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‘Blood & Treasure’ review: Fast but forgettable adventure

This season, ABC gave us “Whiskey Cavalier,” one of those globe-trotting espionage series featuring a poorly matched guy and girl whose mutual attraction was reluctant yet instantaneous. Not surprisingly, the formulaic-yet-frenetic hour, which was in its heart an updated (and dated) version of “Moonlighting,” was canceled. It’s funny to me that the networks, in their…
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Trend Spotting: High Point Market Review

NATIONAL DESIGN EDITOR GLEN PELOSO SHARES SOME OF HIS FAVORITES FROM HIGH POINT MARKET.

High Point Market, also known as the “World Furniture Market,” is a ten day event that showcases the latest and greatest from top furniture manufacturers across North America. As a designer, High Point always brings plenty of inspiration for upcoming projects and offers the perfect opportunity to scout out new products for Grafus Studio as well!

This year has been all about luxurious textures and finishes, improved performance and functionality and of course, bold color! Marble and stone finishes, both real and imitation, add a luxurious look to everything from backsplashes to dinnerware. Gold continues to be the finish of choice for glamorous, sophisticated spaces and this year, we’re seeing a lot of combined gold finishes, mixing a variety of gold shades from rose gold to soft golds for a more dynamic look.

Luxurious fabrics like velvet are also a popular choice, adding a classic touch to upholstery and accessories with high performance fabric options expanding to allow more options even for the toughest situations. Other hot trends at this year’s High Point Market included the use of the color green in various shades and the use of bench seating rather than chairs.

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Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1 Review

After so many hours of Beat Saber, I have to say it felt damn good to have some officially licensed sound effects as I swung my honest-to-goodness lightsaber around in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1 (of three). This 45-minute Star Wars game (which is exclusive to the Oculus Quest at launch) is fairly simple mechanically and the story hasn’t yet gone anywhere all that interesting, but it delivers on what’s promised: to put you into the Star Wars universe.

The story has Vader scooping up your generic smuggler stand-in character and sassy droid sidekick (voiced by Maya Rudolph) as part of a quest he began in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; he needs someone of your Force-sensitive bloodline (“Surprise!” said no one) to seek out a cliche magical artifact from Mustafar’s distant past. I wouldn’t call it especially interesting thus far, since the stylized cinematic that tells the mystical tale of the artifact’s origin and your family ties to it feels like it could’ve come from any fantasy tale with no Star Wars association, but it takes us where we need to go.

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TV Review: George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

Only television could contain “Catch-22.” Joseph Heller’s capacious World War II novel, stuffed with philosophical monologues, paradoxes, and a wide-ranging cast of expendable flyboys centered on the inertly gloomy Yossarian, provides little foothold for any potential reworking. A 1970 feature adaptation (Mike Nichols’ little-remembered third film, made after “The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia […]

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Harrington Jacket Review Baracuta G9 – Is It Worth It?

Today, we discuss whether the Harrington jacket g9 from Baracuta is worth your money or not.

How The Harrington Jacket Came To Be

Basically, the origins are unclear because, on the one hand, you have John and Isaac Miller who founded the company Baracuta and claimed to have invented the Harrington jacket in 1937. The other English company Grenfell claims that they invented the Harrington jacket as early as 1931. Unfortunately, the records aren’t clear so we’ll never be able to prove who invented what.

Steve McQueen in navy Harrington Jacket
Steve McQueen in navy Harrington Jacket

That being said, Baracuta has been more associated with the Harrington jacket and their model number is the g9. Baracuta made their name with rainwear and John and Isaac Miller were avid golfers and that helped inspire the design and the qualities of the jacket because it’s often used on the golf course. Baracuta offers different jackets such as the g4 or the g10 and I guess in the g9, the G stands for golf.

Elvis Presley in a Harrington Jacket
Elvis Presley in a Harrington Jacket

As you can see, there’s a close relation between golfing and the Harrington jacket. For example, if you look at the angled flat pockets, they’re ideal to keep golf balls and the ribs at the hip allow you to freely swing. In the 1930s, golf was mainly a sport for the wealthy and as such, the Baracuta jacket which was worn in the golf courses became somewhat of a status symbol. By the 1950s, Ivy League students made the Baracuta g9 jacket a part of the preppy style.

Dean in an iconic publicity still from Rebel Without a Cause, wearing his signature red Harrington jacket.
Dean in an iconic publicity still from Rebel Without a Cause, wearing his signature red Harrington jacket.

In the 1950s and 60s, some of Hollywood icons wore the Baracuta g9 and some of the most memorable films of the decade. For example, in 1955, James Dean wore it in Rebel without a cause. In 1958, Elvis Presley wore it in King Creole and last but not least, in 1968, Steve McQueen wore the Baracuta g9 in the Thomas Crown Affair. He was also known as the king of cool and he even wore it on the cover of Life magazine. Because of that, Baracuta became synonymous with cool successful people. Now, Steve McQueen didn’t just wear the Baracuta g9 on the set but just like Frank Sinatra or Gregory Peck, he also wore it personally in his spare time. That really helped cement the status of a cool jacket for the Baracuta g9.

