Thursday, October 23, 2014

It was only a matter of time

Most companies cut their printing budgets years ago and took it all online. IKEA maintained the recognizable catalogue and BBH applied iPad/app thinking to an actual book. Knew it would be done eventually and luckily it was done well.

#tongueandcheekindeed

(Thanks to someone.ca for the hook up).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bowie

How's about some drums for your ears? Care of the multi sided talent of David Bowie.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

RIP Auclair and Fransson

Influential figure in the sport of freeskiing, father and inspiration to many, JP Auclair was taken away from this world by an avalanche while ascending Mount San Lorenzo on the Chilean/Argentina border. He was not alone. The same avalanche also took the life of super talent Andreas Fransson, both were incredible skiers and their onscreen energy was infectious. These guys made me want to go higher, further and steeper than ever. Condolences to all who were stoked by there constant raising of the bar.

Be careful out there this winter if you're planning on challenging nature just that little bit more.

I All I Can from Sherpas Cinemas featuring JP Auclair thinking outside of the box.


Tempting Fear feat. Andreas Fransson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Boyhood

Review of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood"

Another moving picture success by the man who is Richard Linklater. If you don't know the name, I'm certain you will know him by his films. 

Did you feel a little "buzzed" after watching Dazed and Confused? That was Linklater. Were you moved to moments of reflection and sadness after his trilogy Before Sunrsie which led to Before Sunset and finished with a twist of Before Midnight? Linklater. 

You see, Mr. Linklater is no stranger to story telling; begin at the beginning, fill in the middle and sneak a little bit of an ending. But no too much. You must allow the audience to quietly take away their own piece of the puzzle.

The soundtrack that runs along side of the chronological storyline compliments each period exposing us to the long road of what is Boyhood. Setting the stage with Coldplay's "Yellow"we are guided through the story of with threads of The Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Balck Keys and, many more audio appearances woven seamlessly together year over year representing over a decade of artists.

Filmed over 12 years, the story moves fast cuddling your inner child, releasing your inner teen, then launching you into the experience of a Freshman. The Film is just over 160 mins so be sure to watch your beverage consumption as not a moment is to be missed.

Patricia Arquette… Stellar! Ethan Hawk… Well he's Ethan Hawke. As for Ellar Coltrane (Mason) and Linklater's own Lorelei (Samantha), the two "children soon to be teens" who were followed by the camera over 12 years deliver one helluva performance. Not only do they age in front of us CGI free, but their characters offer moments of life experience that the we can plug into if only for a taste of nostalgic escape. 

Maybe the party wasn't the same but the first beer, cigarette or toke of Mary Jane…Pretty memorable. As for the moving assay form a childhood friend, the challenging of a parent after getting home a little late or the introspective moments of silence you may remember, there are some pretty solid triggers to flash you back to a time of less or "different" complication.

If you can forego the fashion soaked, hipster teenage years and far too cool nonchalant behaviour of our lead "teen/freshman boy" than you're in for a solid ride. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It was only a matter of time! Thanks to my brother in-law Andrew "Science" Long, I was challenged to partake in the . So here's the skinny; one bucket for every year my brother Matthew has suffered from this truly evil disease. I now pass on the challenge to a few lucky fellas, Erin Zimerman, Dan Bannister and Christopher Walken.

Here we go....

video

Friday, July 4, 2014

The luckiest man on the face of the earth

In the Spring of 1939, the New York Yankees took to the field at Al Lang Stadium to tend to their annual spring training duties. The grass revealed its earthy Florida aroma similar to seasons before, the dusted base lines guided players through their routines and the St. Petersburg weather brought it’s usual spring unpredictability. It all seemed so familiar, but one thing had changed. The Yankee's ace first baseman Lou Gehrig seemed to lack the spring in his step that had carried him through over 2000 consecutive games.

As the season took its first steps, fans and sports writers were surprised by the decline in number 4’s performance numbers. His expected ferocity at the plate had diminished and his pep to beat the runners at first had almost disappeared. His heart was in the game but his body was failing him. 

75 years ago today, Lou Gehrig spoke his carefully selected words in a moment when vulnerability, bravery and humanity collided in his eyes. This speech later titled The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth, was a fond farewell filled with thanks and admiration, rooted in the heart of a humble giant, The Iron Horse.




Friday, May 9, 2014