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mcqueen on set

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this picture needs no explanation.  there was no one cooler than steve mcqueen.  few guys can pull off the white v-neck t-shirt quite like mcqueen did in between takes on the set of bullitt.  but, hey, if you want to try, here’s a good starting point:

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navy chinos from club monaco

white v-neck shirt from alternative apparel

“playboy” chukkas from sid mashburn

sunglasses from persol

i saw the great gatsby

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i saw the great gatsby last night against my own advice to skip it.  the reviews have been less than favorable, but i had to do it.  it’s my favorite book, and the first one i remember really reading.

i was in 9th grade when it showed up on our syllabus.  i read the whole book in one sitting.  the wealth obsessed people of the 20′s and the catastrophic fall of the protagonist weren’t tragic or disturbing to me at the time.  they were inspiring.  when you’re in 9th grade, money, power, and girls seem pretty f**king awesome (hell, they still do, but it’s different now).  in all honesty, i have to believe my 9th grade self would have loved baz lurhmann’s empty, mess of a movie.   Continue reading

my top 5 favorite movies of the last year

the academy awards are tonight.  obviously, daniel day lewis has the best actor award locked up.  i think jessica chastain could pull the upset for best actress, but i’d like to see jennifer lawrence win if only to hear her acceptance speech.  most experts are picking argo to take home best picture, but since the academy is mostly made up of old codgers with a penchant for chaos, who knows what the hell will happen.  with that said, here are my top 5 favorite movies of 2012:

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#5 moonrise kingdom: if you’re not a wes anderson fan, then you definitely hated this movie.  i loved every minute of it.  i saw it three times in the theater, and it was better every time.  (yeah, i’m that guy – no apologies.)

django

#4 django unchained: quentin tarantino never disappoints (except for jackie brown, but i’ve forgiven him since then).  it’s a bummer leonardo dicaprio wasn’t nominated for his role in django.  he was unreal as a d-bag southern plantation owner.   Continue reading

fall inspiration: r.p. mcmurphy

one flew over the cuckoo’s nest is one of my all time favorite films.  if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and add it to your netflix instant queue.  jack nicholson’s performance as r.p. mcmurphy earned him an oscar in 1975.  with that said, it’s not the most stylish film ever – unless you’re into hospital gowns from the 1970′s – but mcmurphy’s style outside of the institution is fall inspiration for me every year.  you can’t go wrong with an old pair of blue jeans, some red wing 875s, a denim shirt, and beat-up bomber jacket.  classic.  Continue reading

how to handle a firearm featuring humphrey bogart

humphrey bogart is one of my all time favorite actors and one of the coolest guys to ever walk the face of the planet.  i don’t think i’ve seen a picture of him where he didn’t look perfectly put together.  recently i found these publicity shots of bogart from the 1941 film high sierra.  as you can see, he looked extremely comfortable handling a firearm.  click read more for the rest of the pics.

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here it is: the great gatsby trailer

the trailer for the great gatsby was released last night. i wanted to turn it off after 30 seconds. actually, i wanted to find baz luhrmann and give him a piece of my mind. what has he done? why did he do it? he took America’s greatest novel and turned it into a spectacle. when I think of the roaring twenties, surprisingly i don’t think of kanye and jay-z’s “church in the wild.” i think about jazz and flappers and stock markets crashing. where is that in the trailer? where the hell is the jazz?

i’ve read the book over 10 times. i’ve memorized the opening and final pages. fitzgerald’s writing speaks to me better than any other author i’ve ever read. the way he describes women and love and loss is the way i would want to if i was a great writer. the themes of this novel resonate with anyone who’s wanted a shot at the american dream. we want things we can’t have, but we spend our whole lives trying to find them or make them right. everyone has a “daisy” whether they’ll admit it or not.

i saw esquire’s tweet calling the film possibly the most stylish movie ever. that’s great, but where is the story? baz luhrmann’s biggest problem as a director is telling a story. moulin rouge was candy for your eyes, but not for your brain. storytelling used to be an important piece of film making. i’m not sure where it went. hey hollywood, sometimes bigger is not better. i was excited about this film and ready to give luhrmann another shot after sitting through australia, but i can’t watch this movie – especially not in 3-D as it’s intended to be viewed…”so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

on the road trailer

i’m embarrased to say that i have not read jack kerouac’s on the road.  i’ve started it 2 or 3 times, but put it down for various reasons.  it’s not because i wasn’t enjoying it; it’s more or less because i lose interest in books quickly.  it’s a habit i’ve been trying to break since i was in school.  after watching the trailer for the upcoming film, i think it’s finally time to finish the book.  i’m sure diehard kerouac fans are going to hate the film, but i think the trailer looks good.  i love that the filmmakers included the quote below.  i’m sure you’ve seen it before.

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “awww!”

good trivia: in 1957, kerouac wrote a letter to marlon brando asking him to buy the rights to on the road and turn it into a movie with brando and kerouac as the leads.  brando never responded.

steve mcqueen style: world war II service boots

like many #menswear bloggers, steve mcqueen was a major influence on my current obsession with personal style.  my first introduction to him came from his film the great escape.  a friend of mine told me he wore desert boots in the film, so i went to clarks and bought some desert boots.  it wasn’t until watching the film a second time that i realized his boots looked nothing like my clarks.  i went to the internet for answers and discovered that mcqueen’s boots in the great escape were world war ii service boots and not desert boots.  i spent the next several hours back on the internet looking for anything that resembled wwii service boots.  i found nothing…until now.  l.l. bean signature has recently released their very own version of the classic boot made with roughed out leather and a rubber soul.  they look pretty damn close to the boots in the picture above if you ask me.  time to put on your persols, fire up your triumph tr6 650, and make your own great escape (sorry i couldn’t resist).

if you’re looking for more information on some of mqueen’s other footwear choices, see my previous post on his playboy boots here.

out today: drive on blu-ray

upon second and third viewing, drive was my favorite movie of 2011 in front of midnight in paris and 50/50.  it’s a damn shame the academy didn’t give it any love when they announced the oscar nominations last week.  one film blogger said it was too much of a homage film to stand out amongst the other nominees.  huh?  i’m no film expert, but isn’t the artist a homage to silent movies?  moving right along…drive is out today on blu-ray.  if you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a real treat.  i’m not going to give anything away, but the movie is not what you expect.  ryan gosling is perfectly cast as the no-named driver.  dude is a total badass.  if you’re interested in learning more about the style in drive, see my previous post here.  great flick.

ford, spielberg and lucas on the set of indiana jones

if you’re a regular reader of to take the train, then you know my obsession with the indiana jones movies.  i give steven spielberg and george lucas a lot of credit for shaping my imagination as a child.  i always thought at some point in my life i would move to hollywood and start making movies for a living.  there’s still time right?

over the holidays i saw spielberg’s new animated film the adventures of tintin – which reminded me a lot of indiana jonesi read spielberg discovered tintin when a review of raiders of the lost ark compared it to the long standing comic book written by belgian georges remi (who wrote under the pen name herge).  spielberg bought the movie rights shortly after herge’s death in 1983 and re-optioned them in 2002.  i enjoyed the film, but it made me crave more indiana jones movies.

when i got home from the theater, i went on a small quest to find inspiration in some behind the scenes photos of speilberg, lucas, and ford on the set of the indy movies.  i definitely found it in the following photos.  don’t worry i’m not going all safari shirts and bomber jackets in 2012, but come spring you might find a few things from these photos that have made their way into my personal style. Continue reading

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