Opening Sequence - Trainspotting

Still one of the best opening scenes ever made.

It’s about being in your 20s, coping with nihilism, disgust with society and, eh, life, in general.

But Renton was wrong. He accepts this by the end. 

But you understand exactly why he was so unhappy in the first place. The casual, indifferent laugh McGregor gives when he damn near gets run over is incredibly powerful.  He was never given anything to care about. 

An important scene to this day.

Very pleased to show my piece for the @printclublondon summer screen print show. This will be the 5th year i’ve had the pleasure of being a part of this great show. Loved working on this piece for Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro, I love Studio Ghibli, so very pleased to be able to have a go at creating something based on Totoro! These 3 colour prints will be available at the show running from the 10th-23rd august for £60 each. Limited to 200 copies, they will be available throughout the screening program and online afterwards. 

Thanks to Print Club, Somerset House and Film4 as always! 

So just about to watch ‘A Dark Song’ on Film4 - I have been waiting to watch this since I heard of its release. Supposedly about 2 people who are going to attempt the Abramelin Operation, possibly the most difficult and dangerous Occult working a person can attempt, having given it a go myself (a huge mistake) I am very intrigued! Even Mr Crowley did not succeed. I hope they have gotten their research in otherwise I shall be gutted!

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A modern day romance set in London’s Camden, “Been So Long” sees Michaela Coel star as a dedicated single mother who, on an unusual night on the town, is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, played by Arinzé Kene. It was developed by Greenacre Film and the BFI, which co-financed the film with Film4, from an original play by Che Walker and ‎”Legends of Tomorrow” actor Arthur Darvill. It is produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks for Greenacre. Lizzie Francke and Eva Yates serve as executive producers on behalf of the BFI and Film4, respectively.

The film’s soundtrack will feature original tracks composed by Christopher Nicholas Bangs, influenced by the backdrop of London’s historic music scene, ranging from Caribbean Soca and soul jazz, to punk and acid house. [X]

One key question to interpreting the film Ex Machina is: Was Caleb truly a good person? Personally, I think the movie hints that maybe he wasn’t.

He only ever saw Ava as an empty fantasy object. Even when Nathan correctly points out to him that Ava was just manipulating him, Caleb is still fixated on her and is deluding himself into thinking they have have a future together. 

He sees Kyoko being horribly abused. More than Ava ever was. But does he try to help her? No. Was she ever included in the escape plan? No. Because Kyoko wasn’t  “girlfriend material” to him.  So he ignored her. 

Granted, Ava’s actions towards him at the end were callous as hell. But, then, didn’t Caleb intend to do the same thing to Nathan? Heck, he might have given her the idea

Ava used Caleb. She was desperate to escape. But I think the real reason she left him to die at the end? She simply didn’t trust him. 

Going by what Alex Garland has said, he never sympathized with Caleb much either.