sebastian-samuel asked: What are your thoughts on sites that rate movies? such as rotten tomatoes. I feel that it's really a subjective manner. Sometimes I find a movie that's great and they give it a really bad rating and vice-versa. I think it's hard to rate a movie in a objective manner and it will only get a good rating based on a personal preference, and not everyone likes the same thing. There can be some common ground for critics but beyond that it's just a manner of personal taste.
I agree with you and I don’t think that looking at sites such as rotten tomatoes or imdb gives you any insight to the quality of the film. Personally I believe that The Tree of Life was a groundbreaking cinematic achievement that will be celebrated in the decades to come. It’s my favorite film ever made, and in my opinion, the best film ever made. It has a 6.7 on imdb and a 59% “audience liked it” on RT. It was in Roger Ebert’s 10 best films of all time while other critics called it pretentious garbage. So needless to say, “judging” cinema is very subjective and somewhat arbitrary. Likewise, I thought Only God Forgives was one of the best films this year and without a doubt the best cinematography. But it has a 5.8, a 37 critic metascore, a 40% fresh rating on RT. So basically don’t necessarily count a film out based on it’s “rating.”
Time Magazine (Style + Design) of Maryam Nassir Zadeh:
Here’s another shoot I’ve never shown until now. In early February of 2012, I spent the day with designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh at her home and store on the Lower East Side. On that day, I was only about 6 days into being a father and I remember spending the majority of our time together talking about the glories of parenting and getaways to Mexico. I enjoyed this shoot. It’s ideal to be asked to do a broader coverage of an individual…..portraits, details, interiors and if possible, landscapes. Thank you Natalie (at Time).
Scenes from the second inauguration of Barack Obama, Washington D.C.
(photo by Duncan Wolfe)
photography by grant cornett
Duncan Wolfe by Grant Heinlein
Fucking amazing shot of my boy Dunks.
StyleSeek Retreat going live this coming week.
We look good.
For contemporary art to be free of the laboured language that has clogged its comprehension for the last 20 or 30-odd years, it has to stop acting like contemporary art. This requires accepting the parameters of what contemporary art is, and acknowledging the long shadow that a professionalised art language has of late cast over the making of art. That grimly serious language —born of insecurity about the frivolity of the creative act (an anxiety that, let’s not forget, fails to trouble Tom Cruise, or Beyoncé, or the Blue Man Group) — might shrivel once it’s amputated from the act of making, like a vestigial wing or thumb for which we can’t remember ever having found a use.
paul ryan | raleigh, nc
god i love the faces in the crowd
I love this