From the folks over at Art of the Title comes this presentation video for the SXSW “Excellence in Title Design” competition screening. It shows a brief history of title design.
Editor: Ian Albinson
Music: RJD2 “Ghostwriter”
Comic book artist Malachi Ward hails from Pasadena, California. His paintings were recently highlighted at the show ‘Malachi Ward New Paintings’ at Secret Headquarters in LA. Here are some examples of his work.
Sci-fi thriller Battle L.A. (directed by Jonathan Liebesman) is a classic example by which one can critique it and use the term “It’s all relative”. What the average moviegoer wants versus the critics aspiration for this film where polar opposites. The critics, who panned this film something awful, got it very wrong.
To put it plainly, Battle L.A. is awesome. Leave all your doubts behind and do not, I repeat DO NOT listen to the critics. The film delivers exactly what it’s meant to — jarring battle scenes, destruction, alien induced mayhem and griping tension. Sure it’s a cross between War of the Worlds (2005) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Yes, it’s reminiscent of Cloverfield (2008), the style of in-your-face, hand held, frenetic camera movement, and it does take an eye adjustment, but after a good 10 minutes it’s unnoticeable. Enough back-story is given so you empathize with the characters and the dialogue is not as curt as Roger Ebert makes it out to be.
Aaron Eckhart does a fantastic job portraying Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, a veteran Marine who is set to retire from duty when he gets called to the ultimate combat mission. Nantz and his unit which consists of 2nd Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez), Cpl Jason Lockett (Cory Hardrict), Cpl Kevin Harris (Ne-Yo), and Cpl Nick Stavrou, are deployed to downtown Santa Monica with the intension of saving any remaining civilians before the big bomb drop to wipe out the aliens in the last stand in the battle for Los Angeles.
This film is not meant to massage and stimulate moviegoers intellectually. If you want that kind of film, go see The King’s Speech. Battle L.A. is pure entertainment and that it does tenfold. From start to finish the energy and fast-paced action strap you in for a hellavah ride. It pains me when critics have to pick apart the fact that the alien space ships resemble a mash up of trash compactors crushed metal, or complain ad nauseam about how the marines find a way to kill the aliens, (by shooting it underneath where the heart would be), or there were inconsistencies that were so apparent. You might notice one, but for 99% of the film you forget you’re in a movie theater. Embrace Battle L.A. for what it is, a kick-ass alien invasion flick.
New Image Sculpture exhibition which runs until May 08, 2011 assembles works by emerging and mid-career artists who freely appropriate from art history, ethnographic artifacts, fashion, folk art, hobby crafts, popular culture, and the world of do-it-yourself.
These artists transform widely available materials, many found on the shelves of hardware stores and building suppliers, into fanciful re-creations and interpretations of ordinary and mundane things.
Visit McNay Art Museum for more information.
Opening this Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Robert Berman Gallery is the Street N’ Low group show, a select overview of some of the forerunners of the street/graffiti art movement and the new contemporary movement.
Highlights of the exhibition include works by Robert Williams, an original panel from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) by Barry McGee, rare prints and posters by Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey and Banksy, a major painting by James Doolin from 1991 of a downtown LA freeway-scape titled “East Wind” and a Retna 12’ x 4’ wood panel from the Seventh Letter Collective show ‘Angels Will Rise’.
Behind the scenes look explaining the systems and concepts of the exhibition design of Brit Insurance Designs of the Year.
Filmed by David Kohn Architects at the Design Museum.
An in-depth look into crime thriller game L.A. Noir via Gameplay Video Series #1: ‘Orientation’ and #2: ‘Investigation and Interrogation’.
L.A. Noir is a crime thriller game set in Hollywood Golden Age (1947). Think Grand Theft Auto Meets the era of Al Capone. While we’re not a proponent of violence, you can’t find an adult game today that doesn’t have it. Plus it looks like a hellava lot of fun to play.
Rockstar Games put together this first in series of in-depth gameplay videos for L.A. Noire, titled “Orientation“. It is an overview of the game’s core mechanics from searching for clues, to the fundamentals of witness interrogation, and classic action including brawling and shootouts. Using all in-game footage, this first gameplay video in the series explains how your detective skills, intuition and cunning have the power to make or break each case.