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Close but no cigar; the Knicks were only 7 points away from sweeping the Celtics this playoff series as they hung by a thread in OT.
“I would’ve been playing golf today”, J.R. Smith said, confident he could defeat the Celtics if he had the opportunity to play in game 4. Smith was ejected in game 3 following an angry elbow he threw at Jason Terry which led to his suspension for one game, contributing to the Knicks demise in game 4. Carmelo Anthony had some trouble, shooting only 10/35. But Felton’s determination brought his team back up from a 20 point deficit by scoring 27 points overall.
This could’ve been the Knicks first playoff series victory in 13 years. Though they couldn’t seal the deal, the veteran team has come a long way this season achieving multiple awards. Awarded 6th man of the year, Smith has proven himself as the Knick’s second leading scorer of the season averaging 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 80 games this season. Woodson spoke highly of Smith saying, “he accepted his role on this team as the guy coming off the bench and he’s made the most of it and we’ve all benefited from it as a basketball team.”
Continuing this endless success, 40-year-old Jason Kidd was awarded the Jason Dumars Trophy, winning the 2013 NBA sportsmanship award. He is the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards.
Meanwhile the star of the show, Carmelo Anthony, has received constant “MVP” chants and averages a high 33 PPG. He won the NBA’s scoring title this year surpassing the league’s leading scorer for the past three seasons, Kevin Durant. The only other player in Knicks history to win a scoring title was Bernard King (1984-85). Although it is a great title, Woodson knows that Melo is thinking bigger and hoping to bring home an even better title.
The Knicks, Atlantic Division champions and #2 in the East, are up 3-1 in the series and look to defeat the Celtics Wednesday in game 5; hopefully to continue on their next venture against the Hawks or Pacers.
With that being said, LET’S GO KNICKS!
Here are some photos I took of game 3 at the Garden.
This lonely Celtics fan got escorted out after causing a scene against all the Knicks fans that surrounded her.
P.S. As far as I sat, Smith’s footwork looked amazing thanks to the KD V Elites he had on that day.
Yesterday I finally got a chance to see The Place Beyond the Pines, a movie which was being billed as and buzzed over for it being an “emotional roller coaster”. For anyone that knows me, that’s pretty much a prerequisite for movies that I’m bound to be into, but this was not the case this time around.
While the emotions of many sullen characters were interwoven into a story that felt divided into 3 chapters, I felt it was simply interesting, at times, touching, but overall lacking that dropkick in the chest I kind of look forward to when seeing a movie of this caliber.
The first chapter, while playing out a bit too similarly to the character Ryan Gosling recently portrayed in the movie Drive, set up the film rather well as I got the sense of the struggle involved and felt it with the combination of Mike Patton’s (of Mr. Bungle & Faith No More fame!) score and director, Derek Cianfrance’s traversing and intimate camera work. From there, the story breaks off in predictable ways, and while the acting was good, I felt it was without that gripping quality that would have normally left my stomach in knots. I’m still unsure of whether or not it was the acting or lack of character, but something was amiss while maintaining steady interest in the story.
Adding more of my personal take on this, I had heard high praise for Cianfrance’s work with Blue Valentine, again starring Gosling, and being pegged as an startling examination on the intimate ups and downs of a close couple. I came away with much disappointment after seeing Blue Valentine, but I saw potential that seemed realized in the trailers leading up to The Place Beyond the Pines. TPBTP still is worth the watch, and while I made little mention of the 3rd chapter and the film’s end, I did feel the story recovered from a disjointed middle section and concluded in a way fitting to the characters involved.
This week has been a good week movie-wise. I know we don’t report here too much about what we’ve seen, but figured the past 2 films are definitely worth mentioning.
I’ll start with HEADHUNTERS or “Hodejegerne” – a Norwegian thriller that I had originally seen when it was in theatres and finally got around to it on my queue and bringing it into the shop for an after hours movie session mid-week.
I hope you’re not adverse to reading subtitles (you do read on your phone all day don’t you?), as I mentioned earlier, the film is Norwegian, but hopefully not a deterrent to checking it out. The main character, Roger Brown, evokes an “American Psycho”-esque, Patrick Bateman kind of feel, as a headhunter who moonlights as an art thief. Needless to say, his famous works of art heists end up getting him into some sticky situations as they’re ultimately responsible for him and his wife’s lavish lifestyle. The movie is intense and engaging, with some wild absurdity along the way. There are a few scenes that continue to be a topic of conversation several days past viewing. Headhunters is available on Netflix and it’s definitely worth the watch if you find yourself with some time in the evening while the nights are still cold.
