Only God Forgives, 2013 (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
Ingmar Bergman and His First Cinematograph
When Bergman was 8 years old he received a teddy bear for christmas while his older brother received a cinematograph, disappointed at his present and full aware his brother didn’t care at all about the cinematograph, he offered him 150 tiny soldiers in exchange, both were completely satisfied after the deal.
"For obvious reasons, every interviewer asks me about [the role of technology in "Her"], and, well, you’ve seen the movie—it definitely has a lot of ideas about technology and the way we live with technology, and the way technology helps us connect or not connect. But I think what I was really trying to write about was the way we long to connect with each other. I really tried to make more of a relationship movie—or a love story and a relationship movie in the context of right now." - Spike Jonze, director of “Her”.
Although Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the most widely used assault rifle in the world, passed away just before Christmas, his legacy lives on, and will most likely not end anytime soon. Enter Ralph Ziman, a guy more likely known as a South African filmmaker who brought us movies like Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema. He’s also an artist with a new photography exhibition called Ghosts, which points a powerful spotlight on the billion dollar arms trade, and the destructive consequences on African nations. Ziman photographed Zimbabwean street vendors adorned with replica AK-47s featuring traditional Shona beadwork. The results are remarkable. You couldn’t think of a better title for this project. “Ghosts” will appear at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Los Angeles from February 8 until March 2, 2014.