In the middle of the Arabian Sea off the coast of Somalia’s pirate waters, is the Yemeni archipelago Socotra. Of its 4 islands, the main Socotra island is one of the most remote, visually stunning, culturally intriguing, and least visited places on Earth. You might be wondering is it safe to visit Yemen – and […]
Alternative Autumn/Winter Footwear By now, we all know the importance of great footwear. Along with confidence, your shoes are arguably the most defining part of any ensemble, smart or casual. And it’s not just women who take notice of what’s…
Menswear Range Inspired By Monochrome Casual wear label Original Penguin has launched a new capsule collection inspired by a monochrome colour palette. The 18-piece line comprises an update of some of the brand’s classic pieces in contrasting black and white…
As the weather begins to turn from mild and wet, to cold and bitter- it is time we reconsider our footwear. Something more suitable for cold, icy pavements and treks across the city. A simple choice here; we turn to Red Wing Shoes- popular with trendsetters for their stylish, yet practical form. Red Wing Shoes, named […]
Tailoring Brand Targets Party Season Dutch menswear chain Suitsupply has unveiled its AW14 collection of men’s eveningwear and accessories in time for end of year celebrations. The retailer has focused on classic styles such as a silk button, peak lapel…
As we revealed earlier today, John Cameron Mitchell will debut in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on January 21, returning to the role he created Off-Broadway 15 years ago and immortalized in the cult-hit 2001 film….
Oscar-winner Mike Nichols, who is inarguably one of the great stage and film directors of all time, has passed away at age 83. With classic movies such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage and Angels in America on his resume, it’s impossible to choose a favorite. Still, can […]
To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That certainly applies to Sean Hayes. Last week, CBS announced it was canceling The Millers. The failed series was the second sitcom featuring Hayes to get axed in the past couple years. On the flip side, the 44-year-old actor […]
The culture surrounding college sports has become so polluted with commercial concerns – from bowl games and TV revenue to paraphernalia, video-game money and beyond – that the recent events at Florida State (involving player lawlessness) only seem to underscore the issues. They also make it more apparent that college football is just minor-league NFL, including its willingness to ignore character issues.
So Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary, Happy Valley, about the Penn State sex scandal that unfolded from mid-2011 to 2012, may surprise people. While Bar-Lev makes no apologies for Penn State and its handling of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, neither does he pile on in vilifying late coach Joe Paterno and Penn State as a whole.
If anything, that’s one of Bar-Lev’s most provocative points: How much punishment is enough? At what point does the blame stop and life go on?
Obviously, for Sandusky’s victims, the assaults will resonate and haunt forever – consider Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, who talks to the camera about why he defended Sandusky, despite being one of Sandusky’s prey. But Bar-Lev is after something bigger here.
Even as he recaps the events that led to Sandusky’s conviction and the firing of Paterno, Penn State’s president and athletic director, Bar-Lev looks at the media furor that surrounded the events. In doing so, he raises questions about the face-saving actions of the university and the NCAA, as well as the national urge to purge, punish and forget.