States of Undress

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States of Undress

Hailey Gates is a model, actress, and now host of  Vice’s docuseries: States of Undress. The 25 year-old model have traveled different places of the world to explore how fashion is a direct link to the social-economics and political status of a country.

For many, fashion is a two way street: frivolous or a lifestyle; however, in States of Undress it also offers a new perception to fashion which may also serve as a voice to ones identity. Although, season 1 is almost over, Gates and her team have crafted each episode with intensity, brilliance, and a point of view that is hard to forget or ignore.

Venezuela: The Crown Effect and The Black Market of Basic Needs

It goes beyond the insight of beauty and fashion of each country. For example, in the episode of Venezuela – it projected the unbalanced view of Miss Universe and Mr. World effect as being a ticket for a better life.

As the episode progressed, Gates met aspiring contestants that will do anything to be the next winner. From extreme surgery transformation to children starting as early as four years-old the intense training of beauty pageantry.  Because Venezuela has the highest rate of winners, the Crown effect has embedded into their culture. In other words, the greatest desire of most women is to look like a beauty queen. However, the country faces another threat that is beyond dangerous and often illegal medical procedures to achieve physical beauty –it is the lack of basic needs.

After president Chavez passed away, the country is facing a financial drought. Hailey lived a terrible reality when she needed to buy feminine pads and the stores were empty. She had to pay almost $200 for a small pack of Always through a re-seller which is considered an illegal activity. As a woman, I would have paid the amount and cried of happiness because Gates lived this situation while she was shooting in the country. I highly doubt anyone from middle to lower class income could afford every month $200 for a small pack of feminine pads when here in the USA that same pack sells around $4 to $6 maximum. Hence, the encouragement to gain the crown is also achieving a frail dream of money and stardom. I call it frail because at the end of the day, there’s only one winner.

Russia: Homosexuality, Nationalism, and Putin-Fashion

In another episode, Gates visited Russia where the sense of nationalism and pride of the country has increased since Putin came into power. Also, another factor that incremented this national pride is the bad blood between USA and Russia. Whereas, fashion week is filled with national designers and some of these designers have Putin-centric designs. Yet, what caught Gate’s attention that this sense of pride also showcased the need to impose Putin’s views of the ideal structure of society.

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Shortly after USA pronounced gay marriage as a law, Russia also responded with the release of the Straight Flag. It is illegal to be a homosexual in Russia which is horrible! Under Putin’s laws, homosexuality is a sin and not allowed to exist if possible because the ideal family structure is between a man and a woman.

Another notable activity that occurs in Russia is the need for women to marry young and to assure that if you’re a woman one must follow certain rules to seal the deal. According to the matchmakers Hailey met, for Russian men (according to them) a woman cannot look too fashionable or too intellectual because it will most likely decrease her opportunity for marriage. What is curious about the interview was the matchmakers photograph choice of a Miu Miu campaign featuring Gates and another model. Sadly, Hailey’s campaign ad was the example of what not to do.

Why is it a Must-Watch?

By far the most revealing episode is Pakistan. Because fashion is a force of expression through fabrics and structures. Yet, this is an episode that deserves your viewership and not just me writing about how engaging and eye-opening this episode is.

Collectively, States of Undress is fascinating and a must-watch. Gates shows that everything is connected by a thread that creates a ubiquitous society with a complex and artistic layers that is often hard to fully understand unless one goes there like Hailey did. Can’t wait for season 2. Watch every Wednesday States of Undress on Viceland or on Viceland.com

Viceland presents: States of Undress

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Mononoke Series: Mysterious

Ubiquitous and dark are just few words to describe Mononoke Series. The horror series is smart and it alludes terror themes without falling into cliches or vulgarities.

Mononoke follows the nameless character known as the Medicine man. What is so particular about the medicine man is that he would carry a sword. During the Edo period, only samurai’s could carry a sword and the medicine man was quite controversial because of that.

Top reasons why this series is good

  1. Episodes are like mini OVA’s.
  2. Sometimes the medicine man attitude is ambiguous. He seems to enjoy the horror a little too much
  3. The series will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  4. WARNING: this series is extremely detailed; therefore, missing a second of it may cause confusion in terms of understanding the storyline.
  5. In comparison to other horror series, it’s colorful and vibrant. Hence, don’t expect shadows or darkness or those types of cliches.

Yes, go and find this gem. This is what I call horror with class.

