STATE OF THE ART: CHARLIE BOWATER












Charlie Bowater
Current Residence: Newcastle / Midlands UK
Interests: Art, reading, music, movies
Favourite movie: Back To The Future, Howls Moving Castle, Fight Club
Favourite artist: Jason Chan, David Levy, Emrah Elmasli, Marc Brunet, Skan Srisuwan, Kuang Hong & Marta Dahlig.
Operating System: Windows Vista
Favourite game: Shadow of the colossus, Final Fantasy X
Favourite gaming platform: Playstation 3
Favourite cartoon character: Fry
Tools of the Trade: Sketch book, Mechanical pencil, Photoshop CS3 and Wacom intuos 3

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RALPH LAUREN POLO FOOTWEAR FALL 2010: THE RADBOURNE & REDDING










For the last three years Polo Ralph Lauren has supplied us with great Fall Winter boots. This year they expanded their already wide assortment and offer us 2 new styles The Radbourne and Redding. You can really see Polo’s DNA in these Radbourne’s, the lining and fold down option made these a must buy for me this season.

The Radbourne is a higher version (8″) of the Ranger boot (7″) and is tweed lined for the fold down option. The square leather patch on the side of the boots might look a little familiar, Polo crushed that patch in the 90’s. Both the brown and black versions are made of rich pebbled oily leather and when you see these in person you’ll see what i mean.

The Redding is a lower “Chucka” version of the iconic Ranger boot. I know some people who couldn’t find a way to rock the Ranger boot because of it’s height, here is a perfect solution for you. Same rich leather used on the Radbourne but no tweed lining and at a cheaper price point. –Ronnie Fieg

All four boots are available at the David Z flagship store (556 Broadway bet. Prince and Spring st.) and for phone purchase order today:
The Radbourne 8″ boot double buckle – (Phone# 212.274.9044 ext. 640 $175, Style# Black – 812123270001 Brown – 8121232701FJ)
The Redding “Chucka” boot – (Phone# 212.274.9044 ext. 640 $130, Style# Black – 812123278001 Brown – 8121232781FJ)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE TOWN

By Malice Intended of Planet Ill

A crew of professional thieves has been hitting every bank in Boston with militaristic precision. After pulling off a job at a Cambridge bank, they take the manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage after the alarm is tripped. Having pulled the job off, they let her go. Crew member James “Jem” Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) thinks the group should gather some intel and find if she has told the authorities any thing. Doug Macray (Ben Affleck) takes the job, but ends up falling for her instead. As their relationship blossoms, FBI agent Adam Frawley is determined to bring the crews spree of bank robberies to an end (Jon Hamm). As the heat intensifies, MacRay just wants to leave it all behind. Unfortunately, making it out of The Town won’t be so easy.

The Town is star Ben Affleck’s second effort as a director. It is based on Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves. Like Affleck’s previous film, Gone Baby Gone, The Town explores the darker side of life in Boston. It is a full-on genre piece, following the conventions of the cops and robbers film to a T. It will also likely be the film that establishes Affleck as an actor/director to be reckoned with.

Affleck keeps things very basic. The action takes place under gloomy, overcast skies and in dreary locations. Dark colors and washed out hues dominate the frame, making the characters feel tired and worn. The lighting seems to reveal every imperfection imaginable on the actors faces. This isn’t a Boston of pleasant fantasies or vivid nightmares. It exists in a sort of limbo where most people chase their boredom away with visits to the local bar after work. Most of them make their money legally. A rebellious few do not.

The action is exciting yet small scale. Affleck takes a few pages from the Michael Mann playbook, going for tactical realism. There are no shots of MacRay and his crew performing amazing acrobatics with guns in hand while evading capture by police. No thermonuclear explosions leaving characters right within the blast radius whole and un-singed. Every second of it is believable. There are the prerequisite car crashes and pyrotechnics, but it all adheres to a certain discipline. Affleck seems to really respect his audience in this regard.

The screenplay by Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard owes a great debt to Micheal Mann’s Heat, but also to the cops and robbers films of old Hollywood. Anyone familiar with the genre will be able to anticipate almost every development of the story. However, The Town seems to follow the formula out of a sense of loyalty and tradition and opposed to a lack of imagination. Like the robbers themselves, it knows its job inside out. It knows what beats to hit and how to hit them. Watching the movie unfold is like watching a pro at work. You won’t see anything new, but you marvel at the efficiency.

As Doug Macray, Ben Affleck plays the same sort of aloof yet lovable average Joe as he has his whole career. That MacRay has a bit of a rougher edge than any of those characters does not make him wholly different from them. Rebecca Hall is basically a damsel in distress, but her lack of glamour makes her appealing in a very familiar way. Jeremy Renner has that most familiar of rolls in the modern crime film, the stone killer of the crew. Like the screenplay, he seems to operate out of a sense of both duty and realism. He knows what has to be done. He also knows his role in this world and cares about little else. Jon Hamm is a bean town Elliot Ness, without the schoolboy naiveté.

The Town is as solid a crime film as you will see this year, and the best heist movie in a good long while. Rarely does a film understand itself so thoroughly and go about its business so matter-of-factly. As a director, he shows a depth of understanding of the filmmaking process that he never seemed to possess with acting. Score one more for Ben Affleck. 4 out of 5

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STYLECASTER X MICK BOOGIE: SOUNDS FROM THE FRONT ROW VOL. 2 (NYFW S/S 2011)

One of the most important yet underrated aspects of a runway show is the music that accompanies the clothes; it must serve the purpose of both inspiring and exciting the audience while fitting seamlessly with a collection’s aesthetic. Stylecaster collaborated with DJ Mick Boogie for the second Fashion Week in a row to bring you a little taste of of the excitement and some seriously Fashion Week worthy tracks. Featuring your favorite artists like Kid Cudi, NERD, MIA, Radiohead, La Roux and many more.

1. Sounds From The Front Row (Intro OnCue)
2. Baby I’m Yours
3. Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
4. Far Away (Golden Filter Remix)
5. Basic Space (Sampha Remix)
6. Hot and Fun (Christian Rich Remix)
7. XXXO
8. I’ll Get You (Treasure Fingers Remix)
9. C’mon (Pance Party Remix)
10. In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix)
11. Don’t Turn The Lights On (Christian Martin Remix)
12. O.N.E. (XXXChange Remix)
13. Reckoner (Twelves Remix)
14. Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)
15. One More Chance (Alex Metric Remix)
16. You Wanted A Hit (Keljet Remix)
17. Pursuit Of Happiness (Them Jeans Remix)
18. Add SUV (Armand Van Helden Remix)
19. Hand Me ‘Down Your Love
20. No Time
21. Lose It
22. Turn The Night On
23. Shadows (The Teenagers Remix)
24. Kites

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STATE OF THE ART: LOISH












“I’ve been drawing since the day I could hold a pencil, but only in the last few years developed a preference for digital art and animation. Although I was born in Holland and have dutch nationality, I’ve lived all over the world, including the United States, Indonesia, France and Belgium. Drawing had always been my self-taught hobby. Upon finishing high school, I decided to study animation and pursue art as a career. I studied in Ghent (Belgium) for a year and then moved back to my home country to study at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU) in Hilversum. Besides animation, I continue to make illustrations and paint digitally on the side.”-Loish

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