Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Episode #100: The Man With No Name Trilogy

It is here!!! A gigantic episode for a gigantic trilogy!!!

There are few trilogies that encompass the GGtMC like Sergio Leone's Man with No Name Trilogy, the listeners selected this content and the Gents delivered with an almost 4 hour program for your listening pleasure.
We cover A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966).
We go over what we watched and in that section Will wanted to mention the influence that Kenneth Anger's films, particularly Scorpio Rising, had on current directors including William Friedkin and others. He forgot to mention the Friedkin connection so I am mentioning it here in the show notes.
We also talk about the top 10 films that we have turned each other on to over the last two years...Enjoy!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

GGtMC at TIFF: My Joy

Uncool Cat Chris, the downtown Toronto correspondent, is at it again for the last report from his 2010 TIFF experience. This time around the Cat dug into MY JOY (2010) directed by Sergei Loznitsa. 

GGtMC at TIFF: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zen

Uncool Cat Chris reviews LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZEN (2010) directed by Wai-keung Lau and starring Donnie Yen and Anthony Wong!!! Another TIFF report from our man in downtown Toronto!!! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fashion Trailblazer: David Sloan


Sitting smack dab in the middle of the David Sloan/Albert Pyun era of the Kickboxer franchise (and what is essentially the heart of the series), 1992's Kickboxer 3: The Art of War gave us some of the finest clothing choices by any of the titular tough guys in either of the other films, Sloan's included. In Kickboxer 2: The Road Back, David Sloan is intent on avenging the deaths of his two older brothers, so he means business and he dresses as such. In Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor, Sloan has become hardened after a two-year stint in prison, resulting in his fashion sensibilities reflecting this dark time in his life.

Now, when it comes to Kickboxer 3, which is the lightest and possibly silliest of the franchise – even though it deals with child slavery – Sloan's swanky choices are perfectly in tune with a part of his life that is filled with fun, sun and a whole lot of other stuff that rhymes with those two words (coconut rum, perhaps?). David Sloan's incredible sense of style is only matched by his own personal charm and outgoing charisma, and I have brought along with me a cornucopia of photo evidence proving this fact.


What you are seeing here is the archetypal David Sloan outfit, which 90% of the time consist of a solid colored tank, paired up with a form of baggy pant that was quite popular in the early 90's. Not really clear as to what they were called exactly, but they do share a close relation to the Zubaz family. In most cases, David goes with a funky pattern that reflects his inner wild child, but from time-to-time, he will go with a solid color pant to mix things up.





Now, there was really only one way to wear such fancy pants, and that was to pull the fabric around your ankle as much as the material would allow, fold one end over the other, then roll them up as tight as a human possibly can. This gives the illusion of a V shaped lower torso, almost like an ice-cream cone, with the treat being an upper body hot enough to make just about any women drip. There was a time when it was thought that elastic would be easier than this whole sacrifice of time for fashion, but it was soon learned that those pants often would crawl up the leg, thus, exposing far too much sock for an erect male.


See that sneaker fully exposed with absolutely no interruption from the pant leg? That's how it's done right there…tight, on point and looking fly. If I had known David Sloan was such a fashionista, I totally would have watched Growing Pains every week.


Sorry bro, it's an honest mistake.

Why's your nipple all wet?





Moving on, here we have our first example of the "Solid on Solid" Sloan classic, but what really makes this one stand out is the actual cut of the tank itself. This is known as the "lat-cut" or the "you can see all sorts of odd parts of my upper body, but it's totally sexy-cut," and even though his pants aren't as securely rolled as they should be, David distracts the casual observer's eye with a perfect view of his armpit.





This is just another example of a Solid on Solid, which looks quite solid if I do say so myself, and it's very clear that Xian is in full agreement.





This is where things really begin to heat up as we have our very first pant pattern, and not only do we have a pattern, but it's actually color coordinated with a strong focus on blue. And as you can clearly see, this is an outfit that can work as an around the town - making moves while looking smooth - style of getup, but as shown below, it works as a casual and comfortable choice for the times when David needs to take a load off his lethal feet.


Yet another example of a poor pant roll, but when Sloan's in casual mode, anything goes. Plus, the socks are nicely bunched up, showing just how relaxed he is without the need to verbally express it. Now that is class.





Here we have a style choice that may be familiar to some from this time period, the short lived "Raiders belong in L.A., not Oakland," statement that made a splash on the fashion scene with winter coats coats, beanies and, as we can see here, even tanks. Best part about this period is there was absolutely no need to even be a fan of the Raiders to wear their apparel, just a desire for the grubby color scheme of black and silver. It's all about basics, people.





We are now nearly finished with this look at David Sloan and his contribution to the world of style and fashion, and to end it this way is somewhat bittersweet as we have here an outfit that was never fully realized outside of this scene. A standing shot would have been great, and without one it is difficult to fully critique it. It does, however, show that he is far from a one outfit pony and can bring it on any level at anytime, because David Sloan is, a Fashion Trailblazer.

GGtMC at TIFF 2010: Cold Fish

Uncool Cat Chris delivers some more bonus content for the GGtMC listeners with his coverage of TIFF and the film COLD FISH (2010) directed by Shion Sono.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Poll With No Name

On the sidebar over there is the very first GBTMC poll which asks the simple question: "What is your favorite film in the Man With No Name trilogy?" The Gentlemen's Guide podcast will be covering all three classic Sergio Leone films in their next episode (the big 100th). It might not exactly be a surprise as far as which one will end up winning the poll, but hey, you never know!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Episode #99: Undefeatable Butthorn

There are some films that are just made for the GGtMC to cover, this week the boys bring in the Pickleloaf and cover two of those very films...

                This week we cover Godfrey Ho's UNDEFEATABLE (1993) and Gary Busey is BULLETPROOF (1988). There is much chatter and laughter to behold and we get the return of THE SILVA to GGtMC!!!

GGtMC at TIFF: 13 Assassins & I Saw The Devil

This time around, Large William is joined by the Uncool Cat Chris for some genre film coverage from the eastern side of things!!!

                They talk about Miike's 13 ASSASSINS and Ji-Woon's I SAW THE DEVIL.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

GGtMC at TIFF: Black Swan and Pink Saris

This time around Large William reviews BLACK SWAN and Pink Saris. For more on PINK SARIS check out the following link: http://www.slate.com/id/2260797/pagenum/all/

Friday, September 17, 2010

GGtMC at TIFF: Gorbaciof & The Ward

Large William is back and reviewing films while running throught the streets of Toronto in his track suit. This time Will covers GORBACIOF and John Carpenter's THE WARD.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

GGtMC at TIFF 2010: Our Day Will Come & 22nd of May

Large William's coverage of his TIFF adventures begins, covering OUR DAY WILL COME and 22nd OF MAY.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Episode #98: 100 Female Prisoners

In this episode, the Gents cover 100 RIFLES (1969) starring Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown and Raquel Welch and FEMALE PRISONER #701: SCORPION (1972) starring Meiko Kaji.

This is a spirited episode recorded after a long busy day and it also goes into tangents and weird admissions by the Gents. Enjoy!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bonus #19: Toronto After Dark 2010 Part 3

Canadian Correspondent Uncoolcat Chris brings us another chapter in his coverage of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and with it he covers ROBOGEISHA and CENTURION.