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Lessons From…Black Books

If you’ve never seen or heard at all the British series, Black Books…now, this is your opportunity. Here’s BLANK lessons from Black Books

  1. Bernard Black is a bookshop owner and if he needs to leave early to do other errands…he will literally sweep you out of his shop.
  2. Doing taxes on your own is tough, mainly if you can’t remember your mother’s name and her name is not “Ma.”
  3. It’s a bad idea to be a birth partner when you believe it will be like the old days and get drunk.
  4. Never read the Little Book of Calm while drinking a soup in a cup.
  5. Never try to replace a wine bottle that was going to be a gift for the pope with dirt, wood sticks, and other unnatural elements.
  6. If there’s weird things crawling in your shop, it might be time to call, The Cleaner.
  7. There’s something enchanting when The Cleaner says the word, “filthy.”
  8. After watching a marathon of The Sweeney and drinking espresso all night, by the next day you’ll think you’re a cop.
  9. If you’re locked out of your shop and cold- apply to Mamba Burger. You’ll get hired without a resume.
  10. Careful, you might grow mushrooms in your hair.
  11. Having a sexual relationship with Fran might also means that you’re not allowed to talk about it.
  12. Avoid Manny when it’s 88 degrees farenheight, he has Dave’s Syndrome. 
  13. If nonagerian hanky-panky happens in Bernard’s house, for sure he’ll call the police.
  14. Don’t lie to your parents, your friends will black mail you for expensive wine.
  15. Bernard believes that doctors are Satanists because they write Ambulance backwards.
  16. When washing your beard, make sure to shave it off, nail it to a frisbee and fling it over the rainbow.
  17. A wicker chair is not a toilet.
  18. You’ll forget the password if the security man has a tiny toy stuck on his hair.
  19. Be wary,if the security man installing the security system claims that is a really good security system and he also claims the CIA wouldn’t use this stuff. The CIA probably has something way better.
  20. A Summer Girl is a brief relationship that ends when fall comes.
  21. Your landlord might create a second unit in your apartment while you’re sleeping.
  22. The Summer Girl might receive poorly written poems, flowers, chocolates, and an unwanted concert with an accordion.
  23. A radio host might have a seductive voice, but be an a**hole in real life.
  24. Don’t call the radio host during night time,it might get weird.
  25. A cleansing diet doesn’t include a half of a chocolate cake. 
  26. An ideal children’s book must be dramatic and over 1,000 pages.
  27. If a kid annoys you, be an adult and blame him or her for something that you did.
  28. According to Fran, “You always know you’re in for a good night when there a polar bear bleeding on the label.”
  29. A London pigeon will make you cringe.
  30. When Evan is speaking to you, do not eat a muffin because he is developing you.
  31. Only Manny is Bernard’s human plaything.
  32. Everyday is another betrayal.
  33. World of Tights would have been the name of the bookshop.
  34. Santan’s Bingo is an actual game.
  35. Tourist Swamp is not the same as a real swamp.
  36. Going outside is worth it when you have to puke.
  37. Some men might be interested in women and …in lamps
  38. Only Manny could have appeared in a Japanese magazine called, Big and Beardy.
  39. Nifty Gritty sold weird stuff.
  40. It’s okay to find a tiny crab in a cup.

Make sure to buy or watch Black Books. It’s original and hilarious.

Kung Fury

First above all, happy 2016 and happy leap day. I’ve been busy with other projects; however, no worries. I have new reviews coming up which I’m thrilled to share. So, to kick this first article of the year, I’m going to start with Kung Fury.

Kung Fury is a short-film that is absolutely absurdly dedicated to mock 1980s cop and martial arts films. Considering the production was fully founded on Kickstarter, this film is well done.

Although, I was born towards the end of 1980s, many of us are probably familiar with the quality of a VHS. They really went far and beyond with the details in terms of the homage towards this film.

Both mixture of pure silliness and somewhat gory, Kung Fury proves the merging Street Fighter, Akira, Transformers, Tron and other classic tales including the mission to defeat Hitler- their intention is not to be taken seriously, but to enjoy this parody from the start.

Available on Netflix!

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On the Radar

France known as the city of lights has been under high alert throughout this year. 2015 opened with a violent attack. The Charlie Hebdo offices were targeted after its controversial political satire aiming the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As a result, Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Jean “Cabu” Cabut and Bernard Verlhac, known as “Tignous” were murdered.

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Charlie Hebdo site

 

Six

Months later, multiple areas in France were under attack. 129 victims died and many others are wounded or under intensive care. Six areas of France lived the assault of war: Stade de France, Restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Concert venue Bataclan, Avenue de la Republique, and Restaurant La Belle Equipe.

