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 Tom Orlando 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?

  

The Barbershop Raneaissance in New York (and elsewhere)

The New York Times has a great article on the barbershop trend on how it’s sweeping Lower Manhattan in New York City.

“As soon as I saw the place, I felt this deep, inner yearning,” he said. “It’s very striking, with these red barber chairs and this fantastic photo-mural. And it’s rare to see well-dressed, well-groomed men cutting the hair of equally well-dressed guys.”

He was convinced that he’d found the spot where he could get the short, early-1960s-model haircut — complete with a neat side part — that he had wanted for years. And he was right.

Moreover, Mr. Chirico, 26, discovered what other young men in New York have begun to notice in recent months: In the city’s more style-conscious ZIP codes, there has been a renaissance of that much-loved old neighborhood standby, the barbershop.

Proving Fran Lebowitz’s oft-cited dictum that “you’re only as good as your last haircut,” authentic-looking barbershops have popped up all over lower Manhattan. Done up with, say, vintage lighting fixtures, antique barber chairs and, of course, a big glass jar of blue Barbicide on the counter, they are offering good, solid haircuts and shaves for less than half the price of a fancy salon cut. And in a kind of tonsorial version of chicken-or-the-egg, their arrival is perfectly timed, coinciding with the twin desires among urbane young men to tame their unruly locks and look neater and sharper from the neck up, and do it in all-American, gentlemanly, modestly priced fashion, far from the salon smells of peroxide and perfume.

The article points out that there’s a wide variety of barbershops in the city but that many of them can be found in lower Manhattan.

As we know very well, however, this trend goes far beyond New York, and the interest in vintage shaving methods is expressed in more ways than just the resurgence of traditional barbershops.

On eBay, according to a spokeswoman, there’s been a surge of interest in vintage shaving, grooming and barbershop paraphernalia. In comparing a two-week period earlier this month with a two-week period six months ago, she said sales of merchandise returned by the search term barbershop were up 77 percent, sales of Barbicide were up 60 percent, and sales of items found by searching for the words vintage barbershop sign were up 251 percent. On Amazon, archaic devices like straight razors and safety razors, and grooming products (including mustache wax and combs) from Gilded-Age-y brands like Edwin Jagger and Colonel Conk have been selling so well that Amazon created a special category — “classic shave” — to showcase them all. Charles Kirkpatrick, the executive officer of the National Association of Barber Boards of America, said that the number of licensed barbers had grown roughly 10 percent in the last two years, to 245,000 from 225,000.

These are trends that we’re happy to celebrate.

  

Bullz-Eye reviews L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Mat and Homme Clay

Loreal Homme Clay.As male grooming gets more and more attention, we’ll continue to see great products like the L’Oréal Professionnel Homme collection coming to the forefront. Bullz-Eye recently had a chance to review the L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Clay and Loreal Homme Mat, two hair sculpting products from L’Oréal’s Professionnel Homme collection for men.

Here’s what Bullz-Eye had to say:
Bullz-Eye.com tested L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Mat which is a sculpting pomade (a fancy word for a greasy or waxy substance) and L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Clay which is a really strong hold clay! Keep in mind that our goal was to get an effortlessly cool look with lasting results. We tried Mat on wet and dry hair and all it took was rubbing a small amount bewteen your hands then working it through your hair for the desired look you want to obtain. I went with a more groomed look and I must say mat kept my hair in check and lasted all day and evening long. I changed things up with Clay and went for a messy look working it into dry hair. I ended up with a very strong hold and an intense matte finish and the look I was aiming for.

For the full L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Clay and Mat review, head over to the Bullz-Eye Blog.

  

Scarlett Johansson named GQ’s 2010 Babe of the Year

GQ has named this year’s Babe of the Year and you’d be crazy not to agree: Scarlett Johansson. Though the issue won’t hit stands for another week, you can enjoy a quick gallery over at the GQ website.

The promo for the piece is simple enough:

“At 26, she remains fresh-faced, curious, trying on new moods and outlets of expression as easily as she changes her hair color. This is what we love about Scarlett: that she’s game, that she’s good, that she can try on all these guises without seeming to try too hard. And all the while still seem genuinely like the observant, inquisitive (and very cute) girl in transition we fell for in Lost in Translation.”

Damn straight, fellas. Again, the December issue of GQ is out November 23rd.

  

Ektio could change basketball forever

Ektio Post Up.

If you’ve ever had ankle trouble on the court, you’ve probably spent hours researching the best shoes for support. You may not have found Ektio, though, as the company is fairly new.

Ektio was founded by Dr. Barry Kratz, the father of a collegiate basketball player. Kratz was worried about his son’s ankles and so set about making a shoe unlike any other. That’s how Ektio was born, shoes designed to defend and protect against one of the most crippling injuries a basketball player can endure. Bullz-Eye had a chance to review the Ektio line of shoes and came away highly impressed.

Here’s what they had to say:

When your feet enter the Ektio Post Up you immediately feel the built in ankle support and get the feeling that your ankle is secure, like when you slip into a ski boot. When you strap the Ektio up you know this is something special, and the strong support and the “anti rollover bumpers” work like a charm. Ektio makes it near impossible to roll your ankles! The Ektio is lightweight, stylish and offers the safety that basketball players could only dream about before their arrival. On the court hooping it up, the Ektio Post Up was light weight and an overall superb baskbetball shoe. You really gain more confidence in your game and are willing to go the extra mile knowing you have a solid base to protect you from a simple ankle rollover that could keep you off the court for months.

For the full review, head over to Bullz-Eye.com, and start protecting your ankles!

  

‘Men of a Certain Age’ first season available on DVD

Men of a Certain Age Season 1.Ray Romano is too funny a guy to just disappear after Everybody Loves Raymond went off the air. It seems he agreed, because he put together a script for Men of a Certain Age, a dramedy about three friends, all in their 40s, trying to deal with life’s disappointments.

Bullz-Eye’s Will Harris reviewed the Men of a Certain Age first season DVD for the series and said the following:

The tone of “Men of a Certain Age” is very much that of a dramedy, but if you’re looking for the funniest episode of the season, there’s no contest: it’s “Go with the Flow,” where Joe goes on his first proper date since his divorce and gets a black eye in the process. Henceforth, you will never be able to hear the words “leg cramp” without laughing yourself silly.

There’s no excuse for the fact that “Men of a Certain Age” only pulled in a single Emmy nod in its first season. Kudos to Braugher for getting noticed, but the series as a whole deserves recognition: the cast is fantastic, and the writing is, too. The show may be slightly out of place on TNT, given that the network’s other series tend to be more action-driven, but hey, they put it on their air, so kudos to them for recognizing its excellence.

It’s a glowing endorsement for a marginalized series, though Andre Braugher’s Emmy should bring it a little more attention. The show has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere November 29th.

  

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