photo friday: breaking words

Friday, April 18, 2014

if i cant be yur lover the ill be yur brotheryea sounds cool another day would be sweet

contemporary artist anthony listerits a shame we cant be anything more than this
You know what, I want my old life back. Not my old apartment and my old neighbours obviously, because I love my new place so very much... but I want my old job back and my old routine and most importantly, my old paycheck.

Because there really isn't much fun to be had in public holidays if you're not actually getting a holiday from anything.

Anyway, the images in today's post are from Newtown in Sydney, and they were actually some of my favourite pieces of paste-up street art... I love the way that the text is laid out and the simplicity of the whole thing.

I got some bad news yesterday... nothing that relates to me directly, and nothing I can talk about yet, but when I can there will be a blog post about it. But it threw me for a loop and pretty much dovetailed into me wishing that things didn't have to change and that I could have my old life back.

It's also why I forgot to post a Random Hotness yesterday... by the time I got back last night I totally forgot about it.

I randomly got inspired this week to finally break open the two canvases that have been taking up space since I broke my thumb and finally have a crack at creating a Macbeth themed text artwork. My inspiration came from something I saw online... this post on Alisa Burke's website.

Weirdly mine came out mostly grey, compared with the mostly black of Alisa's version... no idea what they hell that's about, it may just be differences in shoe polish or the fact that I didn't prime the canvases with anything since they were supposedly already primed. I may need to take another crack at it at some point... maybe paint over the canvases with some white paint or something. But they look pretty good paired on the wall with the UATG Macbeth poster I sneaked off a wall somewhere.

That really is one of the things that I love most about my new apartment... I actually have artwork on my walls... things I've made myself, things by my favourite artists, just things. Things on walls are good.

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movies: captain america: the winter soldier

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

captain america: the winter soldier - in heroes we trust
I swear that Marvel just goes from strength to strength with their movies... and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the strongest entries in the catalogue.

I think a couple of the reasons (which I only found out afterwards) is that the directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo insisted on live action over visual effects wherever possible and the fact that producer Kevin Feige described the film as "a 1970s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie".

Which absolutely shows within the movie. It's less about superpowers and gadgets and more about what happens when Steve Rogers' world is turned upside down yet again.

Thanks to the internet I knew about the Hydra related twist in the tale (which I won't repeat here... but thanks internet, this is why we can't have nice things) and about the identity of the titular Winter Soldier (which is one of those things I just knew without really knowing how I knew it)... but even so it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.

The story is definitely where the movie is strongest... not that it doesn't have it's issues here and there... I still can't get past the fact in any of the "post Avengers" movies, that the characters don't cross over more. I mean, I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't have called in all possible favours/help for the big battle at the end. But I also understand that that's not going to happen for reasons that have nothing to do with the in-movie universe.

Unsurprisingly, the cast is excellent... I mean a number of them should be since they've been playing the same characters for a number of movies now. Chris Evans is brilliant as always as the World's Biggest Boyscout, and manages to show the fact that while Captain America has adjusted to the modern world, he's still adjusting to how much people have changed, and knowing who he can trust.

I'm pretty sure this is also Scarlett Johansson's best portrayal of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow so far. Part of me would love her to get her own movie, since I think both the character and Johansson deserve it, but at the same time this version of Romanoff is a really mysterious character (I'm not sure if she's the same in the comic books) and it would be kind of a shame to ruin that with a lot of backstory. Plus Johansson gets most of the dryly comedic lines, usually at Rogers expense, which she delivers perfectly.

Newcomer to the Marvel Universe, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon is my new favourite character... and not just because, you know, wings. There's just something about Mackie's performance, which I can't quite put my finger on yet... but he makes Wilson seem like he has a lot more going on than I think the character really does on paper.

To be honest I wasn't completely sure that Sebastian Stan was the same actor who played Bucky Barnes in the first Captain America movie since he looked so different. Although weirdly in the earlier part of the movie the Winter Solider has weird black makeup around his eyes, which then completely vanishes later on. I did like the fact that they didn't take the usual route of having the character do a total 180 within the space of a single movie. But since Stan is signed on for nine movies, so this isn't the last we've seen of Bucky.

It was also nice to see Samuel L. Jackson given a chance to do more than just deliver exposition in one of these movies.

It'll be interesting to see how the events of this movie affect the future of the Marvel movies, especially the Avengers sequel.

yani's rating: 9 Helicarriers out of 10


riverbank photo wandering

Monday, April 14, 2014

pelican domeoval curves
I took my camera on my walk with me this morning... and what is usually a 40-50 minute walk turned into about a two hour jaunt. I did a lot more wandering around than my usual walk though, including a lot of poking around the upgraded Adelaide Oval and all that lovely copper covered architecture. I do love bright copper so very much.

But this more one of those visual tone poem type posts... so enjoy all the visuals...

oval signagerobran bronze

duck bankduck family sign

shady bike lanepath up the hill

camo dragonflycopper curves

pop-eye mirrorreed fluff

shadow birdtorrens bridge lamp

autumn texturecopper corner

pampered puppypink petals

backlit goldrippled mirror

grey waderwhite supports

purple foorailing curves

bee bootaypro christo et ecclesia

heritage shadebronze whips

sitting prettystriped awning

angel profilepaper boat duo

sqwakerstropical bloom

morning arch windowoval corner detail

black swan shineaisle signage

city standingparkland lines

little brown beeeast gate shine

taxis and trains oh myhi-viz guys

bright duckcopper window

sir edwin smith standglass colours

black diverblue spire

copper workerscopper mesh

hidden pelican beakleaf shadows

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