British Painter – Jazilek Sun, 09 Jan 2022 02:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 British Painter – Jazilek 32 32 Does the “Fagan Fragment” set a precedent for the return of the Parthenon sculptures? Sun, 09 Jan 2022 02:02:10 +0000
Italy sends back to Greece a fragment of the Parthenon sculptures. Credit: Antonino Salinas Museum

The return of the “Fagan fragment” from the Antonino Salinas museum in Palermo, Italy, Greece is considered the precedent for the return of the Parthenon sculptures.

The fragment of the eastern frieze of the Parthenon represents the foot of the goddess Artemis looking through a tunic.

The peculiar frieze on the beast side of the Parthenon depicts the Olympian gods seated while observing the annual Panathenaic procession in honor of the city’s patroness, Athena.

Grecian Delight supports Greece

The fragment belonged to the collection of Robert Fagan (1761-1816), a painter, diplomat and archaeologist who had served as British Consul for Sicily and Malta. It will be on display at the Acropolis Museum for eight years from Monday.

In exchange for the “Fagan fragment”, the Acropolis Museum will send the headless statue of Athena from the 5th century BC to the Antonino Salinas museum. AD and an amphora from the 8th century BC.

Will the British Museum do the same?

While the Antonino Salinas Museum did well in sending the ‘Fagan Fragment’ to be exhibited alongside its marble siblings, it remains to be seen whether the British Museum will do the same.

In statements to the British newspaper “The Telegraph”, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that “the momentum that is being built”, step by step, will lead to the repatriation of the Parthenon sculptures.

“The debate has reached a delicate stage,” he said, referring to the aftermath of his November 16 meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“My feeling is that a dynamic is really building and of course ‘the elephant in the room’ is the discussion we should be having with the British Museum,” Mitsotakis said.

The Greek Prime Minister also noted that his visit to Downing Street and the publicity it received has helped to create “a great wave of international support” for this purpose, as British public opinion also supports the demand for restitution of the sculptures.

“This is an important fragment, part of the frieze that represents the gods that was in Sicily for about two centuries,” Mitsotakis noted.

The fragment likely to remain indefinitely in Greece

Mitsotakis stressed that the return of the “Fagan fragment” from Italy is an “important step” and stressed that “it should not be repaid in the form of a loan but in the form of a deposit for eight years with the prospect of remaining in the country (Greece) indefinitely. “

When announcing the deal, Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni explained the importance of the return of the “Fagan fragment”.

The minister said the piece is not on a long-term loan (deposit) for exhibition, but with the prospect of staying permanently (sine die) in the Acropolis museum, reunited with the Parthenon frieze forever. .

“The intention and aspiration of the Sicilian government to repatriate the section from Palermo to Athens for good, confirms the long-standing cultural ties and brotherhood of the two regions,” Mendoni said.

Arty books and films for 2022 Fri, 07 Jan 2022 09:13:56 +0000

Keep an eye out for those movies and books with a touch of art history over the next few months.


Louis Wain’s electric life, dir. Will sharpe
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as eccentric British artist Louis Wain, who worked for the Illustrated News from London before making a name for himself with his drawings of anthropomorphized cats. Read ApolloThe report by Wain, who died in 1939 in a mental hospital in St Albans, here.

Kaleidoscope Cats I – VIII (1920s / 30s), Louis Wain. Bethlem Spirit Museum, London. All photos: © Bethlem Museum of the Mind / Bridgeman Images

The Remembrance Part II, dir. Joanna hogg
This sequel to Hogg’s 2019 autobiographical film sees Honor Swinton Byrne as Julie, continuing her cinematic journey to graduation (with Byrne’s real mother Tilda Swinton returning to her parenting role – and taking classes in pottery). The Wallace collection may not have the important cameo it had in the first film, but the presence of Julie’s troubled first love is still felt as she struggles to find her own artistic voice.

The Duke, dir. Roger michel
Michell’s last film before his untimely death last year is based on actual events of 1961, when Kempton Bunton – a Newcastle retiree (Jim Broadbent) – allegedly stole Wellington’s portrait of Goya from the National Gallery. An art break with heart.

Compartment n ° 6, dir. Juho kuosmanen
The ancient petroglyphs are apparently the reason why Laura (Seidi Haarla), a Finnish archeology student, ends up on a long train journey from Moscow to Murmansk, where her rude traveling companion Ljoha (Yuriy Borisov) also heads, for find work in a coal mine. Cultural and class tensions begin to dissipate as they move north of the Arctic Circle.

X-ray of a family, dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani
This Iranian director turns to family photo albums to tell the story of her parents’ marriage in a documentary on Iran’s societal and religious divisions, with the 1979 Revolution at the center of the film.

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris, dir. Anthony Fabien
Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert star in this new adaptation of Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel, telling the story of a widowed housekeeper in London who becomes obsessed with owning a Dior haute couture dress. Need we say more?


the exhibitionist
Charlotte mendelson
Pan macmillan
The artistic ego approaches monstrous proportions in this story of a family reunited for a weekend in the run-up to Patriarch and artist Ray Hanrahan’s first exhibition in decades.

Pure color
Sheila heti
Ellsworth Kelly’s lithograph Green (Green) from 1964 to 1965 appears on the cover of Heti’s last novel, which describes our world as a first draft “made by a great artist, who is now preparing to tear it up”.

Bacon in Moscow
James birch
Setting up an exhibition is always a perilous business, but especially when you are a young British curator trying to organize an exhibition of Francis Bacon’s work in Moscow in 1988, amid Soviet attachés and KGB honey traps. It is the memoir of a curator more fascinating than most.

