Speculation and the post-lockdown rebound have propelled a number of Chinese artists into the blue-chip bracket. Joyce Yip looks for answers to whether this is all sustainable. A bright green German Shepard, a blindfolded dancer, and an eclectic interpretation of Van Gogh's self-portrait — all of these images have one thing in common. They are works by Zhou Chunya, Zhang Xiaogang and Zeng Fanzhi — contemporary Chinese artists who made it to the 2020 Blue Chip Artists Index compiled by Artprice, one of the world's leading resources of art market information. The names make up half the living artists on the list, released by ArtMarket.com in March — a testament to their escalating demand in the past year. The addition of Zhou, Zhang and Zeng is well deserved. Known for his monochromatic figures with prominent, often emotionless eyes, Zhang set a personal record with his career-defining Bloodline Series: The Big Family No. 2 fetching US$12.5 million at a Christie's auction late … [Read more...] about The art of revenge spending
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Photo: Columbia TriStar Marketing Group The degree of its popularity is a mystery, but not the reason: The late Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a satisfying lefty-feminist revenge saga, its villains alternately venal super-capitalists, government-empowered sodomite-rapists, and neo-Nazi serial killers, its heroine a visibly damaged but single-minded and resourceful righter of wrongs. The verbiage and inept translation didn’t matter to millions of readers, and neither did the TV-movie flatness of the hit 2009 Swedish movie, which was at least faithful to the prose. More than that, the film had Noomi Rapace, who made the studded hacker chick Lisbeth Salander inaccessible, unpredictable, feral. With her angular, young-old face, Rapace never went soft on the character. The chip on her shoulder remained the size of a planet. David Fincher’s American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adds nothing to the previous adaptation, but it’s certainly the more … [Read more...] about Movie Review: Fincher’s
Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry Co will produce 7,200 electric minivans for Japanese delivery firm Sagawa Express, which will mark the largest foray of Chinese EV carmakers into Japan. Wuling, located in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is preparing itself for the model's mass production, which is expected to kick off in September 2022, said a representative at the carmaker on Thursday. The electric model, co-developed by Sagawa Express and Japanese electric car startup ASF, was released on Tuesday in Japan. Among other things, the van has a wide driver seat and trunk space design that allows drivers to easily store goods and gadgets. It can drive for more than 200 kilometers on one charge. Sagawa Express, Japan's delivery giant, said it is expecting to switch all of its roughly 7,000 minicars to electric models by 2030, as part of its effort to reduce carbon emissions. Minicars are popular in Japan as they are easier to navigate residential areas with … [Read more...] about Wuling’s e-vans to power delivery firm in Japan
Netizens especially Twitterati are not new to Ram Gopal Varma's tongue-in-cheek comments about Power Star Pawan Kalyan. Taking a jibe at him, the renowned director has even directed a satire film on the actor's political journey, which indeed grabbed eyeballs. For the unversed, the film Power Star was released on his OTT platform RGV World Theatre on July 25, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown. Well now, Varma has yet again made headlines for his statement regarding the Vakeel Saab actor. During a media interaction, the director stated that he likes Kalyan personally, however, he doesn't watch a lot of his movies. RNNEWHUB quoted him as saying, "Personally, I like Pawan Kalyan a lot, not when it comes to films. I do not watch a lot of Pawan films. I have not seen Vakeel Saab. But the trailer looks good." Revealing that he can't make movies with Pawan Kalyan because he is into art movies, Ram Gopal Varma went on to say, "I can't make … [Read more...] about Ram Gopal Varma Says He Can’t Make A Film With Pawan Kalyan Due To THIS Reason!
Aged action icon Liam Neeson's next explosive outing, Memory , has now added Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci and Harold Torres to the cast. The movie being helmed by director Martin Campbell of Casino Royale and Goldeneye fame, so expect Neeson to once again demonstrate his particular set of skills in the name of vengeance or justice or both. A remake of the 2003 Belgian film The Memory of a Killer , Memory finds Neeson in familiar territory as an assassin-for-hire who finds that he's become a target after he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization. Neeson's character, named Alex Lewis, is described as an "expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision," which honestly is pretty crucial in that line of work. So far so standard, but the twist with Memory is in the title, as Neeson's master assassin is struggling with severe memory loss, which affects his every move. Will he be able to stay ahead of both the crime syndicate and the … [Read more...] about Guy Pearce and Monica Bellucci Join Liam Neeson in Action Thriller Memory