So how did they get the name, Harrington jacket? Actually, that was until 1964. It was a popular TV series by the name of Peyton Place and the actor Ryan O’Neal starred as Rodney Harrington wore it and because of that, it got the name Harrington jacket. There was a popular menswear retailer by the name of John Simmons and he really marketed that name Harrington jacket too. After the G9’s initial popularity in the 50s and 60s, the interest vanished a bit but it usually came back into popularity at least once a decade. Despite all that, the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket remains one of the most timeless and stylish iconic jackets that you can have in a casual world.

Harrington Jacket Racing Green Baracuta
Harrington Jacket in Racing Green from Baracuta

What Makes The Baracuta G9 So Special?

So other than famous people wearing it, what exactly makes it so special?

It simply is a waist long jacket that is quite fitted and has a pleasing silhouette. It comes in many different materials but the classic is a cotton poly blend which is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It’s meant to be water resistant and weather resistant and therefore, it’s not as soft to the touch as the inside which is 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

Baracuta sells the g9 jacket in a range of options including suede leather, regular leather, camouflage, and teddy bear fabric. Sometimes you can also find them in tweed but frankly, the classic jacket is always the poly-cotton blend. The classic g9 generally has a solid outside color even though you can find it with patterns and stuff like camouflage these days.

Baracuta G9 made in England
Baracuta G9 made in England

On the inside, you usually find a plaid or a tartan out of green, red, blue, and white which is also known as a Fraser tartan. It feels quite soft, breathable, and comfortable just like the cotton ribs on the end of the sleeves and the waist. When you walk, you can hear your arms rubbing a bit on the shell but it’s by no means as loud as the Canada Goose jacket.

The classic g9 version features angled side pockets with a flap and a button closure, the more modern interpretations have snap buttons. The size I’m wearing in the video is a 42 which is pretty much true to size. It really isn’t too big such like a Barbour Beaufort. I was positively surprised by the length of the sleeves in a size 42 which is much better than on all the Barbour waxed jackets we reviewed.

Just like the iconic Burberry trench coat or the Barbour waxed jackets, the Baracuta g9 features a Raglan sleeve because it is better to let the water roll off. The front zipper is a double metal zipper from YKK and it works quite well. I also like the fact of double zippers that you can always open them depending on how hot you are or close them to your desired position. It basically features a straight collar that can be flapped over if you want to for a different look. If you look at the back of the jacket, it has a very interesting yoke that was inspired by an umbrella and the idea is that water can roll up your jacket very conveniently without getting you wet. Ingeniously, they also added vent holes in there. That way, you don’t overheat very easily.

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

Modern Baracuta g9 jackets are made of a shell fabric called Coolmax which is supposed to be very breathable and also water repellent. Today, the jackets are made in England but that wasn’t always the case. There was a time it was outsourced to Asia and other countries but they brought it back to England for good measure. Looking at the seams, they all have a very high stitch density, they’re straight and sewn very close to the edge so the workmanship, overall, is very good.

Overall, the garment feels very well made even though the YKK zippers are not the best ones on the market. Baracuta also pays attention to details, for example, if you look at the buttons, you can see the engraving Baracuta g9 and 1937 which was the year it was designed. Now, it also has a shank which makes sense for the thickness of the fabric but the buttons are plastic and not horn. After all, it is a factory made garment but it is well made. You can tell by looking at the buttonholes, they were cut first and then sewn with a machine. Cheaper buttonholes are sewn first and then cut leaving you with more residual threads.

Is The Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket Worth It?

Well, it retails for $ 390 in the US and as I said before, I would stick with a classic cotton polyblend one simply because that’s the iconic jacket and it’s the least expensive one. While $ 390 are not a bargain for a casual jacket that you will mostly wear during spring or fall season, I still think there is a place for it in your wardrobe.

First of all, it comes in a really large range of colors but it also has a very pleasing slim modern cut, even though it was designed in 1937. Frankly, before I bought one, I didn’t anticipate liking it as much as I do now. Of course, the fact that James Dean and Steve McQueen wore it is certainly not detracting from it.

At the same time, I’m more focused on the materials themselves and I’m really pleased with the length of the sleeves which is often something I find challenging because I have above-average long arms. Personally, I’m also a big fan of the 1930s and having items that are originally from the time period or at least inspired by it are always a plus in my book.

Sven Raphael Schneider in green Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket with Chino
Sven Raphael Schneider in green Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket with Chino

On top of that, it’s very functional jacket; I can wear it when it’s raining outside when I need to pick up some groceries or drop off my daughter somewhere, Of course, you can also use it playing golf or you could even wear it shooting. Although, I think a waxed cotton jacket such as the Barbour jacket is better suited for that.

If you consider the price per wear and you just wear it ten times during the spring and ten times during the fall for just ten years, that breaks down to $ 1.95 per wear which I think is totally worth it.