The real and the romantic: English art between two world wars
Francoise Spalding
Thames and Hudson
Previous books on Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat, and the Pipers are an excellent place for Spalding to re-evaluate the art of the interwar period.

The history of art without men
Katy Hessel
corner stone
This book evolved from the Instagram account @greatwomenartists that curator and broadcaster Hessel launched in 2015. It includes names that have rightly received renewed or more serious attention in recent years – such as The Painter. of the Renaissance Sofonisba Anguissola – as well as many, from Latin America to Nigeria to Japan, who did not.

Novelist as a vocation
Haruki Murakami
Harvill Secker
Murakami has reworked for a wider audience a collection of essays first published for the Japanese literary magazine Monkey, and they include his thoughts on art as well as literature and music, and the links between them.

Avatar Launches Limited Edition NFT “Genesis” Collection In Arctic For Careful Stewardship Of Our Planet Wed, 05 Jan 2022 07:04:53 +0000

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Avatar Launches Limited Edition NFT “Genesis” Collection In Arctic For Conscious Stewardship Of Our Planet

Zug – 05/01/2022 “Genesis” is the birth, the emergence, the beginning. In the first place, an avatar, Leya Love, visited the 14 million year old arctic ice. The goal was to use light projections on 80-meter-high icebergs as an emotional trigger to raise awareness of the world for more careful management of planet Earth. The Light Art Arctica “Love your Planet” expedition was led by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, featuring avatar Leya Love and her over 300,000 Instagram followers. Over 6 nights in temperatures as low as minus 19 degrees, 2,000 images were projected over the coast of Greenland on 80-meter-high icebergs from a patroller. The result is a limited series of 7 impressive and energetic NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) that depict Avatar Leya Love in harmony with nature and in the company of vulnerable and endangered species.

The 7 NFTs are called “Light of Hope”, “Love Your Planet”, “We Are Earth”, “We Are All One”, “Everything is Interconnected”, “Feel the Flow of the Blue Planet” and ” Collective love “. The NFTs illustrate for example Avatar Leya Love with polar bears in front of impressive ice landscapes and moonlight, in a loving embrace with our planet under the dancing Northern Lights, or the rainforest portrayed as the lungs of the world.

Leya Love has already inspired more than 800 million hearts around the world and garnered international attention at the 2021 United Nations World Youth Summit, among other events. With this limited NFT collection, she reminds the earth of the awareness of loving and conscious management of our planet in a mystical and inspiring way. NFTs will be available for sale on the OpenSea online platform for a limited time only. The “Genesis” collection will also enable future owners of crypto-based works of art to be part of the global growth of Cosmiq, its avatars and its global community, a movement for the benefit of our planet and for love. . NFT Genesis offers special benefits and participation opportunities that will be of increasing importance in the universe and metaverse of Cosmiq in the future. For example, the purchase of such an NFT is linked to the future Cosmiq planet love and consciousness tokens which will have their own value in the world of avatars, in the metaverse, and more precisely on our planet.

Cosmiq (Cosmiq Universe AG) is a global media technology company that brings avatar-driven story worlds to life and purposefully creates virtual avatar ambassadors to change the world through love, inspiration and compassion. for a new global consciousness.

The NFT market is a growing social and economic trend. It enables a direct relationship between artist and buyer via a certificate based on fully digitized crypto tokens to authenticate art and other digital assets.

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Cosmiq is a global multimedia technology company that brings avatar-driven narrative universes to life and creates purposeful virtual avatar ambassadors. A crypto token for love, a global community and a Love-Game that creates its own economy are part of the essence of Cosmiq. The company was founded by individual investors who believe in the power to change the world through love, inspiration and compassion for a new global consciousness. Cosmiq’s first virtual beings, avatars Leya Love and Aya Stellar, shape a metaverse of themes through storytelling, social media, film, light shows, virtual speaking, 3D production, analog partnerships and the multimedia content, AI, music and the creation of blockchain-based NFT digital crypto-art. As an ambassador of the successful Light Art Arctica “Love your Planet” expedition or as a speaker at the 2021 World Youth Summit, organized by the International Commission on Human Rights in association with the United Nations, Leya Love has inspired millions of people on all continents for a more loving and lasting interaction with our planet Earth.

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Ranger fans have a full year of 150th anniversary meltdowns ahead Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:00:09 +0000

As the Rangers announced a special Weekend of Legends friendly as part of the 150e birthdays, the response from some of our rivals has been a joy to see.

The Gers are preparing to welcome some of the greatest footballing legends on planet Earth to take part in a special friendly match against a Gers XI in Ibrox next March. All the details HERE.

It’s all about celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Rangerse anniversary and is part of a series of special events that will commemorate 15 decades of bears.

But if you think Celtic or Aberdeen Sevcoing fans in the Twitter void of Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Paul Gascoigne coming to Ibrox have been funny, the Rangers are just getting started.

Rival fans crumble over Rangers 150e friendly birthday

There’s a nice irony that comes with this type of rival fan who is obsessed with the Rangers after 2012 and posts it all over the internet like everyone else cares.

They really think they are doing society a service; As football and the community at large need to know that the Rangers are dead and no longer exist, the holding company is now in charge of the true identity of the football club.

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If you listen closely you’ll hear an angry Celtic fan pounding his phone furiously that Luis Figo must know the Rangers haven’t paid the makeup artist.

