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Home Video Review: The Past

Dir. Asghar Farhadi
Score: 8.6

When we first meet the estranged couple Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) they are in a Paris airport, on opposite sides of thick glass partition separating new arrivals from the people there to meet them. Ahmad is returning to the city after mysteriously cutting out on Marie and her two children four years ago to return to Tehran, so the overt symbolism of the two of them trying to communicate silently through a thick wall of impenetrable, sound-proof glass is more than telling. In fact, there are many such loaded moments in Asghar Farhadi’s scintillating follow-up to the brilliant A Separation. In that film, a couple was forced to decide between trying to appease one another or splitting up and following their own necessary paths. This film considers the aftermath of such a split, which in this case has left an enormous amount of complication in its wake.

Ahmad has finally returned on behest of Marie, who wants him to sign their divorce papers in person, and, at the same time speak with his former stepdaughter, Lucie (Pauline Burlet), a fiery teenager seemingly headed out of her mother’s fragile control. Part of Lucie’s anger, it turns out, is directed at Marie’s boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim), who has moved into their house with his young son (Elyes Aguis), even as his wife lies in a coma in a Paris hospital. Lucie, it turns out, is convinced Samir’s wife attempted to commit suicide because of her mother’s affair with her husband.

Into this den of drama, Ahmad is left just trying to do right by everyone. Put into an incredibly awkward situation by Marie, who never bothered to tell him she was now living with someone else, he struggles to stay out of everyone’s way. Speaking soothingly, cooking authentic Iranian food, he wants to close out his time with Marie and her children in as civilized and caring a manner as possible under the circumstances, but the twisted family dynamics keep threatening to embroil him even as he does his best to clear the air for everyone else.

Much as he did in his previous film, Farhadi remains the most skilled sort of narrative artist, one who refuses to take sides with his characters: Everyone is eventually given the same even-handed treatment, even with someone such as Samir, who we are bound to loathe at first, if for no other reason that we pull so much for the soft-spoken Ahmad. However, Farhadi is far too skilled to leave us with such an obvious villain: What first appears to be cold bluster and unsympathetic harshness with his son melts into something else altogether in a single moment outside a subway train in Paris, and with it, our sympathies begin to collide in complicated ways. Everyone can partake in some of the guilt, but they also can make a strong case for their point of view on the matter.

As noted earlier, Farhadi also enjoys working in lengthy, satisfying metaphor. The house the family shares is a shabby mess when Ahmad first arrives, in constant disrepair, desperately needing the new coat of paint the couple are haphazardly slapping up on the walls, even as the fumes cause Samir’s sensitive eyes to swell up and tear. The sinks get clogged, the yard is unfinished and loaded with junk, and the space is too small by half, but over the course of things, it begins to look more and more homey. During the course of things, Samir and Marie begin to remake it into something they can comfortably share together.

Farhadi’s plots, which he describes as tiny mysteries, are also clever, intricate things, built in small moments and telling gestures, but able to withstand a thousand pressures, like an erector set dipped in titanium, as sound and well-built as a Roman aqueduct. One detail leads to a character’s understanding of something, which, in turn, leads to further questions until, at last, the whole apparatus is revealed by the end.

His frame is filled with the stuff of life, sustaining a threadbare lived-in quality — from the car windshield that remains fogged over even after a character wipes it with his hand, to the claustrophobic, chemical confines of Samir’s dry-cleaning shop — that permeates through his characters and works in subtle ways to render everything imminently believable and as natural as a documentary-style home movie — just, in Mahmoud Kalari, with a much better cinematographer.

Not a shot is wasted, not a dramatic moment unearned, the film is a triumph of art, even as what it points to is nothing less than the insurmountable human condition, our collective method of calibrating our pain and longing and guilt to survive another day.
The title is also more than a simple lamentation for things gone by: The film deals with the very complex way in which we, by concise act or circumstance, are forced to live with our tragically selective memories, shutting out those things that would topple us over if their full weight were placed on our shoulders. In Farhadi’s work, answers are always there in front of us, waiting for those moments we are finally able to see them clearly enough as to be recognizable.