Of course, you can also get the jackets used on places such as eBay but really understand what you’re buying and who you’re buying from and make sure you can return a jacket because there are lots of fakes on eBay, especially the ones sold from Eastern Europe, so buyer beware!

So in conclusion, I think the Baracuta g9 Harrington jacket is worth its money even at the retail price level for almost any man out there interested in classic men’s clothing and even more casual clothing because it is a more casual jacket.


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Locanda on the Weir, Porlock Weir, Somerset: B&B review

The inventive food at this stylish restaurant-with-rooms is a real treat after walking on Exmoor or the South West Coast Path

Porlock Weir, a coastal hamlet a couple of miles west of Porlock village, has much to recommend it: sweeping views of sea and wooded hills, cute cottages, fishing boats in the tidal harbour. Some love the otherworldliness of its beach, though it’s not the place for a relaxing stroll: its “shingle” is actually large, grey and pinkish stones on which you don’t so much walk as hop precariously from one boulder to the next. And now Porlock Weir has another draw: stylish rooms and Italian-influenced dining at Locanda on the Weir.

Pio Catemario has been a passionate foodie ever since he was a child growing up in Naples and hanging around the family kitchen seeing how favourite meals were prepared. It was the chance to indulge this passion that led him and partner Cindy to take on the run-down Café on the Weir, overlooking the beach and harbour. They updated the beige interior (“It looked like a 1980s nursing home,” says Cindy) and relaunched the property as a restaurant-with-rooms last year.

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The Kaliber Gaming Fokus II gaming mouse is part of IOGear’s refresh of its gaming product line, which also includes the HVER PRO RGB mechanical gaming keyboard and Nukleus gaming headset. The Fokus II offers up RGB lighting, a high DPI range, and an ambidextrous design at $ 49.95 (See it on Amazon). That puts it in the category of mid-range gaming mice, and though it has the specs to keep up in that category, its overtly gamer-y design doesn’t help it.

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’

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When “The Empire Strikes Back” premiered in 1980 (yes, I am that old), I made plans to see it on the second night it was out. That morning, a classmate with a passion for such things rushed up to me and asked, “Did you guess that Darth Vader was Luke’s father?”


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It’s got fart gags galore, but “Gary” isn’t a gas — it’s more like hot air. Subtitled “A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” the labored comedy that opened Sunday night picks up where Shakespeare’s gory tragedy of murder, rape, mutilation and cannibalism leaves off. Along the way, it lets three of the funniest actors in the…
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Fitbit Inspire HR review: Detailed fitness tracking for a low price

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Fitbit Inspire HR
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The Good

Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly

The Bad

Serious lack of extra features • Mobile notifications on the watch screen are useless • Step counter a bit generous at times

The Bottom Line

It’s easily the best value in Fitbit’s product line, but don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles.

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched the Season 8 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” The final season of “Game of Thrones” began with an episode that does much of the table-setting to which fans have become accustomed — “Thrones,” more than most shows, tends to dole out its big moments deeper into […]

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Prosecutor Asks For Review Of How Smollett Case Was Handled

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CHICAGO (AP) — A state’s attorney in Chicago has asked the county’s inspector general to review how her office handled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement Friday that she pledges her “full cooperation” and welcomes the investigation from Inspector General Patrick Blanchard. Foxx says “ensuring that I and my office have the community’s trust and confidence is paramount to me.”

The Chicago Tribune reports that Blanchard wrote a letter Thursday informing Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county leaders about Foxx’s request.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have criticized the decision by Foxx’s office to drop charges against Smollett accusing him of filing a false report to police that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January.

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Whitworth Locke, Manchester: hotel review

The grand 19th-century buildings of this aparthotel and co-working space reflect the city’s past while offering a vision of future city-centre hotels

Like a swollen river, Manchester city centre is breaching its banks. Property money is flooding in and central Manchester is being redrawn, as unprofitable, arty activity is swept out into Salford. Ancoats, to the east is being reinvented as an (oddly sterile) neighbourhood of indie bars and restaurants and swanky flats, while Oxford Road – a drab student corridor – promises, as the waters recede, to emerge as a green hub of tech-entrepreneurship.

Who benefits from all those cranes on the skyline is a point so moot it will be one for historians to discuss, not travel journalists. But any immediate pluses come with caveats. Juries are out. At street level, this city is as gritty as ever.

