Friday, October 30, 2009

Who's That Girl?

Changeling (2008)

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.

Superb true-story drama, heart-wrenching and infuriating.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Guinevere Van Seenus

ph: Eric Traore

New stuff

Madalina Ghenea

New York

Julia Hafstrom

From my vaults

Isabelle Adjani

Katya Konstantinova

Daniel Charms, 31 Plays, #25

The Hunters

Six men went hunting, but only four came back home... Uh-huh...

Two didn't come back home... Uh-huh...

Oknov, Kozlov, Struchkov and Motilkov successfully came back home, but Shirokov and Kablukov died while hunting.

Oknov was upset about this for a whole day and didn't speak to anyone. Kozlov was following Oknov everywhere and annoyed Oknov with all sorts of questions, which made him rather furious.

Kozlov: Would you like a cigarette?
Oknov: No.

Kozlov: Would you like me to get you anything?
Oknov: No.

Kozlov: Would you like me to tell you something funny?
Oknov: No.

Kozlov: Would you like a drink at least? I have tea with cognac right here.
Oknov: Although I already hit you in the head with this rock, I will rip your leg off as well.

Struchkov and Motilkov: What are you doing? What are you doing?

Kozlov: Help me get up.

Motilkov: Don't worry, the wound will heal.

Kozlov: And where is Oknov?

Oknov (While ripping Kozlov's leg off): I am right here, not too far!

Kozlov: Oh my God! Help me!

Struchkov and Motilkov: It looks like he ripped his leg off!

Oknov: Ripped it off and threw it right there!

Struchkov: This is rather vicious!

Oknov: Whaaaat?

Struchkov: ...cious...

Oknov: Whaaaat?

Struchkov: N...n...n...nothing.

Kozlov: How am I going to walk home now?

Motilkov: Don't worry, we'll attach a little wooden something.

Struchkov: Can you stand on one leg?

Kozlov: Sure, but I don't feel very comfortable.

Struchkov: It's alright, we'll support you.

Oknov: Let me go to him!

Struchkov: No, no, no...You better leave.

Oknov: No, I said let me go!... Let me... This... This is just what I wanted to do.

Struchkov and Motilkov: This is terrifying!

Oknov: Ha-ha-ha!

Motilkov: Where is Kozlov?

Struchkov: He crawled into the bushes.

Motilkov: Kozlov, are you in there?

Kozlov: Shhhhh!...

Motilkov: Look how he's changed!

Struchkov: What should we do with him?

Motilkov: It is nothing we can do. I think we should just strangle him. Kozlov! Hey Kozlov? Can you hear me?

Kozlov: I can, but very badly.

Motilkov: You shouldn't worry, dear. We'll strangle you right away. Just wait a second!.. Just... Just... Like this...

Struchkov: A little bit more here! Like this! That's right! And a little bit more... Now, all done!

Motilkov: All done!

Oknov: God bless!

Who's That Girl?

Natalia Vodianova

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Anastasija Kondratjeva

ph: Sol Sanchez

New York

Patricia van der Vliet

From my vaults

Cannonball Adderley

Tara Gill

ph: Sarah Maingot

Daniel Charms, 31 Plays, #24

(Warren Ellis/Ivan Rodriguez)

Sleep teases a man

Markov takes off his boots, sighs, and lies down on the sofa.

He wants to sleep, but as soon as he closes his eyes, sleep leaves him. Markov opens his eyes and reaches for a book, but sleep conquers him again, and halfway to the book he lies down and closes his eyes again. But as soon as he closes his eyes, sleep leaves him again, and his consciousness gets so clear that he was able to solve algebra equations with two unknowns.

Markov's suffering went on, and he didn't know what to do: sleep or stay awake? Finally, tormented, hating himself and his room, Markov puts his coat and hat on, takes his walking stick, and goes out onto the street. Fresh air gets Markov happy and relaxed, and he feels like going back to his room.

Right after he enters the room, he feels pleasantly tired and sleepy. But as soon as he lies on the sofa and closes his eyes, - sleep momentarily evaporates.

Fuelled with fury, Markov jumps off the sofa, and without his hat and coat, runs toward Tavricheskiy Garden.

Who's That Girl?

ph: Nobuyoshi Araki

Meurtres (1950)

A man assists his gravely ill wife to die and wants to face justice for this, but his brothers try everything to keep the family's name 'clean'.

Superb morailty play with a magnificent Fernandel in the lead and Jeanne Moreau in her first major role.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Denisa Dvorakova

ph: Jem Mitchell

New York

Zoe Gaze

ph: Camilla Akrans

Kate Moss irrégulière

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Igor Vishnyakov

Daniel Charms, 31 Plays, #23

Mausov killed Catov

Comrade Catov danced around Comrade Mausov.

Comrade Mausov watched Comrade Catov.

Comrade Catov moved his hands insultingly, and twisted his legs disgustingly.

Comrade Mausov frowned.

Comrade Mausov screamed and rushed into Comrade Catov.

Comrade Catov tried to run away but stumbled and got caught by Comrade Mausov.

Comrade Mausov hit Comrade Catov on the head with his fist.

Comrade Catov screamed and fell on all fours.

Comrade Mausov kicked Comrade Catov in the belly with his foot, and hit him in the head one more time.

Comrade Catov lied flat on the floor and died.

Mausov killed Catov.

Who's That Girl?

From my vaults: Sean Adamz

ph: Sean Adamz

Georgia May Jagger

New York

Pamela Bernier

Monday, October 26, 2009

From my vaults

Barry Adamson

Kristy Kaurova

Daniel Charms, 31 Plays, #22

What Is Sold In Stores These Days

Koratigin went to Tikakeev's but Tikakeev was not home.

At the time, Tikakeev was in a store buying sugar, meat and cucumbers.

Koratigin stood at Tikakeev's door for a while and was about to leave a note, when suddenly saw Tikakeev carrying a plastic bag.

Koratigin sees Tikakeev and yells at him: - I've been waiting for you for a whole hour!

- This can't be true, - says Tikakeev, - I left my house not more than twenty five minutes ago.

- Well, I don't know how could that happen, - said Koratigin,- I've been standing here for an hour.

- Stop lying! - said Tikakeev. - It's rather shameful to lie.

- My lord! - said Koratigin. - Would you please be more careful choosing your words.

- I think... - Tikakeev starts saying, but is interrupted by Koratigin.

- Well if you think... - he says, but Koratigin is interrupted by Tikakeev who says:

- Let me tell you what you really are!

These words infuriates Koratigin so much that he closes one of his nostrils with his finger and blows his nose through the other one right at Tikakeev.

Then, Tikakeev takes out of his bag the biggest cucumber and hits Koratigin in the head.

Koratigin grabs himself by the head, falls down and dies.

That big of a cucumber is sold in stores these days!

Mina Cvetkovic

La mandragola (1965)


Mandragola oder Der Liebhaber als Arzt West Germany
Mandragola: The Love Root (undefined)
The Mandrake (undefined)

A husband desperate for an heir, will do anything to produce one, and in desperation he sends his devoted wife to a man pretending to be a doctor.

Erotic historic comedy with a message, based on a long banned play by Niccolò Machiavelli. Funny and erotic, this is quite enjoyable.

Lindsey Wixson

ph: Damon Heath

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

Wonderful last work of a great director: entertainingly talkative, meandering stories and some good music.

Who's That Girl?

Along Came Polly (2004)

A buttoned up newlywed finds his too organized life falling into chaos when he falls in love with an old classmate.

Good-humoured romantic comedy, not so bad for a change.