Thursday, June 13, 2013

This is our city. This is Shanghai.

Showcasing the grandeur of your city through time-lapse? Why not?

Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh collaborated to seamlessly weave Shanghai's urban facets--from its infrastructure, to its skyscrapers, to its street arts, and even to the city's lower stratum areas.

I guess tourism departments should better explore artistic approaches to their promotional videos because films like this would surely entice every tourist to experience what every country or city has to offer.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Off the Shelf: Worst Movie Tie-In Book Covers

While the trend of creating movies inspired by some of the greatest literature pieces influence some people to flip the pages of the books from where these films were derived, there are also those who can't help not to cringe—not only because these so-called visual renditions made their favorite works of fiction worse; but also because the book covers feature the faces of the actors and actresses who played the roles of their favorite characters.

Flavorwire compiled 15 Movie Tie-In Book Covers That Make Us Sad and I’m choosing my top five most hated covers from the list they made.

Because the face of the child is not intriguing enough (or perhaps, it's too plain, generic, and boring for Keira Knightly or Michelle Williams) to describe the atrocity and sorrowful reality that Kazuo Ishiguro expressed in his story. Yes, I am being sarcastic.

Emily Temple of Flavorwire compared this to how the Twilight books had their book covers--and I couldn't agree more. And since we're juxtaposing the original book from the rendition, Wuthering Heights' book cover seems to speak for our reactions: Why is that flower floating?

Haven't read the book, haven't seen the movie. That may ban me from commenting on how the book cover was made but thanks to the power of the internet, I learned that Stanislaw Lem's novel was actually a philosophic account about the inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species--and yeah, you could probably translate that with George Clooney's smooches.

The adaptation may be promising but it's a little unforgivable to take the look of this movie tie-in book cover. The attempt to achieve the glam and fashion of the '20s may pass the standards of the era, but the overall art direction of the book is just... awful.

And I'm choosing to keep myself mum with this one. The rendition would speak for itself.
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