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Album Review: Sara Bareilles’ ‘Amidst the Chaos’

“She used to be mine” — that’s how a lot of Sara Bareilles fans probably felt, losing her to the legit stage, at least as a recording and touring artist, for the better part of five years. With “Amidst the Chaos,” her first album of non-“Waitress” songs since 2013, she’s back, but not exactly as […]

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‘Shazam!’ review: Zachary Levi is a superhero who actually has fun

Even before watching “Shazam!,” the new DC superhero movie starring Zachary Levi, you already know it won’t take itself too seriously. Why? There’s an exclamation point in the title. Such marquee razzmatazz is usually reserved for singing and dancing — “Oklahoma!,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mamma Mia!” — not world-saving. There aren’t any chorus lines in “Shazam!”…
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Review Roundup: Critics Sound Off on DEAR EVAN HANSEN in Toronto

The Toronto company of Dear Evan Hansen celebrated their official opening night on March 28th The cast includes Robert Markus as ‘Evan Hansen’, Stephanie La Rochelle as ‘Zoe Murphy’, Jessica Sherman as ‘Heidi Hansen’, Claire Rankin as ‘Cynthia Murphy’, Evan Buliung as ‘Larry Murphy’, Sean Patrick Dolan as ‘Connor Murphy’, Alessandro Costantini as ‘Jared Kleinman’, and Shakura Dickson as ‘Alana Beck’, along with Zachary Noah Piser as the ‘Evan’ alternate and understudies Erin Breen, Malinda Carroll, Jay Davis, David Jeffery, Laura Mae Nason, Kaitlyn Santa Juana and Josh Strobl.
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It’s a good thing, I suppose, that hot filmmakers such as Jordan Peele (“Us” and “Get Out”) acknowledge the influence that artists such as Rod Serling, creator of “The Twilight Zone,” have had on them. But an homage to Serling doesn’t make you Rod Serling. And that’s a good thing. Peele’s reboot of “The Twilight…
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Trump Calls On FBI, DOJ To Review Jussie Smollett Case

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on the FBI and Department of Justice to review how Chicago prosecutors handled the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Prosecutors offered little explanation and infuriated Chicago’s police chief and mayor this week when they dropped charges against Smollett related to making a false police report. Yet prosecutors still insist the actor faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in January.

Trump tweeted early Thursday that prosecutors’ handling of the case was “an embarrassment” to the country, and called on the federal agencies to review what he called an “outrageous” case.

Smollett’s attorney says two brothers who claim they worked with the actor to stage the attack are lying. Investigators alleged Smollett staged the attack with the hopes of gaining attention and advancing his career.

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Review: A Baby Elephant Suffers, Too Much, in Tim Burton’s Dumbo Remake

There’s a peculiarly 19th-century sensibility at work in Dumbo, both the 1941 Walt Disney animated version and Tim Burton’s new live-action retelling. It’s as if, once the workhouses were abolished, we needed to find new ways to build character in children: Why not just rake over their nascent emotions by introducing them to an adorable baby elephant who’s “different” and then fixating on his distress as his mother is carted away? Don’t stop there: Detail every twist and turn of his precarious existence as he’s commodified and misused by people in power.

That approach was pronounced enough in the original Dumbo. With this update, the once-great, now not-so-great Burton revamps the story for a new generation, not that this new generation asked for it. Now we’ve got a Dumbo that’s cluttered with Burtonesque details—a parade of creepy clowns, a nightmare-themed circus populated by miserable animals—that are supposed to be cool and edgy but really just get in the way. The new Dumbo is ostentatious and overworked, less a work of imagination than a declaration of how imaginative Burton thinks he is. It’s hard to fathom that this is the same filmmaker who gave us that squiggle of delight Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, or those two somber yet unself-conscious Batman movies, or the elegiac Sleepy Hollow. His movies are now Frankenstein’s monsters of stitched-together elements: Things he likes, things he thinks his audience will like, things he believes are expected of him. He’s become a specialist in fulfilling some generic expectation of what a Tim Burton movie should be; it seems like forever since he’s just made a Tim Burton movie.

This Dumbo, shot by Ben Davis (also the director of photography on movies as disparate as Captain Marvel and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), is at least handsome-looking, shot in muted, faded-circus-tent colors. The story opens in 1919 Sarasota, Fla.: The Medici Brothers’ Circus—run not by actual brothers, but by one Max Medici (Danny DeVito, one of the movie’s few saving graces, subtle even in the midst of his character’s intentional exaggeration)—has fallen on tough times. Max is optimistic, though: He’s just bought an elephant, Jumbo, who’s about to give birth, and he’s hoping the baby will be a big draw. Not so fast: Baby Jumbo is born with giant, droopy ears. Some cruel circus-goers christen him Dumbo, and the name sticks.

It turns out, of course, that Dumbo’s big ears are an asset: they enable him to fly. His circus caretakers—Colin Farrell’s Holt Farrier, a former trick rider whose career has been curtailed because of a war injury, and his two children, Milly and Joe, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins—strive to protect him from those who try to take unfair advantage of his talents, like Michael Keaton’s big-top bigwig V.A. Vandevere.