But what these guys don’t get is that they provide endless, genuinely hilarious content for everyone to enjoy year after year, positive Rangers result after positive Rangers result.

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Stuck in an endless loop of chatter about Mike Ashley or Brechin’s hedge, fans like this have been too busy focusing so much on the Rangers past that the future of the club has crept in. them.

Even the Parkhead team have a hard time calling the ‘Glasgow Derby’ – historically the name of the game between Rangers and Queen’s Park – the Old Firm.

Rangers prepare for a year of celebrations before 150e birthday

As the Rangers step up their celebrations ahead of the 150e anniversary, prepare to see every social media post hijacked by angry Sevcoists, every mention of 150 years obsessively torn apart, every unleashed Celtic da come out of the frame by the cover of a questionable twitter profile.

For the demented of the resurrection of the Rangers in 2012, 2022 is shaping up to be a year where the letters s, e, v, c and o will be worn out on their keyboards.

But for Rangers fans, it will see the arrival of some of the biggest stars in world football from then and now, a series of events and tributes, the birth of a new club museum and hopefully a 56e champion title.

Rangers v Aberdeen - Scottish Premiership
(Photo by Ian MacNicol / Getty Images)

It’s not a bad way to celebrate 150 years as an institution of Scottish and British football and a global force in the beautiful game.

Meanwhile, John Swinney made a surprising admission regarding the crowd ahead of the next Old Firm derby.

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British Portraits – Russian Landscape in St Leonards exhibition Mon, 27 Dec 2021 09:05:00 +0000
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Venue Artistic Director Olga Mamonova said: “This year’s winter exhibition is Russell Baker’s new series of portraits of the creators of St. Leonards / Hastings and friends of Kino-Teatr exhibiting alongside various landscapes of 20th century Russia. Almost 40 portraits of local artists, designers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, lawyers, traders and entrepreneurs who enjoy visiting Kino-Teatr as a place with strong Russian cultural ties, will be exhibited in our gallery upstairs.

Olga has curated Russian and British art exhibitions in Moscow and London, and artist Russell Baker has run galleries in the UK and America, including an art print studio. He is a landscape painter who specialized in icebergs and images of the Far North: “In recent years, Kino-Teatr has organized several exhibitions which linked Russia and Great Britain: an exhibition by the Russian artist / British Oleg Prokofiev (1928- 1998); photographs of the Russian Far North by the famous British photographer Simon Roberts; landscapes of Rostislav Romanoff – a Sussex artist of Russian Romanov origin; and an exhibition of Fire and Ice paintings and photographs, where paintings of icebergs coexisted with local artist Chloe Dewe Mathews’ photographs taken in Russia.

“Last year’s exhibition at the Baker Mamonova Gallery – The Portrait: Tradition and Modernity – Portraits of Local, International and Russian Artists, reinforced this intimate connection between the local creative spirit and the vast inspiring landscapes of the Russia, the landscapes which, for many years, have been the heart of this gallery.

“Russell Baker, originally from Lancaster and having studied at the Slade School of Art in London, has lived in St Leonards for 27 years. Having worked on snow landscapes for 15 years, Russell took a short break to produce this series of portraits in the upstairs gallery, transforming the area into a creative and open studio space.

The exhibition continues until January 30.

Letter from British officer on World War I recounts how the hare was hunted by British and German troops Sat, 25 Dec 2021 15:16:55 +0000

It was the meetings that reminded British and German soldiers of their shared humanity amid immense bloodshed.

During the Christmas period of the first year of World War I in 1914, widespread unofficial ceasefires saw opposing sides walk through the trenches to talk, express their festive wishes, and even play football.

Now, a mine of accounts which were uncovered in the original editions of the Daily Mail reveal just how far temporary goodwill has spread.

An incredible letter written by a Scottish officer described how on Christmas Day soldiers from opposing sides found themselves competing to hunt a hare that had “burst in sight” between the trenches.

Describing the scene as “like a football match”, the officer said the “game” was “won by the Germans”, who “took the prize”.

Moving on, he added: “But more than a hare was secure – a sudden friendship had been made, God’s truce had been called, and for the rest of Christmas Day not a shot was fired. been pulled along our section. “

Another account, written by a German soldier to a British woman he was staying with before the war broke out, recounted how both sides took photographs on “Peace Day”.

He said the truce began when the Germans “started singing and lighting candles” on Christmas Eve, before a British soldier accepted the “challenge” to go to their trenches and receive a bottle of wine.

In a third letter, a soldier said that the Germans seemed to be “very nice guys” and told him that they were “very fed up” with the war.

An image gallery published on January 6, 1915 also revealed “exclusive images from the unofficial Christmas truce.” They showed French and German troops meeting and exchanging gifts, including bottles of champagne.

These are the encounters that remind the British and German soldiers of their common humanity in the midst of an immense bloodbath. During the Christmas period of the first year of World War I in 1914, widespread unofficial ceasefires saw opposing sides walk through the trenches to talk, express their festive wishes, and even play football. Now, a mine of accounts which were uncovered in the original editions of the Daily Mail reveal just how far temporary goodwill has spread. Above: British and German troops during the 1914 truce

A treasure trove of accounts of the 1914 Christmas truce between British and German soldiers during World War I has been discovered in original copies of the Daily Mail. An incredible letter (above) written by a British officer described how on Christmas Day soldiers from opposing sides found themselves competing to hunt a hare that had “burst in sight” between the trenches. Describing the scene as “like a football match”, the officer said the “game” was “won by the Germans”, who “took the prize”

The letter describing the hare’s pursuit was published in the Daily Mail on New Years Day in 1915.

