Category Archives: Film

What’s Next

A year has flown by since we started Tara and Karina Go Out! Thank you for reading, passing along our link and offering feedback. We appreciate it all immensely and have much planned for the future, including a redesign, city guide updates and, of course, plenty of excursions.

It’s about time we shared what’s going on in our post-college lives! You can expect plenty more from us on here, even though for now, we will be updating from separate hemispheres.

Tara

 

New York City skyline, by Karina for TKGO

 

It’s back to New York City for me! I’ll be exploring not only NYC, but also the world of social media consulting, from the helm (read: bottom of the totem pole) of an agency in Chelsea. Expect plenty of city guide updates while I’m here — the first round of which are already in the works — and frequent weekend jaunts toward fresh air. (I’m crossing my fingers for East Hampton, but I won’t turn down the beaches at Far Rockaway either. It’s getting cold too fast to be picky!) Drop me a line at Tara[at]TaraAndKarinaGoOut.com with recommendations and requests!

Karina

 

El Obelisco in La Plaza de la República, Buenos Aires, by Tara for TKGO

 

As of today, I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ll be spending some time living here, attempting to make my way as a freelance journalist and learning the city Tara lived in and loved. I am lucky to be living with a couple other recent American college grad expats, as well as to have our own city guide to go off when exploring. I will be posting updates and insights on TKGO, as well as a blog in the Huffington Post Travel section. (I’ll share the link here as soon as my first post is up!) In the meantime, please send me any Buenos Aires recommendations not yet included in our city guide and I’d love to check them out: Karina[at]TaraAndKarinaGoOut.com.

Welcome to the next phase of TKGO, now reporting from two major world cities. Happy New Year, from both of us!

-Tara and Karina for TKGO

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From ‘Eat Pray Love’ to Two Buttons

Author Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband own an imports store — Two Buttons — in Frenchtown, New Jersey

The ultimate movie for wanderlusters (especially female ones) like Tara and me is currently out in theaters: Eat Pray Love. Chances are you’d heard of the story before Julia Roberts even took on the role; Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same title was released in 2006 and hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list. In it, she ventures to Italy, India and Indonesia on a journey that is as much cross-continental as it is internal.

The film version of Gilbert’s yearlong trip is out now, but it took place a handful of years ago. What has she been up to since? Well, we know from her most recent book Committed, she married the man to credit for the “love” part of Eat Pray Love. And thanks to my mom’s friend, I learned the couple own an imports store called Two Buttons in Frenchtown, N.J., about an hour from my home.

Curious and hopeful for a run-in with my absolute favorite author — which actually happened! See below for photo proof — I visited the store with my mom this past weekend. (By the way, we saw the movie last night and all I can say is, it’s beautiful. Beautiful Julia Roberts, beautiful cinematography, beautiful places and of course, beautiful Javier Bardem.)

The Two Buttons warehouse is an exquisite collection of predominantly Southeast Asian relics from the travels of Gilbert and her husband. Each piece seems as though it has been thoughtfully selected for the store, including adorable little stuffed elephant key chains, unique Indonesian fishing furniture, handmade decorative goods, colorful woven purses and Buddhas of all shapes and colors — including a 7,000-pound one out front. I am convinced anyone with a taste for travel would walk out of Two Buttons thrilled with a purchase, especially since the goods are very fairly priced. My find for the day was an artsy black ring, which you can spot in the last photo of my Two Buttons slideshow posted below.

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Two Buttons, 62A Trenton Ave. (also called Route 29), Frenchtown, N.J. Click here for a YouTube video of Elizabeth Gilbert showing Two Buttons.

-Karina for TKGO

Banksy Does Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop

International street art man of mystery Banksy makes his debut into film with Exit Through the Gift Shop. As intrigued graffiti and art fans, we made a point to see the documentary in its first week out in Chicago. The movie was both entertaining and thought-provoking, and we’re still reeling from how much we loved it.

The movie chronicles the rise of commercial street art by chronicling wannabe documentary filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s instant fame. Guetta began as a videographer, following Banksy and other street artists, including Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Obama image, to their usual haunts, filming everything they painted, tagged and posted from L.A. to Europe. But Guetta had no real intention of making a film. After street art began to fetch outrageous prices in the commercial art world, which was around the time of Banky’s 2006 “Barely Legal” show in L.A., Banksy asked Guetta to start making something of his years of footage that would share with everyone the true message and intention behind street art. When Guetta returned with an hour-plus film trailer, Banksy decided to take a shot at filmmaking himself.

Banksy, offhand, encouraged Guetta to busy himself with making art in the meantime. Guetta refinanced his house to pay for expensive screen printing equipment and employ an army of graphic designers and artists, then started calling himself Mr. Brainwash and staged a massive L.A. show. After a cover story in LA Weekly and huge amounts of self promotion, Guetta attracted thousands to his show and made $1 million in sold artwork before the doors even opened. In the art world, it was overnight success. In the street art world, however, Guetta was kind of a joke.

