30 January 2011

26 January 2011

Unseen Orange.

The legendary Stanley Kubrick was famed for his unique vision in his films, slick directing and pushing boundaries, with such memorable cult works as 2001, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, Spartacus, Dr Strangelove, Paths of Glory and of course the British cult classic A Clockwork Orange. A perfectionist, methodical, groundbreaking, meticulous attention to detail, slow but certain production, and obsessive in his work, away from the camera he was perceived as a bit of an eccentric, a recluse even, choosing to remain very private behind the scenes.
With that in mind, many of his finished works became just that, finished. There's many tales that once filming had wrapped any left over unused and unedited scenes, outtakes and prints cut from the films were pulped or incinerated at Kubrick's request, photographs, publicity stills and boxes of useful information remained a mystery, let's not forget dvds and their 'special features' were not even conceived in them days, never mind new found fans who demand much more content and of course more modern day hype - more product.
The 1971 cult British film A Clockwork Orange, which was withdrawn for decades until several years ago, granted a mainstream release after Kubrick's death in 1999, the film was largely only ever seen by a generation on crap quality third hand Betamax copies, and later foreign imports with fixed subtitiles, first time I saw it was on a Dutch copy which seemed a little scary after all the hype and hysteria to my young impressionable eyes. The posters, stills and action scenes were pretty paltry, always the same old, same old. Luckily enough, not everything remained a mystery, from the Kubrick archives - here's a great selection of seldom seen imagery from behind the camera, from outtakes to deleted scenes, props and publicity stills.
Above; Stanley Kubrick and Malcolm McDowell taking five minutes on location at Trinity Road subway, Wandsworth, a different version of a more infamous shot.

A still from an unseen deleted scene in the 'Duke of New York' pub aka The Rainbow Bar, 1971.

Two stills from another unused and unseen deleted scene which goes by the tag 'a Mackeral of a cornflake'. In the original novel.

25 January 2011

J Panther.

This is a cool label to look out for bag fans. As I've mentioned previously, J Panther have been busy getting their official website up and running, unfortunately only currently shipping within the U.S. and Canada for now, but working on getting shipping to Europe soon. Good well crafted man bags, nice watercolours too. J Panther

21 January 2011

M-Sixty Fivers'.

The classic M-65 combat jacket, the ultimate tactical jacket, everyone has owned one of these, many have had a bash at them too, from old school military ones for their intended use to high end designers have produced this style of coat. The field jacket was first introduced into United States military service in 1965 replacing the M-1951 field jacket - an improvement on the M-1943 field jacket of WW2 origin. The M-1965 is a design classic, so successful it's still being used today, with it's built in concealable hood also had velcro fasteners on the cuff, epaulettes and it's trademark sagging chest pockets, a jacket was widely used by US Forces during the Vietnam War notably in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, as well as keeping a soldier warm from the cool weather conditions that came after monsoonal rains.
This jacket was most commonly seen in the usual military khaki or olive, but has come in an array of styles, colours and fabrics over the years, from cotton, corduroy and wool to more boundary pushing fabrics and technology such as Thermojoint and Ventile as it become incorporated into more top end designer labels such as Massimo Osti's Left Hand, Stone Island and even Nike.
Perfect for drifters, rogues, convicts and undesirables, in cinema it's evident as the choice of the anti-hero, the likeable psychopath,the oddball next door - the misunderstood, from Travis Bickle to The Terminator, the M-65 is what you chuck on before going out to seek retribution, cause a stink, intimidate wrong 'uns and whack the wrong Mrs Connor.

You can even wear them to bed, but only with one eye open.

Worn with a huge badge and a smile arouses suspicion.

I've got a gun in my sleeve and I'm not pleased to see you.
Taxi Driver (1976)

Wearing one with a beard instantly scares people away. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Wearing one with Elvis' glasses still looks good.

Wearing one will get you the girls. True Romance (1993)

Wearing one can get you nicked. First Blood (1982)

Wearing one that's all tarted up 1984 style can still make you look hard as nails. The Terminator (1984)

Adding a cigarette or sniffing glue works equally well. Made in Britain (1982)

And of course being an honest cop. Serpico (1973)

Or on one of the best badasses in cinema history, he looks like a psychotic schoolteacher, he likes cocaine and killing cops, Clarence Boddicker in Robocop (1987)

In black, it's the ideal go-to jacket for mysterious mafia hitmen who follow an ancient Samurai code. Ghost Dog : The Way of the Samurai (1999) .

The ideal jacket for mountain combat and freedom fighters who took on the the Taliban and the Soviets, like the 'Lion of Panjashir', Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Suitable for Freaks, and suitable for Geeks...

Above, Juice (1992) Mr Miyagi wore one too, enough said.