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The Late Movies: "Put This On," A Series About Men Dressing Like Grownups

I've been a fan of Put This On for years: I first linked to them way back in 2009 after chipping in a few bucks to help fund their first episode. Explained simply, it's a show for men about how to dress like a grownup. Sometimes this is as simple as explaining how to tie your shoes (you're probably doing it wrong), how to wash jeans properly (you're definitely doing it wrong), or even how to fold and pack a suit when you're traveling (points for trying, Mr. Wrinkly!). Beyond these tips, the show interviews men's style icons and explores cultural phenomena related to clothing. Best part? It's all free online. So if you're a guy, and you're wearing a tee-shirt right now (admit it), maybe you'd like to dress up a little? Here's the series to date (all of Season 1, plus the first episode of Season 2, which debuted today):

1. Denim

Including some life-changing tips regarding Woolite Black.

2. Shoes

"It's possible you've been tying your shoes wrong your whole life." Very possible.

3. Work

Who knew Paul Feig was such a snappy dresser?

4. Grooming

Listen up, gents: here's the right way to shave.

5. Tradition

On pocket squares: "When God made jackets, he put a pocket there." The pocket is not there for your phone.

6. Body

Have you ever worn a custom shirt, or do you buy off the rack? As James Ellroy once told me, a custom shirt will last you the rest of your life -- it's worth it.

7. Personal Style

Including an interview with Gay Talese, the rare man with his very own lapel style. Plus, a meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club -- attendees must wear at least two corduroy items.

8. The Melting Pot (Season 2, Episode 1)

Featuring a detailed investigation of the 'Lo Heads, enthusiasts of Polo Ralph Lauren menswear.

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Check out the Put This On site for links to their podcast, blog, and the Put This On Gentlemen's Association -- a subscription pocket square service. Seriously. Not even I am that fancy, and y'all know I roll deep fancy.

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Royal Watch 1947: See Queen Elizabeth II Marry Prince Philip
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In less than 24 hours, millions of royal enthusiasts will climb out of their beds at an ungodly hour, brew up the strongest pot of coffee they can manage, and watch Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle exchange their “I do”s. While gluing oneself to our personal electronics to witness all the lavish pomp and circumstance that surround a royal affair may seem like a relatively new pastime, the truth is that we’ve been doing it for years. Case in point: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding.

Though Elizabeth and Philip didn’t have dozens of television networks broadcasting their every step down the aisle, their nuptials did manage to attract more than 200 million earlobes, who listened in on the event via BBC Radio. Shortly thereafter, newsreel footage of the soon-to-be Queen’s big day made its way into movie theaters around the world. Now, thanks to the power of the internet, we can go back in time and tune in, too.

British Pathé has made a handful of videos from the wedding, which took place on November 20, 1947, available for streaming on YouTube. So if you want to start your royal marathon a little early, here’s your chance.

If you want to go back even further in time, The Royal Family’s YouTube channel includes footage of the 1923 wedding of Elizabeth’s parents, The Duke of York (later King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother), which also took place at Westminster Abbey.

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How to Craft the Perfect Gag, According to Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
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Dubbed “The Great Stone Face” for his ability to hold a deadpan expression even as the world (quite literally) crashed down around him, Buster Keaton was “one of the three great silent comedians” in film history, according to filmmaker Tony Zhou.

A video by Zhou, spotted by The Kid Should See This, explains just how Keaton managed to pull off such memorable stunts, and why his scenes continue to influence modern actors and filmmakers. First, Keaton shunned title cards and subtitles, instead opting to advance the story through action. He disliked repetition and thought each movement should be unique, while also insisting on authenticity and proclaiming that a filmmaker should “never fake a gag.” If a gag couldn’t be captured all in one shot, he wouldn’t do it.

The angle and positioning of the camera was also paramount. Many of Keaton’s vaudeville-esque gags were visual in nature, toying with the viewer’s perspective to create illusions that led to hilarious reveals. But for that to be successful, the camera had to remain stationary, and the joke had to play out entirely onscreen.

A low-speed chase scene in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, where Ralph Fiennes's Gustave H. runs up a long staircase in the background to escape cops, is a modern example of this. “Like Wes Anderson, Buster Keaton found humor in geometry,” Zhou says.

Check out Zhou’s video below.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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