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November 30, 2014

This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Sinead O'Connor - Song To The Siren

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Bryan Ferry - Song To The Siren

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Tim Buckley - Song to the Siren

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 29, 2014

State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh

"So what I finally decided was …art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try andmake sense out of all this chaos."

April 27, 2013 - San Francisco International Film Festiva

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Chop Suey

"For years, auteur Theresa Duncan’s video games suffered in obscurity, in spite of the critical acclaim it received in its time. Today, a very unique Kickstarter wants to provide a way to make her games available to the public today, but not in the way that you would expect."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

The Script - No Good In Goodbye

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 28, 2014

Cartier - Winter Tale

Posted by the Flea at 12:08 PM

Let them eat cake

Vivienne Westwood says people who can't afford organic food should eat less.

Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer, has declared that people who can’t afford to buy organic food should "eat less" and stop getting fat. The millionaire designer made the comments as she delivered a petition to Downing Street protesting about genetically modified food.

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 12:04 PM

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song

Posted by the Flea at 12:02 PM

November 26, 2014

Sóley - Halloween

Posted by the Flea at 09:23 AM

Wakening (2014)

"In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers."

Directed by Danis Goulet
Written by Tony Elliott

Posted by the Flea at 08:33 AM

November 25, 2014

Tomek Bagiński - Ambition (2014)

"Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London."

The making of Ambition.

Posted by the Flea at 07:18 AM

Jamie T - Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away

Posted by the Flea at 07:14 AM

November 21, 2014

Ursula Le Guin National Book Award acceptance speech

"Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014."

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

R2D2 is particularly dapper

Tudor superheroes.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

Dead Can Dance - Rising of the Moon

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 20, 2014

Inside Chanel - Paris by Chanel

"Immerse yourself in the street where it all began, la rue Cambon. Leave the black and white sobriety of the Haute Couture salon and enter the baroque world of Mademoiselle’s apartment. Then, indulge at the Ritz, before opening the door of 18, Place Vendôme to discover the world of Fine Jewelry. Finally, gaze upon the monumental theater of the CHANEL fashion shows: the Grand Palais."

Posted by the Flea at 06:29 AM

Bill Cunningham - Autumnal Mood

"I'm not looking for a trend, I'm just looking for people who look great. ... And people say there's no fashion today. Are they out of their heads? It's as great as it ever was. People always say 'Oh, in the past it was so marvelous.' Baloney! It's just as marvelous today if you open your eyes and look"

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Jennifer Davies - Choke

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

November 19, 2014

Hieroglyphic Films - Something Real

A fan film set in the Culture.

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Maple Guardian

"Seven years earlier I had obtained an application to the Canadian War Artists program; I had been fascinated by official war artists and their work for years, and wanted to see if I could contribute to the incredible work that had been done by people like Paul Nash, Charles Comfort and Alex Colville. But my wife was pregnant with our first child at the time and pointed out that it would have been the worst possible time for me to follow this distinctly inconvenient and even remotely dangerous dream."

Posted by the Flea at 08:23 AM

Kleerup feat. Jenny Wilson - Nothing Left To Die For

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 18, 2014

James Cooper - Interview With a Time Traveler (2014)

"A time traveler meets with a journalist in a hotel room under the guise of sharing their story for an article, but what the journalist doesn't know is that the time traveler has an ulterior motive for inviting him that will change his life forever."

Posted by the Flea at 07:04 AM

Choose your own adventure

The American canon.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave."

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM

Phantom - Wanna

NSFW unofficial videoclip: Gapar Noé - Enter the Void.

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

November 17, 2014

Burberry - From London With Love

"The Burberry festive film is inspired by the golden age of cinematic musicals. It tells the tale of a young couple falling in love, against a theatrical backdrop of London."

Posted by the Flea at 04:14 AM

Bill Cunningham - Autumnal Mood

"I'm not looking for a trend, I'm just looking for people who look great. ... And people say there's no fashion today. Are they out of their heads? It's as great as it ever was. People always say 'Oh, in the past it was so marvelous.' Baloney! It's just as marvelous today if you open your eyes and look"

Posted by the Flea at 04:13 AM

Dior Homme Collection Spring 2015

Posted by the Flea at 04:12 AM

Neboscrub - Burnt Light

Posted by the Flea at 04:11 AM

November 16, 2014

Sainsbury's Christmas 2014

"To me, the Christmas truce between British and German soldiers in 1914 is, literally, sacred. It was the last hour of Christian Europe, a tragic failure. If only they had continued it by throwing down their guns and walking away in their thousands to their homes and families, their proper work and their peaceful, happy lives, we would have been spared so much loss and ruin."

