Archive for November, 2011
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In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child…which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). — (C) Summit Entertainment
The Muppets (2011)
98% of Critics Liked it!
PG, 1 hr. 42 min.
Directed by: James Bobin
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. — (C) Walt Disney
Arthur Christmas (2011)
92% of Critics Liked it!
PG, 1 hr. 37 mins
Directed by: Sarah Smith
The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. — (C) Sony Pictures
Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. This holiday season the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with his first-ever 3-D film, based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home. — (C) Paramount
Puss in Boots (2011)
PG, 1 hr. 30 min
Directed by Chris Miller
82% of Critics Liked it!!
Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend… The Boots. — (C) Dreamworks/Paramount
The psycho-sexual thriller American Horror Story, which premiered this season, has everyone absolutely hooked on Wednesday nights. If you’re not one of them, you will be! The show quite brilliantly synthesizes a little bit of everything that appeals to the modern late night American TV viewer: sex and beautiful women, house terror, thrills and suspense, infidelity, ghosts, murder (and more murder), myth making, suburban towns, curses, teenage angst, suicide, psychiatrists gone mad, doctor’s wives going mad, drugs, and we’re still counting.
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The creators have Nip/Tuck and Glee have their paws in the creation of this intense new series.
American Horror Story Movie Trailer Official HD by dm_5017cefc6f801
Who is the guy in black latex? What’s up with that neighbor or shape shifting/sex crazed maid? What will psycho ex-girlfriend college student dead girl do next? These are the questions that probe all of us watching! Yes, some have been answered, but every week it leaves us wanting more. And for those of you watching, all I can say is, the brain thing?? Whoa.
One obvious thing about the show is the acting is superb. A fresh breath of air for all the over-saturated, under budgeted TV shows out there. Jessica Lange‘s character Constance is chilling, elegant, and completely embodies a deeply troubled Southern mother. Her performance is near perfect in every scene.
Frances Conroy who plays the tantalizing maid Moira, was last seen in Six Feet Under, and her traditional soft-spoken, domestic character comes full circle with creepy and haunting consequences. And surprisingly, newcomer to Hollywood Taissa Farmiga, who plays the angst-y independent teenager, is another brilliant feat to the show: her performance speaks volumes for the disembodied youth of America.
So go ahead, turn off the house lights tomorrow (Wednesday at 10pm), sink into your cozy chair, and indulge in this season’s hottest show.
According to a recent University study, women actually notice and subconsciously seek out well-dressed, stylish men. The reason? Men that are “put together” on the outside means that they are more likely to put food on the table. Women are, biologically programmed, to find the strongest mate, and yes fashion has it’s aesthetic hand in the mating game.
Joshua Linam, a New York City-based freelance journalist, recently said in Askmen.com:
“In one university study, women rated the attractiveness of one man dressed in several different getups. Outfits ranged from a designer suit and tricked-out watch all the way down to a lowly fast-food uniform. As you can imagine, ladies preferred the power suit to the burger-flipping one. But it’s why they chose the businessman that’s important.
The study notes that girls actively sought signs of “status” when judging the man’s clothes, and they liked that look better because it suggested a good provider. In other words, women do care what you wear, and this is why looks matter. Girls favor a put-together guy because it’s likelier he can put food on the table…..Clothes can be a tool to boost your standing with the opposite sex, but what kind of style should you be channeling? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a billionaire to win a lady’s hand. More realistically, you just have to nail the right details.
The goods you need to command a girl’s attention: A quality timepiece, a fitted (though not necessarily designer) suit, a well-polished pair of oxfords or boots, and a crisp button-down shirt. Equipped with these style essentials, you can scientifically increase your chances with women. (Note: Unless you respond to the name Jay-Z, never “over-bling” yourself. The risk of looking like a Christmas ornament stands too great.”
