To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Music

It was 1963, in America radios were playing “It’s now or never” by Elvis Presley, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was leading the country and in mid-February in New York the great basketball star Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born.
Today, years later, thanks to the precious material of ESPN and Netflix we are reliving emotions and retracing the 97-98 season of the Chicago Bulls.
The story of an absolute myth, a man who wrote every record, but not only, a team that managed to leave an indelible mark in our memory.

The Last Dance“, the last dance is a tailor-made dress made for MJ, from music to dialogue, a tour through the golden years of hip-hop, which vaguely coincide both with the beginning of Jordan’s career and the rise to the cultural limelight of the NBA.
Initially, as Jason Hehir, the director of the series himself admits, the idea was to have Kendrick Lamar record all the songs used in the series in a modern key, but the project proved too time-consuming. So the director chose the original music of the time, telling the story of the 80s and 90s and the world where “the Bulls” lived.

The first song on the playlist could only be “Sirius” from “The Alan Parsons Project“, an unforgettable song for all sports fans and especially the Bulls.The love story with this song was born in 1984 when the speaker of the Bulls, Tommy Davis, listened to “Sirius” while he was sitting in a theater waiting for the beginning of a movie. On the way home in a hurry, he stopped to buy the record and rehearsed the line-up with the music in the background all day long.
In a short time, “Sirius” went through Chicago Stadium like an electric shock and, over time, many professional teams from every sport used this beautiful song, in Italy the first to use it was Sassuolo football.

One of the songs that symbolizes the highlights is definitely “I ain’t no joke” by Erik B & Rakim, which fully describes that boy from North Carolina, chosen third in the draft by the Bulls. A rhythm that accompanies every step of the young basketball player who has always done seriously, showing his potential on the field.

To open the documentary was chosen “Been Around the World“, the 1997 Puff Daddy’s song with Mase and B.I.G. is the perfect ally to tell and capture the cultural glamour that the Bulls had achieved in the late nineties.

Rudy Chung, the music supervisor of the series has thought of everything, some songs make the difference like: “The Maestro“, a Beastie Boys song that is halfway between punk rock and rap, but that perfectly describes the chaotic style of play of Dennis Rodman and his colorful public life. Or “How ya like me now” by Kool Moe Dee that accompanies a celebratory sequence after Jordan’s first playoff triumph over the hated Detroit Pistons. The editing of Jordan’s 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1985-86 is perfectly synchronized with the percussion boom and the flow of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”.

One of the most moving moments in MJ‘s life, however, is when his father’s lifeless body is found. This dramatic event in the documentary produced by Netflix is accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel’s famous “The sound of silence”. A difficult moment to go through even for the strongest athlete of all time who, because of his grief, will decide to retire and end his career early. A choice not made by chance, given the scandals that overwhelmed him, Magic Jordan over the years had some problems with gambling and many journalists tried to hypothesize a correlation between the two events, in fact never experienced before.

From hip-hop – undoubtedly a dominant influence – to rock to RnB, from Notorious B.I.G. to the Beastie Boys, to Janet Jackson, 55 tracks that tell the story of one of the strongest NBA franchises ever. They tell the story of a man like all of us, fragile with his worries, but who hasn’t lost sight of his goal: to be the best ever. A man who retired for the third time definitively in the 2002-03 season, when Eminem dominated the charts with “Lose yourself” and George Bush at the helm of the country, but to whom even today artists like Drake and Future still dedicate pieces like “Jumpman“.

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Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Giulia Guido · 7 days ago · Photography

While everyone is taking pictures of him working, while everyone is asleep he takes pictures. I’m talking about Andreas Levers, a photographer based in Potsdam who spends his nights in the streets of the city trying to capture their most mysterious and dark side. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about his series At Night, but after three years we were very happy to discover that Andreas didn’t get tired of this magical subject and kept shooting. 

The nights that attract the photographer the most are those dark, cold nights when the fog falls and covers the top floors of the skyscrapers and allows you to see only what is really close to you. The rest remains a mystery, amplified by the white lights of the street lamps and neon lights, unable to penetrate the mist. 

But while the light, of course, cannot reveal what is beyond the visible, our mind has already embarked on a fantastic journey: like Andreas Levers, we too walk in the dark, trying not to be seen, as if we were following someone, or as if someone were following us. 

The calm, the awareness of being alone, the only awakenings surround us and accompany us once again in scenarios that never lose their charm.

We hope that At Night will never end, that like us can’t wait to see the next picture, Andreas Levers can’t wait to go down the street, when the city falls asleep and the magic becomes reality. 

Check out the new shots from the At Night photo series below and to stay up to date on Andreas Levers’ work go to his website and follow him on Instagram

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Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Giordana Bonanno · 6 days ago · Photography

Friday is here, again, and this weekend we’ll have some time to dedicate to our favorite hobby: watch a movie. If you run out of ideas don’t worry, you won’t waste time because we have already chosen The Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie that everyone has seen once in their life, but two are always better than one.

It’s certainly Wes Anderson‘s most intricate and interesting film and most likely also the director’s aesthetic and narrative masterpiece. It won nine nominations at the Oscars in 2015, triumphing in the categories “Best Costume”, “Best Set Design“, “Best Makeup” and “Best Soundtrack”; at the Globe, instead, the film won as “Best Comedy or Music”.

(Still undecided whether to watch it?)

The story is certainly as bizarre as the characters in it, sometimes so intricate that it seems impossible to get out of it, yet there’s nothing impossible inside that mysterious hotel because everything is suspended in a surreal, earthly world.

Wes, with the director of photography Robert Yeoman, creates every single scene taking into account the most imperceptible details in order to produce perfect images even in the pause; the color choices are his strong point, all the films have a palette of reference so as to conquer memorability among the memories of anyone who has already seen them.

Colors play an important role since they determine two types of scenes: for the harmonious and calm ones the selection of soft and pastel colors prevails, while the pressing and alienating ones they appear under strong color combinations. Needless to say that photography represents the key element in the cinematographic realization and needless to say that in this Wes is its master.

There is no doubt: his aesthetic and artistic imagination is unique, but there are those who, letting themselves be inspired, have built their photographic work on a chromatic choice and framing at the limits of precision. This is the case of Teresa Freitas, a young Portuguese photographer who, through her shots, shows us common scenes with meticulous attention to the elements that build them, proposing something that perhaps we have already seen but never through this perspective.

Did you know: for the outdoor shots of the hotel Wes used a 3-meter-high scale model, made entirely by hand because if this had been done on the computer, in the director’s idea, it would have appeared to the audience too offset from reality.

Film: Comedy
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

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London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Photography

When we think of London, we immediately think of a city with chaotic rhythms, frenetic and tireless, like any self-respecting modern capital. Because of the pandemic, however, everything came to a sudden halt almost suddenly.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following in the footsteps of his illustrious colleagues all over the world, has frozen the entire city until at least June, waiting for the contagion curve to slow down.

The English photographer Jan Enkelmann decided to document the deafening silence of his city, never seen before.
So on 23 March, the night the lockdown was announced, the photographer climbed on his bike to admire deserted London, never seen like this in 20 years of his life. A few weeks later, he took his camera with him and decided to capture the whole thing.

Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @davidecannavo, @carla_sutera_sardo, @eyepyre, @m_streetphoto, @kei_scampa, @_hartemis, @matteotriola, @userid019, @wonmin.9, @erikaconlaci.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on next InstHunt.

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