The Dark Knight Rises: Final part of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy:- this is pretty much required viewing if you plan to have a conversation with anyone about films for the next three months. See it in IMAX though - it looks fantastic. As does Anne Hathaway in that outfit. IMDB score: 8.9/10
Brave: Disney animation, with a big voice-cast, about a Scottish girl in the Middle Ages who refuses to conform to gender stereotypes and heads off to defend her kingdom. IMDB score: 7.6/10
The Expendables 2: Following up to the (surprisingly boring) action film that tried to cram in as many of the genre’s stars as possible. Stallone, Van Damme, Statham, Willis, Lundgren, Norris, Schwarzenegger et al all return. Hopefully this time someone brought a script. IMDB score: 8.1/10
Step Up Revolution: Fourth instalment in the tiresome series about young people in dance crews who save the day via the medium of dance. This one is set in Miami. IMDB score: 5.7/10
Ek Tha Tiger: Indian romantic thriller about a scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. IMDB score: 6.1/10
Sammy’s Adventures 2: Children’s animated film about a turtle who learn about the effects of global warming. IMDB score: not available
Yes, we made them at home, but if you want to some of the best Pan de bono we’ve ever tasted then go to Gaucho in DIFC. They bring them out as part of the breadbasket.
This the Bandra Ohm, a 30-story skyscraper designed by James Law Cybertecture to be built in India. Each residential unit features a glass-walled pool for a balcony.
Melancholia: Award-winning Lars von Trier film about the end of the world and psychological disorder. Like the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon, if it had been directed by Ingmar Bergman. And staring Kirsten Dunst. IMDB score: 7.2/10
Silent House: Ropey horror about a father and daughter (Elizabeth Olsen) being attacked at their lakeside summer house. Zzzzzz. IMDB score: 5.2/10
Jism 2: Indian erotic thriller (oh man, the title) that will almost certainly be censored for this market, but by most accounts this would be doing you a favour. IMDB score: 3.5/10
“I’ve never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life”
How the Olympic Village becomes the site of raging hormones, hook-ups, orgies and why there’s now a “standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics”.
Real the full ESPN account here
Photographer Jamie McGregor’s series ”Borrow, Build, Abandon” examines the legacy of the 2004 Athems Olympics.
Eight years after the games were held there, the debt and cuts in sports funding have left the remnants of their Olympics games as crumbling testaments to financial folly.
For more, see here
The slogans have been appearing all over Dubai for some time now, but little is known about the author other then the name they go under - Arcadia Blank. They are hip hop influenced, seemingly intelligent (the above piece is a play on a Richard Brautigan poem), and that (s)he came to Dubai from Australia as a teenager.
Arcadia told London-based LSD magazine, “Sadly the only public art we have here is in the form of corporate advertisements and giant commercial billboards. After a while it just became too much to bear and I got fed up complaining about thing so I just decided to go out and do something about it.”
For more see here
On a web forum people started posting old photos of Los Angeles.
It’s now over 400 pages long and contains some brilliant images of noirish 30s and 40s LA as well as some sharp colour photos from the 50s and 60, including this one of Wilshire Boulevard in 1954.
If you’re looking for another reason to watch the Olympic this weekend, here’s Croatian basketball player Antonija Mišura.
Never has cycling and Mod culture been so entwined as following Bradley Wiggins Tour De France win. Fred Perry was ahead of the game though, and their cycling collection is still available.