So with that said, here are some ultra-hipster looks, and we mean that in a good way, to start of the holiday season just right. You don’t want to end up at a Christmas Party wearing the wrong thing, do you? Only to let that other wanna-be ask your should-be lady out for drinks the next day? We didn’t think so.
Start with the right sweater. Women love a guy who is comfortable wearing a “cheesy” grandpa sweater. It screams confidence, not Screech from Saved By The Bell. Dress it up with nice jeans and shoes (see our other blog articles for that). Maybe some glasses to add the right touch. This Green Cardigan Sweater from Urban Outfitters does the job:
Pair it with a confidently festive Christmas Tree Cufflink to add a fun feel to the winter work day suit!
The Classic V-Neck Shirt for underneath said sweater. This super soft cotton T from The Gap is just one example. If $16 is too much to splurge on a single T-shirt, the regular Hanes packaged-white and grey ones will do just fine. Just remember, the softer the better–and the price of cotton, unfortunately, is rising.
These Renegade Wash 1969 Original Fit (Or Slim) Gap Jeans go well with both the sweater and blazer above:
You can’t leave home without altra hipster briefcase. It would just be, a crime. So to assuage this crime, try these Vintage Briefcases from Urban Outfitters, priced from $175.
Washed Khakis are in for just about any working guy this season. And “working guy” is in this season, especially with all the lay-offs. Gap, yet again, features a perfect pant. Secret: Gap.com carried literally every size you can imagine. Can’t find your size at the local Gap? Go online:
Pair the very “in” rustic, forest-chic look with a designer Enamel Bear Cufflinks for only $50:
And if the Vintage Briefcase is too much for your taste, (don’t worry we don’t judge around here, we just give solutions) take a look at this Pendleton Ombre messenger bag from Urban.We think it is winter hip, chic, and robust:
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In light of this week’s Occupy events, one has to ask: are our constitutional rights being thwarted? The student demonstrations, ranging on the continent from California to New York City, have ended with painful consequences. The mainstream media does not fully report on the events, and understandably so when one considers who pays them.
Here is a Press Release from CUNY students: November 21, 2011
WE CONDEMN the use of police violence against CUNY community members who were protesting peacefully at the public Board of Trustees Public and Budget Hearing at Baruch College on November 21, 2011. We also reject the official statement1 released by the administration of the City University of New York regarding those events.
STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF peacefully entered the Baruch lobby to attend the public meeting of the Board of Trustees and were immediately met by a line of police carrying large wooden truncheons and blocking access to the building. Students who were on the official roster of speakers were also denied access. At no time did the students, faculty, and staff attempt to push past the massed police officers, nor to confront them physically in any way. The police directed us to the first-floor overflow room where the meeting would be televised live. Knowing that our voices would not be heard in the broadcast room, we decided that we would hold an assembly in the lobby and allow people to tell their stories and testimonies of experiences as students at CUNY. Most of us sat down on the ground so that speakers
could stand and be heard.
The police attacked us shortly after we sat down and began pushing us toward the wall, responding to our peaceful, lawful protest with physical confrontation. The suggestion provided in the CUNY administration’s statement that anyone “surged forward toward the college’s identification turnstiles, where they were met by CUNY Public Safety officers and Baruch College officials” is a categorical lie, and this is documented in video footage of the events (see below). As the officers continued to push us away from the public meeting, they blocked all exits from the lobby but a single, revolving door, through which we were forced to walk one at a time. Many of the peaceful protesters were shoved violently by the campus police, jabbed and struck in their ribs with wooden truncheons, and left badly bruised. At least one student was struck in the face. It was a miracle that no one was more seriously injured. Those who refused to leave were told that they would be arrested; when one person identified himself to officers as a CUNY faculty member and asked on what charge he would be arrested, he was not given an answer. Another officer blurted, “Because it’s a riot!”
