NYTimes Movie Reviews: Hidden Gems

The New York Times has many nooks and crannies where small subversive elements hang out. My favorite is in the Arts section where the explanation of each movie’s MPAA rating always contains a splash of editorial creativity.

From the review of Saw IV:

“Saw IV” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Imagine every conceivable form of torture, then add the inconceivable.

The Lobby: Year One

Back from Dave Hornik’s inaugural The Lobby conference — a gathering of ~150 entrepreneurs, VCs and media execs. Overall, a pretty stimulating and impressive group although I was nagged by some guilt given the boondoggle-esque location of Big Island Hawaii.

So how was it?

The conference itself was off the record, but a few things were clear.

  1. Hornik and team did a very good job planning. No major gaffes, a few tweaks for next year.
  2. People are mostly trusting and transparent. Folks were very forthcoming with their ideas, challenges and feedback. Emblematic of tech entrepreneurship in general or the curated and self-selecting group of Hornik’s acquaintances? Probably both.
  3. The request for our show size was not for custom Lobby sneakers but flip flops
  4. I got to spend time with the founders from two of the more recent Google acquisitions. Both of them rock. They are among the best additions to the Goog in recent years. The challenge will always be can the large company be a place where the entrepreneur succeeds? It wasn’t a great fit for Lars Perkins or Dennis Crowley. Did okay with Ev Williams for a few years. Seems to be fine for John Hanke.

La moda per beneficenza

Quattromila capi in vendita su Internet per beneficenza. E’ quanto hanno offerto 60 stilisti, a prezzi “stracciati” (fino al 70 per cento di sconto), per promuovere un’iniziativa benefica. Si tratta di eforpeople, in collaborazione con la Onlus Baby nel cuore per la realizzazione di un progetto dedicato ai piccoli che vivono per le strade di Salvador de Bahia, in Brasile. Gli abiti delle celebrities e della vintage collection, come dimostrato nelle precedenti due edizioni, sono quelli che vanno maggiormante. Chi vuole accaparrarseli, quindi, dovrà monitorare quotidianamente il sito per tutta la durata dell’evento (sei mesi). Gli organizzatori prevedono di ricavare circa 300.000 euro per il progetto. Fra le chicche, l’abito che Carrè Otis ha indossato per la sua festa di matrimonio, firmato Scervino (400 euro), quello di Rosario Dawson firmato Diesel (400 euro) e i sandali gioiello di Eva Herzigova, firmati Zanotti (150 euro). Molti i testimonial d’eccezione… (Raffaella Festari)