Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Ball and Buck Breakfast Sandwich

There’s no better way to fuel up for a day than with the perfect breakfast sandwich. No matter where you are, your cast iron skillet is the key to your success.  The good folks at Ball and Buck have a recipe that bears repeating.  Grab your most seasoned cast iron skillet, some farm fresh eggs, […]

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kendall - February 9, 2016 - 2:31 PM

YUM! trying this ASAP

[…] to do outside of Ball and Buck? Hunt, Fly Fish, Cook (above: Ball and Buck Breakfast Sandwich.  Click here for the recipe), Photography, Travel, and when I had time back as a student at Lovett, I raced in SCCA Club […]

Melanie Davis Design : Serenbe Showhouse

Remember that post I did on Melanie Davis Design a while back?  This one – that got a TON of great feedback.  Well, she did it again last Fall, this time putting her touches on the Showhouse at Serenbe. From Melanie: “The overall design inspiration came from graphic shapes and diamonds in a horse jockey’s jersey. […]

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Behind the (Upgraded) Brand: M. Dumas and Sons

There are a few stores out there that I look at as non-negotiable.  If/when I am ever in that town, I stop by.  They all have their own character…  Think of them as the must stop eateries for foodies.  Think Sid Mashburn here in Atlanta, George Bass in New Orleans, Harrison Limited in Mountain Brook…you […]

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Friday Antics – Lincoln Knots - January 29, 2016 - 9:22 AM

[…] 3. Take a tour of the upgraded M.Dumas and Sons shop in Charleston. […]

Mad Max: Fury Road. The Worst Movie Ever Made.

I am happy to say that I have found the worst movie ever made.  Mad Max: Fury Road graced my DVR yesterday evening while I was catching up on some work and blogging.   At this point, I am happy I made it through.  There was no plot, Tom Hardy grunts a lot, Charlize Theron […]

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James - January 26, 2016 - 1:03 PM

wow. talk about a contrarian view.

matt - January 26, 2016 - 4:21 PM

i personally don’t understand how people see a preview for a movie like that and think, “wow that looks like a great movie!”. But they did make 142 Fast and Furious and 13 transformer movies so clearly there is a market

Bdowd - January 26, 2016 - 5:18 PM

So fury road is the worst movie ever made and The devils advocate was good? I like you man but I think you should stick to clothes and music…

Me - January 18, 2017 - 3:58 AM

Haha…the only reason Charlize was good In devils advocate is bc she killed herself in the movie…thank god…

Roger C. Russell II - January 29, 2016 - 3:20 AM

I couldn’t agree more. It is a shame because I love both Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Perhaps I just do not like this style of movie.
To see Tom Hardy at his best check out both THE DROP, and THE REVENANT.
The characters are completely different. A comparison of the two films shows the tremendous range that Tom Hardy has.
The only problem with his role as Fitzgerald in THE REVENANT is that his southern accent is to modern. He sounds just like my redneck cousin. That was probably a voice coach error.

Mike - January 29, 2016 - 7:44 PM

I’m curious to as what you think is a great film because honestly this is the best movie in the past 5 years. And, spoiler, Tom Hardy isn’t the lead in this film it’s Charlize Theron, he’s just there to move her along. Everything from the score, the filmmaking (Christopher Nolan could use some pointers from George Miller filming action scenes) and the cars are near perfect and there’s a reason it’s a top all-time rated film with 10 oscar nominations. The Devil’s Advocate won one award and only nominated for a few more, none from an important awards ceremony. You actually sympathize with her character and I personally think that there should be more strong female leads in Hollywood films. Maybe that’s why 90% of what’s out there is crap.

Also, big fan of The Revenant and seen it 3 times in theaters. Jack Fisk, the production designer, is one of the best in Hollywood and creates a wonderful film. If Colin Gibson (Mad Max’s production designer) doesn’t win it should be him. Best part of the movie though is Tom Hardy absolutely and is hilarious if you ask me. If you want to see his best performance, watch BRONSON. And, sorry Roger, his accent was pretty spot on and he probably does sound like a redneck because that’s exactly what he is.

Travis - February 2, 2016 - 11:16 AM

You all are nuts, because everyone knows Hardy’s best role was in Lawless.

A. - February 15, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Oh nooooo. I can no longer subscribe to you in good taste if this isn’t some sort of parody post.

JCM - February 23, 2016 - 9:48 PM

I concur with BDOWD’s comment – please stick to clothing and items of such and put your movie critiques elsewhere. Mad Max Fury Road was everything a post apocalyptic adventure should be. Over-the-top, bleak and dreary landscapes, impossible scenarios and simple dialogue. The setting and action are the stars, the props and vehicles the supporting cast and the actors merely there to help move it along.

JCM - February 23, 2016 - 9:49 PM


william - March 3, 2016 - 12:22 AM

I agree. like Waterworld, but dry and not as realistic. Makes me want to never watch a movie again. I tried three times and lasted 30 minutes, the third time.

william - March 3, 2016 - 12:37 AM

The makeup is fucking atrocious in this film. Dry arid landscapes make for thick, sludgy viewing. It’s a real mire, this film. I feel as if it’s a joke on me, that somewhere people are watching my confused reactions. It looks like they went and did a habitat for humanity build to look all dirty beforehand… like they put on makeup and then dirt. I couldn’t get past that upon first glance at theron. I find Tom Hardy’s lack of acting to be as confusing as Theron’s scopolamine stare. Acting is just not what either of these people are doing in this clip. I don’t think I’ll ever look at movies or people the same after this test clip, so I guess I should thank Charlize Theron for that, or Tom Hardy. Surely this was some crowd reaction experiment that I fall into the 1% on, because all you people’s senses of discernment regarding what you allow into your life is sadly lacking. This offensive and unpalatable abortion should be investigated for fraud, because what they made here, albeit acclaimed, is acclaimed as something other than a movie.. because it’s a long blown audition clip.

PJB - March 17, 2016 - 8:23 PM

I thought I was the only one that simply didn’t get it with Fury Road. There is simply no story. They drive down a road, turn around, and drive back. That takes 2 hours and a half hours of screen time. Zero plot. Zero character development. Nothing.

There is a guy that plays a guitar with fire coming out of it, so if you’re the kind of person that still enjoys building torches out of a lighter and an aerosol can, this movie might be for you.

Jake - March 28, 2016 - 9:57 AM

To call any movie, the worst ever made, is a big claim. So you say that MM failed on every level of movie making. From costume design to acting. I’m sorry but the worst movie ever made must fall into this category. One of the true highlights of MM is its set, prop and costume design and its cinematography is something to be rivalled. To say it is worse than The room, plan 9 or jack and Jill is, I’m afraid, wrong.

Eddie D - April 15, 2016 - 1:52 AM

Mad Max 1 was pure adrenaline & suspense worthy of cult classic status,absolutely!
Mad Max 2 Was brutal & suspenseful,action packed,dim,sad & bleak
should have closed here end of story.
Mad Max 3? Come on in the real world your priorities would be
food,water & shelter NOT petrol & oil.
Mad Max 4 UTTER CRAP !!! Nothing but a mindless car chase! No story,No Plot,No character 100 % GARBAGE !!!!!!!!!

Adam Connor - April 16, 2016 - 11:31 PM

“Worst movie ever made” is obviously hyperbole, but it was certainly terrible. The fact that so many people liked it is interesting and illustrates that many people watch movies for reasons beyond story or acting. That is certainly their right, but it’s clear that they succeed or fail based on totally different criteria.

Sebastian Michaelis - May 7, 2016 - 11:46 PM

Agreed. This was the worst. No plot, car chases, screaming, grunting, explosions…Would rather get a root canal. I cannot believe how awful it was

HighPlainsDrifter - June 2, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Have any of these people seen the original ones. This movie is a tribute to them and completely genius!

Consider the time and existence these characters are living in. What do you expect, them to be educated, carry out sophisticated conversations.

Adrenaline rush the whole way though!

Best movie in a long time!

Jim - August 10, 2016 - 11:04 PM

This is the most ridiculous piece of crap ever made. The strange high speed filming techniques, the lack of a plot, the drums and the freaking guitar that shot out flames, not to mention the ultra white people and the feminist horseshit. Anyone who pretends to like this movie is a liar. The movie sucks so bad that it makes me angry to even think about it.

Jon - August 27, 2016 - 9:49 PM

Im sure you losers must love watching romantic comedies. Mad Max is one of the best movies in years.

Jimmy - September 2, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Mad Max Fury Road is the most expensive B movie ever made. Even Titanic 2 is better than this movie.

Jeff - January 8, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Oh my god, thankfully there’s a place to admit my shame for watching that waste of film. Let’s all hope they won’t do a second one of those. At least I can say I never watched any Honey Boo Boo episodes, at least until I watched that movie. I would call it stupid but I don’t want to slander the word.

High Five: January 25th

Five things that have my attention right now… 1. Filson’s limited edition “Smoke Grey”(?).  You all know what a big Filson fan I am, and seeing this Smoke Grey padded computer bag has peaked my interest.  Anyone have any info?  The only place I can find them is on Ebay… 2. For the first time, […]

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Jeffre - January 25, 2016 - 10:02 AM

That has to be some sort of only in Japan sort of thing. Seems like Filson has done this before with other collaborations.

James - January 25, 2016 - 10:30 AM

What makes the Patagonia shorts so great? I like the look of the front, and the fact that they’re available in 5″, but the seams in the back kind of turn me off, IMO gives it kind of a cargo pants kind of look. Have you ever tried the LL Bean Double L shorts? Available in 6″, stain and wrinkle resistant. I’m a big fan.

JRS - January 25, 2016 - 11:42 AM

@Jeffre – might be…I might reach out to Filson and see what they say.

@James – Honesty, I really like the fit and the fabric. The fit includes a little bit baggier leg opening which I really like, and the fabric is a really great canvas that breaks in nicely over time. I haven’t tried the Bean Double L shorts – I’ll give them a look.

NFL Playoff Action

So there is non-college football on this weekend, and I guess it’ll have to make do.  Admittedly I’m not a big NFL guy, but I am a football fan, so I guess I’ll watch.  Essentially you are looking at three almost 40-something QBs and probably the best QB in college football in the last 10 […]

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ACM - January 23, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Great read. Peyton and Brady will (likely) go down as the top 2 qbs ever. Shortly ahead of Montana, Marino & Favre.

You don’t remember Carson’s days at USC? Guy was a stud, started that little dynasty run for Pete Carroll. If he would have gotten in the right place early, he could’ve had an incredible career instead of a solid one.

Cam….all the talent in the world, very tough to stop when they’ve got everything going, love the football handing to kids after TD’s. His only issue is that he still acts like a 14 yr old and kinda comes across like a turd.

CDS - January 25, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Good picks.

Friday Jam: Grateful Dead: “Deal” (Live in Egypt, 1978)

One of my favorite Dead songs…so simple but hits just right.  Just an easy blues cord and a great hook.  I really like the crowd in Egypt…they know what’s up.  The sound on this one is outstanding.  Enjoy, and happy Friday:

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Senator Evans - January 22, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Love it.