Vandevere hopes to make Dumbo an accessory to the act of trapeze performer Colette Marchant (an alluring but underserved Eva Green), though his evil scheme goes further than that. In the end, he’s foiled, as he must be. But in the meantime, it’s our job to watch poor Dumbo suffer. And oh, how he suffers! He gazes, with bewildered terror, as his mother—who has gone on a mini-rampage in an effort to protect him—is taken away. Later, miserable Dumbo is forced to wear humiliating clown makeup and to leap from soaring heights without a safety net. He’s momentarily cheered when he sees a cartoon fantasia of dancing pink soap-bubble elephants (Burton’s suitably semi-sinister tribute to the “Pink Elephants on Parade” number from the original). Then the bubbles are gone, and he’s more miserable than ever. Send me back to the workhouse—please.

And yet, this remake is still easier to take than the 1941 version. That’s because the new, computer-generated Dumbo, with his limp nun-veil ears and creepy, human-looking Zemeckis-style eyes—I had a PTSD flashback to The Polar Express—just isn’t that cute. He also has wrinkly, semirealistic-looking gray skin, which is part of the problem. It’s impossible to create a fake baby elephant that’s cuter than a real one. And in real life, baby elephants suffer plenty. Why invent excessive trauma even for a fictional one?


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Analogue Mega Sg Review

Clone console hardware has come a long way over the past 15 years. What used to be the domain of sketchy shopping mall kiosks offering off-brand NESes claiming to contain 1,000 games (990 of which were strangely named hacks of Super Mario Bros. and Contra, and none of which were legally licensed) has become a booming, legitimate business, thanks in part to the huge success off the NES Classic and Super NES Classic. Analogue Co.’s new Mega Sg—a high-end Sega Genesis clone—arrives amidst heavy competition, and it comes with a fairly steep price tag of $ 189.99 that anybody looking for a quick and simple hit of nostalgia may find off-putting. What Analogue promises in return, however, is something no other Genesis clone on the market can offer: Total fidelity to the original hardware, with zero barriers to a perfect plug-and-play gaming experience on high-definition and 4K televisions. While it turns out the Mega Sg doesn’t quite achieve that lofty goal either, it comes remarkably close and offers the best Genesis experience on the market.

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Bluebird’

As affectionate as a love letter but as substantial as an infomercial, Brian Loschiavo’s “Bluebird” may be of most interest to casual and/or newly converted country music fans who have occasionally wondered about the songwriters behind the songs. There’s a better than even-money chance that anyone who’s a loyal and longtime aficionado of the musical […]

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In Review: Spier & Mackay Sunglasses

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Spier & Mackay Sunglasses – $ 68

Spier & Mackay is moving and shaking. If diving into the shoe world wasn’t enough, now they’re breaking into sunglasses as well. And just like their suits, shirts, shoes, etc… their sunglasses are priced plenty fair, and feel/wear quite good out of the box. Especially the acetate/round lens options.

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Tortoise with green lenses. Classic.

You learn a lot about a pair of sunglasses as soon as you pick them up and swing open the ear pieces. Are they rickety? Do the hinges or ear pads make funny noises when you lift them out of the box? Do the temples flop about? Do they sit on your face square, or do they list to the side? None of these issues arise with these Spier sunglasses.

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Branding is on the inside, not outside, of the frames.

The round lens, acetate options are straight up beautiful. All edges round off perfectly. The plastic frames are nice and smooth. The tortoise shell pattern bright without being garish. And they’re super comfortable. Size is 49mm, which usually is a good size for small to medium sized faces, but I found that even my larger than average mug took to these pretty well.

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The wire aviators. Lightweight without feeling disposable.

The aviators are a larger 57mm in size, but don’t seem to wear quite as large. Noticeably lighter in weight than the acetate shades, but not feather-weight and weak feeling like super-cheap shades. Nose pads are comfortable. Ear pieces are smooth. No loose plastic seams razoring into the tops of your ears here. Hinges are like the acetate option, and have a smooth operation and just enough tension so they aren’t flopping about.

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Good hinges. And again, branding is on the inside.

No polarized options as of yet, but that’s actually preferable if you’re looking at screens outside (or, inside a cockpit if you happen to fly planes and stuff). The plastic/acetate round lens frames feel a bit more luxurious than the wire framed aviators. I can’t quite explain why, but both fill the oddly large gap between gas station throw-aways and crazy high end luxury brands. Nice work outta Spier & Mackay, once again.

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Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie: Season 1 Review

All eight episodes of Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie are now streaming on Netflix.

It’s not Turn Up Charlie’s fault, but it’s bittersweet that the new Netflix comedy – co-created by, and starring, Idris Elba – premiered the same week Netflix canceled One Day at a Time. Turn Up Charlie isn’t out to offend – certainly not by merely existing in the wake of a beloved, ground-breaking comedy getting the axe – but then again… Turn Up Charlie isn’t out to make waves of any kind. And that’s the overarching issue.

Big names, mediocre projects. More often than not, that’s Netflix’s M.O. Usually, it comes at us from the Original Movies side of the equation (Bird Box, Triple Frontier, Cloverfield Paradox, Bright, The Titan, etc), but TV is far from immune. So gone is a funny, important show that addressed today’s issues with insight and humor and arrived is a series where a guy is about to take a bite of his dinner but then immediately loses his appetite because the woman next to him simply mentions the idea of a woman on her period. It’s not even clinical talk – it’s like a flowery euphemism: “The Red Queen is coming to visit” or something. That’s all it takes for the dude to stop himself mid-fork-to-mouth. Hilarious, right? That’s Idris Elba’s Charlie, by the way.

