Posted in Television

Doctor Who – The Angels take Manhattan

The Angels Take Manhattan sees Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) her on-screen husband Rory, played by Arthur Darvill, River Song (Alex Kingston) and the Doctor face those terrifyingly creepy adversaries, the Weeping Angels, who appear in New York and the Doctor and Co. have to try and rid the city of the terror, but this time the challenge may be too great. and Amy & Rory face an impossible dilemma and end up having to make a difficult decision.

Amy has been the Time-lord’s companion for two-and-a-half years and the episode’s final shot was inspired by Karen Gillan’s first appearance two years ago and the Weeping Angels play a key part in the companions’ departure which has been described as ‘in flames of blazing glory’ but which leaves the Doctor devastated. The pair’s departure and eventual replacement by a new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, ( who has already been seen in the opening episode Asylum of the Daleks) would be difficult for Matt Smith’s character to deal with. However Jenna will be on screens for the Christmas Special and when the show returns next year. Meanwhile Karen Gillan is currently filming horror film Oculus in Alabama, and prior to that made a biopic about Jean Shrimpton for the BBC, as well as an independent romantic comedy entitled Not Another Happy Ending, and may make the odd appearance in the next Series of Doctor Who. (personally I think Matt Smith’s appearance clothes-wise, is very odd)

Posted in films & DVD

Spiderman’s Amazing sequel

Actor Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb announced on Friday that they have signed on for a sequel to The Amazing Spiderman. The pair, who put a new spin on the Spider-Man movie franchise this summer, hope to build on their previous success.The film, released just five years after Sam Raimi concluded his trilogy with Tobey Maguire. The new adventure, which will begin shooting in early 2013, has already been given a release date of May 2, 2014.The premiere will tie into Free Comic Book Day during which comic book shops and participating locations around the world give away comics to customers. Emma Stone, who played Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy, is also expected to return to the franchise.

Meanwhile The Amazing Spiderman  starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans will be released on DVD 26th November 2012, and the original trilogy Starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is also available.

Posted in Art

Tribute to Tintoretto & Caravaggio

Venetian painter Tintoretto was born September 29, 1518 , real name Jacopo Comin. He was a and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school, and was dubbed Il Furioso For his phenomenal energy in painting. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective in the Mannerist style, while maintaining color and light typical of the Venetian School.

In his youth, Tintoretto was also known as Jacopo Robusti as his father had defended the gates of Padua in a rather robust way against the imperial troops during the War of the League of Cambrai (1509–1516). His real name “Comin” has only recently been discovered by Miguel Falomir, the curator of the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and was made public on the occasion of the retrospective of Tintoretto at the Prado in 2007. Comin translates to the spice cumin in the local language.
Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born 29 September 1571 . Active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610, His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting.

Caravaggio trained as a painter in Milan under Simone Peterzano who had himself trained under Titian. In his early twenties Caravaggio moved to Rome where, during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, many huge new churches and palazzi were being built and paintings were needed to fill them. During the Counter-Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church searched for religious art with which to counter the threat of Protestantism, and for this task the artificial conventions of Mannerism, which had ruled art for almost a century, no longer seemed adequate.

Caravaggio’s novelty was a radical naturalism that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro. This came to be known as Tenebrism, the shift from light to dark with little intermediate value. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600 with the success of his first public commissions, the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew and Calling of Saint Matthew. Thereafter he never lacked commissions or patrons, yet he handled his success poorly. He was jailed on several occasions, vandalized his own apartment, and ultimately had a death warrant issued for him by the Pope.

An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his lifestyle three years previously, tells how “after a fortnight’s work he will swagger about for a month or two with a sword at his side and a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or an argument, so that it is most awkward to get along with him.” In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head. He was involved in a brawl in Malta in 1608, and another in Naples in 1609, possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies. This encounter left him severely injured. A year later, at the age of 38, he died under mysterious circumstances in Porto Ercole, reportedly from a fever while on his way to Rome to receive a pardon.

Famous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Despite this, his influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from the ruins of Mannerism was profound. It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernini, and Rembrandt, and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the “Caravaggisti” or “Caravagesques”, as well as Tenebrists or “Tenebrosi” (“shadowists”). Andre Berne-Joffroy, Paul Valéry’s secretary, said of him: “What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting.