Tyrone Rubin thinks and learns

7 Sept 2010 – been a while since the blog

Posted in Art, Business, Film, General Thoughts, Internet, Mac, Music, Technology, Television by Tyrone Rubin on September 7, 2010

Hiya, its been a month and a half since I last blogged on my personal site. I am going to try blog at least once a weak on my personal site. There are a couple things I am personally up to right now. At the company I work for Velocity film we are busy with some big commercials. The company keep me busy for most of the hours of the day which doesnt allow me much time to my personal projects but I endeveour with them nontheless, in the early mornings, evenings (when not too tired) and weekends. BUT I need to endevour and push more. I have my youtube channels running very well and am happy with the progress made http://www.youtube.com/movielovernews and http://www.youtube.com/tyronefilmshow and will continue to aim to be an intervational voice for film. I am working on putting all my continent in a great site http://movielovernews.com . I am also working on some product sites. And working on trying to increase my energy levels, by gyming, yoga, dance and liquids. Now enough about me.


I thought the Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’ was a truly magnificent album. I am happy it has garnederd so much commercial success, which in the case of bands like Kings of Leon, watered down there music. It is totally understandable why the album did becvome so commercial, the music is great and its their easiest album to listen to. That being said, the lyrics are very emotional, very inteligent and thoughtful. Its like poetry. The lyrics, emotion, movemenet in this album is outsdtand. Commercial yes, but still powerful. I think OK Computer reached the commercial masses but the album is still powerful. So the Arcade Fire proves you can be commercial but still remain powerful. Unfortunately I will after listening to the album a thousand times, like in the case of OK Computer start to tire of it. But how do you win that war with an album. With so many albums out there one is inundated, in a wonderful way, now with great music and I am truly lucky that I like so many genres, and sub genres that I have so much music to choose from. Other than the Arcade fire, today I will not talk of other music, I am alsways listening to music, it and tv and film are among my hectic obessive addictions so I consume those mediums with the utmost fervor.


I listened to a lot of talks from Chris Brogan who has really helped me with a lot of stuff. This past month I have come to think that if business can be an art and talent, like painting, sport and music then for the the artists of the decade are Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobbs. There are many more I can think of but they have instilled my last month. I listened to Jeff Bezos talk on Charlie Rose and marveled at how he had the drive to start Amazon so I concluded him to be an artist. I feel the tech space is interesting right now as we are in a bit of a commetivie age in tech, mdeia, tellecommincations and advertising and in some places it is getting more cut throught than collabroative. A couple months ago I was on a holw collaborative trip but now the competition is getting very cutthrat and it worries me a little but I think it could pass and the companies can start working on there own products and services. And once again that is where I admire Jeff Bezos and Tony Hsieh as they focused more on being the best they could than outdooing there competition. Competition is good as I find mysef becoming more and more competitive but more so with myself I thinkg, than with others. I am trying to use ohlife everyday. I am loving evernote.


Trailer park boys, Mad Men, Modern Family soon to be September time when all the great shows start. TV is my drug of choice.


Thanks for out to all the folks in the spaces I love who are teaching me everything I need to knowTony Hsieh, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Marc Andersen, Larry King, Charlie Rose, Steven Spielberg, Jason Calacanis, Kevin Rose, Rcihard Branson, Donald Trump, Gary Vaynrechuck, Chris Brogan, the Google Team, the Facebook team, the Apple team, the Pixar team, the Dreamworks team, the bloggers, techcrunch, techmeme, pitchfork, imdb, comingsoon, firstshowing, audible, amazon, darkhorizons, collider, /film. zappos, ebay, paypal, wordpress, drupal, wired, Darren Aronofsky, Thom Yorke and so many more people but those people, companies, sites etc just come to mind for the time being. There are loads more people I can name who have influenced me in some way this past month and a half.


21 July 2010 – Thoughts, literature, films, work, business, music, the wonderful web

Posted in Art, Business, Film, General Thoughts, Internet, Music, Technology, Television by Tyrone Rubin on July 21, 2010

Personal: Its been a while since I have blogged and doing so out of a need to keep my blog alive and a want. This is my personal blog so I also use it as a type of diary so I can remember things I was doing, enjoying, loving etc many years for now. Its been a busy couple months since I blogged trying to merge work, friends, projects etc all together. I am emplyed full time but am also trying to get my own businesses off the ground. One of the main focuses for me right now is my film shows online. I have three youtube channels http://www.youtube.com/movielovernews which is a regular movie news show, the aim is if you watch it, subscribe to my channell, you will have a great insight into what is happening in the world of film. Then I put the segments of the show onto another channel called http://www.youtube.com/tyronefilmshow so people can just watch specific news segments on the films or people they want to follow. Then there is the longer standing http://www.youtube.com/filmlovershow which has become more of a personal show. I am very lucky as I have partnered with Alex Marston on these shows. I find his presenting style amazing and funny and very entertaining and am very luck to be doing it together. I have a theory on partnership and that is that if I bring 100% to the table and he brings 100% to the table it should amount to more than 200%. I am not going to ellaborate more on that now. I was also steeped in the excitement of the world cup as for me it was extremely interesting and exciting having the World Cup in South Africa and a lot of the matches taking place where I live, Cape Town. My thoughts were further enthused by the fact that I was so emotional due to the fact that for the first time the entire world was focused on my country for a sustained peroid of an entire month in a positive way. I has never come close to happeneding before. Sure we have had sustained negative focus and maybe one of two days of sustained positive focused but never had such a sustained perioded of positive focus directed at our country. I thank everyone for making the dream come true and hope this country and continent benefit as it surely deserves and needs the worlds help right now. My push in a word is EDUCATION and is my dream and passion for Africa. I was also lucky to have my childhood best friend staying at me for the time of the world cup, I love the guy and his family so much and am thankful for that. Family, friends and happiness thats what I will end of the personal seciton of the post with.

The Web: There is so much fascinating things happening in the web which I wont elaborate on http://www.techcrunch.com and http://www.mashable.com do that job so well. The release of the iphone 4 really impressed me and again wont elaborate on that right now. There have not been that many interesting confereces lately but towards the end of the year there look to be some great ones. I really enjoyed Techrcunch’s conference. Still following the same tech peeps.

Literature: Busy listening to David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect and Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness and loving both of those audiobooks. I bought the double whammy Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan and cant wait to sink my teeth into it.

Television: I am holding back on watching the last 2 epidosed of last. The second last one and the long finale as once its over its over and no more lost. What an amazing show. There are no more comedies out at the moment for me since 30 Rock and The Office seasons are finished but waiting for Entourage is finished to watch it. I have beocme a sucker for reality shows like So you think you can dance, America’s got talent and the likes. South Africa has started its season of Idols and with partiotic pride I am hoping we top the level of talent from the States.

Film: I loved Toy Story 3 3D for so many reasons and cant really begin to write a review for it. I loved Crazy Heart and for some reason half way through It Might Get Loud it cut off but need to finish that as it was amazing.

Music: The albums I have loved recetly Autechre: Move of Ten, Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, The Roots: How I Got Over, The Chemical Brothers: Further, Drake: Thank Me Later, Keepaway: Baby Style EP, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today, Wild Nothing: Gemini, Robyn: Body Talk Pt. 1, Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute, Jamie Lidell: Compass Damian Marley / Nas: Distant Relatives, Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid, Band of Horses: Infinite Arms, Sleigh Bells: Treats, The Dead Weather: Sea of Cowards, Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma, Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record, Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles, Caribou: Swim, The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt, The White Stripes  Under Great White Northern Lights (Album and Documentary superb)

Love for the Fashion Documentary – Valentino, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton and The September Issue

Posted in Fashion, Film by Tyrone Rubin on February 28, 2010

I love the documentary genre in film. I love its realism and the ability it has to tell the most truthful stories of events and especially of people. One of my favourite documentary sub genres is that of music and musicians. There are a plethroa of music related documentaries and in a future post I can discuss them in more detail. For now I want to post about a recent documentary I have seen called ‘Valentino: The last emperor‘. The documentary filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer, so fortunately, is invited to film legendry fashion designer Valentino Garavani around with his camera. He does this in a very unobtrusive way, although at some points Valentino does get angry by the constant filming due to the consistent invasion of his privacy, but Matt continues to document everything. He captures everything the audience needs to see, to learn about this world and experience it first hand. He captures the people, the discusions, the places in such a wonderfully captivating way while staying true to a story of Valentino. The film also keeps a level of simplicity as it follows Valentino around, starting from the Valentino 2006 Paris Collection and ending with an exuberant 2007 retrospective event that is for Valentino’s 45-year career. There is so much to mention in this film that I am not going to attempt to do this, one has to watch this film to fully experience a wonderful part of Valentinos life. If you love film, documentaries and above all fahion, this is an absolute must see film. It takes you into the world of a fashion icon, it deals so beautifully with his love for his life long partner Giancarlo Giammetti. It takes us behind the scenes into the world of haute couture. Watching this film I felt lucky to catch a glimpse of the fashion worlds ultra supremo. We meet so many talented people in this film. In the fashion world we get introduced to the greats, Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld. We see numerous A-list celebrities all vying for a glimpse of Valentino’s creations. I cannot express in words exactly how much I loved this film and what a homage it plays to the fashion world. I kept thinking that in all Valentino’s wealth there must be some pretentious type of superficiality but then I thought to myself. The world of fashion is made up of humanities need and love for clothing. It is as fundamental as air and water and food. Fashion in some sense is about clothing and a lifestyle and a taste and an expression of ones character. Fahison is about love and beauty and masculinity and feminity. Fashion is art and is one of the largest industries in the world. It is timeless. I realized that Valentino was able to use his talent to create the most beautiful fashion known to mankind. In the same way that Beethoven and Mozart created the worlds most beautiful symphonies, Valentino created the most beautiful clothing and fashion. The title ‘The Last Emperor” in my view indicates the last emperor of haute couture. Someone commented in the film that since Valentino lived through the rise of haute couture that no one born today will ever be able to create that kind of work. The film also deals with the enormous business side of the fashion industry. The enormity of the fashion world in regard to business and industry is incomprehendable to myself. Valentino managed, by being one of the worlds greatest fashion designers, to amase a fortune of wealth, which enabled him to live the most lavish lifestyle imaginable.

One of the central themes of the film is Valentino and Giancarlos love for each other. Their love and relationship for each other spans over 50 years and is expressed with such beauty and enderance in the film. There is so much more I can express about this film but I will end off by mentioning another wonderful fashion documentary I have seen which is also a must see for anyone who loves fashion and its called ‘Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton‘ and one I will watch later today probably The September Issue

Top 10 films so far of 2009

Posted in Film by Tyrone Rubin on December 15, 2009

Tarantino listed his top 8 films of 2009 and I feel like I will do the same but give a top 10 list. Please note that this is a quick list and without too much thought so I am sure I have left some films out. Also please note this is also based on entertainment value and not critical acclaim. I will have to wait and see what the oscars and globes have in store and lastly please not there are some films I still have to see.

My list so far (in no particular order) of favourite films of 2010
The hurt locker
500 days of summer
Inglorious Bastards
Avatar 3-D
Up in the Air
Star Trek
The Hangover
Funny People
Where the Wild things are
Paranormal Activity
District 9

Invictus Opens in the States this weekend – Good Luck

Posted in Film by Tyrone Rubin on December 10, 2009

South Africa / Africa is really in the media global viewpoint. From the World Cup draw last weekend to this weekends release of Invictus to 2010 World Cup. Wow I am so proud of this country. As a film lover extraordinaire I am really interested to see how the public take to the film. I was lucky enough to follow my filmic idol around set for an entire day. So speak about Clint Eastwoods influence on cinema would take up far too much time right now, time which I dont have as I am sneaking in this post in between work. I really want the film to open strongly this weekend and take some great box office. That means people watch it and its popular and the positivity of South Africa resonates through the worlkd even more so than what is happening in terms of WC 2010. All this is having a positive influence on a continent that clearly needs the worlds attention right now. The is so much plight in Africa that the more positive things that come from this country and continent the more hearts we can effect and can help us in some way. I am not getting into the filmic technicalities of the film, in terms of what the critics are saying. Critics are critics – get it. The film will be entertaining, it will be feel good, it will probably be outstandingly uplifting. So go watch it and let all the positive vibes effect this country, as we surely need all the beautiful positivity we can get.
Thanks Clint!

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