Saturday, April 21, 2018

FILM | Isle of Dogs



Director Wes Anderson's latest movie is a fest of stop motion animation and tributes to Japanese cinema. Humans in the movie talk in plain Japanese with no subtitles, and occasionally an interpreter translates what they say to English. For the Japanese release that will take place next May 25th, Japanese manga author and filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo has drawn an exclusive poster. Here is what Otomo commented:

“When I first saw Isle of Dogs, I thought it might be difficult to make a poster that would add something to the movie...It is filled with homage to Japanese cinema, including music directly from Kurosawa, and seemed fully realized already, with all its details in place. It was its own complete world. Then I had an idea: to paint a very traditional Japanese dog to represent the island itself, and a very traditional Japanese wooden floor as the sea. I hope my drawing will be a meaningful way to help share this film with the world.”
Official site: http://www.isleofdogsmovie.com






The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs

Series: The Wes Anderson Collection
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Abrams (August 21, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419730096
ISBN-13: 978-1419730092
Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.2 inches

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2qNb0oI
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2HIhgrt
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2HSl2wg
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2F63XM7
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2qR1BvB
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2Hkiwli
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2qOitms
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2qR268X



Isle of Dogs: Screenplay

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (March 23, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571336442
ISBN-13: 978-0571336449
Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches 


AVAILABILITY
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https://amzn.to/2qQ3BnG
Amazon US: 
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Amazon CA: 
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Isle of Dogs: Soundtrack

Composed by Alexander Desplat
Vinyl (June 1, 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: ABKCO

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2vv8tEA
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2HRukZp
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2K6cCC8
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2qRryuO
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2qQ1Qai
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Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2qNMFiB
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2HPfIJY

Also available in CD & MP3.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

EXHIBITION | Mario Romañach: "Do you love architecture?"




When: Monday, December 4, 2017— Monday, May 14, 2018

Where: Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives | 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

Introduction from Architectural Archives

A beloved teacher at the University of Pennsylvania and a visionary architect who transformed modern architecture in his native Cuba in the years before the Revolution, Mario Romañach (1917-84) saw architecture, not as an abstract phenomenon to be developed though analytical techniques, but rather, as a discipline which made full sense only when framed in terms of human experience. “Architecture...you’ve got to touch it,” he would say, and it was that sensuous, experiential connection to buildings, cities, and landscapes that animated his art and inspired his students. 

Marking the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Romañach’s birth, this exhibition presents a survey of his work, ranging from his groundbreaking residential designs in Havana to large-scale urban redevelopment plans for the West Side of New York City.

Born in Havana, Romañach, was educated in turbulent decades marked by prosperity, depression, war, and changing artistic sensibilities. His uncle, the painter Leopoldo Romañach, was a significant influence. Formal training in architecture came at the University of Havana. In the fourteen year period between 1945 and 1959, Romañach established a successful practice initially based on residential projects. These works, and his later large-scale urban planning, demonstrate his firm commitment to the ideals of the modern movement shaped and enriched by an understanding of local conditions and an interest in Cuban and Spanish culture. 

Exiled from Cuba, Romañach and his family arrived in the United States during the fall of 1959. The practice that had been the center of his artistic world collapsed, never to be fully regained. Teaching, at first, provided for his transition, but then became his life’s work. That energy - so tied to building - ultimately was channeled to his students; a love of architecture perpetuated.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

ISAO TAKAHATA dies at 82




Animation director Isaho Takahata (高畑 勲) has passed away today at the age 82. Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli together with Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) in 1985. Here a filmography the works he directed linked to the various related DVD, Bluray and books available in Amazon.

2012 | The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)
2009 | My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)
1994 | Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)
1991 | Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ)
1988 | Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓)
1987 | The Story of Yanagawa's Canals (柳川掘割物語)
1982 | Gauche the Cellist (セロ弾きのゴーシュ)
1981 | Jarinko Chie (じゃりン子チエ)
1973 | Panda! Go, Panda! The Rainy-Day Circus (パンダ・コパンダ 雨降りサーカスの巻)
1972 | Panda! Go, Panda! (パンダ・コパンダ)
1968 | Horus: Prince of the Sun (太陽の王子 ホルスの大冒険)

Before Founding Ghibli Takahata worked for TOEI animation where he started to collaborate with Hayao Miyazaki. He directed series such as Heidi, Girl of the Alps and 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother among many other.