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Photo: Reuters telegraph.co.uk

The Aftermath

Hours later, ISIS claim responsibility of the terrorist plan. The terrorist group ploys to create more chaos in France and other countries. It has been a decade since France declared “State of Emergency”- yet, the French government is moving forward to end any future attacks.

The World Responds

The world is in solidarity with France. Many countries such as the US, Brazil, Australia and many more are displaying the tri color of France. Including the Muslim community has condemned the attacks.

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Photo: Reuters Telegraph.co.uk

Meanwhile, survivors of the attack have expressed words of peace and not hatred. This is a brave message because hostility leads to bloodshed.

In the end, it pains me to type that violence will never end. Nonetheless, 129 lives were taken away and they will be remembered. Stay strong, France.

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Star Wars is Shaking the Force Around the World

A day ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens released a new trailer. It blew my mind! Although, there are perhaps billions of theories surrounding all the new and returning characters from the saga…I believe that keeping the mystery is best way to go. Nonetheless, the newcomers including the adorable BB-8 are causing major buzz. Without further a due, I’m breaking down the new characters.

Allies

Finn (John Boyega)

A former Storm Trooper that tries to escape his past and embarks a new path with the force.

Rey (Daisy Ridley)

She’s tough cookie that flies solo in the beginning; however, this survivor will meet Finn and other major characters like Han Solo which she will also start an important chapter in her life.

Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)

The leader and a pilot flies the X-Wing Fighter. His mission is to end the First Order.

BB-8

BB-8 Star Wars Official Website

A new droid has arrived! R2-D2 and C-3PO finally has a new friend as adorable as they are. The mystery surrounding this tiny droid is that he’s part of Dameron’s crew; however, the trailers that the saga has released including their merchandise has the droid next to Rey. What will happen to Poe? Why is BB-8 with Rey? WHY?!?!?!?!?!

Foes

General Hux ( Domhnall Gleeson)

First Order general.

Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)

A fierce female captain of the First Order’s legions of troopers.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

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Kylo wants to continue what Darth Vader couldn’t finish. He is the new wave of evil under the First Order. In comparison to Darth Vader, Ren’s face is visible and he’s also quite young. Of course, the big question is what drove Kylo Ren to follow the dark forces of evil? and Why is his lightsaber so different?!!!

Don’t miss the new chapter of the acclaimed George Lucas saga this December only in theaters and IMAX!

Visit the Official website

http://www.starwars.com/

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Things Get Weird

It is a 360 degree change on season 2 of Girl Meets World. As they are growing up, more topics arise and the three-part season: Girl Meets Texas their friendship is tested. As many perhaps speculated, Maya’s constant taunting and mockery towards Lucas is her façade.

As it is revealed by Riley, Maya likes Lucas. Riley decides to unite Lucas and Maya; however, am I the only one that thinks about Lucas feelings? Although Riley is seemingly doing a sacrifice because Maya stepped back to allow her to pursue Lucas; nonetheless, she’s not doing a great job at it because she’s not comfortable with it. How? She keeps on saying, “We are brother and sister.” She tries to convince herself by repeating the phrase plenty of times that I highly doubt the audience believes it.

By no means I am suggesting Riley isn’t a good friend, yet at the same she’s forcing Lucas to go to Maya. Mainly, she’s puppetering this poor kid! Since he’s the kind of boy who does everything for his friends – naively, he landed on this situation. Riley did throw on his face their status of brother-sister relationship; ergo,  Lucas is just going along and exploring this new territory. Clearly, this new relationship is not working. But, I do point this out, he has the power to say NO! I wanted for him to say, please stop! He did speak up by not allowing Riley calling him a brother, still he could have been more concise. In addition, these kids are somehow wiser in certain aspects than the ordinary 13-14 year old students. So, this whole three-part series could have ended differently.

Then, there’s Charlie which he is Riley’s rebound. I also feel sorry for this kid too. He likes Riley and asked her out. Out of desperation, she accepted and then she does not want him to talk to her during their first date. What’s up with that?! and what about the parents? Are they are aware of this date?!

Meanwhile, Corey would like for his child to avoid the route of disappointment and heart-break. I do praise that he’s afraid and he is not clear what to do. In real life, I would say to these kids, do you actually study in school? Anyhow, they are growing up and part of it is understanding all kinds of feelings including confusion. Overall, I can say Riley is messing up everything without acknowledging it…well, Farkle did point this out with kinder words.

Good job with the confusion arc. I was hooked.