Posted by the Flea at 10:21 AM

November 15, 2014

Tartine Bread

"4SP Films created this short documentary for the launch of Tartine Bread, in which celebrated baker Chad Robertson reveals the process behind the most sought-after loaf in San Francisco."

Posted by the Flea at 09:49 AM

Don't look down

Tower Bridge is the latest monument to foist a glass walkway upon the tourists of the world.

Posted by the Flea at 09:48 AM

Marion Cotillard - Snapshot in LA

Posted by the Flea at 09:47 AM

November 14, 2014

Curtis Harrington - The Wormwood Star (1955)

"It’s certainly no slight to the late director Curtis Harrington to describe The Wormwood Star, his visually arresting 1955 portrait of occult artist/beatnik weirdo Marjorie Cameron as being 'Anger-esque' considering that he’d served as the cinematographer for Kenneth Anger’s Puce Moment and that it stars Cameron, one of Anger’s most well-known cinematic avatars (Cameron famously played 'The Scarlet Woman' in Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome and Harrington himself portrayed 'Cesare the Somnambulist' in that film."

Posted by the Flea at 09:59 AM

To change your behaviour, change your environment

"The impact that external stimuli can have on behavior is well-known. I have written previously about choice architecture and how it can be used to drive better health habits."

Via Five Feet of Fury.

Posted by the Flea at 09:58 AM

Other Lives - For 12

Posted by the Flea at 09:57 AM

November 13, 2014

MOCAtv - Marjorie Cameron

"'There was a time when art was an assault on what art was, and practices were motivated by an elated passion for regions of the mind that amaze the vision more than the eyes. Cameron [b. Marjorie Cameron, Belle Plaine, Iowa, 1922; d. Los Angeles, 1995] was of a time of heedless belief in the power of art to invent and celebrate new ways of representation and being. Her work oscillates between the psychedelic and surreal and defies a conventional understanding of modernity as a logical notion of progress in art. She reminds us of how little we perceive of our existence and how much our mind, if fully explored, awakens an alternative knowledge."

- Philippe Vergne, Director, MOCA

Scarlet Woman: "Meet Cameron, the countercultural icon who bewitched Los Angeles."

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Skull Towel

"Black cotton towel with hand stitched edges; features placed multiple skull pattern, all round skull frame and Alexander McQueen logo in medium grey."

Posted by the Flea at 06:23 AM

Sucré - Young And Free

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

November 12, 2014

MOCAtv - The Artist's Studio: David Benjamin Sherry

"David Benjamin Sherry journeys to Joshua Tree National Park, California, to breathe new life into the art historical tradition of landscape photography. Like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston before him, Sherry—a recent transplant to Southern California—hikes into the wilderness carrying a large-format camera, an analog device that captures the landscape in painstaking detail. Yet unlike the naturalists, Sherry sees the rock formations and dramatic vistas through a lens of humanity, perhaps as symbols of what scientists refer to as the anthropocene, or geological age of man. Printed in bright, sensational color, his photographs—part of a series titled Climate Vortex Sutra—are "magical and alchemical," a depiction of the natural world yet unseen."

Posted by the Flea at 08:49 AM

Grief’s geography

"Mapping 6,160 Torontonians killed in three wars."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

AKW - The Hunt

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

November 11, 2014

Leonard Wong - The Nail

"A genuine embodiment of the simplest yet most effective design that binds structures together. Throughout the ages, the nail has changed little since the days of the Egyptians in 3400 BC. Leonard Wong aims to maintain a refined minimalistic elegance which is illimitable to time in an ever changing fashion world."

Posted by the Flea at 09:54 AM

Existential fatigue

"Considered one of the Institut Français's grandest foreign institutions, Villa Kujoyama was shuttered in 2012, 'not so much due to structural worries,' the Guardian writes, but 'more out of existential fatigue.'"