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Heineken Green Room: Jump N Funk Recap

Tuesday February 25, 2014 at Silk City

Heineken Green Room Philadelphia shined bright as the stage for an incredible night of international musical performances starring the tremendous DJing talents of Rich Medina alongside Sahr Ngaujah & Friends, plus the video wizardry of Mark Hines. Dubbed Jump N Funk, this world renowned dance party, now in its 2nd decade and stronger than ever, paid homage at nightclub Silk City to the powerful afrobeat music of the late Nigerian revolutionary of song, Fela Kuti. Receiving critical acclaim while playing Mr. Fela Kuti on Broadway, Sahr Ngaujah brought his passionate showmanship and energy to the stage before a soul satiated audience.

Stay warm and stay tuned because HGR has more entertainment coming your way!

Photo Credits: Daniel Wooden & Ajon Brodie

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Kings Rule Together Presents: K.R.T x Alex Elle

“Queens Inspire…”

Kings rule Together is excited to release the first installment of their’Queens Inspire Queens’ collection. We collaborated with author Alex Elle  and created an exclusive limited-edition sweatshirt. Letting her writing take us on a journey of life, Alex Elle is a Queen displaying inspiration to women around the world by spreading the message, “You are a queen, so even when they push you don’t take your crown off.” This quote and many others has boosted the confidence of Queens and Kings alike.

You can now pre-order the limited-edition Alex Elle x Kings Rule Together  sweatshirt for $40 or deluxe package that includes her latest book ‘Words from a Wanderer’ for $50. Shop HEREK.R.T 

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Hair O’ The Dog 2014 Recap

Two.One.Five Magazine was on site this past Saturday night to cover one of Philadelphia’s premier black-tie events of the year: Hair O’ The Dog. Benefiting the Claddagh Fund, this year’s gala was held at the Sheraton Downtown and hosted nearly 2,000 of Philadelphia’s swankiest party goers. Although the party ended around 1am, the crowd lasted long into the night at G-Lounge for the official after-party. We are definitely counting down the days until next year!

Photographs by Ananias Jean-Louis

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20th Annual Hair O’ The Dog Ball

With the new year upon us, 2014 in Philadelphia is about to get a kick-start on Saturday night as the Hair O’ The Dog ball returns once again to the city of brotherly love. An anticipated 2,000 guests will descend upon the Sheraton Downtown Hotel for the 2oth installment of “Philadelphia’s swankiest black-tie affair.”

With a start time of 9pm, all those in attendance will spend the evening rubbing shoulders with Philadelphia’s fashion elite as they enjoy cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by the cadre of high-end sponsors. Not to mention the A-level entertainment made possible by  DJ and performer, Havana Brown.

Although the VIP bottle service packages have already sold out, there are still a few individual tickets and group packages remaining. However, with only 72 hours left until the big day, you would be wise to act fast — this is without question one of the few not-to-be-missed events of the year!

Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Time: 9:00pm-1:30am bottle service and sponsor preview begins at 8pm
The Charity: A portion of the proceeds from The 20th Annual Hair O’ The Dog will benefit the Claddagh Fund

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Must Have: The NaVeY Snapback

Get fresh for the new year with one of our favorite new releases of the season: the NaVey snapback. Designed by LA-based musician and Music Director Brook D’Leau, these snapbacks feature the Anchor Plane Logo stitched on the front along with the motto “Fiducia Est Non Satis”  (trust is not enough) embroidered on the back.

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You can choose between the featured black, light grey and royal color palettes, however, we can assure you they’re all equally dope. During the holiday season the hats moved pretty quickly, so there are only a few pieces left. Grab ‘em up fast at The NaVey Rag. Follow D’Leau and The NaVey Rag on Twitter & Instagram for more updates.

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Check out artists Miguel, Jack Davey and more rockin’ the NaVey snapbacks below:

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Style Watch: DAHSAR Presents DEVIL’S PULL Lookbook

On Friday, October 4th Philly’s own Rashad Rastam dropped his rad new brand DAHSAR at Corsa on South Street. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the brand via DAHSAR’s stunning new lookbook which has just recently been released to the public. Before you take a peek at the lookbook (above and below), here are a few words on the collection from Rastam:

“The Wissahickon Creek and what lies in the woods of Philadelphia, the Devil’s Pool, a swimming hole we discovered when we were young, is based on this collection. Combining the swimming holes we swam in Eugene, OR and the Devil’s Pool, we would attempt ridiculous stunts either jumping off the highest cliff or flipping off the bridge. We wouldn’t have done it if it was for daredevils but it always worked out with persuasion from our homeys or strangers (making friends with strangers). With the hopes of making it regardless of landing right, we also hope to take a chance of crossing lines outside the waters.”

