Billions

This show is fantastic, it's like the perfect blend of House of Lies and Suits. If you're not watching it already the basic synopsis is: U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures. Simple storyline that is beautifully executed by two fantastic leading men in Paul Giamati and Damian Lewis. However the problem for the audience lies in who do they root for? Both characters are massively influential on their worlds which for better or worse affects the entire city. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod, played by Lewis is the sole survivor of the hedge fund during the September 11 attacks. Publicly he's seen as extremely charitable and generous, but the reality (which hasn't quite been revealed yet may be far more nefarious). A man who's literally risen ...

Inky and the Beast

Finding something you truly love to do and making a business out of it is not an easy thing to do but Jen aka Inky managed to do just that with her letterpress studio in London featuring a 1950's Vicobold press along with two Adana 8×5 presses. Thanks to backing People of Print's Kickstarter (Print isn't dead) I was lucky enough to stumble across and be charmed by Jen's Kickstarter campaign to get enough funds to purchase the Vicobold which she had been renting at the time. I loved the commitment to her craft (learning it, doing it, teaching it to others) and could not stop myself from committing some funds to her worth cause. As a result of backing the campaign I got a free workshop for two which I've just been to with my brother. I love ...

Star Wars

It's now been over a month since the latest in the Star Wars franchise came to life on Cinema screens around the world and smashed all sorts of records with it's release. Without a doubt we are a world obsessed with a galaxy far, far away... More than that however we have become consumed by the memorabilia and counter culture birthed from the film franchise. Hawkin have gathered some of the best facts about how obsessed we've become about the franchise and put it into an eye catching infographic. From holograms to religion we as a society have take the ideas we've seen on screen and attempted to make them a reality in our every day lives. Yes you read that correctly, JudaismJediism (autocorrect) is the 7th most popular religion in the UK. Previously 390,000 people marked it as ...

Invasion

As the title suggests the theme for this January's crate is Invasion which fittingly celebrates everything alien related but most especially the greats; Aliens, space invaders and of course the X-Files which is returning to our screens after more than a decade off our screens. The Loot This month is the first of Loot Crates new choice to have a t-shirt in every single crate which is a smart move with the likes of Collector Corps and other subscription boxes bringing their A-game to steal their precious looters. However based on the loot that the Loot Crate team have put together the last few crates I don't think they have anything to worry about. A t-shirt, a flash light and a wicked cool Space Invaders vinyl figure are some of the loot that was included in this crate along with ...

netflix

The answer to the question "Can data create a hit tv show?" is obviously yes. Television has been doing this for years or rather they have been improving formulas and statistics that they have taken years to create and collect. IMDB or Internet Movie Database is probably one of the best sources of information about TV and film that's accessible by both companies and the public (to an extent). If you don't know what it is, IMDB is it's is an online database of information related to films, television programs, and video games, including cast, production crew, fictional characters, biographies, plot summaries, trivia and reviews. A subsidiary of Amazon they will have a leg up on the competition with the data that's gathered from the site through viewers of shows but for the most part that information is shared freely. ...

going up

It goes without saying that the everyday lift or elevator has been used to great effect in film and television for decades. This can range from small interactions that end up being integral to the plot of the story or they can be monumental action scenes as is the case in Captain America 2. Because the elevator is such an innocuous part of a building and peoples memory (much like the stairs or a doorway) it's easy for film makers to utilise it to suit their needs. The ding of it arriving, the musac in the background, the sliding doors, the interior that ranges from cold and metallic to rusty & charactered and the cables & gears; it all combines to make the perfect location for unique scenes with ready made framing. With that in mind TK Encasa created an ...