Even though Oldboy (2003) is a South Korean movie from this century, it has already become something of a cult classic. It’s the story about a man who must deal with the horrors of unknowingly having made someone his enemy.
After suffering through a terrible ordeal being imprisoned without knowing why for a long time, he dedicates his whole being to find the one responsible for his imprisonment after being released for an unknown reason.
It is hard finding the words to adequately describe this two-hour exquisite blend of gory violence, feeling of despair and hopelessness, which at the same time is intertwined with joy and love and sex.
The scenes in this movie are impeccable, with an insane amount of detail in every inch of the background as well as the main elements. The only problem is that it will take multiple viewings to fully appreciate the rich world that is laid out before the viewer.
There’s really nothing else to say – just see it if you haven’t already.
Score: 9/10 (Superb)
The beautifully typography focused review of Moon makes one look at typography and fonts in an entirely different light. Who knew that those small details make for an incredible difference in perception.
Yes, you heard me right – the filmmakers are foreshadowing upcoming events via the lyrics of a Chesney Hawkes song.
There are lots of hints throughout the movie subtly hinting the inevitable plot twist, such at the wake up song and even the credits for the main character.
All of which is a timely reminder that this frankly awesome sci-fi film was made on a budget the size of a postcard. Which just makes its amazing styling and design all the more impressive. Indeed, Moon is one of my favorite examples of sci-fi storytelling through design – and, to my mind, a worthy successor to Kubrick’s masterpiece.
Definitely see Moon if you haven’t, then read the typography analysis.
A person how did post-production of the movie has written a comment on Hacker News with details and trivia worthy of a read as well.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will undoubtedly have noticed a dramatic increase in site speed lately.
This has do to with me trying out a new hosting provider called Digital Ocean 1, which is a big step up in terms of performance compared to my older hosting provider.
I guess the biggest performance gains stem from their SSD based storage. Their support for Vagrant seems excellent as well, but more on that later.
Netflix just launched season two of their popular series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey. Despite having a Netflix account, I have never actually watched it. But with all the buzz going on these past few days, it’s hard not to get seduced by it, so I’ll probably start with season one soon.
The press have been given a rare opportunity to attend the launch from behind the scenes in Netflix’s war room, so hit the link for the full story.
At the core these rollouts is a highly automated and decentralized system, where if one part breaks down, other backups and redundancies can step in to make sure things keep working.
One of the strengths of using AWS is leveraging their great infrastructure to build something globally redundant and scalable, which would be insanely expensive to do on your own.
Rather than spend resources on huge data centres in each country, it instead relies on Amazon to do so.
This is basic unix philosophy – do one thing well.
This may sound trivial but Microsoft finally fixing the push notification sync for Skype is a huge improvement and helps me remain sane.
Skype chats are now synced across all your Skype-enabled devices. Besides hopefully clearing up all of those unnecessary alerts, this means you should be able to easily scroll back on your mobile phone to see the chats you had on your laptop earlier that day.
I hope this means that I can finally have Skype enabled on my iPhone while talking on the Mac without draining the phone battery in minutes.
While I’m usually not the one frolicking over the latest Apple rumors, but images of a possible iPhone 6 have appeared online, and boy does it look sweet!
The bezel is all but gone on the sides and sports a slightly larger screen than the older phones.
Great tips on an early-bird morning routine from Forbes. It’s easier than you think getting up just a bit earlier in the morning to either exercise, plan out your day or just have a relaxing breakfast.
I have started waking up at 6:30 to do a bit of exercise, have a look through OmniFocus and read the morning paper while eating breakfast. By the time I step into the office, I am already on top on what needs to be done.
Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable.
There is something special about morning time and productivity. The stillness and the lack if interruptions make it a perfect time to to get some focused efforts in terms of important next actions.
We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way.
Since you have to do the boring parts any way, why don’t just get them out of the way? I find the best time to do them is in the morning when I still have that energy and focus.
A great way of thinking about status reports. Instead of focusing on the "how", adding context as of "why" something was done adds true value.
A status report documents actions both completed and planned. A context report documents the reason why (and to a lesser extent how) you’re completing these actions and I suspect this information is far more useful to everyone involved.
Easy, yet utterly effective in theory.
It’s hard to imagine an internet without Flickr, but 10 years ago was the first time the service saw the day of light.
Earlier photo sites were mostly concerned with letting you put your pictures in front of friends and family. Flickr did that, too. But from the start, it was building a community of photo lovers around the world who wanted to share images with other photo lovers, as well as thousands of special interest sub-communities. It was about storytelling.
Through thick and thin, the community has always been one of Flickr’s primary strengths. There is an insane amount of groups catering to every nuance of photography to the intricate details of architecture and the joy of snapping that perfect family photo.
According to Spiering, today’s Flickr has more than 10 billion photos (vs. more than 250 billion on Facebook — but who ever said quantity trumps quality?). It hosts 1.8 million groups, which are being joined by 50,000 new members a day.
Stats like this really put things in perspective and it says something about the serious infrastructure and engineering that stands behind the site.
I have been a pro member for years and enjoy the automatic uploading of photos through the Flickr iOS app on a daily basis. Together with Flickring I can instantly access any photo I have ever taken with my iPhone and my regular camera. It is perfect as a replacement or in combination with iCloud.
Chloe (2009) is a movie about a doctor, played by Julianne More, who hires an escort to seduce her husband, as a way of verifying that her suspicions of him cheating on her.
This was a fairly straightforward and simple movie with a simple predicament, and there is where the problem lies. The story in a way too simple, meaning that any avid movie watcher will smell the plot twist from miles away.
And what’s up with the embarrassingly weak window frame?
Score: 6/10 (Fair)