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Peer Review: Danielle Noble

Danielle Noble’s Blog.

I think that the final images do show the suspended against the background as mentioned but the photoshop could do with some work as some of the skin is missing.

 

I believe that there is some good research within the blog and have used various sources to get your information from like using youtube videos of other unrelated topics to inspire your photography practice.

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GMC PAD

One other passion/love/hobby is Design, so Product, Transport and Architecture.

In the  Feb 2006 Issue of Top gear magazine I came across a concept called GMC PAD.

The PAD is suppose to be a solution to the overpriced and cramped urban areas, like those in California and L.A.

It is part home, part vehicle designed for one person, two at a push, with high end technology systems and loads of gadgets like wifi, LCD screens, onboard memory, Solar power in the roof and such.

Also GMC claim that due to its modular design it can be used in many situations such as a disaster headquarters, office management and so on…

I like the idea of living on the move is quite good but however this may mean more areas will be needed for parking and to accomdate the size of the thing. Plus there are only a limited amount of areas where you can stay over night unless in the future places are going to be turned in to caravan sites. So in effect the savings from not paying the rent will go towards overnight parking maybe, more fuel costs to move the thing (it cannot be a light thing). As well as this I feel it is a bit big and an inconvenience at times just for one single person. Another thing is that with all this high end technology in it will be too expensive to buy, unless you really do plan on living in it for most of your life.

Overall I can see it as a mobile unit rather than a house or fancy, moving apartment. It just seems too small with what seems hardly any storage space, too expensive and hardly anywhere to park it.

This design may encourage me to start doing more drawings/designs on things for the future like motor homes or just general useful things for motorists.

This is one ‘Caravan’ I would like to see Clarkson try…

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Breathless-Film

Breathless

 

At first I thought that this film was going to be a confusing one, due to the way it started, with many flashbacks and scenes flicking between times (past and present). In reality this film was not as bad as that, there were flash backs at times but they were well constructed in the film and not too confusing.

 

The film is about a gangster Sang Sang-Hoon (director and writer as well) who gets paid to beat up people that do not pay their debts. He comes from a background of domestic violence and tragedy, which is probably explains why he acts the way he does. Along the way he meets his perfect match Yeon-Hue, who also comes from a family with domestic violence. This still continues in her home, as her brother is an ex-gangster who orders her around and from her dad who still believes that his wife is still alive. After a violent meeting, Yeon-Hue and Sang-hoon arrange meetings and become close. The rest of the film is about how he becomes to realise that violence is not the way to go and tries to quit. However he is killed by Yeon-Hue’s brother (who joins Sang-Hoons debt collecting team and they do not realize the connection that they shared). Furthermore the film makes constant reference about domestic violence within the households and then reflects back on the children through disturbing sounds like crying, screaming and shouting or through actions. This adds to the drama of the film, so does the camera work with shaky scenes and hand held camera work.

 

This film will not be for all as it contains a lot of strong language and disturbing scenes of violence. On the other hand it is a griping and in places emotional film, where you feel sorry for the protagonist despite his actions.

 

In all the film is disturbing but makes you want to watch more and see how things pan out. A great film that makes you think about the effects of domestics and the effects that it has on children.

 

Well worth a gander.

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Shinjuku Incident

Before this movie had even began we were told that it contain scenes of a violent nature and that it was band from China, the reason why it was boiled down to being controversial and than that it would be come clear to us by the end. 

As said the film starred Jackie Chan (Steelhead) who is an illegal immigrant along with many others that were coming from China. On the other hand he came to Japan on a mission, a mission to find his long lost girlfriend Xiu Xiu (Xu Jinglei). Xui however gets involved with and marries a leader in a gang Mr Eguchi (Massaya Kato). The film then proceeds to be about the relationship between the gang and its denominations. This then leads to the death of most the Chinese immigrants that were helped by Steelhead, also Mr Eguchi and Steelhead himself. 

However one thing that this movie lacked was a sense of time between scenes. For example we do not know how many years have gone by except for when the characters mention things like ‘It has been many ways since I have seen you’.  Furthermore the movie contained flashbacks, which were also not very clear in places. 

When we were told it contained violence, some martial arts and Jackie Chan I thought it was going to be another intense fight scene, loads of moves and tricks on Jackie’s behalf. But in fact he 

 So why was it band? My guessing is that the Chinese do not like to show their people leaving for pastures new and their illegal immigrant side of nature. Also the fact that the historical content of invasions and wars (?) between the two countries is too much.

 All in all once you get past the minor gore and confusion of time this film is well worth seeing if you like a decent plot and to see Jackie Chan in an important yet different role to his usually movies. One thing that is worth considering though is to remember the name of the gangs and their leaders.

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