After an incredible performance as Furiosa in Mad Max, Charlize doubles down on ferocity in Atomic Blonde - an adaption of graphic novel ’The Coldest City’. This is a cool, stylish 80’s spy thriller with kicking 80’s soundtrack and some of the best and most visceral fight choreography you will ever see. As someone who read the novel, this improves on that in every aspect, it may not be entirely original, but boy the execution is fantastic!
One of my favourite contemporary painters was first spotted by my Dad - owing to the fact that Þorgrímur’s family roots are from the East Coast of Iceland (Neskaupstaður supposedly - as per Dad) even though he was born in Reykjavík. Paints with just the tiniest hint of impressionism in some of his brush strokes - creates consistently great artworks like the above ’Harpa’ of the parking lot of Iceland’s most famous concert venue - from January of this year.
To support the imminent DVD / Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Marvel have released an extended version of the movie’s disco outro. Filmed in glorious 70’s fashion and with a ludicrously catchy ’Zardu Hasselfrau’ refrain, this is quite possibly one of the greatest movie tie-ins of all time. Exceptional execution!
I totally love the Pop Surrealism movement, and at the top of the tree is American Painter Mark Ryden. Pictured above is one of my perennial favourites ’The Butcher Bunny’ from 2000, featuring most of Mark’s best known motifs.
One of my favourite photographers - Gregory Crewdson is the master of lighting and creates eerie scenes which sit somewhere between Edward Hopper paintings and David Lynch films. A recent documentary - ’Brief Encounters’ gives unprecedented access to the man’s work and his creative processes.