We also saw Stoker last night at Malverne Cinema, but it was my second go around for this as I also had the pleasure of watching it at Bam Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn when it first came out. The director, Chan-Wook Park, is one of my favorites. I became first enamored by his signature way of shooting and well-woven story lines with his “revenge trilogy” – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance. Add Thirst, to the list of films that had me hooked, I’ve been waiting for Park’s first American film since I saw the trailer close to a year ago.
Again, if you’re silly and against movies with subtitles, Stoker, may be the way to go as American audiences will now be familiarized with a great representation of Chan-Wook Park’s directing style. Every scene in Stoker is cinematic, to the point where I tell people that you can pause the film at random at the shot would look good enough to be blown up and made a poster of.
The trailer has people thinking their in for a horror film, and the film’s tagline – “Do Not Disturb The Family”, isn’t a fair representation either. The movie is not only gorgeous to the eye, but has an elegant dialogue, and incredible psychological parallel going on between characters, and shown to the audience in an unmatched aesthetic. An EB movie night will almost certainly be taking place once it hits DVD, but do yourself a favor and check it in the theatre so you can appreciate every second of the film’s amazing acoustics and on screen visuals.
Another Fright Film Friday in the books! A fun one indeed with the showing of “The Beyond”, hosted by Lamour Supreme. There were good laughs and good food, and we celebrated the release of our collaboration t-shirt, the “Torch of Doom”.
We’ve got one more Fright Film Friday left – “Cabin in the Woods”, hosted by our friend DOA. Join us for what should be a fun one, and check out the trailer below for a little preview of the flick!
I don’t know about you, but I’m still high off the weekend. Great New York football yesterday, I saw Fiona Apple out do just about everyone live on Saturday, and Friday was one of the best movie nights ever!
We had a strong turnout and Little Tumi was the host for the evening, as she served up something special to go along with the screening of a pretty clever horror film, “Behind the Mask – the Rise of Leslie Vernon”. Prior to the film, the movie-goers found themselves participating in a “Pumpkin Face Off”, a pumpkin carving contest that turned out to be a blast!
There were 5 teams and each had 45 minutes to carve and dress up their pumpkin to a randomly assigned horror movie theme written on the inside of each pumpkin. Hopefully you can ascertain the inspiration behind each pumpkin…some might be on the “abstract” side. All in all – this was a blast and WILL be back next year for sure. Congrats to Andrew and Peanut for their “Pinhead” Pumpkin that earned them the championship! Big buttery thanks to Little Tumi again for hosting, and everyone else for coming!
Check the photos below and after the jump and DO NOT miss next week as we show “The Beyond”, hosted by the one and only Lamour Supreme!
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This past Sunday we joined up with local heroes, CON TEMPLATE, a collective artists, musicians, creatives, and good people. Together we held an event showcasing their talents as well as the talents of some of our own team, friends, & fam. CON ART: Broad Spectrum encompassed a creative and passionate community, one that is rarely duplicated.
While the photos below capture some of the feel and happenings, the essence of this event and it’s inspiring vibe can really only have been witnessed first hand. With many talented people involved and getting to meet them and experience their work, it goes without saying that we’re verythankful to have been a part of this and already have our thoughts on what’s next. The biggest, butteriest, thanks to the Con Template collective, all the performers/artists, and all that showed up to support, the experience was live and we could certainly all feel the movement.
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Thanks to the all mighty Reebok creative director/brand ambassador – Swizz Beats for instagram-ing this pic of Terrence repping #SheriffGang on BET’s 106 and Park yesterday!!
Nicki Minaj thinks she’s bad with those heels, but the Sheriff Pump OXT’s are as mean as they come…thanks to Terrence and Swizz, stay buttery!!
Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of a movie. A movement, in which imagination was set free, and just about every other good asset that comes along with the human spirit.
MEGA – part of the Konogo Mix collective who’s art was featured in our Kafe King event at the shop back in May, was here for the THUG.LIFE. Series Movie Night Event. At the end of the night he handed me a plastic card, one that I will now forever hold onto. The card had a #, and when you called that # you were given some clues and a password on how to take part or check out what SVN: hi fi, was all about.
If I went into detail, I would just be blogging. All I will say is that it was magical, and hopefully from some of the photos below you’ll be able to imagine your own vibe to the wonders that took place.
Thank you again to Mega and friends for the memorable experience!
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A smorgasbord of photos…a small one though. Haven’t documented too much as of late…but here’s a few to share.
CMartyMar came through with some goody goodies….thank you fam!
Reebok threw quite the jam – Reethym of Life…and Swizz was inspiring to say the least! I said it before, I know…but a BIG year for Reebok!
Then I saw this 1978 gem for the first time. Magic, starring a young Anthony Hopkins…
About to watch Fracture on some newer Mr. Hopkins ish…have a good week!