Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mise en Scene

This show is a must see in my opinion. Saw it this past weekend with Melissa. Cameron was my animation supervisor at Luma Pictures for a while and he's a great artist and animator. This show is a good example of that. The concept all the way down to the execution is phenomenal. The paintings are mosaics of tiny individual paintings which form a larger painting when assembled. Truly amazing to see. Now showing at the Robert Berman Gallery.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

We are... YOUR FRIENDS!!

Tuesday Melissa and I went to check out Justice at the Fonda in Hollywood. Not the best show to see on a Tuesday night, but oh well. The show was great but I felt a little underwhelmed as I was walking out. These guys came all the way out here from France and didnt even play the full version of D.A.N.C.E.? I wouldnt want to hear it exactly the way it is on the cd, but at least let the bass drop at some point. We had a great time anyway. I found this link of Justice "performing" D.A.N.C.E. on Kimmel before the show at the Fonda on Tuesday. Awesome!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

In Rainbows

On their official blog, Radiohead has announced the release of their new album entitled "In Rainbows". This in itself is cool, but the method in which they are releasing it may change the music industry drastically. The album will be available for digital download only from the band's website. No record label, no middle men. And the price? Its up to you. For the first time, you choose any amount to pay for the album. Any amount, even zero is acceptable. You can pre-order it here:

Great Flash Tutorials

One of the guys I work with at R&H just recently posted a series of great flash animation tutorials on his blog. These are pure gold and Hayk is a great animator so they are definitely worth checking out. The site is

Into the Wild: Review

So last Friday, desperate to make something of a weekend which I had to work the entirety of, Melissa and I decided to check out the new film from Sean Penn called into the wild. The trailer and website looked great, and the story seemed interesting. The basic plot revolves around a guy named Chris who gets fed up with the materialistic society he lives in and drops everything to hitchhike across the country, ultimately landing in Alaska. Halfway through I realized that this is was the story about what my dad had talked about doing for years - just going into the woods and living alone amongst nature.
With a running time of almost 3 hours, this picture began to drag right after it becomes obvious that there is no real conflict in the film. The main character, although based on real life events was hard to sympathize with. Just like a roman candle that shoots sparkles and dies, this movie traveled in a pretty straight line to the end where I felt a little enlightened, but also really tired. I think this one is better as a rental. Interesting philosophy but dry entertainment. I'd give it 2/5 stars, that is if I had a rating system of my own.