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The Kempt Five

  • Jason Wire
  • Najib Benouar


Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.

The Cannes Film Festival’s 2014 Poster. “Featuring a still of Marcello Mastroianni from Fellini’s 8 1/2, it just oozes cool. And makes you want to go to the Côte d’Azur, obviously.” —S.P.

041614_FIVE_2Michael Shannon, in All Forms. “Being up to date with basically every TV show on the air right now—oh, quit it with the judgment, would you?—I watched Man of Steel on HBO Go last night. And, as I’d been forewarned and so suspected, it wasn’t great. That is, it wasn’t great except for Michael Shannon, who played Superman’s nemesis General Zod with the exact same vigor that he brought to the role of Insane Sorority Sister in that wonderful Funny or Die–sponsored dramatic reading. It was awesome.” —S.P.

041614_FIVE_3Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. “Although I haven’t tasted even a sip of their creations, Esquire’s profile of an interview with the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. guys was enough to make me a fan at face value. In short: suburban Arizona man gets sudden urge to start a brewery; man borrows wife’s 401(k) to fund said brewery; man nearly goes bankrupt and loses wife; man suddenly wins prestigious beer award; cue ‘Celebration’ by Kool & the Gang.” —J.W.

041614_FIVE_4Speaking of Beer... “Sure, no one ever opens a bottle with the intent of not finishing it, but letting a beer go flat is an even bigger crime to humanity. That’s where these little silicone Beer Saver guys come in handy. Pop one onto your beer and you’re good for at least a day (or maybe more, but that’s as far as I’ve ever gotten). It’s good if you like to slowly taste and savor several fancy beers at once... or are inclined to forget half-sipped beers in the fridge while mowing the lawn. Also good for: preventing disastrous spills when your significant other randomly reaches all the way into the back of the fridge for that one jar of fancy ketchup that we don’t even like that much, let alone ever use.” —N.B.

1a92eaad-46f4-a971-17a6-f8e100e2854c_701 Don Pete Canters.jpgPete Campbell in California. “As fantastic as it was to see the entire Mad Men gang back in action this past Sunday, the real cherry on the sundae was seeing Pete Campbell embracing his newfound Californianism in full good-vibrations-prepster regalia. (Close second: Ken Cosgrove’s eye patch.) Really looking forward to the montage of Pete roller-skating down Venice beach later this season.” —N.B.