Saturday, September 19, 2009

Joan Fontaine

Indeterminacy 15

Two monks came to a stream.
was Hindu,
the other Zen.
The Indian
began to cross the stream
by walking
on the surface of
the water.
The Japanese became
excited and called
to him to come
“What’s the matter,”
the Indian said.
Zen monk said,
“That’s not the way
to cross the stream.
me.” He led him
to a place where the
water was shallow
and they waded across.

- John Cage

Eveline Grimberg

Code Name: Wolverine (1996) (TV)

A retired Navy Seal is on his way to Italy for a holiday with his family, but accidentally gets involved in a drug cartel's business.

Sub-standard TV actioner with no surprises whatsoever.

Who's That Girl?

New Stuff

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lindsey Wixson

Indeterminacy 176

Alex and Gretchen Corazzo
gave a great deal of
thought to whether or not
they would attend the funeral
of a close friend.
At the last
minute they decided they
would go.
Hurriedly they dressed,
rushed out of
the house, arrived
late; the
services had begun.
They took seats
at the back of the chapel.
the invitation came to view
the body, they
again deliberated,
finally deciding to do
Coming to the casket,
they discovered they
were at the wrong funeral.

- John Cage

Who's That Girl?

Natalia Vodianova

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Clarice Lispector


August 2009

Tremmelhausen is a small town outside of Regensburg situated on top of a hill. It has a very popular beer garden.

Audrey Tautou

Regensburg by night

August 2009

Morgane Dubled

ph: Marcus Mam

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2009

Holly Thompson

Indeterminacy 3

Once when several of us
were driving up to
Boston, we
stopped at a roadside
restaurant for lunch.
was a table near a
corner window where we
could all look out
and see a pond.
People were
swimming and diving.
There were
special arrangements for
sliding into the water.
the restaurant was a juke
Somebody put a dime in.
noticed that the music that
came out accompanied the
though they didn’t hear it.

- John Cage

Sandrine Bonnaire

Confidential Agent (1945)

During the Spanish Civil War, a republican courier travels to England to try and buy coal and meets with an amount of local hostility.

Atmospheric and superbly photographed Graham Greene adaptation, but a bit too long and talkative. Bacall is beautiful as ever.

Who's That Girl?

Day of the Woman (1978)


Blood Angel West Germany (video title)
I Hate Your Guts (undefined)
I Spit on Your Grave USA (reissue title)
Ich spuck' auf dein Grab West Germany
The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill USA (poster title)

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Infamous controversial exploitation movie, sleazy and highly effective, one wonders for what kind of audience this was intended for.

The movie is banned here in Germany.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kate Moss irrégulière

Indeterminacy 152

We are all part and parcel of a way of life that
puts trust in the almighty dollar — so
much so that we feel ourselves slipping when we hear
that on the international market the West German
mark inspires more confidence. Food,
one assumes, provides nourishment;
but Americans eat it fully aware that
small amounts of poison have been added to
improve its appearance and delay its
putrefaction. None of us wants cancer or
skin diseases, but there are those who tell
us that’s how we get them. It’s hard
to tell, come December, whether
we’re celebrating the birth of Christ or
whether American business has simply pulled the
wool over our eyes. When I hear
that an artist whose work I admire gets
$7000 for a painting whereas another whose
work I don’t admire gets twice as much,
do I then change my mind?
Ten years ago the New York painters
were for the most part poor as church
mice. Did they then or do they
now have a place in American society?

- John Cage

Who's That Girl?

Atomic Train (1999) (TV)

A train filled with atomic devices threatens to destroy the city of Denver.

Amazing that anyone would finance this (probably expensive) much too long mixture of Runaway Train and The Day After.

Clara Alonso

Monday, September 14, 2009

Indeterminacy 44

(Rene Descartes: Principles of Philosophy)

During a counterpoint class at
U.C.L.A., Schoenberg
sent everybody to the blackboard.
We were to
solve a particular problem he
had given and to turn
around when finished so that
he could check on the
correctness of the solution.
I did as directed.
He said,
“That’s good.
Now find another
solution.” I did.
He said,
“Another.” Again I found
one. Again
he said, “Another.”
And so on.
Finally, I said,
“There are no more
solutions.” He said,
“What is the principle
underlying all of the solutions?”

- John Cage

Kelley Ash

The Right Stuff (1983)

The original US Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Epic but never boring account of the beginnings of American space travel, although a bit patriotic.

Coco Chanel

Man on Wire (2008)

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974.

A fascinating documentary of a still unbelievable act of derring-do.