Bullz-Eye reviews the 2011 Nissan Maxima

2011 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV review.

Few cars have the stellar reputation the Nissan Maxima enjoys. The car is virtually synonymous with an excellent ride, a decked out interior, generally way more car than you actually pay for. Nissan has been trying to boost its appeal as a line of family vehicles recently, with commercials like the on in which the dad stretches his 370Z into a Maxima to fit the baby on the way.

Bullz-Eye recently reviewed the 2011 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV to see if the car could really be your family transport. Though most of the features are still considered luxury items, there’s plenty of room to tuck a carseat or two in the back.

From the review:

The exterior of the Maxima lifted our expectations for the interior and I’m happy to say, we weren’t disappointed! The premium leather seats are extremely comfortable and elevate the overall experience in the Maxima’s cabin. The heated leather steering wheel both looks and feels great and kept with the theme of the four-door sports car. The dashboard is well thought out and similar to higher end Infiniti models. We found the 7″ color monitor with a rearview monitor well designed. Of course, the Maxima included XM Navigation traffic and weather with streaming audio via blue tooth. The back seats are spacious and wear the superior leather used in the front cabin for a great riding experience. When driving the Maxima, I did think the paddle shifters were a bit too large. They seemed to take away from the otherwise clean, telescopic steering wheel.

For the full 2011 Nissan Maxima review, head over to Bullz-Eye.com.

  

Bullz-Eye offers BRUT gift bag giveaway

BRUT giveaway.

The fact that you’re reading this blog immediately tells me you know what BRUT is and are likely familiar with the great reputation behind the products. Bullz-Eye has put together a gift bag of BRUT products and is offering up the prize as a giveaway. The gift bag includes all the essentials for a proper grooming – BRUT Deodorant, BRUT Splash-On, BRUT Cologne, and a BRUT Nail Kit and bottle opener. Instructions for entering are over at the Bullz-Eye Contests page.

As BBullz-Eye Contests page.” target=”_blank”>ullz-Eye puts it:

The BRUT brand has stood for a classic, American definition of masculinity for over 40 years. With past famous spokesmen such as Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, and Jimmy Connors, BRUT has positioned itself to live up to their tagline “The Essence of Man.”

Indeed, gentleman. What are you waiting for? Enter the contest today!

  

A chat with George Tillman, Jr. from Faster

Chat with George Tillman Jr. from Faster.

Director George Tillman Jr. offered the words in the image above when asked about his work across several different genres. It’s that view of filmmaking that makes Tillman such an interesting guy. His new movie, Faster, stars Dwayne Johnson as a nameless, muscle-car driving ex-con bent on speedy revenge against those who murdered his brother. He leaves a bloody trail as he slaughters seemingly random individuals, starting with shooting a defenseless office drone in the head. His actions catch the attention of Billy Bob Thornton, and, as you can imagine, things get complicated.

Bullz-Eye had a chance to talk with Tillman about his career and the impact it has had on the director’s latest. Here’s a quick excerpt:

BE: One of the things that interests me about this is that the main characters don’t have names. You have “the Driver,” “the Cop,” and “the Killer.” I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never seen it, but that appears to be kind of an homage to Walter Hill’s “The Driver.” I think you mentioned that.

GT: It’s an homage to that and also the westerns. The lone cowboy with no name. Sergio Leone, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” — the Driver, the Killer, the Cop. You’ve got this landscape, this vast landscape, which is us in the desert in California [near] Bakersfield and the mountains — vistas. Three guys all coming for one final showdown. These are the things which we try to use as a backdrop which always worked, we just haven’t seen it in a long time. Again, it’s done in a newer, fresher way which is not trying to emulate them, but just be real, be reality based, be character based, be story based. That was my approach as a director paying homage to these films.

For the full George Tillman Jr. interview, head over to Bullz-Eye.com.

  

Bullz-Eye reviews the 2011 Ford Taurus

Taurus review.

The Ford Taurus is one of the most iconic models of the brand. It had been around for what seemed like forever and yet, despite the car’s success, Ford discontinued the model in 2004. It took a new CEO in the form of Alan Mulally to revitalize the model and bring it back to life. Bullz-Eye had a chance to review the new and improved Taurus this year.

Here’s what our staff reviewer had to say:

The interior of the 2011 Taurus Limited has a cockpit style dashboard, making it hard to believe it’s a Taurus at times! Our Taurus had many fitting features, including 10-way power driver and passenger seats with lumbar and driver memory, a leather wrapped steering wheel with wood accents, a tremendous sound system, voice activated SYNC and very classy wood grain throughout. We were also getting spoiled with the heated and cooled leather seats in the front and heated leather seating in the rear, rear window power shade (very cool), and blind spot monitoring system that works like a charm. I have to add again that the 12-speaker Sony sound system totally rocked!

All of these features, along with the extra large cabin space and design, put the Taurus interior right at the top of the class. You will be asking yourself at times, is this is really a Ford Taurus?

You’ll be surprised by the other features that will have you asking the same question. Check out the full 2011 Ford Taurus review at Bullz-Eye.com.

  

The Bearded Age – A history of presidential beards

Here’s another great article from The New York Times, this one about how Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to sport a beard and how he ushered an age where all but one president had a beard or mustache when elected over a 50-year period.

Here are some highlights from the article:

The story of how Lincoln decided to let his chin whiskers sprout has been retold so many times that it’s almost legendary: Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old in upstate New York, wrote him a letter a few weeks before the election. “I have got 4 brothers,” she told the Republican candidate, “and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.” Lincoln replied to the “dear little miss”: “As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affect[at]ion if I were to begin it now?” Just days after his election, though, he made up his mind. “Billy,” he supposedly told his barber, “let’s give them a chance to grow.”

*****

Yet there was much more to it than that. For more than a hundred years, American men had, nearly without exception, gone clean-shaven; in the late 18th century, a Philadelphia woman considered it noteworthy when she saw “an elephant and two bearded men” in the street one day. Now, in 1860, beards seemed to be sprouting everywhere, proliferating as rapidly and luxuriantly as some new species of invasive tropical plant.

Most American historians, when they have considered the 19th-century whisker revolution at all, have assumed it had to do with Civil War soldiers avoiding the inconvenience of shaving. In fact, the phenomenon predated the war by a number of years – and was the subject of a great deal of contemporary comment and debate. By the mid-1850s, talk of a “beard movement” was sweeping the nation. In 1857, an intrepid journalist strolled through Boston’s streets, conducting a statistical survey: of the 543 men he tallied, no fewer than 338 had full, bushy beards, while nearly all the rest sported lesser facial hair of various sorts. Only four were “men of the old school, smooth shaven, with the exception of slight tufted promontories jutting down from either ear, as if designed as a compromise measure between the good old doctrine and modern radicalism.”

As that remark suggests, antebellum beards bristled with political connotations. American newspapers reported that in Europe, beards were seen as “dangerous” tokens of revolutionary nationalism, claiming that the Austrian and Neapolitan monarchies even went so far as to ban them. In England they were associated with the sudden burst of martial fervor during the Crimean War. When the trend reached America, connotations of radicalism and militarism traveled with it, spanning the Mason-Dixon Line. It was no accident that the timid Northern Democrats who sympathized with slaveholders – like President James Buchanan – were called “doughfaces.” Meanwhile, the Republicans’ first standard-bearer, John C. Frémont in 1856, had also been the first bearded presidential candidate in American history. (The most famous antebellum beard of all, though, was John Brown’s.)

Will we ever have another beard movement?

  

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