The ‘Devil’s Pull’ Collection is now available online at dahsar.com/shop

Check out the full lookbook below:

Keep up with the stellar new brand by following DAHSAR on Twitter! Got questions? You can contact DAHSAR here.

5 Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall Chic

Fall is right around the corner! Before you go out and buy a whole new closet for the colder season, here are five fun ways to turn your summer clothes into autumn appropriate.

1. TIGHTS
Tights are going to be your best friend this season. Not ready to give up that little black dress you wore all summer? EASY. Throw on some tights and suddenly your dress is ready to get back out there. Nude tights are nice when you want to appear to have a bare leg without sacrificing your body temperature. Tights even work very well when paired with the right pair of shorts. There are limitless patterns, prints, fabrics, and colors out there. Play it up or dress it down. The options are endless.

2. OUTERWEAR
Cardigans, sweaters, and jackets are definitely a must have in the fall. You can layer anything on top of your summer tank and make it fall wearable. Get creative with lengths and fabrics. Wear a jean jacket over a maxi dress. Put a leather jacket over a short, pastel dress. Sport a blazer with skinny jeans. Play up your outfit by belting a cardigan over a button-down. You can always take something off if you get too hot. Layers, people!

3. SCARVES
Scarves are not just for bundling up in the winter. There are so many styles and variations available to make them more appropriate indoors. Infinity scarves can be especially lightweight and versatile in its ways to wear them. Go ahead and pair a delicate, printed scarf with a solid colored sundress for a fun fall look. Wear a long scarf with a casual t-shirt. Match a natural colored scarf with a funky top. Get creative but stay smart; the wrong scarf can easily turn your outfit into a tacky disaster.

4. CLOSED-TOE SHOES
Now’s the time to start swapping those strappy sandals for boots. You don’t have to ditch all your summer shoes, however, as long as you tastefully pair them. Wear your summer flats with jeans or pants through the colder months. Closed-toe wedges and pumps work look especially chic with the right pair of tights. Experiment!


5. FLORAL PRINTS
Floral prints can definitely be incorporated long into the cold months. With a leather jacket and jeans, your summer top will look edgy while adding earth-tones to a pop of color. That floral dress you’ve been wearing all summer will also look great with a blazer or a jean jacket. Floral prints look amazing with natural colors like beige or milky shades, as well as with black and white. Mix patterns and make contrasts!

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Creative Youth: PlainSight Button Co.

In 2011 Alex Muller, Jordan Payne and AJ King were juniors in highschool. That’s when Alex began designing and making buttons for his friends. As business took off they came up with the name PlainSight, and began to streamline their decisions. Instead of custom and personalized buttons, they began to sell their own designs; the first being the now signature bar-code design. After the buttons came the shirts, hoodies, and crewneck sweaters. Graduation came sooner than later and with that there were also questions from classmates and friends: everyone wondered what would happen to the brand once they all went to different schools, but Alex, Jordan and AJ didn’t have any concern that there would be anything sort of success to come.

(l to r) Alex, Mollica, AJ, Jordan

Cut to the summer of 2013 which welcomed Mollica Ing as the latest member of Plainsight, an addition to their name and a declaration that this would be a #SightedSummer. Instead of just being known as PlainSight, they became PlainSight Button Co. because as Mollica puts it even though they do make apparel their buttons “… are what we started out with and are still today our main focus”. Calling this summer a #SightedSummer was an accurate proclamation and it was indeed a Sighted Summer. The foursome vended on three different occasions, one of which was in New York, as well as holding their second Pop-Up Shop with friends and collaborators of the media group NativHype. The Pop-Up Shop, held at Cred Magazine’s on site location, was nothing short of positive energy and fun.

