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Brand X: Bloomberg stock exchange report

A unique take on imaginary brands in the movies ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ Some of the globe’s biggest tech stocks shifted again in yesterday’s trading. Los Angeles-based Fischer-Morrow (NYSE: FIM) may be a shadow of its former self following last year’s demerger but was still up […]

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Brand X – Time magazine interview with Eldon Tyrell

Few figures in North American industry today can be said to be true giants in their field. Long-established names have suffered gradual collapse or found themselves targets for amalgamation or overseas take-over, leaving just a handful of firms standing. The genetics sector especially has seen often fierce consolidation since its beginnings in the early 1980s, […]

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Brand X: The Sport of Rollerball (Norman Jewison, 1975)

2018 World Championship final commentary. Houston Vs. New York And as you join us at Madison Square Garden here in New York City for tonight’s World Rollerball Championship final, it’s shaping up to be the most intense battle we have ever seen in the history of the game. Hosts New York meet powerful Houston in […]

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Brand X: Bugatti BgR-79 flying vehicle from Elysium (Neil Blomkamp, 2013)

Is the new Bugatti BgR-79 worth the wait? ExecAir Review takes her up and tests her out. Although Bugatti is the name in medium-haul, exo-atmospheric shuttles, the marque comes late to the crowded S3H (Single Seat, Short Hop) market. Fiercely competitive, with the likes of Mercedes-Dornier, Bombardier Aerospace and Saab all well established, the firm’s […]

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Brand X: Gullfire from Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981)

Future flight – The Gullfire from Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981) “You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad. You know how to get in quiet. You’re all I’ve got.” – US Police Force Commissioner Bob Hauk From ‘Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft 1999’, pp346: The Lockheed G-6 Gullfire stealth sustainer motor glider entered service […]

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Architecture and Film #12 Development

Depiction of the architecture of the future is the ultimate expression of the relationship between cinema and the built environment. Credible realisation on film required budgetary and technical restrictions to be overcome, but also an awareness of actual architectural achievement and an understanding that the distance between the present and any projected future is rather […]

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Architecture and Film #11 Master Shot

The historical epic dates from the earliest days of cinema, with Intolerance and Ben-Hur setting not only the desired level of visual splendour (with budget to match) but also the preferred period. The recreated glories of ancient Rome and Egypt have dominated the genre ever since, although this obscures some notable explorations of other times […]

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Architecture and Film #10 Backlot

By the end of the nineteenth century the population of industrialised nations had shifted decisively from the countryside to cities. Work was the driver, but such vast numbers of people in close proximity also gave rise to new forms of relaxation, and to new kinds of transgression. The Impressionists were the first visual artists to […]

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Architecture and Film #9 Fade out

Aside from representing architecture in terms of meaning, mood and method, film has also simply recorded it. Much of this has subsequently disappeared through redevelopment, neglect or enemy action, leaving a memory encoded in celluloid. Unsurprisingly, London has been particularly affected. Ealing Studios filmed around the capital in the immediate post-war years, capturing vast swathes […]