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BWW Review: Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson’s ALICE BY HEART Turns Blitz-Ravaged London into Wonderland

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Review: Jordan Peele’s Us Is Dazzling to Look At. But What Is It Trying to Say?

Writer-director Jordan Peele’s 2017 Get Out was a brash and intriguing debut, a picture that wrestled with the notion of whether or not America can ever be a post-racial society: Vital and spooky, it refused to hand over easy answers. With the ambitious home-invasion horror chiller Us, Peele goes even deeper into the conflicted territory of class and race and privilege; he also ponders the traits that make us most human. But this time, he’s got so many ideas he can barely corral them, let alone connect them. He overthinks himself into a corner, and we’re stuck there with him.

Lupita Nyong’o stars as Adelaide, who has overcome a traumatic childhood experience and now has a family of her own, including husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and two kids: graceful, well-adjusted Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and the slightly more awkward Jason (Evan Alex), who wears a wolfman mask pushed up on his head as a kind of security blanket. We meet the comfortably middle-class Wilson family as they’re heading off on vacation to Santa Cruz, the site of Adelaide’s childhood ordeal. On their first night away, they look out and see a family of four, mute and stony echoes of themselves, standing in the driveway. From there, Peele unspools a story of “shadow” people, long forced to live underground but now streaming to the Earth’s surface to claim, violently, what they feel is rightfully theirs.

The effectiveness of Us may depend on how little you know about it going in, so the spoiler-averse may wish to stop reading here. But it’s impossible to address any of the movie’s larger ideas without giving away key plot points: Before long, that shadow family has infiltrated the house, and now that we can get a good look, we see that each of them is a not-quite-right replica of a Wilson, dressed in a red jumpsuit and wielding a pair of menacing-looking shears. At one point a terrified Adelaide asks the other mother, a twin of herself but with vacant, crazy eyes and a demented smile, “What are you people?” “We are Americans,” the lookalike responds, in a whispery growl.

That’s a bright, neon-lit Author’s Message if ever there was one, though the idea of using a group of sunlight-deprived semi-zombies as a metaphorical element in a parable about class complacency isn’t necessarily a bad one. Are you and your family doing great? Do you live in a nice place, drive an expensive car, and have plenty of food for everyone to eat? Be grateful for it. But be aware that there are others who, through no fault of their own, don’t live at the same comfort level—or are, in fact, barely surviving. (The Wilsons also have close friends, Josh and Kitty, played by Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss, who have more money and nicer stuff than they do, a source of irritation for Gabe in particular, and another of the movie’s threads about class consciousness in America.) But Peele doesn’t always lay out his ideas clearly. Us isn’t always fun to watch; there are stretches where it’s plodding and dour. He’s overly fond of heavy-duty references, including Biblical ones: A creepy dude holds a sign that reads Jeremiah 11:11. (If you don’t know it outright, it’s the one that goes, “Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.”) The mood of Us is sometimes chilling, but even then, you’re not always sure what, exactly, is chilling you. Maybe it’s just the feeling of being trapped in an over-air-conditioned lecture hall, because there’s a strain of preachiness running through the whole thing.

One thing that’s unquestionable: Peele is a dazzling visual stylist. (Peele’s cinematographer is Mike Gioulakis, who also shot David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Glass.) The movie’s opening, which details young Adelaide’s nightmare—it takes place in a ghoulish hall of mirrors on the Santa Cruz boardwalk—is a mini-horror masterpiece by itself, an evocation of the outright weirdness of childhood rather than its wonder: As the girl wanders away from her parents, in an almost trancelike state, she clutches a candied apple so shiny it’s like blood-red crystal ball—and puts us in a trance, too.

Yet the rest of Us is laden with metaphors, and they pile up so quickly that not even Peele can keep up with them. The movie repeatedly references Hands Across America, a 1986 benefit event in which some 6.5 million people joined hands along a route mapped out across the contiguous United States. (Many participants had donated $ 10 to reserve a space in the chain; the money was donated to local charities dedicated to fighting hunger and ending poverty.) In Us, the shadow people form a similar chain. But it’s hard to know what Peele is trying to say with that image. Are the semi-zombies of Us just less fortunate versions of us? Are they actually us and we don’t know it? Is their clumsy anger somehow superior to thought and reason? After all, it has unified them, while we aboveground humans are more divided than ever.

How, in the end, are we supposed to feel about these shadow people, for so long deprived of basic human rights—including daylight—that they have become murderous clones? Sometimes great movies are ambiguous, but ambiguity resulting from unclear thinking makes nothing great. It’s one thing for a movie to humble you by leaving you unsure about yourself and your place in the world; it’s another for it to leave you wondering what, exactly, a filmmaker is trying to use his formidable verbal and visual vocabulary to say.


