The only painting in which Edward Hopper depicts a cinema screen, New York Movie (1939) is one of the artist’s most compelling and spatially complex theater pictures. This work depicts three distinct features within the movie house: the screen, the moviegoers watching it, and the usher tasked with watching them. The space itself is an amalgam of hoppers on-site research from four New York theaters: the Globe, Palace, Republic, and Strand. Hopper’s wife, Jo, who posed for both the usher and the audience members, noted Edward’s struggle in bringing this painting together: “it is such a difficult subject…Not to be there as he looks – not even taken from any one theater – bits from all of them.” Examples from the 53 extant sketches show both the design flourishes characteristic to each theater, as well as certain architectural typologies common to all.
Photographed as part of the Exhibit Hopper’s New York on View at the Whitney Museum, New York City, Through March 5th, 2023.
Following author Ian Fleming’s specifications that James Bond drive a gadget-laden, Aston Martin, the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced as James Bond’s first Q Branch-modified vehicle in the film Goldfinger (1964). With its essential, Britishness, bespoke, craftsmanship, and sleek, classic styling, the DB5 was an appropriate fit for the debonair secret agent. Continue reading Eye On Design: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5→
Whether we’re talking about a classic movie theater or a theater where live stage productions take place, the speaking of foreign languages is growing more popular worldwide. This is partially because of cultural globalization, and the use of professional film-dubbing by skilled voice actors. Suppose we add various technology solutions that would allow choosing a preferred language and hearing the audio section of the movie — or a theater production — through headphones. In that case, the choice can add value to the experience and expand the possibility of learning about foreign cinema. Continue reading Why Foreign Language Theaters Are Becoming Popular→
Online casinos have been around for a while now, but since the pandemic started, it’s safe to say they’ve been rising in popularity even more. After all, gambling can be a serious vice, but also a harmless way to kill some time, or maybe learn new skills. Therefore, one’s personal approach plays a huge role here. Online casino games are taking the place of standard physical casinos, so here’s a rundown on the effects of this phenomenon.