Friday, September 30, 2016

Waiting for ....WESTWORLD


Every so often a series comes along that sucks in the air around it, depriving other shows of oxygen. I can still recall all those simple black and white massive posters saying ‘Who killed Laura Palmer’ to showcase a new series. Damn weird the series was too - didn't get great early reviews – but boy did I, and many others adore it. It was called ‘Twin Peaks’.

Westworld (and let's admit ..what a cool title) is a much-anticipated HBO series, coming to SoHo on SKY, and also streaming on NEON. It is set at the advent of artificial consciousness. A theme park where you play out whatever fantasies you like. Think of an ecosystem where every, and any human appetite may be indulged. That fantasy might be noble, it might be depraved.

Westworld is based on the original 1973 movie of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton (the man who brought us the sci-fi classic ‘The Andromeda Strain’) but it is sure going to be exciting to see where Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Westworld takes us (Nolan co-wrote Interstellar and helped his brother out on Memento and the Batman films), and Joy is working on the big screen Battlestar Galactica). And did I mention that it is exec produced by J.J. Abrams?

Throw a fab cast into to the 10 EP series like Anthony Hopkins (he plays Dr Robert Ford, the park mastermind with an eye on everything) Ed Harris (The Gunslinger and long-term resident of the theme park, Thandie Newton (The brothel’s Madame Maeve Millay). and Evan Rachel Wood (playing a "host" called Dolores Abernathy working in Westworld,) and you have something serious going on here. The question is whether it has the script and plot power to be another Game of Thrones.

When futurism and science fiction meet on the visual screen the results can be terrifyingly stunning (Lost, Humans, Blade Runner). Of course they can also be terrifyingly shit (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). But from the rumours, it seems there is little doubt that Westworld is set to impress. And it is set to ask questions that to be sure are pertinent to the future; to what capacity will robots interact in our lives, and to what degree will they be imbued with intelligence. Already deep concerns for the public - in the military arena developing robot systems for warfare are already underway (If a robot kills a human, is anyone at fault, is one thorny area)  

I’ll be seeing the first episode mighty soon, so I will let you know. See the trailer on the SoHo site.

Oh yes, and the first episode of Westworld premieres on SoHo on SKY at 2pm Monday October 3rd and again at 8.30 pm. It will be available to stream on NEON once it has aired on SoHo. 

 Thandie Newton

 Ed Harris 

 Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright 

 Original poster from the 1973 Westworld



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Eden...cool glasses

"Both my necklaces mean a lot to me...both from my Dad - one given to me on my 13th birthday, the other on my 21st."
 
Really dig her glasses. Those early 90's frames very cool - a little bit Librarian look.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ben...High st

Ben, with an Industrie coat and jeans. I asked him what his awesome bag was. Alexander Wang? Zambesi? " No, it came free when I bought a whole lot of Jack Daniels duty-free." 



Monday, September 19, 2016

Jade

"If I need something like the odd T-shirt, or belt, I'll just go and raid my boyfriends closet." Love Jade's styles. 



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Poshana

Half Pakistani, from Florida...Poshana, reading Harry Potter waiting for the bus.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Korean horror film fan

Anna is just finishing up her thesis on Korean Horror films. Of which I don't think I've seen any.



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The jellyologist

Harriet was in Wellington from Auckland for an exhibition. She is a jellyologist ( apparently it's quite a thing), and the exhibition involved the use of jelly and spatial design -  the way jelly moves, the various forms it can take. Etecetera. Fascinating what people get into. Love her kimono styling. 
 

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Heart of the City

Streetandcityphotos.com has been contracted to Heart of the City to provide some streetstyle images. It's a valuable site if you want a few cool things to do; eating and drinking, as well as events, in the Auckland CBD area - which by the way, it seems, month by month, is being filled with an ever growing choice. Especially in top eating establishments. It never used to be this way. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Victoria...From Russia

'Have you been to Russia?' Victoria asks. 'Well you will know that people here are very very friendly' she says. Victoria has only been in New Zealand for a few months, and really loves it. 'But it does take a lot of getting used to. It is so different to home.' 



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins has been described by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the most influential design writers in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2008 Douglas was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his contribution to architecture and design. More importantly, no male in Auckland can wear boots quite like Douglas. His tie/crevat is 'Japanese silk' with a vintage blazer.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chido

Chido, in a Karen Walker dress, as well as bag. In fact, she works at Karen Walker.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yellow Shawl

Never seen such a cool yellow shawl! Turns out it is Comme de Garcon. Kim's dress is Costume National. She was in Auckland for the Cuisine Awards. "The food in Wellington is pretty great - it is a good standard - we don't have the investment for the large fit outs, but you know.. " Kim works at Ortega in Wellington.