Written by a Scottish officer, it began: “Christmas will be etched in the memory of many British soldiers who were in our trenches here as one of the most extraordinary days of their lives.

“Because on that day the British and the Germans stopped fighting for a time, came out into the open between their respective firing lines, buried their dead and celebrated a short service in their memory. “

The anonymous man recounted how unarmed Germans began to appear when British troops held a funeral service for their fallen comrades in their trenches.

He said the commander of his unit then came out of their trenches to “see for himself”.

To their “amazement”, their chaplain then crossed a ditch in No Man’s Land and shouted, “Does anyone speak English?”

This sketch by painter and soldier Gilbert Holliday, possibly drawn as a result of the same “hare hunt”, shows British and German troops hunting a hare in No Man’s Land in 1914

An image gallery published on January 6, 1915 also revealed “exclusive images from the unofficial Christmas truce.” They showed French and German troops meeting and exchanging gifts, including bottles of champagne

In response, a soldier stepped forward, then to our amazement we saw our chaplain cross the ditch, greet the German commander and his staff, start talking with them.

“Almost at the same time, a hare broke in and ran between the trenches,” he continued.

“Suddenly the Germans ran out of their trenches and the British out of theirs, and a wonderful thing happened.

Another account, written by a German soldier to a British woman he stayed with before the war broke out, recounted how both sides took pictures on “Peace Day”.

“It was like a football match, the hare being the football, the Germans in gray tunics on one side and the ‘Jocks’ in kilt on the other.

“The game was won by the Germans, who won the prize.

Then the two sides took pikes and “by instinct, each side began to dig graves for their dead.”

The Scottish officer went on to recount how his commanding officer was briefed by his German counterpart on how he encountered a dying British soldier struggling to get a picture of his wife in his pocket.

“He went up and helped the dying officer, and the thing in the pocket was a picture of his wife,” he wrote.

The commander said: “I held him in front of him and he just stared at him until he died a few minutes later.”

The officer ended his letter by saying poignantly: “It was a memorable sight to see officers and men who had fought and, as I write, are fighting each other as fiercely as ever, bareheaded, respectful and keeping a sacred truce as they did homage to the memory of the dead on Christmas Day 1914. ‘

The German soldier who had been a tenant wrote to his landlady, a Mrs. LM Marshall, of Canonbury, North London, to tell her that he had “met your compatriots” over the Christmas period.

The letter, published in the Daily Mail on January 6, 1915, reads: “Today – Christmas – I met your compatriots. We took several photos. It was a day of peace, and it was a great pleasure for me to wish them a Merry Christmas.

“After the war, if I survive it, I’ll come back to see you.”

“I think with pleasure of a good Christmas we spent together last year. You can be sure that this Christmas was extraordinarily interesting to me. Despite the great trials that I have already had, I am doing quite well.

‘Many cordial greetings to you all. Yours, Karl.

Published on January 4, 1915, the third letter mentioned was written by a soldier of the Queen’s Westminsters – an infantry regiment of the Territorial Army.

The 1914 Christmas truces were reported back then and have been popularly told ever since

German soldiers sing Christmas carols in their trenches next to a Christmas tree in 1914

The Illustrated London News of January 9, 1915 depicts the truce between German and British soldiers

He said: “It was a memorable day in the trenches on Christmas Day, as we had a truce with the enemy from eight o’clock on Christmas Eve.

“It still held up when we left Boxing Day, because no shots were fired, and we sneaked out until 5 in the morning.

– For a change, no track flies. We went up halfway to shake their hands and exchange greetings, and we saw ten Germans dead in a ditch in front of the trench.

“We helped them bury them and we could have had a helmet, except I didn’t feel like removing one from a corpse.

“They were caught one night trying to reach our outpost trench some time ago.

“The Germans look like a really good guy, and they said they were just so sick of it.

“The truce started this way: The Germans started singing and lighting candles around 7:30 am on Christmas Eve, and one of them challenged one of us to cross for a bottle. of wine.

“One of our comrades accepted the challenge.

“It got the ball rolling and we stayed out of the trenches most of Christmas Day collecting souvenirs.

“I’m still as fit as a violin. We are well dressed and well fed and it only takes a little luck to get out of this unharmed. ‘

Short Reviews of Redhead Reel for the week of December 24 | To free Thu, 23 Dec 2021 15:45:00 +0000

Rating system: (4 = Must see, 3 = Good, 2 = Worth a visit, 1 = Forget it)

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“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” (PG) (3) [Some language and thematic elements.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.] – Andrew and Jon Erwin are entertaining, touching, fact-inspired, inspiring, uplifting, star-studded (Dennis Quaid, Bruce McGill, Ser’Darius Blain, Adam Baldwin, Chance Kelly, Nic Harris, Morgana Shaw and Danny Vinson), 112- 1-minute biographical film based on Kurt Warner’s 2000 memoir “All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Season of Miracles” which chronicles the struggles of the tenacious, charming, ambitious football player warm and family oriented Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi) to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing for the NFL while pursuing the love of his life, a divorced ex-Marine (Anna Paquin) skeptical and dance lover in line with two kids (Hayden Zaller and Cora Kate Wilkerson) and working in a grocery store stocking shelves until he got his chance as a St. Louis Rams quarterback who then went on to become MVP at twice, played in two Super Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

“The Black Irish” (R) (3) [Some language and brief violence.] [DVD and VOD only] – A bittersweet, down-to-earth, coming-of-age film from 2006 in which a 16-year-old college student and baseball fan (Michael Angarano) tries to find his way through life while still living with her dysfunctional Irish family, including an unlucky father (Brendan Gleeson), an unhappy mother (Melissa Leo), a pregnant teenage sister (Emily VanCamp) and her rebellious and reckless older brother (Tom Guiry), in South Boston.

