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I have been a co-organiser of Birmingham Likemind with Rickie Josen for over six years, a monthly coffee morning that takes place every third Friday in the centre of Birmingham. Rather […]
Nextdoor – driving a targeted campaign to bring global free and private social network for neighbourhoods, to Birmingham as part of a UK-wide launch. Achievements Nextdoor decided to expand into the […]
Code Club – Regional Coordinator, West Midlands (2015 – present) Raspberry Pi Foundation This is an employed role I have managed the regional community of Code Club across the West […]
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Maker Monday: Be Inspired, Be Creative & Get Connected
We’re planning some really exciting speakers and content for the upcoming Maker Monday events.
This month, we invite you to join the Maker Revolution with a live link up with Short Circuit Venice, the digital art event curated by the fabulous Aly Grimes. Using a 360 deg camera and VR, Aly will be taking us on a virtual tour of the event.
If you’ve previously attended a Maker Monday event, we’d love to hear your views. We’ve put together a few questions that will take just a couple of minutes to complete. Go to the survey, by clicking here.
I am delighted to be working with No11 Arts, a self-organised co-operative recently formed by lead persons of the ten Local Arts Forums in Birmingham.
No 11 is a locally rooted, ground-up city-wide umbrella organisation for the city’s Local Art Forums. The Forums have been successful in generating locally-based participatory arts activities with residents over the past five years.
As part of my work, I’ll be providing a steer on the marketing and promotion of the organisation as it launches its presence and services including web, social media, marketing and PR support.
Tim is working with Birmingham City University to work on the future strategy of their Maker Monday project. Now 12 months old, Maker Monday a monthly event that brings creatives, artists and technologist together to develop ideas through open innovation and collaboration. Held each month on the last Monday in Birmingham.
My band Oktopus has released its debut album, Worlds Apart, today on Digital Download and on CD.
The physical release is in a beautiful digipack and includes unlimited streaming of Worlds Apart via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Visit: https://oktopusuk.bandcamp.com/releases to grab your copy now.
Watch this space for album release links for iTunes, Google Music, Amazon Music and Spotify.
In No.2, the setup is a simple one, as Messrs Stiller and Wilson return as Derek and Hansel begin modelling again, when an opposing company led by Will Ferrell’s Mugatu attempts to take them out from the business.
Tilda Swinton plays a rock legend called Marianne Lane who is recuperating from a voice related illness with her partner Paul played by Matthias Schoenaerts when an iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry played by Ralph Feinnes unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday. Harry brings nostalgia and recollection – and the dynamics of relationship boils up and over under the Mediterranean sun.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith book, this is a film aspiring for B-Movie status – blending dark horror comedy and a cast of young British talent, led by Lily James .
Hello one and all. Welcome to this week’s #AtTheFlix, your weekly fix on what is coming out this week.
This is a very strong week, with a number of this week’s releases having a definitive air of awards season. Yet there’s more than that as well.
Let’s take a peek shall we…
The Revenant (15) Part western, part survival flick, part revenge thriller, The Revenant is the latest full-bodied Innaritu feature from feature set in 1820s America with DiCaprio as a frontiersman, who when abandoned following a bear attack is forced to muster his survival skills to find a way back home to his family. He tracks down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
The proof is in the film’s commitment to its survival element, with DiCaprio committed to demonstrating acting performance with added Bear Grylls grit and zeal.
A big winner at The Golden Globes, this could be the feature that lands Oscar gongs for both Innaritu and the film’s leading man. A love/hate director, this is the sort of setup that was made for his particular, intense and close-up style of filmmaking.
Beautiful, bleak and tough, this is a film not to miss.
Creed (12A) Probably the film I’m most anticipating this month signals a shift in the trajectory of the Rocky franchise.
The consistent part of what has made Rocky work, or at least when it works, is not just its constituent elements that have served to make it iconic, it is an exercise in pure cinematic conviction and personality.
Rocky Balboa is Stallone’s most enduring character!
The film’s key spin is that it is a spin-off switching over to the Creed bloodline, with Apollo Creed’s son taking centre stage, as a boxer with by a tough upcoming, and turning to an initially reluctant Rocky Balboa to coach him.
On the surface, the film has parallels to the first Rocky with a rates of passage element very fitting of this enduring franchise.