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FDA Announces Sweeping Plan To Review Safety Of Surgical Staplers

The Food and Drug Administration announced a sweeping plan on Friday to review and address the safety of surgical staplers, including a new examination of seven years’ worth of hidden reports highlighted Thursday in a Kaiser Health News investigation.

In a letter sent to health care providers Friday, the FDA said it will convene an advisory meeting on the safety of the devices and signaled that it might reclassify surgical staplers to put them under tighter control. The agency also said it plans to issue proposed recommendations to companies that make the devices, which are used in countless surgeries.

The FDA also acknowledged in its letter that “we are aware that many more device malfunction reports during this time frame” were submitted as “summary reports,” which go to the FDA but are not included in the public database known as MAUDE (the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience). The agency said it “is conducting an analysis” of those summary reports and the results will be made available to the public.

The KHN investigation found that in 2016 alone nearly 10,000 surgical stapler malfunction reports flowed into the internal FDA database that few patient-safety experts who were contacted knew existed. The public database that year disclosed fewer than 100 injuries or malfunctions.

The secretive reports on staplers were part of a much broader FDA program, collectively called “alternative summary reporting.” Since the start of 2016, more than 1.1 million serious injury or malfunction reports went into the internal database instead of being disclosed in detail in MAUDE, which is widely used by doctors and researchers to track problems.

The FDA has said “about 100” devices have had special exemptions to report incidents that way but confirmed the identity of only a few devices to KHN. The agency said it revoked most of the reporting exemptions in 2017 as a new summary-reporting program took shape and asked device makers to file reports noting publicly that summary data was being submitted in addition to data that would be kept inside the agency.

After Dr. Douglas Kwazneski witnessed a surgical stapler malfunction, he surveyed leading surgeons and discovered that more than two-thirds had experienced a stapler malfunction, or knew a peer who did.(Kendra Stanley-Mills for KHN)

The news report highlighted the work of Dr. Douglas Kwazneski, who experienced a stapler malfunction then turned to FDA data and saw “there was nothing” — a surprise that at the time “seemed like a cover-up,” Kwazneski said.

Surgical staplers cut and seal blood vessels and tissue, often during minimally invasive surgeries. When the staplers fail to fire, patients have bled profusely and suffered dire injuries or death. The FDA said stapler malfunctions or misuse can lead to “bleeding, sepsis, tearing of internal tissues and organs, increased risk of cancer recurrence, and death.”

The FDA has granted reporting exemptions over the years for both surgical staplers and staples, agency records show.

Stapler maker Medtronic confirmed that its reporting exemption for surgical staples ended in mid-2017. FDA records show that its public reports of injuries and malfunctions soared, from about 1,000 in 2015 to 11,000 last year. Ethicon, which also makes staplers, said it has not used the reporting exemption.

In the agency’s Friday announcement, Dr. William Maisel, chief medical officer in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said the agency’s review of stapler incidents is ongoing. “But we know these devices provide important benefits for patients undergoing surgery, so it’s important for us to continue to educate providers about the devices’ safety and risk.”

“Improving the safety of surgical staplers and implantable staples is a top priority for the FDA, and we believe our forthcoming draft guidance to industry and planned advisory committee meeting will advance those efforts,” Maisel said.

The agency’s announcement said that public reports of harm by staples and staplers show “that from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2018, the FDA received more than 41,000 individual medical device reports for surgical staplers and staples for internal use, including 366 deaths, more than 9,000 serious injuries, and more than 32,000 malfunctions.”

The agency also said that changing the classification of surgical staplers could allow the agency to require “performance testing of various mechanical features” and special labeling.

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In Review: The Banana Republic Arley Suede Boot

Banana Republic Arley Suede Work Boot – $ 106.80 ($ 178)

Note: Above price reflects a 40% off discount, which happens pretty often, considering Banana Republic’s frequent use of codes and promos. Cardmembers can knock an additional 10% off with the code BRCARD at checkout.

About the Author: Adam Terry is a thirtysomething Technical Trainer in the heating and manufacturing industry. He enjoys bourbon, boots, raw selvedge denim, and working on maintaining his dad bod. He’s excitedly nervous about welcoming his first child.

What is a pirate’s favorite work boot? The Banana Republic ARRRRLEY of course!

Sorry, I’m still workshopping some of my “dad jokes” as we prepare to welcome our first child in May. Along with building the nursery furniture, painting the walls fifty shades of grey, and hiding all of the bourbon, I’ve also been doing a little KonMari tidying up throughout my closet. After downsizing and getting rid of some of my rarely worn shoes, I realized that I needed a slightly more rugged version of a business casual chukka boot. When the chance to test drive the Banana Republic Arley suede “work boot” came along, I jumped at it.