“Burlesque” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language, and some thematic material.] [DVD and VOD only] – As a stubborn and divorced Los Angeles nightclub owner (Cher) is pressured by her ex-husband (Peter Gallagher) and a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) to sell her Established in this entertaining, well-paced musical filled with memorable songs, a talented and ambitious waitress (Christian Aguilera) from Iowa seeks her big luck as a singer in the living room where she makes herself the enemy of an alcoholic dancer ( Kristen Bell) and friends with other close-knit employees (Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Julianne Hough, Chelsea Traille, et al.).

“The Cake Eaters” (R) (2) [Some language and sexual material involving a teen.] [DVD and VOD only] – While a stubborn and terminally ill 15-year-old college student (Kristen Stewart), who suffers from a degenerative neural disorder and lives with her overprotective social worker mother (Melissa Leo) and stepfather (Jesse L. Martin) , confides in her supportive grandmother (Elizabeth Ashley), that she is obsessed with sex and that she loses her virginity in this touching, realistic and low budget 95 minute film from 2007, she finds herself suddenly drawn to the caring son (Aaron Standford) of a widower, owner of a small town butcher’s shop (Bruce Dern), who is dealing with the recent death of his wife and the return of his eldest son (Jayce Bartok) .

“Faster” (R) (2.5) [Strong violence, some drug use, and language.] [DVD and VOD only] – As a revenge-driven ex-convict (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) lashes out at the people (Courtney Gaines, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, John Cirigliano, Anne Corley, et al.) Who killed his brother (Matt Gerald) and double-crossed them after a bank robbery in this violent, action-packed film filled with twists and cameos (Tom Berenger, Mike Epps, Xander Berkeley, Moon Bloodgood and Maggie Grace), he’s hunted down by a buff, mentally disturbed assassin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and a drug addict veteran detective (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Carla Gugino).

“Hipbeat” (NR) (2) [Available Dec. 23 via various digital platforms.] – The engaging, gritty, dark and thought-provoking 89-minute film by Samuel Kay Forrest in which an angry, disillusioned, ecstatic activist and an Irish-hating fascist-hating graffiti artist (Samuel Kay Forrest) travels to Berlin where he joins political protests and falls in love with a wealthy woman (Marie Celine Yildrim) while researching her identity and acceptance into the LGBTQ community, experimenting with cross-dressing and having random sexual encounters with anonymous gay men.

“A Journal for Jordan” (PG-13) (3) [Some sexual content, partial nudity, drug use, and language.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.] – The compelling, factual, touching, well-played, heart-wrenching, bittersweet, non-linear, 131-minute Denzel Washington film based on Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir “Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor” and l ‘From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By’ article in which ambitious, workaholic and lonely New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) recounts meeting her charming and artistic fiancé, 1st Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Michael B. Jordan), who is in the midst of a divorce and has been in the military for eleven years, at the home of his supportive parents (Robert Wisdom and Tamara Tunie) in the ‘Ohio in 1998, and when they had a son (Jalon Christian), he started a journal to pass on the wisdom, advice, and importance of family, which eventually became more meaningful after he was killed in Iraq in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

“The king’s man” (R) (2.5) [Sequences of strong/bloody violence, language, and some sexual material.] [Opens Dec. 22 in theaters.] – When ruthless, power-hungry cabal members wearing a cashmere scarf and villains such as the wacky Russian Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) and Mata Hari (Valerie Pachner) seek to orchestrate the start of WWI at the start of the 1900s That Could Kill Millions of People in Matthew Vaughn is action-packed, fast-paced, witty, violent, twists and turns, unpredictable, starry (Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Brühl, Tom Hollander, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Vodovoz, Todd Boyce, Branka Katic, Olivier Richters and Alexandra Maria Lara), a 131-minute prequel highlighted by stunning cinematography, costumes and sets, a widowed English Duke (Ralph Fiennes), who protects his son (Harris Dickinson / Alexander Shaw) after the sudden death of his beloved wife in 1902, starts a spy organization behind a London tailoring store and recruits an eclectic group talented members, including a skilled combat trainer (Djimon Hounsou) and a sniper (Gemma Arterton).

“Leave” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD and VOD only] – After a French physiotherapist (Kristin Scott Thomas) with two teenagers (Alexandre Vidal and Daisy Broom) falls desperately in love with a handsome passionate immigrant Spanish builder (Sergi López) in this risky, well-played, bittersweet and surprising 2009 film, her life is turned upside down when she confesses the affair to her angry and bitter doctor husband (Yvan Attal), and he fights back in a desperate attempt to win her back.

“Murderous intent” (NR) (2.5) [DVD and VOD only] – A bizarre, suspenseful, slow and gruesome psychological thriller set from 2006 in which a determined forensic psychologist (Toni Collette) and a British detective (Richard Roxburgh) attempt to determine whether an English schoolboy (Eddie Redmayne) is involved in the bizarre murder of three classmates (Tom Sturridge, Kate Maberly and Jon Overton) and the disappearance of a couple (David Threlfall and Cathryn Bradshaw).

