Deal of the Day : WRIGHT ON!

Today’s DEAL OF THE DAY!
Frank Lloyd Wright Hardcover – June 29, 2015
by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Author), Peter Gössel (Editor)
Frank Lloyd Wright new Hardcover by Taschen!

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“Wright on: The star pieces of Americas greatest architect

A building by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is at once unmistakably individual, and evocative of an entire era. Notable for their exceptional understanding of an organic environment, as well as for their use of steel and glass to revolutionize the interface of indoor and outdoor, Wright’s designs helped announce the age of modernity, as much as they secured his own name in the annals of architectural genius.

This meticulous compilation from TASCHEN’s previous three-volume monograph assembles the most important works from Wright’s extensive, paradigm-shifting oeuvre into one authoritative and accessibly priced overview of America’s most famous architect. Based on unlimited access to the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives in Taliesin, Arizona, the collection spans the length and breadth of Wright’s projects, both realized and unrealized, from his early Prairie Houses, through the Usonian concept home, epitomized by Fallingwater, the Tokyo years, his progressive “living architecture” buildings, right through to later schemes like the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and fantastic visions for a better tomorrow in the “living city.”

Author Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, who served as Wright’s apprentice during the 1950s, discusses recent research on Wright and gives his own insights on these game-changing buildings.

Text in English, French, and German.”
Frank Lloyd Wright new Hardcover by Taschen! Price your copy here!
Product Details

Hardcover: 504 pages
Publisher: Taschen; Reprint edition (June 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3836555980
ISBN-13: 978-3836555982
Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.3 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds

Art Deals of the Day : Gustave Dore MASTER OF IMAGINATION

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It’s about time that the 19th century’s most staggering and arguably prolific artist of the fantastic received a worthy hardcover tome, and with the almost sold out 2014 book, DORE:MASTER OF IMAGINATION edited by Phillippe Kaenel, Gustave Dore finally has that acclaim, and his fans finally have that book.

The book however, by shear breadth of Dore’s output, is in no way a comprehensive overview of his output, and is more a very cursory sampling of the different projects and mediums this renaissance man of the 19th century put his hand to.

“I am sorry to have made a mere 100,000 drawings by the age of 33″ – Gustave Dore

So it is not perfect, but it is essential and makes a great companion to those quickly going out of print, but wonderful, 1970s Dover paperback compilations of Dore’s work. Whoever the editor at Dover Publishing in the 1970s who spearheaded reprinting Dore’s acclaimed works in affordable but quality paperback volumes, they created a great boon to art lovers everywhere.

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Dore was the master of the meticulous and the detailed and the imaginative, a single one of his painstaking engravings having more complexity and depth and range than most modern day artists produce in a year.

There is this school of thought, that I do not subscribe to, that detail is bad, or unnecessary, or overkill. Largely spearheaded by modern artists incapable of doing detail, so they attack the idea of detailed illustrations to justify the value of their limitations. Simplicity and minimalism have their uses, but they will never replace, or supplant, or overshadow, prodigious talent, prodigious passion, and prodigious detail, all in service to a prodigious imagination. And Gustav Dore brought all that immense talent to every drawing he did. As an artist he has my highest recommendation.

All of the Dover Dore books are collectible, but the four best are the DORE BIBLE, DORE DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY, DORE’s ORLANDO FURIOSO, and Dore’s IDYLLS OF THE KING.

And the DORE: MASTER OF IMAGINATION book serves as a bit more upscale exploration of Gustav Dore’s life and work. Price your copy of that and the Dover Titles below!

Gustave Dore 1832-1883: Master of Imagination beautiful Hardcover Tome!

The Dore Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy (136 Plates by Gustave Dore)

The Dore Bible Illustrations

Doré’s Illustrations for “Idylls of the King” (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

Doré’s Illustrations for Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”: A Selection of 208 Illustrations (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

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The Last Word on the Best, Most Underrated, and you might have missed Films of 2014!!!

Yes I know it is nearly the middle of 2015, but hey I’ve been busy.

And I wanted to do a comprehensive study of other peoples best and worst lists of 2014 to make sure this one wouldn’t repeat the obvious, and offer instead a unique summation.

