I watched this a while ago, but was for some reason reminded of it today when i saw an article about Banksy. Most people have seen Banksy’s work somewhere at some time either in person or online or on a record cover…and didn’t even know it. Whatever you think of him, he is definitely iconic! This documentary is less about Banksy, and more about the scene around him and prominently the french guy who tried to make a documentary about Banksy! ha.
90 minutes well spent watching this though! HIGHLY recommended!
I’ve been listening to this quite a bit while I get my work done. Really fantastic stuff. Made even better by the fact that you can download much of their stuff quite easily (and freely most of the time at the link below). Really love their artwork as well; entirely adds to the listening experience. They are from Germany.
I am struck by the beauty of this video. A beautiful country with a deep, rich, and beautiful culture which has been stranded in a state of perpetual, drowning, overwhelming conflict and war for many, many years. Will it ever end? For the sake of the young and of the hopeful—I would like to imagine there a solution that doesn’t involve more bombs, tanks, landmines, and guns.
Digital photography and videography have completely changed the landscape of imaging in all realms of life; creative to scientific to archiving. “Side By Side” is a documentary investigating what changes have occurred in the modern film industry to utilize the new technological developments brought forward to digital video technology and where that leaves the original reel film mechanism. Reel film seems so bulky, inflexible, and archaic compared to what we can now do with digital film.
The ‘big time’ hollywood aspect of this documentary is a bit naff….especially with overblown and overdone filmmakers like George Lucas (rubbish)….however the topic is interesting.
In the end, the quality of the film is not determined by what kind of mechanism it was made on—-but the mind of the filmmakers/writers and the strength of their ideas.
I am a city person—I want the lights, the sounds, the smells, the chaos, the industry, the cars, the madness, the neverending spirit of a big city that never relaxes. Sure it can sometimes be extremely frustrating to live in a city like New York City—but i wouldn’t have it any other way. I drive through insane traffic every day…and it’s never easy…but I still enjoy it. A young gentleman should be firing his engines through the streets of a bustling city. All of these things become extra-cool at night!
Here’s a pretty lovely video by NASA from a few years ago showing how major cities look at night, from far out in the sky and from space. Pretty cool stuff.
Last night I attended the debut showing of Truth In 24 II (Part 2, “Every Second Counts”) at the Audi Forum NYC. If you haven’t been to the Audi Forum in NYC, well it’s another lovely place for Audiphiles such as myself to hang out for an hour or two for special events such as this one. Set on Park Ave. and 47th street—it is open during the week to the public, and on the weekends for special events such as this one. Thanks to George (who makes a striking cameo in the film!) for getting me on the list for this.
I am a huge fan of the original Truth In 24, as I think it is one of THE great motorsports documentaries ever made. Jason Statham returns as the voice behind the action, with a slightly overdramatic tone—-however one that really does capture some of the excitement of the spectacle which is Le Mans.
So we all know the story here—-the 2011 Le Mans was one of THE greatest in the history of the La Sarthe beast…..and hence the idea behind Ti24-II was even stronger than the original. The race was even more interesting, the car was even more stunning (the R18 TDI is just blisteringly cool), and the storyline of that race creates a total atmosphere of how one team battled fierce competition against crashes, adversity odds during the race to become the outright winners.
You don’t have to be an Audi Sport fan to love this documentary—you just have to love the idea of motorsports. Part 2 lifts off where Part 1 closed the door—and it feels more like a continuation of the story rather than a new one. I was captivated by the documentary—by the beauty of the race cars, the trauma of watching a stressful race which I remember watching live last summer, and by the excellent narration, cinematography, and conversations with race personnel.
This is a must watch, as was the first one. Truth In 24 II will be made digitally and on DVD very soon, and will be showing in premieres around the country until then. Go see it.
By now you’ve probably heard all sorts of ‘hype’ surrounding the release of “DRIVE” to the cinemas. Besides the over-ambitious title, and the blatant Steve McQueen-like imitations of Ryan Gosling in the photos and trailers leading up to the release of the film—–I feel it would be appropriate for a petrolhead perspective on the film.
For the first 15 minutes of this film, I sat in my seat in awe—–thinking that this may join the ranks of one of the greatest car films/films ever made. My mind slowly changed over the course of the next 1 hour and 25 minutes as “Drive” entertained the hell out of me, but fell into the trap of uber-violence, as american films generally tend to do. That being said, the classic Steve McQueen-isms and the slightly over-acted role of Ryan Gosling actually work pretty damn well. The degree of straight up violence in this film is pretty heavy, so don’t think that watching a V8 being dismantled is what’s around the corner. You are in for some gore.
From the perspective of actual driving and automobile references in the film—-i think there are many references to the love of actually driving, rather than the love of automobiles. The Dodge Charger Chrysler 300c (thanks Anon) vs. Ford Mustang chase in here, which only lasts a minute or so—-is a good one, but a blatant tribute to one of the most famous car scenes ever put onto film from “Bullitt”. Other than that, there are some decent car scenes, but i am pleased they were not drenched in absurd special effects like other hollywood car films tend to be. The guy loves to drive though, and he’s got perforated driving gloves to back it up! Those driving gloves (see picture) are a nice touch. I’m not sure why they gave him an old grey Chevy Malibu to drive in the rest of the film, however the car is obviously ‘modded’ (interior and exterior).
All in all, this film is the perfect combination of “Bullitt”, “Taxi Driver” and the utterly fantastic TV series “Dexter”. It is violent, interesting, and very well made. The soundtrack is cool, the cinematography is cool, and the acting is good. I enjoyed the film very much, although I think it could have been EVEN better with a bit less violence, and some better cars.
“A new film exploring the life and crimes of Serbian Vlada Vasiljevic premiered earlier this week in Amsterdam. Titled The Belgrade Phantom, for Vasiljevic’s nickname, the story follows the man after he stole a white Porsche 911, and used it to torment the police over a ten day period during Serbia’s communist era.
First-time feature director Jovan Todorovic used a mix of archive footage, radio interviews, and original dramatized material to tell the story. Several car chases were shot throughout the Serbian capital of Belgrade to recreate the Phantom using his stolen Porsche to easily outrun the 60hp Zastava police cars.
In the story the Phantom gets more daring, starts stealing more white Porsches, in more risky ways, and becomes even more popular by taunting police over the radio. By the end of the ten-day stretch, the Phantom had drawn the support of tens of thousands of people, something highly unusual in the Soviet era.
For production, they used a 1979 Porsche 911 Targa, police vehicles from the era, as well as the actual car that belonged to the former dictator, Tito.”