TV series and movies we loved in 2023

TV series and movies we loved in 2023

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

Some titles we had been waiting for a long time, others surprised us by making their way through festivals and rankings. Thanks to the Barbenheimer effect, in 2023 we truly returned to the cinema, but we didn’t forget what the world of the small screen had to offer. If you missed any of the movies or TV series below, hurry to catch up—they are unmissable for us!

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The Last of Us

The Last of Us was everything. It was a highly successful experiment of a video game transformed into a TV series. It was a success in terms of both numbers and critics. It was the turning point in Pedro Pascal’s career. It also made us reflect on how what we see in TV series may not be so far from reality.

Beef

There’s always a show that starts quietly and, through word of mouth, becomes a must-watch. For us, that show this year was Beef. The mutual hatred of the two protagonists, growing from episode to episode, is what brings them closer in a whirlwind of situations on the verge of reality.

Succession 

We couldn’t exclude the season finale of one of the best series in recent years that has garnered much attention. Since 2018, we had been waiting to understand who would take the place of the feared Logan Roy. We took sides, changed our minds, hoped for a name, and the finale gave us a slap in the face because, in the end, it’s all about business… even in the family.

The Bear 

The return of Carmy Berzatto and his family is what we awaited the most, and going back inside the kitchen of The Original Beef of Chicagoland was both frightening and eagerly anticipated. Christopher Storer managed not to disappoint our expectations, and who knows if the third season will be in our ranking next year.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Broadly inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s story, this series available on Netflix is perfect for horror genre lovers, but not only. The narrative, playing with temporal jumps and explosive twists, deserved a place among our favorites.

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Aftersun 

The beginning of the year was both romantic and melancholic, with a story about the sweetest relationship that can exist, that between father and daughter. Everything here is perfect—the performance of Paul Mescal, the timing, the cinematography, the music, and, despite everything, even the ending that breaks our hearts as only real life can.

The Whale 

Among the films at the 2022 Oscars, the one that left the strongest impression on us was undoubtedly Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. A room, a man, and an external world that sometimes manages to intrude but is not enough to cure the protagonist’s illness, obesity.

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Air – La storia del grande salto

There were many films that saw the friend duo Ben Affleck-Matt Damon share the screen, and this year they did it again to tell a story that we at Collater.al particularly liked. Everyone can bet on who has already reached the top, but only the best have the courage to bet on someone who has yet to prove the best of themselves. Is it a gamble? Yes. Is this how the best stories are born? Yes. And that’s exactly how the bond between Michael Jordan and Nike and the timeless Air Jordan 1 was born.

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Barbie 

Barbie‘s communication strategy led us to the cinema with the idea that we had already seen the movie or heard so much about it that watching it might be pointless. Luckily, we went to the cinema and immersed ourselves in Greta Gerwig’s pink world, who took the ultimate symbol of the objectified woman and gave her a personality, a voice, and morals.

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Oppenheimer 

It was the most anticipated film, partly because Nolan is someone who knows how to intrigue his audience, partly because when you read the names Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh all together, you can’t help but rush to the cinema and buy a ticket. Here we are biased because we loved it immeasurably, and it couldn’t be missing from this list.

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There still tomorrow

We couldn’t be happier to include an Italian film, and we’re not doing it out of bias, but because this time it deserves it as much as the others. Paola Cortellesi, making her directorial debut, managed to make us cry and laugh, talk about us today, returning to post-war Italy, reminding us that even though we often feel alone and abandoned, we continue to be part of a society, and someone like us, with our ideals and ethics, exists—we must have the courage to stand tall.

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Anatomy of a Fall

The reason we liked Anatomy of a Fall is that it’s a film built on gaze, on the visible and the invisible. Not surprisingly, two of the most beautiful shots in the film are two subjective shots, both falsified. The first is a top-down shot capturing the moment Sandra and Daniel look at Samuel’s body. The second is Daniel’s subjective shot sitting between the benches in the courtroom, facing his mother. Those clear gazes are not the protagonists, they are ours, the same ones that fight from the beginning to the end of the film to decide the innocence or guilt of the protagonist.

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

 
 
 
 
 
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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.

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Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.

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Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.

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In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.

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Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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