Think you’ve seen everything of note 2014 had? Well think again. When doing research for this article I determined there was a ton of films in 2014 deserving of a watch; far more than 2015 is offering.

And thanks to streaming you can try before you buy a lot of these titles.

So without further ado:

 

THE MOST OVERRATED MOVIES of 2014

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  • BABADOOK
  • SNOWPIERCER
  • GODZILLA
  • FORCE MAJEURE
  • A FIELD IN ENGLAND

 

THE WORST FILMS of 2014

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  • ENEMY
  • NYMPHOMANIAC
  • THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART !
  • ABCs OF DEATH 2 – Has a couple of good segments, but largely forgettable
  • VHS VIRAL
  • GODZILLA
  • A FIELD IN ENGLAND
  • ANNABELLE

OK TO VERY GOOD FILMS of 2014

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  • ROVER
  • VENUS IN FURS
  • LOCKE
  • RAID 2
  • SABOTAGE
  • 13 SINS
  • BORGMAN
  • HOUSE BOUND
  • I, FRANKENSTEIN
  • THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014) – This one due to phenomenal direction really borders on great, it’s just a weak conclusion that bogs it down
  • WITCHING & BITCHING

THE BEST FILMS of 2014 –These are the films worth owning in DVD or Blu-Ray

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  • UNDER THE SKIN
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE WINTER SOLDIER
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  • EDGE OF TOMORROW
  • 3 DAYS TO KILL
  • A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
  • METRO MANILA
  • BLUE RUIN

ENJOYABLE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES of 2014

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  • X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURES PAST
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE WINTER SOLDIER
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  • EDGE OF TOMORROW

AND WRAPPING THIS INSTALLMENT UP, MOVIES STILL ON MY LIST TO SEE

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  • MOOD INDIGO – started watching this, what craziness I saw… so far I like
  • GONE GIRL – Ben Affleck is a filmmaker I have yet to try. Nor am I in a particular rush to, but I’ll eventually get to this film as well as his THE TOWN.
  • INHERENT VICE
  • GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  • NIGHTCRAWLER
  • BIRDMAN
  • THE LEGO MOVIE
  • THE IMITATION GAME
  • ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
  • LOVE IS STRANGE OUT
  • A WALK AMONG TOMBSTONES
  • NOAH
  • TOP FIVE
  • THE HOMESMAN
  • INTERSTELLAR
  • DEVIL’S DUE
  • AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • CAPITAL
  • OMAR
  • MISS VIOLENCE
  • STILL LIFE
  • GRIGRIS
  • NORTE THE END OF HISTORY
  • CHILD’S POSE
  • GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D
  • WHIPLASH
  • NIGHT MOVES
  • BOYHOOD
  • FOXCATCHER
  • IDA
  • LUCY
  • THE MONUMENTS MEN
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
  • TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
  • STRANGER ON THE LAKE
  • JORDOROWSKY’S DUNE
  • JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING (Que ta joie demure)
  • THE IMMIGRANT
  • DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
  • SELMA
  • GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE
  • NO GOOD DEED
  • MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN
  • WINTER SLEEP
  • STRANGE LITTLE CAT
  • COLD IN JULY
  • THE GUEST
  • IT FOLLOWS
  • JOHN WICK
  • THE IMMIGRANT
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART
  • LUCY
  • NON-STOP
  • NEED FOR SPEED
  • COHERENCE
  • BIRD PEOPLE
  • PROXY
  • JOE
  • HERCULES
  • THE SIGNAL
  • THE BETTER ANGELS
  • OPEN WINDOWS
  • EXPENDABLES 3
  • CALVARY
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

 

Thanks To the following sites for bringing some of the above films to my attention. Hope you have found this list helpful, and feel free to shoot me an email or comment with any you think I may have missed. Enjoy! :

http://mountainx.com/movies/2014-at-the-movies-the-best-and-the-worst/
https://2020film.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/the-top-five-most-overrated-movies-of-2014/
http://filmint.nu/?p=14188

http://www.metacritic.com/feature/best-and-worst-films-of-2014?page=2
http://waytooindie.com/features/way-too-indies-most-overrated-and-underrated-films-of-2014/

http://www.avclub.com/article/best-film-2014-ballots-212969

DAREDEVIL – The Final Review of NetFlix’s game changing 13 episode series!

