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Zombie Ryan Gosling is so 2012. And so are those scorpion jacket knock-offs from Drive. Here’s a last-minute Halloween costume you can likely pull right out of your closet, en route to hunting and gathering for peanut-butter cups with your kids tomorrow night.

While our generation’s Paul Newman (controversial! but we’re not the first to say it) wore a pretty distinctive red moto jacket in 2013′s The Place Beyond the Pines, your tried-and-true black one should do the trick. Black jeans? If you don’t already own a pair, now’s the time. And although one of our favorite parts about Gosling’s carnival-daredevil/bank-robber was his penchant for Metallica T-shirts, any black tee should suffice. (This Joy Division-themed one would be a funny alternative to Ride the Lightning, even if you’re the only one who gets the joke.)

Accessorize with a baby, if you have one handy, and a couple dollars’ worth of temporary tattoos from your nearest party store (or have your leading lady draw some on with washable marker, if you forget). Emulating the bleached-out coif Gosling donned for the film takes a little more commitment—so if you’re not into it, just pull on your motorcycle helmet. Or a terrible wig. Bonus: Your wife can probably whip up this Eva Mendes “costume” in a pinch, too. Congrats on proving you’re the coolest couple in the cul de sac—yet again.

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Editor’s Picks to Get the Look:



Topman Leather Jacket | McQ by Alexander McQueen Boots | Deus Ex Machina T-Shirt
Manic Panic Bleach Kit | Rag & Bone Coated Jeans | Temporary Tattoos

Shop similar: Leather Jackets | Boots | T-Shirts | Black Jeans

 
 

[Images via Socialite Life and Collider. Movie trailer via StudioCanal UK.]

You can talk Star Wars and Scarface for days—but are you fluent in French New Wave? For a primer on the genre that will score you more conversation points with girls (or guys) who wear glasses, check out our previous post on the topic—and to rep your favorite Jean-Luc Godard film wherever you go, pick up the Vivre Sa Vie snapback seen above.

It’s one of three custom New Era hats brought in exclusively for our French Fling Pop-In Shop. The title of the 1962 film translates directly as To Live Her Life, but it was released to American audiences as My Life to Live—an aptly self-assured headwear sentiment whether you’re lightening the vibe at a cheese tasting or out-classing your friends in a game of pick-up basketball.

We’ll gloss over the seedy details of the film’s plot line (no spoilers!), but do check out the classic jukebox scene in the clip above—and keep watching until the end, for a pick-up line that would never work in a million years. Unless, maybe, you’re French. Or wearing a great hat. But still, we don’t recommend it.

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To purchase a top-of-the-line edition of Vivre Sa Vie on DVD or Blu-Ray—and for more in-depth film reviews, essays, and photo galleries than you can shake a baguette at—visit The Criterion Collection.

 

SHOP ALL:
FRENCH FLING POP-IN SHOP 
MEN’S HATS 

You wouldn’t believe how much useful information we gathered last week. (For a brief glimpse at the whirlwind tour of menswear design studios we conducted in New York and LA, check our Men’s Shop Instagram feed.)

We learned how pouring concrete pertains to achieving the perfect lapel roll. We found out why real men aren’t afraid of emoticons. And we nabbed some tips on which 1960s films to Netflix posthaste. (Three guesses which perennial favorite men’s brand is named after a 1964 Jean-Luc Godard film…)

Watch for much more on the topics above, and more, in the weeks ahead. But for now, a brief crash course on French New Wave—an informal cinematic movement of the 1950s and ’60s, whose progenitors embodied the “social and political upheavals of the era,” and in which “radical experiments with editing, visual style and narrative” imply a “general break with the conservative paradigm.” (Thanks, Wikipedia.) Here are a couple trailers from Godard films, which, like the films themselves, play more as a series of sensations than a traditional narrative arc:

…A circa-1963 interview with the elusive director himself:

…And testimonials from the good people at Criterion Collection (who are “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements”):

Check out some of these films if you haven’t already—if nothing else, for tips on what kind of girl to date (if you want to end up dead).

 

Further Reading: For more classic films—plus top-10 lists from A-list directors and actors, and a massive compendium of film essays ranging from esoteric (Naked Lunch: Drifting In and Out of a Kafkaesque Reality) to just plain awesome (Martin Scorsese on Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket)—visit the official Criterion Collection website.

 
 

[Images via Criterion.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

The universe is a weird place. Just yesterday, we found ourselves debating the merits of Kubrick vs. Schwarzenegger here at Nordstrom HQ. That very night, listlessly cruising our Tumblr dashboard, we serendipitously stumbled upon two pieces of evidence that just might sway the debate.

The first is a collection of photos depicting director Stanley Kubrick on the set of his abstract, enigmatic 1968 sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film itself is dense, difficult (if not impossible) to decipher, and moves at a snail’s pace. It’s also breathtakingly beautiful to look at, and unflinchingly original to the point that it could be considered on par with the works of Beethoven or Picasso. (Read an eloquent essay on LIFE.com, from whence these photos originate, in which the Editor of that site convincingly draws those very comparisons.)

Whether or not 2001 is your cup of tea (Tang?), we think you’ll agree it’s inspiring to see a man so intent on realizing a vision, no matter how grandiose or perplexing, that only he could.



  

 



(The intricate sets, the eye-catching costumes, the intense atmosphere…Even amidst all that, we’re drawn to Kubrick’s elegantly disheveled, overturned tie. It’s exactly how a well-dressed man, utterly immersed in a hands-on job, should look.)

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The second piece of evidence in our abstract cinema vs. action movie dialogue is the video montage below, illustrating a favorite camera trick that Kubrick returned to again and again—in Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and more. You’d think, given the sheer number of examples, that this could become redundant; but it’s the otherworldly visuals and impassioned performances that Kubrick places within that lens, that make his camerawork come to life. Touché, sir—consider yourself back at the top of our Netflix queue.

 
 

[Photos by Dmitri Kessel via Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images and LIFE.com. Video by Vimeo user, and apparent extreme film buff, Kogonada. We found these via two of our favorite sources of inspiration: Nickel Cobalt and The Only Magic Left is Art. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

June 8, 2013

SIFF Movie Picks: Dune

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Today, cult classic sci-fi by the director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. Think of it as Star Wars’s troubled cousin.

DUNE
Director: David Lynch
(Part of SIFF’s Tribute to Kyle MacLachlan

From SIFF.net: A Duke’s son leads desert warriors against a galactic emperor and an evil nemesis to avenge his father, free their world, and to control the spice. (More info)

Screening in Seattle:
June 8 – 8:30pm SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Today, a date movie you’ll both enjoy, where everything isn’t all roses and one-liners.

9 FULL MOONS
Director: Tomer Almagor

From SIFF.net: A powerful, brooding love story about the seemingly implausible relationship of two radically different personalities somehow always meant for each other. Set against the hipster music scene of Southern California with a remarkable performance from Amy Seimetz. (More info)


[9 Full Moons star Amy Seimetz, photographed by Williams + Hirakawa for Flaunt Magazine.]

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “A love letter to the City of Angels that centers on the relationship of two seemingly mismatched lovers who can’t seem to figure out that they’re perfect for each other. Starring the remarkable and rising talent Amy Seimetz—series regular on AMC’s The Killing and in motion pictures like The Off Hours, Upstream Color, Tiny Furniture and more.”

Screening in Seattle:
June 6 – 7:00pm SIFF Cinema Uptown – World Premiere
June 8 – 1:45pm Harvard Exit

 

SIFF is pleased to offer Nordstrom customers
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to the Seattle screening on June 6!
Available while supplies last. Register for free tickets here.

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Nab tickets if you’re in Seattle, or look for them on DVD and in theaters near you if you’re elsewhere.

PRINCE AVALANCHE
Director: David Gordon Green

From SIFF.net: Stern, meditative Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s insecure brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch), spend the summer together repainting traffic lines on country highways in this exquisitely crafted existential odd-couple comedy, a true return for David Gordon Green [of Pineapple Express and HBO's Eastbound & Down] to the style of his early indie films George Washington andAll the Real Girls. (More info)

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “Quirky and hilarious, but also character-driven and intimate. Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd are captivating as two lost souls stuck on an isolated and seemingly endless road to nowhere, with nothing to talk about but their relationships with women and each other. A film for men that women will also find thoroughly amusing.”

Screening in Seattle:
June 1 – 9:00pm SIFF Cinema Uptown – Director David Gordon Green scheduled to attend
June 4 – 4:30pm SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team.

HER AIM IS TRUE
Director: Karen Whitehead

From SIFF.net: Starting in the 1960s, revered rock music photographer Jini Dellaccio created startling and artistic portraits for bands like The Sonics and The Wailers, rejecting the boring five-member line-up and producing iconic album covers. She’s now 96, living in Seattle, and as cool as ever. World Premiere. (More info)

From Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming:Her Aim is True is an extraordinary story of a groundbreaking local artist, Jini Dellaccio. From her early years as a saxophonist with the ‘girl groups’ of the Depression era to the stunning photographic portraits of 1960s musicians breaking the mold, Jini brings passion and sophistication to her iconic art. Karen Whitehead’s film connects us to a true Seattle treasure.”

Screening in Seattle:
May 26 – 4:00pm Harvard Exit – World Premiere
May 27 – 2:00pm Harvard Exit

 
 

Further Reading:
See more photos by Jini Dellaccio,
and watch more SIFF Picks movie trailers.

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Nab tickets if you’re in Seattle, or look for them on DVD and in theaters near you if you’re elsewhere.

FLIGHT OF THE STORKS
Director: Jan Kounen

From SIFF.net: This stylish, globetrotting psychological thriller plays like David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo mixed with the amnesiac, wrong-man madness of Christopher Nolan’s Memento to create a tale of diamonds, dames, and killer storks. (More info)

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “A powerhouse in France, Kounen has never received the international recognition that he deserves. An art-school graduate who started working in animated short films, he has been a favorite director of mine since his first feature, the hyper-stylized gangster film Dobermann [1997, starring Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci]. His chameleonic directorial skills were further illustrated by chronicling the infamous love affair of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, his mystical reworking of the Western genre with Blueberry (aka Renegade), and a portrait of the modern advertising world with 99 Francs. His latest film, Flight of the Storks, is based on the hugely popular crime-thriller novel by the same name, published in fifteen languages, by the author whose work also provided the basis for Mathieu Kassovitz’s The Crimson Rivers.”

Screening in Seattle:
May 25 – 8:30pm AMC Pacific Place
May 27 – 10:00am Harvard Exit

 

SIFF is pleased to offer Nordstrom customers
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to the Seattle screening on May 25!
Available while supplies last. Register for free tickets here.

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Vying for the attention of a foxy film buff? In the Seattle vicinity and searching for something to do? Or are you simply a cinema-appreciating citizen of the world, with a thirst for knowledge about the latest, greatest, weirdest developments in moving pictures?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you should know: The Seattle International Film Festival (aka SIFF)—the largest and most highly attended fest of its kind—is happening now through June 9.

Think film festivals are too artsy-fartsy? Consider this: Alien (yes, that Alien) world-premiered at SIFF in 1979—

Not sure about you, but that’s most definitely our kind of film festival. Planning a special evening tonight (Saturday, May 18)? If your date is the prim and proper type, try ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘I Love Lucy’ French rom-com Populaire:


[Get tickets for Populaire here.]

…If, on the other hand, the object of your affection has a freaky side, treat him or her to a midnight-screening of homegrown horror compilation V/H/S/2:


[Get tickets for V/H/S/2 here.]

As if three weeks packed with 447 SIFF films weren’t awesome enough, the festival includes An Evening with Kyle MacLachlan—complete with a Q&A, screening of the ‘Twin Peaks’ pilot, and reception (we hope they serve black coffee and cremated bacon). Check out SIFF’s tribute to one of our generation’s finest, oddest actors below—along with a choice ‘Twin Peaks’ scene:


 

For info, showtimes, and to purchase tickets,
visit SIFF’s official website.