Posted by the Flea at 09:53 AM

Sheep, Dog & Wolf - Glare

Posted by the Flea at 09:52 AM

November 10, 2014

Foundation 39 - Anthony Casalena [July 2014]

"In our newest Foundation interview, I spend some time with Squarespace founder and CEO Anthony Casalena. Anthony provides a fascinating look at the Squarespace ideation narrative, and the company's short-term and long-term goals."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Shall we play a game?

"Video games are huge business. For years now, digital games have earned more than the music and film industries combined. And of all of the billion-dollar properties in the industry, Call of Duty is one of the biggest.

"For eight years, Dave Anthony steered the franchise. He wrote and directed five of the series’ 11 titles, helping to transform a World War II shooter into a cultural touchstone and annual entertainment event for millions of people. After producing some of the most successful video games of all time, Anthony left the industry. A year later, the Atlantic Council—a Washington, D.C. think tank—hired Anthony to help predict the future of warfare."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

From the Kryptia to the CIA

An historical view of intelligence gathering.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Chris & Cosey - Re-Education Through Labour

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 09, 2014

Ennio Morricone - La Misión (2002)

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

November 08, 2014

Theodore Dalrymple - Disdain of the Past

"Theodore Dalrymple speaks at the 'Another Country - is there a future for Tradition?' Conference - organised by the Traditional Britain Group and the Quarterly Review."

Posted by the Flea at 12:59 PM

One

"Have you ever wondered what Metallica’s 'One' would sound had it been written in medieval times?"

Posted by the Flea at 12:58 PM

Luluc - Gold on the Leaves

Posted by the Flea at 12:57 PM

November 06, 2014

Nina Hagen - Letterman interview 1985

Posted by the Flea at 06:48 AM

Festive

"Cara Delevingne is party ready in Topshop's Christmas campaign kitted out in sequins and faux-fur."

Posted by the Flea at 06:47 AM

Dead Can Dance - The Carnival Is Over

Posted by the Flea at 06:42 AM

November 05, 2014

Fendi Women's Spring/Summer 2015

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Flying form

"In the 1960s and 1970s, an era of staid, Bauhaus-inspired rectilinear boxes, architect Uno Prii designed rental apartment buildings defined by swooping curves and space age forms and shapes."

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

Floex - Phi_Log

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 04, 2014

Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation in Three Movements (2009)

"A look at the history of British progressive rock music."

Posted by the Flea at 09:58 AM

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview

"Bloom never pissed me off because there are critics out there, and he's one of them, who take their ignorance about popular culture as a badge of intellectual prowess. He might be able to say that Mark Twain is a great writer, but it's impossible for him to say that there's a direct line of descent from, say, Nathaniel Hawthorne to Jim Thompson because he doesn't read guys like Thompson. He just thinks, 'I never read him, but I know he's terrible.'"

Posted by the Flea at 09:57 AM

Goat - Hide from the Sun

Posted by the Flea at 09:54 AM

November 02, 2014

Iain M. Banks - The State of the Art

"The Culture ship Arbitrary arrives on Earth in 1977 and finds a planet obsessed with alien concepts like 'property' and 'money' and on the edge of self destruction. When Agent Dervley Linter, decides to go native can Diziet Sma change his mind?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:58 AM

Pleasure of learning new words*

"Researchers determined that the reward region that is activated is the same that answers to a wide range of stimuli, including food, sex, drugs or game."

* There is probably a German word for this effect.

Posted by the Flea at 08:57 AM

Dead Can Dance - Song of the Stars (Pina version)

Posted by the Flea at 08:52 AM

November 01, 2014

Martyn Bennett - Grit: The Documentary

Posted by the Flea at 12:08 PM

War made C.S. Lewis

“Lewis has sometimes been criticized for the many battles in The Chronicles of Narnia. Both The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian climax with a war. The title of the final volume, The Last Battle, speaks for itself. But Lewis is following the time-honored distinction between good and evil and between a just and unjust war.”

Posted by the Flea at 12:07 PM

Hobbiton is really…

Birmingham.

Posted by the Flea at 12:04 PM

Robin Guthrie - Thunderbird Road

Posted by the Flea at 12:02 PM