Monday, December 27, 2010

Maryna Linchuk

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

A unit of American military advisors in Vietnam prior to the major U.S. involvement find similarities between their helpless struggle against the Viet Cong and the doomed actions of a French unit at the same site a decade before in this bitter look at the beginnings of the Vietnam war.

Committed anti-war drama, somewhat dated by now.

Elise Hélène Gatschene

La passante du Sans-Souci (1982)

A reputable businessman, a rich self-made man with a conscience who founded a highly visible and active international organization fighting against violations of human rights murders an an ambassador.

A political-historical drama competently set in a courtroom and told in long flashbacks.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: George Hurrell‏


Kristina Salinovic

From my vaults: Barbara Bates


Natalia Vodianova

New York

Kate Moss irrégulière

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

  My first Russian blue cat came from the streets of Tangier and found his way into the garden of the Villa Muniria, where I was staying in 1957. He was a beautiful tomcat with a lustrous gray-blue coat, like very expensive fur, and green eyes. Although he was a full-grown cat at the time he quickly became very affectionate and often spent the night in my room, which opened onto the garden. That cat would catch a piece of meat in the air between his front paws like a monkey. He looked exactly like Ruski.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kiki Kang

ph: Fan Xin

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to Brooklyn over 30 years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

A gangster drama of epic dimensions, Sergio Leone's final attempt has some grandiose moments.

Julija Steponaviciute

Romy (2009)

A biography of Austrian actress Romy Schneider.

Unnecessarily convoluted TV biopic of Romy Schneider's life, although competently made, it's additionally marred by expecting that the audience already knows the main details of the biography.

Raquel Zimmermann

ph: Karl Lagerfeld

Dream Wife (1953)

A business tycoon with marriage on his mind and a U.S. diplomat are a modern couple, unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of the diplomat.

Pedestrian and only occasionally amusing sex comedy despite the two stars trying to do their best.

Nina Reijnders

ph: Richard Bakker

New Stuff: Sherlock

Got this season 1 a a Christmas gift from my friend Tanja, sounds like it's quite good.

Donna Loos

ph: Mara Zampariolo

Kiss the Girls (1997)

Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Suspenseful serial killer mystery with a ridiculously twisted plot.

Saskia de Brauw

New Stuff: Hedy Lamarr

I got this biography as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend Ursula.

Nnenna Agba

Buddenbrooks (2008)

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families.

Lackluster and sketchy adaptation of Thomas Mann's classic novel naively relying on production value and stars to create some depth.