“The song of butterflies” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [Played Dec. 11 via Eventbrite and available on other various VOD platforms.] – Stunning cinematography and soundtrack bring to light the poignant, fascinating, gripping, insightful and thought-provoking 65-minute documentary by Nuria Frigola Torrent 2020, 65 minutes, which features talented, creative, tobacco-smoker Peruvian painter Rember Yahuarcani, who lives in Lima and is from the last two remaining tribes of the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation, and his imaginative, beautiful and colorful works of art as he follows in the artistic footsteps of his painter father and sculptor mother, and when he needs a stimulus to inspire new paintings, he turns to the minds of his grandparents Martha and Griegio, ancestral myths and stories, family history and visits his supportive and supportive family. in the Amazon region of Pebas in Colombia.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (PG-13) (2) [Sequences of action/violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments.] [Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.] – When Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who is supported by his girlfriend (Zendaya) and best friend (Jacob Batalon) and lives with his mother (Marisa Tomei), ends up interfering in a reverse spell invented by the Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to erase people’s memories of Spider-Man’s identity in John Watts, Disappointing, Action-packed, Fast, Poorly Written, Unpredictable, Starry (JK Simmons, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, JB Smoove, Tom Hardy, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Charlie Cox, Newsome, José Alfredo Fernandez and Arian Moayed), 148 minute film with special effects formidable, havoc ensues as Spider-Man struggles to defeat menacing supervillains (Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Rhys Ifans, and Thomas Hayden Church) who are unleashed by alternate multiuniverses.

“The tender bar” (R) (3) [Language throughout and some sexual content.] [Opens Dec. 22 in theaters, available Jan. 7 on Amazon Prime Video, and played Dec. 9 as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups and available on various VOD platforms.] – Superb acting dominates the gripping, coming of age, factual, heartwarming, well-written, realistic, star-studded (Ron Livingston, Matthew Delamer, Rhenzy Feliz, Ivan Leung, Briana Middleton, Bill Meleady and Erza Knight) , 114-minute film adapted from JR Moehringer’s 2005 memoir “The Tender Bar: A Memoir” in which a brilliant 11-year-old boy (Daniel Ranieri), who is estranged from his alcoholic and deadbeat father (Max Martini), is moves with her hardworking, divorced mother (Lily Rabe) to live with her grandparents (Christopher Lloyd and Sondra James) and mentor uncle (Ben Affleck) to a dilapidated house on Long Island in 1973 and gets a revelation, a dirty upbringing who hangs out at his uncle’s Dickens bar with his eclectic group of barflies (Max Casella, Michael Braun, Christian Cibotti, et al.) while aspiring to be a writer and dating Yale as an adult (Tye Sheridan).

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (R) (3,5) [Violence.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters and available Jan. 14 on Apple TV+.] – Stunning visuals and austere, minimalist settings dominate the mighty, captivating, black and white, eerie, artistic, well done, somber, starry of Joel Coen (Ralph Ineson, Corey Hawkins, Stephen Root, Sean Patrick Thomas, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Ethan Hutchison, Alex Hassell, Brian Thompson, Matt Helm and Richard Short), 115 minute film adapted from the tragic play by William Shakespeare and performed in Old English in which Lord Macbeth, ambitious, eager and eager to power (Denzel Washington) hears a prophetic message on the battlefield by three body-contorting witches (Kathryn Hunter) that he will be king and with the encouragement of his manipulative and ruthless wife (Frances McDormand) decides to assassinate the Scottish King (Brendan Gleeson) and assume the throne with ultimately disastrous consequences.

“Winnebago Man” (NR) (3) [DVD and VOD only] – Ben Steinbauer’s compelling, hilarious and entertaining 90-minute documentary from 2009 featuring film clips and interviews with writer Ken Osbourne, directors (e.g. Mike Mitchell, Dan Brown and Mark Miks), the filmmaker Alan Berliner, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, Footage Festival co-founders Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, “Show with No Name” co-hosts Charlie Sotelo and Cinco Barnes, private investigator Hilton Hitt, best friend longtime Keith Gordon and the sales team (i.e. director Tom Dangeur, video engineer Kevin Schmitt, cameraman Mike Welckie, gaffer Tom Jandric and intern Tony Dahle) responsible for the famous and infamous clips from Winnebago 4 minute videotape with the aim of getting to know the rude, very opinionated, bitter, candid, now 78 year old Jack Rebney, angry, intelligent, recluse, a former RV salesman , who became an international sensation after making the swearword and ranting industrial promo video for Winnebago Industries in 1989, which ultimately went viral on YouTube and has been viewed by over 20 million people.

Wendy Schadewald is a resident of Burnsville.

Scary mythology and a touch of marble Tue, 21 Dec 2021 19:03:09 +0000

They trained. They fought. They conquered.

If there’s one thing to take away from Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, it’s that historic Mediterranean civilization was a melting pot of intense competition that prioritized excellence above all else. .

From a boat-shaped lamp cradling the demigod Heracles as a baby to a marble tombstone commemorating the wealth and generosity of an upper-class woman, many of the more than 170 artifacts on loan from the British Museum reveal how ingrained the appetite of the ancient Greeks was for fame was.

As Peter John Higgs of the British Museum, Acting Custodian of the Greek Collections, notes in the exhibition catalog: “For athletes, training sculpted the perfect body that would achieve victory in the sports arena or on the field. of battle. Education, philosophy, science and the visual arts have shaped and sharpened the mind ”.

Born of Zeus and a mortal woman, the athlete Heracles – or Hercules, as the Romans called him – was revered for his immense strength and courage, and on the delicate silver lamp from the 1st century CE, the lying tot can be seen calmly strangling a snake, depicting a first chapter in the legend of its life.