One of Banksy

Meshing Guetta’s endless footage with personal interviews, Banksy is funny, observant and clever, and his story about “Mr. Brainwash” brilliantly captures and explains the world of street art, its back story and paradoxes. In the end, Mr. Brainwash — the man originally tasked with telling the “real story” behind street art — became a symbol for its commercialization. (He recently did the cover art for Madonna’s Celebration album.)

A quote in the film from Banksy’s former spokesperson perfectly encapsulates our reaction: “Good for Thierry if he can pull it off. At the same time, the joke’s on … well, I’m not sure who the joke’s on.”

Check out more of Banksy’s art through his official web siteFlickr group, or any number of his books. And if you have no idea who Banksy is, that’s OK — check out this riveting New Yorker profile. Just don’t watch the movie expecting to see Banksy’s face or hear his real voice, because you won’t. This is Banksy, after all.

Tara and Karina for TKGO

2 Filhos de Francisco

You know how sometimes you learn, hear or see something that makes you realize just how big the world is and perhaps how much you still don’t know or haven’t discovered? I think this happens most often with music. In the States we’re obsessed with our pop, rock and hip-hop. We assume everyone else in the world is just as much enamored of it, yet I venture that only a small percentage of Americans have ever heard of Juanes, who is one of the most popular musicians in all of Latin America.

Similarly, I had never heard of Zezé di Camargo & Luciano, let alone their music, when I saw a screening of 2 Filhos de Francisco” (Two Sons of Francisco) last week for my Portuguese language class. Turns out brothers Zezé and Luciano comprise Brazil’s most famous sertanejo (hinterlands or Brazilian country music) duo with more than 22 million records sold. Did you even know there was a such a thing as Brazilian country music? Because I (naively) didn’t. Fun fact: Their 1994 album features a collaboration with the iconic Willie Nelson.

(Below is a video of the duo performing the song that catapulted them to stardom: É O Amor. Translation: It’s love.)

The film, which premiered in 2005, was the highest-grossing movie ever in Brazil and the country’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s a true rags-to-riches story about a poor, rural family and a father’s — at times seemingly delusional — dream for his sons to become country music stars. The two-hour movie is beautifully done; it’s touching, surprising and inspiring, but never seems forced. Just as beautiful is the stunning scenery of Brazil’s lush, open countryside.

“2 Filhos de Francisco” is a film one can appreciate on many different levels, whether for pure entertainment, a gripping story, a social commentary on the country or the authentic representation of Brazilian culture, all of which make it universally appealing. And as expected, the movie has a great soundtrack.

Below is the trailer for the film, sans subtitles, unfortunately, but I’m confident you’ll get the gist.

Karina for TKGO

Shortchanged at the Chicago International Film Festival

This past Friday we headed downtown for the U.S. debut of Barah Aana (translation: Shortchanged) at the Chicago International Film Festival. It was an intimate and exciting setting, and we actually ended up seated behind the very talented and down-to-earth director, Raja Menon.

Trailer (without subtitles)

The Indian independent film was entertaining and thought-provoking, laden with commentaries and reflection about India’s newly-developed social structure. As Menon described it succinctly, the movie was about dignity— the necessity, cost and implications—told through the stories of three flatmates, each of a different generation, in Mumbai. Although it is set in India, the movie and theme resonate worldwide, which explains why the audience (us included) was completely caught up in the film’s characters and plot. Heck, we’re still thinking about it. Needless to say, we highly recommend Shortchanged.

Menon was gracious enough to participate in an honest question and answer session following the screening. We also managed to snag him after that for a brief TKGO interview of our own, below.

TKGO Interview with Raja Menon

Visit the Shortchanged official site here.

-Tara and Karina for TKGO

The First Adventure

Nothing will encourage you to get outside and explore like living in a converted two-bedroom apartment at the top of six flights of stairs in the West Village. We came to New York for magazine internships at Condé Nast Traveler and SELF in the spring of 2009, but all work and no play is not our style. We ate our way through the farmers market in Union Square and dumpling houses deep in Chinatown and danced in Bulgarian basement clubs until the horizon lit up. Needless to say, we loved it.

 

Sangria night, a.k.a. the birth of this blog

Sangria night, when the blog was born.

 

A couple of weeks after our arrival in New York, we spent an evening over a pitcher of sangria in a nearby restaurant and lamented the lack of multimedia travel sites that capture the personality of a destination. We believe in traveling to experience, rather than just see landmarks or fill a photo album. This blog is the first step toward a new type of travel site that offers video, audio, photo slideshows and databases of tastes and smells for travelers to explore. We’re using all the tech toys and online components we can in order to convey the authenticity of a place, its soul and pulse.

Everything we write about, photograph, film or record we will have personally test-driven. The name says it all: Tara and Karina Go Out!

Tara and Karina for TKGO