Yet the real magic trick though is that this is a Ryan Coogler film and Stallone’s focus is on acting his heart out alongside Michael B Jordan. Coogler brings his own energy and smart style to this franchise and this is another must seem
Room (15) Not to be confused with the impossibly bad 2009 film The Room, this is in fact the third Oscar of the week. Lenny Abrahamson’s The Room. Emma Donoghue brings her 2010 novel to the big screen.
Brie Larson plays a young women kidnapped and imprisoned for years by an abuser; she lives with her young son Jack in a tiny room in basic rudimentary conditions.
Jack calls the space “Room”, a cruelly ironic term as well as space in which they operate. The film asks many questions of what’s at play and the psychological impact on Larson’s character as well as her attempts to protect her son from the truth, as much as possible.
The film’s uniqueness is in its focus, intensity. It a reflection on time itself and on family and seems to have human traits that we can all recognise, irrespective of the extreme situation.
Sunset Song (15) Showing at the mac, from the 15th to 21st January, a chance to catch Terence Davies’s adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel.
Set on the coast of Aberdeenshire on the eve of World War, Agyness Deyn plays Chris Guthrie, a daughter in a farming family of a father (Peter Mullan); yet when tragedy strikes, she finds liberty in the dissolution of their tight-knit family.
Davies captures nature and nostalgia like no other director, contrasting beauty with the bleakness of life and the uncertainty provided by war. Powerful, poetic and yet another must see.
Güeros (15) Showing from Mon 18th to Thu 21st, Gueros is a comedy road movie road in which the travellers barely manage to leave town, a tale of self-discovery set across Mexico City’s many frontiers.
This film has garnered many awards including Best First Feature, Berlin International Film Festival in 2014 and deserves a good reception.
Finally, at the Electric this weekend, watch out for showings of Bugsy Malone and Singing In The Rain as part of their Cinematic Time Machine season.
Ok, so that’s it from me this week. What a great week for films, so whatever you go and see, I wish you a great one.
Until next week…
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first #AtTheFlix of the New Year! As the countdown to awards season approaches, so expect a number of films that are just Oscar worthy versus those that are a little bit more Oscar bait!
It’s a quiet week in terms of mainstream releases this week following a busy Christmas period with films such as The Danish Girl and In the Heart of the Sea. Let’s take a genders.,
Hateful Eight, The (18) Out on wide release this week is Quentin Tarantino’s latest magnum opus, The Hateful Eight. As Tarantino approaches his self-announcement retirement, love him or hate him, each release comes with a mass of anticipation. Even at his most self-indulgent, Tarantino is an auteur of the ticks and eccentricities of cinema with a keen eye for genre-bending entertainment with knowing post-modern pokes at anything in his way, and always with ultra-violence, punchy dialogue and rip-roaring music!
So in the Hateful Eight, most of those constituents are in place, a three-hour Tarantino Western, a cast filled with Tarantino regulars and shot in glorious 70mm (oh for a local screen that can max this format!) with the added joy of a Ennio Morricone score mixed in with some typical Tarantino DJ-ing.
There are few directors who effectively have a niche all of their own – how many times have I said Tarantino above?
Being Tarantino he doesn’t lack self-importance in his own content – three hours long and one might argue where’s the word “cut”. Critical response has ranged from the five-star eulogies to those who find his ticks overbearing at times. Tarantino continues to divide opinion. I tend to err to the former – I think his films are never less than a compelling proposition and worth the price of a cinematic ticket!
Doctor Zhivago (PG) David Lean’s legendary tale of romance, hardship and wartime gets a warm Mac welcome from Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th January.
It’s a film of beauty and heartbreak. It gave us Julie Christie and in Freddie Young, some of cinema’s greatest photography.
Radiator (15) Running Monday through Thursday at the mac, here’s the opportunity to see Tom Browne’s joyous and pithy portrayal of a marriage unravelling, in typical British fashion, held together by fear and familiarity.
The Lesson (15) Showing at the mac next Wednesday and Thursday, this tough 2014 Bulgarian drama follows a woman’s desperation to keep her house at all costs. Filled with honesty and reality, the film has resonated in the art house circles, garnering awards at film festivals globally and it is good to see it getting a showing next week.
That’s it from me this week. As always, if you have any quibbles or comments, I’m available on Twitter at @timmy666. Have a great week at the movies.
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