Along with Achilles, another demigod, Heracles was a hero worthy of being emulated, although, being partly mortal, the pin-up also possessed more “relatable” features. He was weak, had a short wick, and was something lush. Nonetheless, he was immensely popular, and his cult is reflected in a variety of votive and other objects on display.

Phila of Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey) must have had the gods on her side because she led a good life – so good, in fact, that she could afford to share her wealth. The wreaths decorating the top of his gravestone, which dates back to around 200-100 BCE, are special civic honors recognizing his benevolence – the ancient Greek equivalent of the honors system – while his gracious abode, beautiful clothing and his little servants underline his exalted stature. .

So, what was it that animated this culture of competition and aspiration for greatness?

“In the ancient Greek world, life would have been chaotic, uncertain and frightening,” says Lily Withycombe, curator of the National Museum of Australia.

“It was survival of the fittest and you had to be excellent at whatever you did.”

Since the average lifespan in ancient Greece is estimated to be well under 50 years for both men and women, time was of the essence.

“But their sense of competition was quite different from ours, because of all this chaos and uncertainty and the fact that death could be imminent,” Withycombe said.

“For them, it wasn’t really a question of individual merit. You could be the best athlete or the best playwright, but to truly achieve excellence you had to have the gods smiling at you.

Images and figures of gods from the Greek pantheon permeated the ancient world and can be seen on pottery, carved in marble, set in jewelry, and honored in relief throughout the exhibition space.

“The ancient Greeks also had a strong appreciation for aesthetics and a real connection to the human form as it relates to the divine form,” explains Withycombe.

“So when people worship gods, gods look like athletes, and when you train as an athlete, you look like a god. Everything is interconnected.

Those who were there to win it needed Nike, the Goddess of Victory, by their side.

“The exhibition opens with a marble statue of Nike, which was a popular subject for akroteria or decorative elements mounted on gables and roofs, positioned as if it descended from Mount Olympus,” says Withycombe.

Found in Halikarnassos (now Bodrum, Turkey), the dynamically carved statue dates to around 100 BCE.

“She is missing her head, neck, arms and feet, but you can still see the puffy robe and the fragments of her wings, and she embodies this notion that the gods give you victory.”

Elsewhere, there are terracotta pint-sized Nikes, tiny figures of her in silver and gold jewelry – and, on a blue chalcedony stone from around 350-300 BCE , a detailed engraving of the winged goddess assembling a victory trophy from the spoils of war.

“She’s a pretty scary goddess, being Zeus’ charioteer in battle, so you want her by your side – but more importantly, you want to make sure she’s not against you in any way,” Withycombe says.

This is a testament to the capricious nature of the gods, a temper that mortals attribute to them as a way to rationalize the vicissitudes of fortune and make sense of the unpredictability of their lives.

The genre of Nike highlights the role of women in ancient Greece. Could they take up arms?

“According to the literature, Spartan women had more freedom than Athenian women, in that they could train as warriors and soldiers,” says Withycombe, adding that the two city-states were at the throes of one another. on the other during the Peloponnesian War between 431-404 BC. , which Sparta ultimately won.

“But a lot of these accounts are written by Athenians, so maybe they try to emphasize the otherness of the Spartans, and to the Greek mind, women were meant to be within the oikos, or the household.”

This may be true, but what is the explanation for the popularity of the Amazons in Greek mythology? These formidable combatants can be seen in hand-to-hand combat with Greek soldiers on a marble frieze from the tomb of King Mausolus, found at Halikarnassos and dating from around 350 BCE.

“The Greeks had this great imaginative trope of the Amazonian warrior who cuts her breast to be a better archer, lives without the company of men, rides horses and does whatever wild people beyond the borders of the known world are. supposed to do, ”says Withycombe.

The Amazons are not a novelty act, however, but a serious force to be reckoned with.

“The sculptural relief of the tomb of King Mausolus shows Amazons defeating the Greeks and Greeks defeating the Amazons, so it’s certainly not one-sided,” she says.

Greek mythology also gave birth to the heroine Atalanta, considered the first female athlete.

Dressed in a tunic, she can be seen engaged in wrestling combat with a naked Peleus, the gifted warrior and athlete she defeated, on a bronze coffin handle dating from around 480-460 BCE.

“Like the Amazons, Atalanta is the antitype of the typical Greek woman. She is stronger and faster than men, and she has lived a life beyond the borders of civilization, ”says Withycombe.

“It’s the same with Athena, goddess of war and patron saint of the city of Athens. She is depicted in full armor in a way you would never see an Athenian woman otherwise depicted.

“But because she is so different, the Greeks have to conceptualize her birth in a radically different way – Zeus suffers from a terrible headache, has to have his head open, and Athena comes out.”

Compare these depictions of belligerent women with a life-size Parian marble statue of a high-ranking counterbalanced woman from around 150 to 100 BCE.

“She is surrounded by a surplus of luxurious silk, linen and wool fabrics which are bundled around her hands to show just how rich she is,” says Withycombe.

The curvy sculpture is important in that it commemorates a real woman.

“During the Hellenistic period from 323 to 31 BC.

Yet as a depiction of a modest and virtuous woman – her head and hands are covered – the statue conforms to the prevailing ideal.

For Withycombe, one of the most notable objects in the exhibition is a surprisingly well-preserved amphora or storage jar, made in Athens by the famous vase painter and potter Exekias, who signed it, circa 540-530 Before our era.

