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My top 10 screenings of 2011

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Picture me laying down on my sofa with Miles Davis on the turntable and with pen in hand. I thought I would share with you my favorites of the year. I’ve based these on freshness of vision, mastery of the medium and enjoyment.

Here are my top 10 screenings of 2011:
1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) – Brad Pitt is excellent throughout
2. War Horse (Stephen Spielberg) – Spielberg doing what he does best
3. Hugo (Martin Scorsese) – A great all round family film
4. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius) – Brave, beautiful and silent
5. We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsey) – An award winning novel becomes a superb film
6. 1911 (Jackie Chan) – Another great Hong Kong release with Jackie’s 100th film
7. Forbrydelsen (The Killing Season 2) (Danmarks Radio) – Sarah Lund back in her stunning knit wear
8. Tick Tock (Len Chi) – Best 5 minutes I’ve spent on YouTube
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson) – Beautifully shot and holds true to the original message – which is trust and betrayal
10. Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan) – Addictive viewing

Looking forward to seeing The Kill List and the new Great Expectations film in the new year.

Top 10 Screenings


BATMAN – at the box office

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Back ’89 when I designed the opening sequence for BATMAN (director Tim Burton), there was no knowing that it would turn into a series of films. A franchise is the term now coined since the start of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’ movies.

The 7th BATMAN film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is released next July. Warner Bros screened the movie’s first six minutes here in England to fans at Imax theatres just last week. Screening a section so far in advance follows the same marketing strategy as with the previous movie ‘The Dark Knight’ which took a massive £646m at the box office. This new preview of the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ appears to have satisfied critics despite concerns about parts of the dialogue being almost unintelligible.

Dan Jolin, of Empire magazine said – “With films you sink into the world they create gradually. So to drop you in with six minutes and then it stops is a slightly odd experience but far better than a two-minute trailer.”

He added it could boost the movie’s marketing by keeping it in film fans’ minds. “There’s this very precious thing known as talkability,” he explained. “It’s like the background noise of the culture discourse – they just want it to thrum away so it’s always present. When the film comes out it’s almost like you’ve no option – you’ve just got to go and see it.”

Or could the ‘The Dark Knights’ success at the box office just be down to the fact that the late Heath Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for weeks to perfect his performance as the Joker?

Whatever the reason we will see again at the box office.

I will see if I am in time to bid for the titles.

Also here are all the previous Batman films – box office takings:

The Dark Knight Rises

Merry Christmas…

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

…to all our friends. Have a great weekend folks. Rx

Merry Christmas


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December 23, 2011 1 comment

Thanks to Rafal Kwiatkowski at Grappa, I am now included in the Wikipedia club. WIKID!



Capitano and Co.

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Joel Levack and his fellow artists would love to see you at the ‘Inside the Artist Studio’. Feel free to bring your own pens, brushes and bits of retro junk.

capitano and co.

Since March 2011 Capitano & Co. have taken up residence with The House of Fairy Tales and a whole host of other artists, theatre groups and a film company, in an old Deutsche Bank Building in the City of London. Together they make up ‘Community46’.

They are opening their doors on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December 2011 (11am – 11pm each day) for you to wander round and see what they have all been up to. There will be exhibitions, workshops, broadcasting, films, live painting and children’s entertainment.

Below are the WORKSHOP TIMINGS, also please note that many of the galleries will be closing by 9:30pm so please ARRIVE EARLY to ensure you don’t miss out!!

NAT Blooms – All age Art Workshops
3:00pm – 4:00pm Thursday and Friday – ‘Christmas Cardboard Dreams’

Handprint Theatre
11:00am – 12:00pm and 1:30pm – 2:30pm Friday – Accessible Drama Workshop.

The House of Fairy Tales
Joel Levack’s Paintings
Philip Bulcock & Fully Ops. Films
Tangled Feet Theatre
Elastic Residence
Deej Fabyc
I.G (Ignis Space)
Joe Duggan
Handprint Theatre
Cedar Lewisohn
Nat Blooms
Abdi ‘The Gas’

Bold strokes

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

On every piece of work where possible, whether it’s film titles or branding, Dean and I like to research, adapt and draw our own typefaces. The reason is it’s fun. It also makes for an individually designed font that is unique to the subject.

Now is Good is no exception. Dean has gone to town on this, by creating a bold stroke logo and a complete alphabet using a good old pot of emulsion and his worn out tin of Caran D’ache!

This natural brush stroke works well over our title sequence, which we will reveal and illustrate to you later.

Now is Good

The curtain opens on ETC

December 6, 2011 1 comment

I made a trip out of Soho by nipping across Oxford Street into the ‘Rag Trade’ area, to meet my old friend Lee Pavey and his colleagues in their new post-production company Electric Theatre Collective. I found them on the 1st floor of a Georgian building along with a lovely old ‘cage’ style lift.

Through the double doors I walked into a gracious contemporary open space with a busy friendly team at their workstations producing great work. Plus a friendly dog that didn’t want to go out for a walk!

Lee and his production team work off old school desks complete with carved names on the tops and chewing gum stuck underneath. Lee assures me that the gum feature is being removed!

What a joy to see a new group living their dream and away from the stereotypical norm. However, they could do with a hat stand for my next visit.

Take a look for yourself, visit
1st Floor 13-14 Margaret Street, London W1W 8RN

Electric Theatre Collective

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