Thursday, April 18, 2013
new trailer for Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman flick Man of Steel. It moved me to tears, particularly the scene with Kevin Costner. Yes, despite all the special effects and action, it's the relationships that really matter to me. The hauntingly spare score by Hans Zimmer is just perfect.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
This iconic image "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer nicknamed "the Dutch Mona Lisa" is on view at SF's de Young Museum until June 2nd. I was a little disappointed that there were no other works by Vermeer on display (though he apparently only has 36 known paintings!), and the focus on Rembrandt's Century, the companion show, was a little dry (etchings are not my favorite). Still, it's a must see for this work alone. Go on weekday and before 3, when it's less crowded and you can get up close. Not as big as I imagined either, it's only 17.5" by 15.5".
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara. However, by the 4 or 5th episode, I knew already who was going to be the heart and soul of the series, and that's the boozing, cocaine snorting, hooker magnet Congressman Peter Russo, played by Corey Stoll. He's a relative newcomer to me, but his last big role was a notable one, Hemingway in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. There was Oscar talk for his Hemingway role (didn't get nominated), but I predict he will nail an Emmy nod for House of Cards. The last time I felt this strong about a new actor, it was Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson. And he turned out pretty well, no? Man, if this guy was a stock, I'd be buying shares now!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Arthur Erickson and a nice view of the Wall Centre.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
One of my favorite retailers MUJI is finally opening in SF this week on Friday Nov 30th. It's been a long wait, as NYC was the only US location for the longest time. I admire the clean, minimalistic aesthetic, renowned Japanese functionality and, hopefully, moderate prices. They also seem to partner with great designers like Naoto Fukasawa, who designed this iconic CD player.