“The black-figure pottery shows the moment on the battlefield when the Greek warrior Achilles plunges his spear into the throat of Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons, who is on her knees,” she said.

“Yet at the time of his death, they fall in love.

“Even though it is such a strange scene, I am fascinated by the drama and amazed that Exekias could convey this moment of death and this moment of love simultaneously.”

Another winning object, which, like the Exekias vase, Withycombe requested specifically for the exhibition, is Homer’s Apotheosis, a supremely carved sculptural relief in marble probably made in Alexandria and dating from around 220-200 BCE. time.

At the very least, it’s a practical guide to the Greek pantheon, with Grandpa Zeus, his Aunt Mnemosyne, their daughters the Nine Muses, and an Apollo playing the lyre.

In the lower register, many personifications (Myth, History, Poetry …) pay homage to Homer, author and epic poet, while he is crowned with a laurel wreath by Oikoumene (Inhabited world) and Kronos (Time), reflecting its semi-divine status.

While these masterpieces are undoubtedly fascinating, they are sometimes the most humble objects of material culture that manage to cut through the fog of millennia and provide a tantalizing glimpse into what everyday life might have been like in ancient Greece.

Dating from around 330-300 BC.

“With their arms bare, the women are either in a house or in a private place, and they are probably playing the game of chance known as Aphrodite’s throw,” Withycombe explains, noting that, as with most objects on display, the sculpture would once have been painted in a vibrant fashion.

“They are trying to determine their chances of getting married, if their marriage will be happy and what their husbands will be like.”

Given the traditional roles they were supposed to adopt – despite Sparta – who could blame them?

The many tasks of a woman as a household manager included the daily chore of water using a hydria or water jar. Several of them are on display, including one made in Athens around 510 BC.

“With this hydria, we see a perfect relationship between form and function, because all these women at the fountain who collect water with hydria on their heads are decorated on it,” says Withycombe.

“They talk to each other, and between them all these lines of letters run, but they are absurd words meant to indicate general chatter.”

It is reminiscent of a modern day cartoon with a speech bubble full of “yadda yadda yadda”.

And in doing so, this simple yet skillfully painted water pot also functions as a time machine, instantly connecting observers to the mindset of the ancient Greeks in a way that feels familiar and meaningful to them.

The exhibition is open until May. For more information visit

Amy Anderson, designer of the Kindred of Ireland linen-only brand, inspired by a photograph of a grandmother working in a factory Mon, 20 Dec 2021 07:18:00 +0000

A designer who has featured in Vogue and Tatler shared how she was inspired to start a fashion brand after stumbling across a photo of her grandmother.

my Anderson, the creator of the Kindred of Ireland brand exclusively in linen, recently opened her first boutique in Belfast.

The 28-year-old decided she wanted to ‘breathe new life’ in the Irish linen industry after finding an old photo of her grandmother working in a spinning mill in Moygashel.

Amy, from the nearby town of Dungannon, is the third generation in her family to work in the industry, so flax is an integral part of Anderson’s history.

“I was studying at Belfast School of Art, trying to figure out which route I wanted for my final project, [when] I came across my grandmother’s photo, which triggered my desire to dive into this story, ”she said.

“The mill is now a museum. I went back there recently to shoot a video with my great-uncle, who also worked there.

“He was a manager at the time. He’s 82 now, but he has spent his entire career working in the industry and has a wealth of knowledge which was amazing to me at the start of it all.

“He would have taken me as a girl to see what was going on. The mill had closed by then, but they were making a lot of housewares over the past few years.

“This particular mill would have employed my grandmother, my grandfather, my great-uncle and my aunt. Besides, my father worked there.

“In a very different way from what they did, I am the third generation in my family to work with flax, which is a nice aspect for me.”


Amy in her new boutique in Belfast

Kindred of Ireland started life online, but after a period of impressive growth, Amy opened her first store in the former butcher’s shop on North Street in Belfast.

The building is now home to a selection of craft businesses, including Amy’s, and she hopes that could lead to a revival of independent stores.

“This is part of a new development in the Smithfield Market area. The whole philosophy is to get business going, ”she said.

“There is myself, an interior design store and a few other businesses, including a painter and a lady who makes Irish linen quilts.

“It’s really cool. It’s like a little mini-department store. It has the potential to be amazing and everything is local which is great.

“We would like to establish ourselves in this very local context, but we would also like to use the space to organize events and create a little bit of community. “

Interest in Amy’s business skyrocketed after her designs were featured in British Vogue and Tatler last year.


GIVE BACK: Amy donates 10% of her profits to charity

As the brand has grown, it has kept a special focus on social responsibility, partnering up and donating 10 percent of its profits to the anti-trafficking charity. Flourish NI human beings.

“I spent three months in China and California during my gap year on a social justice-focused mission school trip,” Amy said.

“In China, we partnered with a company working with people who escaped human trafficking and teaching them how to make jewelry.

“I volunteered with them and helped teach them English. It sparked in me the idea of ​​using creativity as a true healer and something that people can use to heal from trauma.

“It got me to come home and try to connect locally to try and do a similar thing, which led to me partnering with Flourish NI.

“They are amazing and provide long-term personalized follow-up to survivors of human trafficking, helping them access state aid and find employment. “

Rocco Ritchie sells art for huge sums under the secret alias of “Rhed” Sat, 18 Dec 2021 06:54:19 +0000

Rocco is of course the son of director Guy Ritchie and music icon Madonna and is now said to be secretly carving out a respected career as an artist under a false name.

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Madonna talks about Rocco during the show