Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

This weekend




19:00 - TBC
20:00 – Benson
21:00 – Rude One
22:00 – Hyphen
23:00 – Heist (UK)
00:00 – Sub Zero & Felon (UK)
01:00 – Grooverider & Junior Red (UK)
02:30 – Bruce Willis??


19:00 - TBC
20:00 – Jab A Jaw
21:00 – Articulate Artists
21:30 – Lithal Li
22:00 - ID
23:00 – Ill Skillz
00:00 – Eligh & Scaurb (USA)
01:00 – Raiko
02:00 – Niffty


20:00 – A Fate Like Yours
20:45 – The Dead Will Tell
21:30 – Facing the Gallows
22:30 – Vendetta Cartal
23:30 – Knave
00:30 – Pestroy
01:30 – Bloodline


19:00 - TBC
20:00 – Destrukto
22:00 – DJ Calculus
23:00 – Damage Inc
00:00 – Musical Chairs
01:00 – Double Adaptor



11:00 – Only Forever
12:00 – Josie Field
13:00 – Popskarr
14:00 – Wrestlerish
15:00 – The Frown
16:00 – Taxi Violence
17:00 – Zebra & Giraffe
18:00 – Tasha Baxter
19:00 – Aking
20:00 – 340ml
21:00 – Tidal Waves
22:00 – Foto Na Dans
23:00 – Lark
00:00 – Die Antwoord
01:00 – Fokofpoliesikar
02:00 – DJ Sideshow


12:00 – Natural Selekta
13:00 – Point 4
14:00 – LVS
15:00 – Ish
16:00 – MPI Project
17:00 – Cut Key Low
18:00 – Ambush
19:00 – Liver
20:00 – Greg Reve
21:00 – Kennedy
22:00 – Blush n Bass
23:00 – Twelv & Thesis
00:00 – Jenna G (UK)
01:00 – Funtcase & Krafty MC (UK)
02:00 – Haezer
03:00 – I Am Noize


19:00 - TBC
20:00 – DJ Soosh
21:00 – The Cutt
22:00 – Lapse
23:00 – Deeziak
00:00 – Hypomaniacs
01:00 – Blunted Stuntman


El Phonix
DJ Burn
Black Lotus

Art / Design / Photography / Video / Installation Exhibition

Best of the SAG Awards

 Another week, another awards show. This time it was the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Who impressed the fashion police and who made them cringe? I'm no fashion critic but these were my favourites- the refreshing berry hues and the beautifully embellished off-white frocks. Favourites?

Friday, 27 January 2012

Oscar season

 To coincide with the Oscar nominations that were released earlier this week, The Shiznit released these movie posters. They have been changed to reflect what movie posters would actually say if they told the truth about the movie. I just wish they would all be released in South Africa already!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


I recently discovered the impossible pretty Kimbra's music and I must say, I really can't get enough of it. Don't be fooled by the innocence of her doll-like face though, this lady has some fierce vocals. I think I may even like her live videos more than the music videos. What do you think?

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Review: Midnight in Paris

South African release date: 30 December 2011
Genre: Fantasy/ Comedy.
Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes.

WITH: Kathy Bates (Gert), Adrien Brody (Salvador), Carla Bruni (Museum Guide), Marion Cotillard (Adriana), Rachel McAdams (Inez), Michael Sheen (Paul), Owen Wilson (Gil), Tom Hiddleston (Scott Fitzgerald), Alison Pill ( Zelda Fitzgerald), Marcial Di Fonzo Bo (Picasso), Corey Stoll (Ernest) and Léa Seydoux (Gabrielle).

Midnight In Paris sees Woody Allen embark on his next trip outside his beloved New York. Released in The US in May this year, the film has been highly regarded as some of Allen’s best work since the 1970s.

Allen’s unique brand of wit, comedy and romance as well as his excellent casting choices are largely why each aspect of Midnight In Paris unite in such a harmonious fashion. At 77 years old, Allen certainly understands that times have changed and has thus somewhat adapted his style but without losing its specific appeal. Perhaps Allen’s smartest move was the casting of Owen Wilson, who younger audiences will be familiar with from such films as Wedding Crashers (2005) and You, Me and Dupree (2006). His easy going charm and charisma suits Allen’s style perfectly.

The story follows Gil (Wilson), a rather uninspired Hollywood writer who has found himself tagging along on a trip to Paris with his fiancé Inez (McAdams) and her well-to-do parents. Gil’s romanticized view of Paris is very much like our own-it is whimsical, otherworldly, a slice of bohemian life which is just a few steps away from the reality we face at home. It is certainly no accident that Allen chose to open his film with a lengthy yet scenic establishing montage of the City of Lights. We are drawn into the dream to some extent, but just enough so that our feet are firmly placed on the ground. 
Owen Wilson as Gil and Rachel McAdams as Inez
While on the trip Gil hopes to find inspiration for his novel, which as it stands is without direction. While on their trip Gil and Inez bump into one of Inez’s old college professors and his wife. The pompous pseudo intellectual, Paul (Sheen) catches Inez’s eye and insists she and Gil accompany him on trips to galleries and museums as he parts with his facts about Parisian history. While Inez is eager to listen to Paul’s often inaccurate ramblings, a less than impressed Gil has other ideas. One evening he decides to leave the group and go for a walk through the historical streets. But this is no ordinary walk. Gil stops for a moment to take in his surroundings. The clock strikes midnight and something strange happens. A taxi stops in front of him and the door opens...
Marion Cotilliard as Adriana and Owen Wilson as Gil