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Details

  • Brand: Banana Republic
  • Style: “Work Boot”
  • Last: BR
  • Construction: Bondwelted/cemented
  • Leather: Lightweight suede in tan
  • Lining: Half pigskin, half breathable fabric
  • Sole: Rubber lugs, similar to a Vibram 430
  • Details: Six brass-colored eyelets, tonal brown cotton laces, and integral pull tabs
  • Made in: China
  • Price: $ 178 USD

Ordering/Delivery

This pair was ordered on a Monday and was delivered by Wednesday evening. Most retailers that offer free basic shipping take an eternity to actually ship and deliver the goods. So when these arrived earlier than an Amazon Prime order that was placed on the same day, I was very
impressed. Great job, Gap, Inc.!

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Packaging

Arriving in the standard dark grey Banana Republic boot box, the Arley’s arrived in great condition and stuffed with tons of paper to help keep their shape. No spare laces or fancy flannel shoe bags, though, if that matters to you.

First Impressions / Build Quality

After removing the boots from the box, you’ll first notice how soft and supple the suede is. Unlike really cheap suede that almost feels like a fabric rather than leather, this suede has a lovely, buttery smooth texture. The particular shade of tan is perfectly neutral and should pair well with other earthy tones, especially blues and greens. Imagine these being worn with a light blue Oxford cloth button down shirt tucked into a pair of tapered olive chinos. Simple, but great!

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Comfort is always subjective, but the non-removable OrthoLite insoles feel very squishy and comfortable. The open-cell foam material should breathe pretty well, too. Similar foam-type insoles won’t typically last as long as leather and cork insoles, but hey, you’re not investing Red Wing money here. There’s no real arch support to speak of, but they don’t feel paper flat either.

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The slip-resistant rubber soles are decently thick and have a nice low-profile lug pattern to them for added grip. They look very similar to the heavy duty Vibram 430 rubber soles that adorn other work and hiking boots. You should have no problem with grip in most land and weather conditions, minus those 100-year floods and Polar Vortices. Do note that these soles are Bondwelted (cemented), not stitched.

Fit and Sizing

Banana Republic doesn’t disclose what last/form that these boots are crafted around, but they run slightly narrow and have a rounded toe and tapered heel. They fit very similarly to my Clark’s Originals Desert Boots, which isn’t a bad thing. One minor complaint – these wear like a work boot/chukka boot hybrid. They’re a hair too short (and too thin) to have any real ankle support. The opening also tends to bow outwards when walking, but that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. Odds are you won’t be doing any heavy manual labor in these anyways.

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Sizing down to a 10 US (UK 9, EU 44) gave me the best fit out of the box. They fit very well with no noticeable heel slip or pinching. I would recommend sizing down a half-size from Brannock.

For reference, I am a 10.5 D/E on a Brannock device and usually take a 10D in most dress shoes, including Alden’s Barrie last. I take a 10.5E in Allen Edmonds 65 last, as that last runs narrow and I have slightly high arches. I also take an 11 in most Adidas or Nike sneakers.

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Final Thoughts

Based on my personal experiences and expectations at this price point, I highly recommend the Banana Republic Arley suede boots. If you’re in the market for something significantly dressier than a pair of Timberlands and can snag these during one of the semi-regular 40% off sales, you’re getting a real bang for your style bucks.


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Mollie’s Motel and Diner: Oxfordshire – hotel review

This bid to revive UK roadside stays – by the Soho House chain – offers a smart take on the classic US motel but with swish rooms and quality food

The words “motel and diner” conjure up many images – US highways, neon, palm trees, Edward Hopper, cherry pie and coffee refills – but rarely rural Oxfordshire. Yet here I am, turning off an A road near the pretty village of Buckland at a big red sign for Mollie’s Motel & Diner.

The location is not the only unusual thing about Mollie’s. It may be next to a BP garage but the reception area’s glass cabinets filled with Hershey’s chocolate and popcorn, shelves of design books, objets d’art and plants, and Scandi-style chairs feel a million miles from a petrol forecourt. If I had booked via the app, as the billboards advise, I could have gone straight to the room using my phone as a key. Instead, I wait at check-in behind families with accents as crisp as their shirts, who look like they’ve just popped over from the nearest Cotswolds village.

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Discovery Review: Saru’s Predator Race Revealed

Full spoilers follow for this episode.

Escaping the interminable May storyline of recent weeks like a starship going to warp to avoid being sucked into a black hole, Star Trek: Discovery gets its groove back in “The Sound of Thunder.” The episode sees Saru returning to his homeworld to finally confront the nasty predator species that haunts his kind… and the systemic oppression of the Kelpiens that is a classic Trek metaphor, and one that can be parsed on several different layers.

Along the way, the mystery of the Red Angel continues to develop… slowly to be sure. But it does feel like some headway is made in this department this week which helps us start to figure out what the creature (is it even a creature?) just might be all about. Seemingly benevolent, is the Red Angel also… a time traveler?

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Review Roundup: Did Critics Feel Welcomed to the Rock in the UK Premiere of COME FROM AWAY?

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