About The Film

Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet (Kris Kristofferson). It’s there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.

Review: ‘The Central Park Five’ Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America’s Racial Animus

This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament. The one thing that struck me, and continues to stay with me long after seeing Ken Burns’ excellent documentary,The Central Park Five, is the fact that the titular gentlemen, now all adults, after serving lengthy sentences in prison for a crime they didn’t commit, are still fighting for justice vis-à-vis an unresolved civil suit, which they filed against the City of New York for their wrongful imprisonment, almost 10 years ago. Here’s what I’m referring to: In 2002, all convictions against the 5 men were dismissed due to new evidence (including DNA) that suggested a previously convicted murderer-rapist was the culprit. A year later, in 2003, a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit was filed by the 5 men for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination and emotional distress – a case, if you’re intimately familiar with the particulars of the matter, or have seen Ken Burns’ least subjective documentary, you’d believe would be a slam-dunk and should’ve been settled almost immediately. Yet, 10 years later, the 5 men continue to wait for justice to serve them – the same so-called justice that rushed to convict them, despite the fact that there were holes in the evidence that was against them at the time; notably, and maybe most significantly, the fact that the DNA from none of the 5 men was found anywhere within the crime scene – an important piece of evidence that was glazed over, in favor of coerced testimony, without lawyers present, from each of the 5 teens. But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg; there was far more evidence that suggested they had nothing to do with the Central Park rape that took place in New York City’s Central Park on April 19, 1989, than there was that would incline any officer of the court or jury to convict them of it.

5 young black men raped a white woman. End of story; It’s a juicy headline, and one that conjures up and affirms both historical and present-day fears, stereotypes, and racial prejudices that many have held and continue to hold, all getting in the way of genuine progress. CONTINUE READING…

Unboxing the Nike LeBron X+ iD

As we’re sure you’ve heard by now, the LeBron X, in both regular and Nike+ form, is available on NIKEiD. A few weeks ago — before the Frankenstorm buried the East Coast — we jumped onto the NIKEiD site to put together a LeBron X+ creation of our own and see what exactly we could do. As it turned out, it was quite a bit. Now that the shoe itself has shown up, we can tell you a little more about it. It’s hard to state any single inspiration for our design, other than classic neon-accented basketball shoes from the late ’80s and early ’90s. The spatter finish on the midsole is a classic Nike feature from that era, and a welcome addition to the LeBron iD experience. Being able to select both the midsole color and the spatter color separately allows for even more of a personal touch — and, for the more detail-oriented among us, something else to obsess over. In the end, though, simple seemed best. We used three total colors — black, Game Royal and Volt — with the REVOLT iD at the ankle collars serving as a play on the predominant accent color. It would have been possible to outline the Swoosh in Game Royal as well, but that option is only offered on the non-Nike+ LeBron X.  We documented the entire unboxing process in photos above, as well as converting them to a handy GIF below. And if you like what you see, you can enter to win this LeBron X iD shoe right here. What are you waiting for?

The 15 Best Sneakers Worn in the NCAA Hoops Preseason

Today, the NCAA men’s basketball season officially got underway around the country. Like the pros, the preseason gives players a chance to dip into their own stash of sneakers and make a statement. The saying, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’ could not be more poignant than for college players because for many, it’s their first time under the watchful eyes of fans and sneakerheads. With that said, the preseason had a ton of players looking fresh on the court with their sneaker choices. We narrowed it down to the 15 Best Sneakers Worn in the NCAA Preseason so you don’t have to see the weak sh*t. CONTINUE READING..

100 Greatest Hip-Hip Beats of All Time

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The name the famous A Tribe Called Quest album. The reason “beats” comes first? Production. It’s arguably the most important element of hip-hop. It’s the cornerstone of every song, the foundation lyrics are built upon. They dictate the time-signature, the tempo, the tone of the lyrics. They’re at the beginning and the end of the creative process that goes into each of these songs. One of the biggest challenges in writing a list of the best beats of all time? The genre’s soundscape is so wide-ranging and incredibly diverse that it creates some difficult calculation issues to work through. For example: How do you rank the disco instrumentals of early hip-hop with the layered samples and filtered bass lines of golden-era New York rap? How do you rank Too $hort‘s trunk-rattling bass against Swizz Beatz‘s erratic Triton keyboard swipes? There are unlimited measuring sticks by which production can be compared. Consider the clattering, found-sound effects of DJ Premier‘s best mid-90s beats, or the raw, drum machine-oriented backdrops of ’80s rap, designed to shock the system. How do you weigh those against, say, a lush vintage loop from The Hitmen or a crossover pop smash from Timbaland?

It can be broken down even further: Is the bigger, more-popular song the better beat? Or is it the underground smash that influenced the mainstream? Is it the track that best epitomizes an era, or is it the one that pushed the edge? To qualify the best beats, do we look at production that stands out apart from the verses and the hook, or is it the beat that complements those components perfectly? Those factors and more were considered by Complex over a drawn-out process involving constant debate, strategically-deployed rhetoric, diplomacy, and fist-throwing that went all the way to the top. Ultimately, we drew up a perfect formula to determine an unassailable list of the best rap beats ever, full stop. When dealing with 30-plus years of music, a hundred slots fill quickly. As a result, a lot of classics were cut, and some of rap’s best producers may not be fully represented. Them’s the breaks. Ultimately, though, every production on this list is irrefutably essential to the advancement of the genre we hold so dear. They’ve inspired, they’ve influenced, and they’ve been the impetus for a million neck-breaking nods. Without further ado, Complex presents: The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time.

Retrofit Republic Presents: Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1:10 PDT Calling all San Francisco Fashionistas! — Head to San Francisco Green Festival November 10-11 and check out the latest in eco-friendly and recycled vintage wear, promoting and supporting local and global social justice, as Retrofit Republic presents, “Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show.” Retrofit Republic is a styling firm and vintage retailer with a social impact. Retrofit Republic specialize in vintage and recycled clothing and offer styling to individuals, changemakers, and brands. Their vision is to change the belief that fashion and eco-sustainability are mutually exclusive. As a values-driven business, Retrofit Republic is committed to impeccable style, sustainability efforts, and initiatives that benefit low-income populations, communities of color, and the LGBTQ family “Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show will make its San Francisco Green Festival debut Saturday November 10 at 6pm on the Main Stage.

Sound Clash VIBE Presents A Mash-Up Of EDM & Hip-Hop

On Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Best Buy theater in New York City, our inaugural VIBE Presents show is launching with The V-Mix, a format that pairs leading EDM artist DJ A-Trak with Harlem-based freshman posse A$AP Mob and G.O.O.D Music spitter Pusha-T. The show is guaranteed to be swerved out and fully collaborative, with all three acts interacting throughout the performance and fusing their sets.

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