab, and their latest info graphic/poster is all about Bicycles. From the strangest and earliest Draisienne to the Avatar 2000, this poster is a beauty, and a must-have for any bike enthusiast. $27, from their website.
Via KNSTRCT, a cool look at a brand new design for the common beach towel. Larger, lighter weight, and with a waterproof pocket, Vertty towels are pretty nifty lookin. Plus they’re eco-friendly, and supposedly hand-made!
It’s hard to think of America’s most scientific, technical and precise government organization having an art program that includes post modernism and collage. But it exists, and it’s been around for 50 years. Thank you, NASA. We love you.
The program is still around today, and has some amazing pieces in its collection. Founder and former NASA Administrator James Webb wrote: “It’s Important events can be interpreted by artists to give a unique insight into significant aspects of our history-making advances into space. An artistic record of this nation’s program of space exploration will have great value for future generations and may make a significant contribution to the history of American art.”