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Jan222015

Review: Inherent Vice

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—01. Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello and Penny Kimball.

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Adapting a novel by the godfather of high-paranoid, Thomas Pynchon, sounds like a near impossible proposition, but of all the author’s complex and sprawling stories to choose from, Inherent Vice definitely offers the best possibility for success. With acclaimed writer-director, Paul Thomas Anderson, accepting the challenge of turning an unfilmable novel into a movie, the suggestion suddenly becomes plausible; even an absolute perfect fit when you think about it. I’d known this was happening for quite a while and waiting years for its release was incredibly difficult, with many a Google query along the way for assurance that it was still happening.

It stands out for the sole fact that it has brought together a trifecta of masters in their fields: Pynchon, Anderson, and Phoenix. Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is played with an incredibly light touch, all mumbles and dope haze, but at times still broad with numerous great pratfalls, that help to create the rollicking comic feel often present in this loose detective story set in Los Angeles in 1970. For all of the subplots and U-turns, and plethora of characters present in the narrative, the film is shot with a very basic simplicity, often utilizing long takes and no pans, with the camera’s only movement being a slow zoom that adds a feeling of voyeurism. Anyone in for a straight and easy ride, with no bumps or detours, will simply not understand Phoenix’s hazy performance, or the whole of this stoned film for that matter. But Inherent Vice might be one of the most successful and faithful adaptions of a novel that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying the way it should be; I read the book and then watched the movie.

Inherent Vice

Thursday
Jan222015

Flats at Team Gallery

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Team Gallery
83 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
January 18 – February 15, 2015

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Growing up in San Francisco, there are two photographers whose work you see more than most others: Larry Sultan and Bruce Conner. I have spent endless days and nights at the SFMOMA surveying their photos and films, but I rarely see their work in shows here in New York. That's about to change though, as they are both included in an impressive lineup of artists for Team Gallery's new show. Entitled Flats, it opened this week at the gallery's Grand Street location, and runs until February 15th.

Team Gallery

Wednesday
Jan212015

Marcel Breuer Laccio Tables by Knoll

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—01. Laminate tops.

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Usually when I get fixated on a certain piece of furniture, I can't help but hunt for it until it's in my home. The Laccio Tables, designed by Marcel Breuer and produced by Knoll, are one such example. They're not necessarily the type of thing that strikes you on first glance, but their Bauhaus style and minimal aesthetic make them extremely versatile. They tend to blend into their setting, allowing the space and objects around them to be the highlight, as good design often should.

Available from Knoll

Wednesday
Jan212015

Vans x Gosha Rubchinskiy Printed Slip-On

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—01. Available in Grey and Red.

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This spring Gosha Rubchinskiy releases his second collaboration with Vans, including an Old Skool alongside two colourways of the classic Slip-On. Featuring a canvas upper with a rising sun graphic, the Slip-Ons are a simple but playful interpretation of one of Vans' most iconic models.

Available from Dover Street Market

Tuesday
Jan202015

Prada Fall-Winter '15

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01-02. Images by Filippo Mutani.

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Prada's latest collection features a very muted palette, focusing on black and navy primarily, with a handful of key camel-toned hits. Beautiful outwear in nylon and wool create a contemporary silhouette with more tailored and trim trousers. It's not a collection that screams loudly, letting the clean shapes and luxurious fabrics stay at the forefront.

Images via T Magazine
Collection images: Style.com

Tuesday
Jan202015

Shin Murayama for Inventory at DSM London

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01. Levi's Vintage Clothing Doorstopper.
02. Dickies Wall Pockets.

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Last year we commissioned Shin Murayama to produce a series of utilitarian items using iconic products from Levi's, Adidas, Filson, Vans, Champion, Dickies, Red Wing and Saint James. Subsequently shot by Jason Evans for an editorial that appears in our eleventh issue, these repurposed pieces are now for sale at Dover Street Market in London.

Available from DSM London
Shin Murayama
Jason Evans

Monday
Jan192015

Missoni Fall-Winter '15

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01-02. Photographs by Marcus Tondo.

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Missoni presented their Fall-Winter '15 men's collection in Milan yesterday. Belted coats and slim tailoring were mixed with tunics, shawl-like scarves and signature knits, as plaid played a central role amidst a rich palette dominated by reds, blues and browns. Follow the link below to view the show in its entirety.

Images via Style.com
Missoni

Monday
Jan192015

Linklater: On Cinema and Time

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01. Created for Sight & Sound by Kogonada.

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"Linklater: On Cinema and Time is a moving visual essay, connecting temporally distinct moments in film history, and illustrating their continuities and differences. It looks at the ways in which film has changed, stayed the same, or elaborated upon its own stories over the course of the past century. The film is an exploration of the cinema of time and the history of cinema, matching an insightful interview with Linklater to illustrative moments in his own and other, classic films."

Aeon
BFI: Sight & Sound
Kogonada

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