Rio 2096 – a film review

When you think of Brazil, animation may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the scantily clad protagonists were so hot and amorous I was hooked from the outset.

600 years of history is woven together in a visually striking graphic novel style, complete with stunning scenery, a passionate love story, brutal violence and a colourful history.

Uma História de Amor e Fúria sounds beautiful, and you clever wee thing guessed it – it’s a history of love and fury…

Rio 2096 – a story of love and fury is told through the eyes of a native underdog – Cau an immortal warrior from the Tupinambá tribe. The tale spans across periods of time – through Rio’s colonisation, slavery, military regime and a dystopian future. The past is a grim place but Director Luiz Bolognesi continually reminds us “to live without knowing the past is to live in the dark”

I’m not usually huge on animations, or violent action films, but I was entirely engrossed. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the tale of two souls so destined to be together that even time doesn’t constrain them appeals to the hopeless romantic inside. The love, the culture and the history it was all quite mystical. 90 Minutes speed by.

I think this quote sums it up well:

“The sheer power of its images and its denial to depict heroes, but only losers that fight for a cause, is reason enough to watch this shamelessly militant, and beautifully constructed political feature”

I watched this during the Reel Brazil Film Festival in Auckland last week. Rio is one of my favourite places in the world, so anything related I usually rate. Other people seem to have agreed, it took out quite a few awards…

  • Crytsal Award, 2013 Annecy Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film, 2013, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • Audience Award, 2013, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Film, 2013, 4th Braqeq Brazil Film Festival


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Costa Rica erupts in rose petals

This is my world.

I work in the land of TV Commercials, and I’m a hopeless wanderer who is in fact jetting off on a little trip to Costa Rica in a few months. For me this is the perfect fusion of likes.

This advert is why I work in the industry I do. I like art. And the idea of helping create something both beautiful and powerful in its simplicity.

Sony’s latest TVC uses 8 million rose petals, blasting them from Irazú’s Volcano into the surrounding indigenous village. Apparently it took two weeks to collect all the rose petals. I imagine the scent on set must have been out of this world.

I’m only 5 months behind.. worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet. RY X’s song Berlin is beautiful, immediately adding RY X to my Spotify. Hoping one day I’ll get to work on something as sweet as this.

flower-petal-explosion-sony-4k-ultra-hd-1This article provides interesting insights into the production process. Rose petal fridge trucks, imagine!

Here’s a link to the making of the TV Commercial. Loved watching the expressions on the local kids faces.


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This is my friend Sam Yong. Best known for his infamous illustration of Lorde, back when she was a faceless enigma.

I used to like watching him paint random scenes of fantasy as his fancy was taken. And now he does these beautiful, intricate drawings. They make me seethe with jealously and wish I had more creative talent.

Abstract. Surreal. Grotesque. Animalistic. Emotional. Beautiful. Fanciful. Chaos meets harmony, and the unreal meets the real. It makes for some striking images.

I’ve always had a penchant, and childlike awe for the creatively talented, and swear Sam’s works will inspire the same sentiment.

A selection of his art below. Check out his website or gallery if you’re local to Melbourne.

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Nude by stardust

Ludovic Florent’s  evocative images have been hailed a daring collection. The French photographer uses dancers to illustrate the natural beauty of the human form.

The series is entitled Poussière D’étoiles translating to Stardust in English.

The enchanting photos capture moments in motion and highlight the dancer’s graceful body movements.

The nudity has a simplicity and elegance to it, expressing freedom and soulfulness. Florent explains “every carnal envelope hides a soul that is both sensitive and flamboyant.”

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Chaos or Logic? Putting your brain to the test.

Online tests are a great way to quench boredom and simultaneouly affirm oneself, so when this gem came up on Facebook the other day I couldn’t resist.

The old left vs right brain test. When I got my results, the first word I read was chaos. Interesting what we notice. Then I read all the other positive adjectives and thought hey, that’s not so bad.











I’m secretly still thinking about the chaos — imagining a rational, logical version of my life. However, I’m not sure I’m smiling in this alternate reality.

I decided to put my mother to the test, who in my mind epitomises eccentricity and intuition. Having seen my result, she had an inkling what the test was all about. She then purposely went against her natural response to try and prove what a detail based, rational person she was. Despite her test results, I wasn’t convinced.

Funny, how we often are in conflict with our own extremities. The chaotic want logic, and the logical want chaos. Maybe there is some happy medium in this stomping ground of grey matter.

People argue the whole left vs right brain thing is a myth. They’re probably right. Still it proves for an interesting tool to contemplate our strengths, weaknesses and quirks. If you’re still reading, put yourself to the test, then you too can get the satisfaction of putting yourself into a nice wee box.