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DAREDEVIL – Finally finishing this 13 part series, that everyone (quite rightly I think) is raving about, and it is a sea change of a series. Phenomenally good and had me captivated to the end, as those of you who have followed my previous posts can attest. It is and should be, justifiably lauded. That said, having finished the series, it is not perfect.

I think sticking the landing is the hardest thing for any series to do, and after 12 fantastic episodes, I don’t think this series quite stuck the landing with the 13th episode. [Spoilers Follow]I think the series had such smart writing throughout but the ending felt a bit disappointing and by the numbers and a bit stereotypical.

I found the character of Karen Page, while stunning, the weakest and most annoying and unlikeable character, part of this is in the writing, and part in the portrayal. And she gets progressively more annoying till the final episode. And the fact that great characters (both in terms of writing and acting) get killed (directly and indirectly) because of her, leaves an extremely bad taste.

The loss of Vondie Curtis-Hall’s character of Ben Urich feels particularly egregious and formulaic and a bit stereotypical. “Oh a strong Black male character in a genre series, of course he needs to die in the noble savage role, sacrificing himself for the non-colored” :). Like I said for a series that was so bold and smart throughout, it felt like dumbed down, lowest common denominator choices toward the end, which made the Karen Page character all the more unlikeable.

The only person nearly as unlikeable as Karen’s character is the character of Matt Murdock. But that works because there are enough other facets to Charlie Cox’s great performance, and enough time spent away from him with more interesting characters, to assuage the more psychopathic parts to the character’s nature.

But it does leave you with a final episode where it is not with Matt Murdock your sympathies lie, but with Vincent D’Onofrio’s brilliant Kingpin. It doesn’t help that the final Daredevil suit is pretty solidly a disappointment, and has one wishing for the return of the man in black.

I’m still looking forward to more Daredevil, but I do think the lack of Vondie Curtis-Hall, the ludicrous costume, the too brutal Daredevil, and the grating, and annoying character of Karen Page has me less interested than I should be for a second season.

Still and all kudos to fight coordinator Philip J Silvera, who makes this series one of the most adrenalin fueled of all time. All the more impressive since this appears to be his first long term Fight Coordinator gig. And of course kudos to Show Runners Drew Goddard and Steven S. Knight who spearheaded the birth of this first season. And of course to the writers and directors and actors.

A second season has been green-lit but without Steven S. Knight of SPARTACUS fame, instead it will have show-runners Douglas Petrie (He wrote one of the best episodes of Season 1, STICK)and Marco Ramirez (who also wrote 2 solid episodes of season 1, RABBIT IN A SNOWSTORM and CONDEMNED)so they have the chops to make the 2nd season their own. Here’s hoping they do.

If you like the fight scenes in DAREDEVIL another series to try for some solid fisticuffs is season 1 of HUMAN TARGET. While not as brutal it is quite well done. Get the series here:

Human Target: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

Movie Review : A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

 

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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHTThis is a drenchingly romantic and exquisite film with a soundtrack to die for. One of the most sumptuously beautiful “horror” films of all time, and to call it a horror film is to undersell it. This is more. This is a parable that defies simple genre. A sublime bit of movie making, fueled by masterful sound design and cinematography, and patient, stylized and phenomenal direction, with echoes both Lynchian and Murnauistic.

Writer, directed Ana Lily Amirpour with one film has catapulted herself into the ranks of “Must See” Filmmakers.

Most films don’t live up to their poster or their hype (I’m looking at you BIG BAD WOLVES and BABADOOK), I’m happy to say A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT absolutely does.

I just saw it for free courtesy of Netflix, and this is one I HAVE to own in the highest quality Blu-Ray available. Ideally with commentary and special features. It is that impressive of a debut.

 

Grade: A+.  Highest Recommendation.

 

And run, do not walk, to get the Blu-Ray at the link below:
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)