What follows is a trip back to the 1920s. Of course, Allen does not attempt to explain how this transition into the 20s and back into the present day happens. This is not a downfall; just a mere request to suspend our imaginations. Gil’s trip to the past brings him in to contact with some of literature and art’s most respected figures including Ernest Hemmingway (Stoll) and Pablo Picasso (Di Fonzo Bo). But it is a meeting with Gertrude Stein (Bates) who Gil gives his novel to, to read and give him notes that speaks to him far beyond the pages of his book. The more time Gil spends in the past the more he realizes he has to confront and re-examine his present. Midnight In Paris proves to be a light, witty and enjoyable film. Allen’s unique style, invaluable charm and appeal will see a much broader audience than ever before warming up to it this season.

Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali, Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway and Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein

The Film Fundi

We're going to be shaking things up here on Are You Charlie? this year. Say hello to our breath of fresh air, Stephanie. Having just completed her Honours in Dramatic Arts, she will be entertaining you with her mad knowledge on all things film-related. And here you thought she was just a pretty face...

Monday, 23 January 2012


"Founded in 2007 as a creative platform and playground for our own films and experiments, Polynoid today is using that same spirit but combining it with the resources of a production studio. On a project we can get involved at any stage of the creative process, ranging from concept, direction and art design to the actual production and finishing. Our narrative technique combines new forms of storytelling with a shared interest in progressive sound design to create a minimalist, photo real and abstract sensory experience."

You'll be forgiven if you find yourself watching this brilliant 3D animation by Polynoid with your jaw on the floor. It's really something quite amazing! You can treat yourself to some more eerie and intense brilliance over here.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson is back, kids. It'll probably take a while before his new film, Moonrise Kingdom, hits our shores but holy smokes, I can't wait for this one!

Smoke Rings by Rob Tarbell

"The performing animal images in the Smokes parallel the drawing process. The trainer must recognize and respect the innate nature of an animal when trying to modify its behavior to achieve a desired outcome: e.g. training a bear to dance or training a horse to walk upright. The same is true in working with smoke. The inherent properties of smoke must be respected, then permitted to - and yet discouraged from - acting naturally."

I'm obsessed with smoke art, so when I came across Rob Tarbell's beautiful circus-inspired work, I immediately became a big fan.
 Take a looksie at some of his other work over here.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Golden Globes 2012

Some of the loveliest frocks on the Red Carpet at this year's Golden Globes. Favourites? 

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. Image: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images   

Charlize Theron in Dior. Image: AP

Claire Danes in J. Mendel. Image: Matt Sayles/ AP

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci. Image: Danny Moloshok/ Reuters

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli. Image: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu. Image: Chris Pizzello

Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald. Image: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters

Salma Hayek in Gucci. Image HFPA

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang. Image: Getty Images

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Futuristic chic

I have to be quite honest (and perhaps a tad dramatic), but seeing or hearing anything about Miley Cyrus just gets my gag reflexes going. Then I saw her in this futuristic-chic David Koma dress at the People's Choice Awards and my gag reflexes decided that they could tolerate the sight of Miley in a garment so pretty. Let me assure you though, this is the exception though, not the rule.

Photo by Bauer Griffin. Found via Zimbio.
Here's some more of David Koma's looks from his Spring/ Summer 2012 collection that was showcased at London Fashion Week. Definitely a designer to keep an eye on, yes?  
(Images below credited to Stuart Wilson/Getty Images Europe. Found via Zimbio)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Thanks to Steven for introducing me to this poem by Dr. Seuss. It's too lovely for words, so I'm not going to say anything else. 

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own.  And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets.  Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry.  Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.  But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?  Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.  there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame!  You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Her Morning Elegance

I came across this brilliant stop motion on YouTube and had to share it! It's called Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Best summer

Ah, this summer has been just lovely. No deadlines, no meetings, ample sleep, friends, family, food, sun. I've been quite terrible with this whole blogging business. First it was a lack of motivation, then a lack of a working internet connection. But, I'm back. Hopefully this time for good. I hope you have all been enjoying them just as much as I have, even if this week meant back to work for most. I still have a month of holidays left, so I'll have a drink for all of you. Ha.

Match made in heaven

Drop dead gorgeous Mila Kunis has just been announced as the new face of Dior handbags. One more reason to envy her, yes? There is simply no justice in this world.  

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Gone again

Luck is just not on my side. My internet at home is not cooperating. I hope that it will be fixed soon, I have so many things planned for ol'Charlie this year. Sorry lovelies, I really am.