By Lucia Paula
There are very few films in the genre of drama that can capture an essence of je ne sais quoi while delicately balancing the human experience with elegant relationship pragmatism. Loves Park, the flagship film by renowned filmmaker Carol Rhyu, captures the fleeting moments we all hold dear while lensing them in a realist, nonchalant form that introduces the viewer to the world of love less explored.
On the surface, Loves Park is about love and lost, the exploration of simple and complex relationships through the perspective of a twenty and thirty-something crowd coming of age at the height of the millennium and exploring these intricate bonds as generation-Yers and millenials. However, unlike the world this age group was brought in, the film effectively ventures into the idea that love, with all its wonders and heartfelt good intentions, isn't always ours to adore.
When pregnant housewife Edie Canody learns that her father-in-law has died, she and her husband Benjamin return to a disquieting small town of Loves Park for the funeral, Edie's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and bizarre as she learns that Benjamin wants to stay and run his family's business. She thinks it's a bit odd and Benjamin's actions appear a bit mysterious. The more time Edie spends in Loves Park the more she becomes aware that the kind of life she thought she wanted doesn't quite seem to fit with her values and beliefs.
The 95-minute film takes us on a journey of self-exploration and challenges the viewer to question core beliefs on relationships, including what is love to me - the viewer? For Rhyu, the essence wasn't so much about the concept of love as it was about a stylistic, visually-stimulating and enchanting manner of conveying the pull between personal expectations and what society wants from us.
"For Loves Park, I was more interested in mood and atmosphere rather than plot and information. Veering away from traditional narratives, I was drawn to explore more of the unconscious, surreal, and symbolic language of dreams."
The symbolism is real in the film, even as early on when Edie half-heartedly discusses the concept of letting babies choose their names, or faithfully encouraging her boyfriend to quit living off his parents' money: both themes dealing with a generation unlike that of its predecessors.
"Some years ago I felt pressure to have children. While I was never pregnant, I felt as though I was having an out-of-body experience. It was strange this loss of identity, and I believe the film reflects on some of these feelings."
Loves Park is an eclectic, stunning journey of creative ecstasy that leaves the viewer both intrigued yet very connected. While the film officially debuts on December 24, it is now available to pre-order for online streaming and download via Vimeo.
Carol will be both in Chicago and Los Angeles promoting Loves Park.
Pepe San Martin, actor and model, captured by the talented Jorge Zavala (BROMOISH) for Allez Magazine's summer issues, BOYS OF SUMMER. Pepe, resident of Los Angeles, believes in the subtle beauty of art and the human form.
Pepe is wearing Calvin Klein briefs and was photographed in Los Angeles.
About The Bourbon Bombshell Cocktail
This cocktail adds a hoppy IPA to 100-proof bourbon, some citrus and the kicker: muddled fresh marjoram, resulting in a variety of summery flavors that blend together nicely.
1 3⁄4 oz Old Forester 100-proof bourbon
3⁄4 oz Grapefruit juice
1⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Simple syrup
3 oz Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA sprig
Dry-muddle the marjoram.
Add all of the other ingredients except the beer, and give it a quick stir.
Strain into a pint glass, and add ice.
Top with the beer, and garnish with the grapefruit peel.
Glenn, model with #PdMModels in Chicago, shows off in the bedroom just in time for spring. For the full photo-set, make sure you get the spring edition of the magazine.
Glenn wears 2(x)ist briefs and shirt by H&M.
A signature cocktail makes entertaining easy. It eliminates mundane choices while creating one spectacular option. We always love a traditional mimosa, but this champagne punch is a colorful, flavorful and memorable addition, making it the perfect brunch signature cocktail.
This signature cocktail is an easy to sip drink, making it a crowd pleaser. It’s also a beautiful addition to any spring table setting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Brunch Signature Cocktail
Preparation 5:00, Total Time 5:00, Serves 6
Combine berries and place them in glass. It is worth noting that you may lose some bubbly depending on how many berries and other fruit you add to the mix. Make sure simple syrup comes first to avoid all sweetness at the top. Top it off with champagne, make pretty, and serve chilled. Yum! What do you think?
When it comes to lose weight naturally, there are plenty of individuals who are not getting the desired result. Regardless of what they are doing, they can’t manage to lose weight naturally and fast. Here are some of the most efficient tips for losing weight and increasing your metabolism.
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2. Green Tea
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Drinking sufficient amounts of water in a day helps in weight loss. Doctors recommend that a person should consume a minimum of 8 to 12 glasses of water daily. Adding a hint of lemon freshens things up and also boosts your metabolism.
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We are almost in spring-mode, and definitely ready for something fresh and savory. We have created a recipe so fresh, delicious, and healthy that you'll wonder why you bothered eating anything else these past few months: shrimp ceviche stuffed avocados.
Number of servings (yield): 6
This is an ideal dish for a warm spring or summer day, or when you're nostalgic for beautiful, hot steamy nights in Mexico with a few fine glasses of tequila waiting for you. It is a complex mix of fresh and spicy, fragrant and delish. This is best enjoyed with a refreshing glass of prosecco or a nice tequila: let us know how you enjoy it!
For more recipes and fun cocktail pairings, get the latest issue of the magazine.
We always love the IDEA of a Shamrock Shake (so colorful! so festive!), but find the taste is kind of lacking. Is it just us, or do you prefer mintier than most? Shamrock Shake loyalists, please don’t hate, but we’ve definitely had a shake or two that tasted like plain-old-vanilla with food coloring.
Our take on this cult-followed, boozy shamrock shake recipe is made with actual fresh mint, and of course, plenty of booze. We use Branca Menta (Fernet’s minty cousin) for herbal mint goodness and Irish Cream… because — well, it is a St. Paddy’s Day drink and all.
If you’re looking to fulfill your Shamrock Shake craving with more fresh mint flavor and less green dye, you really need to try this boozed-up version!…
Let us know what you think, and send pics!
RASPBERRY AND TARRAGON MOONSHINE SMASH