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April 18, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Preview: Manos Sucias

By Curtis John

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(Pictures courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

 

Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 18th, 9:45pm and Monday, April 21st, 10:30pm  - Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea

(only RUSH tickets available)

Series: Spotlight

Known primarily as a center for drug trade and crime, the notorious port city of Buenaventura, Colombia, and its murky waters and mysterious Pacific Ocean coastline, is the setting for Manos Sucias, the gripping debut thriller from filmmaker-to-watch Josef Kubota Wladyka.

Yearning for a better life, Jocobo and Delio (some sources say they are blood-brothers, but that is not made fully clear in the film) separately yearn for a better life and turn to the dangerous game of narcotics trafficking to do so.  Jocobo seeks fast money, or rather what seems as the only viable resource in the poverty-stricken Afro-Colombian populated town, as a means of escape after the collapse of his family. Meanwhile wanna-be rapper Delio seeks this hustle to support for his wife and baby son.  The slightly older Jocobo plans for this to be his last run as he means to move to Bogota, despite every one reminding him there are no Black people there, as the pair and the drug lord’s racist henchman embark from Buenaventura with a set of mysterious coordinates as their guide, a fishing net as their cover, and an unusual narcotorpedo filled with 100kg of cocaine as their cargo.  Things seem to be going well until a chance encounter with some youngsters lead to a series of troubles for the two ‘brothers’.

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Wings+Horns FW14 “Polar Night” Collection

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This Fall/Winter 2014 wings+horns presents Polar Night, a 10th anniversary collection inspired by Canada’s North. The design process this season was guided by the utilitarian mentality required in Northern environments, and the resulting collection is focused on durable, simple, clothing constructed from warm, weather-ready fabrics.

Two custom Japanese fabrics are introduced this season: Cabin Fleece and Dusk Stripe terry. The Cabin Fleece series includes a hoodie, crewneck and sweatpants, while Dusk Stripe terry appears in a blazer, shirt jacket and the lining of a suede bomber with wool rib. A colour palette inspired by long winter nights includes Evergreen, Charcoal and Petroleum Blue, and is highlighted by cotton cashmere basics, overdyed flannel shirts and a combat quilted Primaloft vest and jacket.

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Tribeca Film Festival Preview: TIME IS ILLMATIC

By Curtis John

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Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 18, 6:00pm and Friday, April 27th, 4:00pm  - AMC Loews Village 7

(only RUSH tickets available)

Series: Gala

In 1994, Nas’ landmark album Illmatic debuted and changed the way consumers and creators of hip-hop music experienced music.  In it, the rapper captured the spirit and weary outlook not only of young men in his native Queensbridge and similar urban housing projects, but also reflected the hopes of a cynical yet determined generation.  And he did it with some of the illest rhymes possible.  Twenty years later, the new documentary Time is Illmatic shows audiences the overwhelming obstacles Nas faced in creating his classic album.

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April 17, 2014

The Faces of Our Nation’s Multiracial Future

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National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this  question last October “What will we look like in the future?”, calling on writer Lise Funderburg and Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multiracial future. Schoeller took pictures of what will be the face of ‘the average Americans’ in 2050. No longer a homogenized country, the rise in interracial relationships has resulted in a a blurring of traditional racial boundaries. Schoeller’s photographs challenge the way that we use physical appearance to identify people and revealing the nation’s multi-racial present and future.

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Limité Must-See: Birth (2004)

by Morgan Goldin

After seeing Jonathan Glazer’s latest feature, Under the Skin—an absorbing, transfixing film that provides a wholly unique filmgoing experience—I am choosing the British filmmaker’s sophomore effort, Birth (2004), as my pick for this month’s “Limité Must-See.” It is an astonishing work featuring superlative photography, a beguiling score, and one of Nicole Kidman’s most noteworthy performances. Once you can get past the outré premise, the film is a marvel of cinematic ingenuity.

Opening with a magnificent tracking shot of a man jogging in Central Park, the film shows the man collapsing, then dying. A decade later, the deceased man’s wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman), runs into a 10-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) claiming to be the re-incarnation of her husband. Presenting irrefutable evidence, like intimate knowledge of the man’s personal life, makes the little boy’s claims credible, and the film itself goes back and forth on whether he is telling the truth. Kidman is truly heartbreaking in this role, as you watch her wrestle with whether this child is the return of her beloved. Picking this role reveals a rather esoteric taste for the actress, along with her other artistically minded films like Dogville (2003), Fur (2006), and Stoker (2013).

Maybe Kidman was enchanted with the narrative, which the director renders with a kind of urban fairy tale quality. The script is from French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel . Under Glazer’s direction, the film feels like a mix of Buñuel surrealism with Kubrickian technical sophistication.

Go see Birth as a primer for the visionary director’s latest, Under the Skin, which is currently in theaters.

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Screenwriters: Jean-Claude Carrière, Milo Addica, Jonathan Glazer

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Cameron Bright, Lauren Bacall

Year: 2004

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April 16, 2014

Netherlands Test Glow In The Dark Roads

The Netherlands have begun testing a futuristic highway which aims to save energy and improve road safety. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, worked together to come up with the concept, which includes glow-in-the-dark road markings, temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero, and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Priority inductions lanes could also be a possibility, recharging electric cars as they drive along at the side of the road.The concept will obviously have to pass multiple tests before it’s rolled out across the country, but hopefully we’ll be seeing these energy saving adjustments soon.

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Video: Neal Unger – The 60 Year Old Skateboarder

Proving that skateboarding isn’t just for the youngsters, this short film profiles 60-year-old skateboarder Neal “The Dude” Unger, who sees skateboarding as a means to align his body and mind. “My goals for my skateboarding are to continue to research the quietness of my mind and and how joyful that is,” he says. “When I first discovered skateboarding I thought ‘Oh my God, I wanna do this!’ There’s something about it that quiets the brain, it turns thinking off, and I love that.” Watch above for some inspiration!

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GoPro Commercial Featuring Moonroof Basketball Trick Shot

Yesterday, extreme-action photography company GoPro released a new commercial which features basketball trick shot specialist David Kalb performing some ridiculous stunts. The commercial was filmed entirely on the HD HERO3 and showcases the incredible sharpness of the tiny camera’s footage. Not much more to say really, check it out for yourself above!

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Never Miss The Bus Again With This Street-Projected Public Transport Tracker

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TransitScreen makes public transportation more accessible thanks to digital signs in universities and offices that display schedules and other key information for trains, buses, and even bike sharing services. Now they want to provide the same service to the general public, with projections on sidewalks, walls, and other areas that would include aggregated transport information, and even how to get to the access point for your chosen method of transportation.

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The Revolutionary Design of Nike Magista

Nike Flyknit technology has been re-engineered for football. Hear from their Design Director, Denis Dekovic about the true sensation of a second skin, Magista allows athletes to amplify ball control and play with devastating creativity.

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