For more information, and for video footage of the events of 11/21/2011, please visit: http://cunyprotest.wordpress.com/ and http://studentweekofaction.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/press-release-bot-public-hearing/
Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Barbara Bowen called for an investigation of police response to non-violent student protest at last night’s Borough Hearing at Baruch College:
“The City University has a proud history of student activism and protest. Some of its most important advances have occurred because of collective action by students, faculty and staff. We have made it clear to the university that violent response to non-violent students protest is not acceptable. Students, faculty and staff must be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly. We call on the university to conduct a full investigation of the police conduct last night. The results of the investigation should be immediately made public.”
On the other side of the country, at University of California, unarmed and seated students were pepper sprayed in the face, resulting in the University’s Chancellor Katehi to cite the events as appalling.
She is quoted by The Guardian here: “I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” Katehi said on Sunday. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.”
President of Trinity Washington University, Patricia McGuire, said in the Huffington Post:
“Disgust became horror when I realized that the image was domestic, and not in Zuccotti Park but on a university campus. The riot-geared police were university employees, people paid to protect students in order to advance the educational mission of the university. They wielded those pepper spray cans with the confidence of pest control workers applying Raid to roaches.
Too many baby boomers today forget our heritage in the counterculture. Boomers proudly headed south in the early 1960s to lock arms for civil rights in Birmingham and Montgomery, risking the fire hoses of police hell-bent on stomping out the rising tide of protests. Later in that tumultuous decade, boomers waged sit-ins (the original “occupy” demonstrations) in their college presidents’ offices to demand justice for the poor and oppressed. We inhaled tear gas while marching by the hundreds of thousands on Pennsylvania Avenue to demand an end to the Vietnam War.”
What about Peaceful Protest?
Both groups of East and West Students are asking their Chancellors to resign. This request stems from a request to instate a more democratic administrative system.
Winter comes and the colors get duller. Why not bring a fresh breath of spring with you during the dull winter days? Yellow is not just for happening April evenings, lost in meadows of sunny mirth! Added (in splashes) to your dark and foreboding winter wear will make everything pop. Think brown and yellow, blue and yellow, grey and yellow, black and yellow…etc. You get the point.
Remember, think SPLASHES. Not full ensembles.
During the dreary days, spice up your black/blue/grey formal wear with this Italian Yellow Sun Silk Neck Tie. You can even dress down this tie by wearing it with a casual shirt and blue pants/jeans, like this Street Style feature on GQ (see below). The juxtaposition between the yellow/mustard pants with a blue top is hot right now. Get funky if you feel it.
Another way to rock yellow in your ensemble is to use cufflinks. This Aymara Yellow Lion’s Paw Butterfly Cufflink pair will look great with a brown or black suit. It will add just the appropriate amount of color to not blind spectators and throw off the visual scale of your colleagues.
These new suits from JCrew are the perfect back drop for this kind of fashion. GQ Editor’s Choice article explains: “The two suits shown with the washed pastel shirts.”—Ted Stafford, GQ European market editor
“The slim gray cotton suit with a washed pale yellow shirt and a striped knit tie—and a Jim Nelson favorite as well!”—Brian Coats, GQ senior fashion and market editor
“There was a pale gray suit with an electric, almost lemon-colored oxford shirt that I will almost certainly own.”—Sean Fennessey, GQ multimedia content editor
And don’t forget the old fashioned pocket square. They never go out of style and have a function: wipe your chin, nose, hands, lady’s tears. Choose a color that will pop against a solid suit color, like this Creamsicle Paisley Silk Pocket Square:
And for the bolder types out there, don’t be afraid to try a yellow blazer like this one recently featured on the runway from the Parke & Ronen Collection Spring 2012 collection:
Lastly, these Aymara Yellow Butterfly Cufflinks are the perfect medium between extremes: light colored, simple, detailed, and organic! Plus any of the Aymara Butterfly Cufflinks support a Peruvian Butterfly farm, committed to protecting and raising exotic butterflies. Look good and give back to nature. We’ll donate 10% to the farm with your purchase:
Stay yellow fashion friends. Minus the jaundice, we wouldn’t want that..