I sat down with PlainSight Button Co. to talk about the brand’s future, and what they want to contribute to the budding street style scene in Philly.

Individual Roles:

Alex Muller: Creative Director

AJ King: Communications & Journalist

Mollica Ing: Photographer

Jordan Payne: PR & Research Development

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two.one.five magazine: What messages do you all hope to convey through your clothing and events?

AJ: I think we really want people to get an idea of who we are when they see our clothes. A lot of our designs are silly and fun but we also are looking to add a lot of Philadelphia flavor into some of our newer designs. You should know these clothes are city kids and specifically from Philly. And hopefully people can relate…at our events we just want to make connections with people. We want our customers to fuck with us personally and with the products.

MI: well, our main focus and meaning behind PlainSight is to share our unique and fresh designs for people. All of our designs are thought out as a team before making any decisions and we always get our influences from the city we live in. we stray away from the “hype” and at the moment trends and try to always set out designs that are true to us.

AM: two of the biggest things that we try to convey out of our clothing line is originality and innovation. These words mean so much to us. We aspire to be like no one but ourselves. Staying true to who we are and not just rolling with the trends. Originality and innovation fuel our passion to deliver great products that we know we put a lot of thought and effort into.

JP: We want to convey that innovation is key. Following trends isn’t something that we aim to do and we will keep trying to think 5 steps ahead of everyone else.

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215: What is the design process like?

AM: I often come up with designs and ideas in the most random of places. I carry a little sketchbook every where I go and I am constantly jotting down ideas and sketches. My favorite place to work honestly is own a trolley or  the el. I sit there, turn my headphone volume all the way up and I am in my own world.  Aside from that , we are always brainstorming on the go. No matter what time or where we are, we are always talking about what if we did this or what if we did that. 4 minds working together to develop one cause is an amazing thing. We inspire each other to work harder and develop greater ideas. After approval from the team, I take the sketches to the computer to draw up and from their they develop into the final project.

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215: If there was anything that any of you would like to change about the last few years, what would it be?

AJ: I think we’re really on the right track. We have to capitalize on our marketing even more than we already have. If we can dominate the Philly market first, everything else will come. We’re doing something different here. No one else is making buttons. We have to find a way to get as many people as possible excited about the brand

MI: we’re all under the age of 20, I’m sure we’re doing nothing the “right” way, but we made it this far. we must be doing something right.

AM: The only thing I ever wish for PlainSight is that we had started earlier in highschool. We could have made so much more bread. I’ve never regretted any of the many mistakes we’ve made over the course of the brand. They’re only learning experiences to us.

JP: I think we would have more money. *chuckled* Funding a business out of your pocket is a lot like raising a kid. It would help if we had a little bit extra to do all the things we are trying to do.

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215: What’s next for PlainSight Button Co.?

AJ: We’re looking to expand our brand. Not only in Philly but nationally. Store presence locally is a big goal for the rest of the year and it’s ultimately about growing the brand and progressing each day.

MI: I would say that the next thing we have planned for PlainSight would be getting our look book together and just start getting our products in either local street wear stores or in stores in different states. This summer we decided, instead of calling ourselves just PlainSight, to add on Button Co. at the end of our brand so we’re now PlainSight Button Co… So sharing our products of buttons to society and the different ways we are able to make them and style them is our main focus right now, introducing our product and what our brand is about to society.

AM: We have so much planned in the near future. Events, new products, new experiences so much. This past summer PlainSight spent most of its time refining and fine tuning every aspect of the brand. An entirely new experience. That’s the  best way to describe it.

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215: Where do you guys see the brand in the next 5 years?

AJ: We obviously want to be national. The plan is to walk into some of my favorite streetwear shops, in Philly, Columbus, OH and beyond, and see our designs. And I’m going to keep pushing. I really want this brand to take off soon. It’s my job to make sure we continue to build relationships and reach these long term goals.

AM: I honestly couldn’t tell you. Thats so far, and after seeing so much growth out of our two years i can’t even imagine where’d we be. How ever for we get we will never stop hustling.

JP: I expect Plain Sight to be national and well on it’s way to the top. 5 years is like such a long time and I feel as if we can do anything we want to do in that period of time.

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