Saturday, April 20, 2013

Daiane Conterato

ph: Zee Nunes

A day in the life, Apr 18

A day in the life, Apr 18, Regensburg by night

Alexa Corlett

ph: Nicolas Valois

New Stuff: The Wire

Karolina Kurkova

ph: Francesco Carrozzini

Source Code (2011)

A soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Intelligently made, fast-paced and intriguing sci-fi thriller.

Maltin **1/2: "Pretty good movie based on an intriguing concept, though it adds more layers of complexity than truly necessary, especially toward the end."

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Art: Joe Bowler

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Jennifer Messelier

ph: Clément Louis

A day in the life, Apr 17

A day in the life, Apr 17, behind the cathedral

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: James Chance


Tania Onishchenko

ph: Jurij Treskow

In the Dark

Regensburg, March 2013

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Craig McDean

New York

New York 2008 (photo by me)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A day in the life, Apr 16

A day in the life, Apr 16, standing outside and looking inside

Georgiana Saraev

ph: Clarens Tyson

Nuovomondo (2006)

A very poor Sicilian farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother.

Fascinating and idiosyncratic emigration story with some good performances and intelligent direction.

Maltin ***: "Heartfelt, dreamlike...Although it is set at the dawn of the 20th century, the film is a poetic ode to the aspirations of immgrants of all eras. Filled with stunning images, it begs for a sequel following these characters into the New World."

India Farrell

ph: Jeff Hahn

Miral (2010)

An orphaned Palestinian girl grows up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war and finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Partially gripping story with a great cast, but told within a complicated plot structure.

Maltin **: "Uneven saga...Instantly controversial, the simplistic storyline about women of different eras living under Israeli occupation is actually benign, bolstered by the performances of a sterling international cast. Segmented, confused plotting doesn't help matters as film ambles along, never allowing the audience to get inside its complex subjects. Schnabel does at least try to offer some modicum of hope through the eyes of the title character, well played by Pinto."

Mini Anden

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Luke Pearson)

Judith Bedard

Thor (2011)

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Comic adaptation which strives to bring some intelligence to a silly plot, but fails due to a dull cast and lacklustre direction.

Maltin **1/2: "Heavy going in the artificial-looking Norse world, while the tone on Earth is one of cheeky comedy. This lighthearted material is novel and fun, but it undercuts the story's deadly serious intentions. In short, a mixed bag."

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Art: Kara Walker


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Meghan Douglas

ph: Walter Chin

A day in the life, Apr 15

A day in the life, Apr 15, our alley

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Gower Champion


Lonneke Engel

In the Dark

Regensburg, March 2013

Masha Markina

ph: Shayne Laverdière

New York

Hotel Chelsea 2008

Tasha Franken


ph: Paul Morel

First Lines: Saul Bellow - The Adventures of Augie March

I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Emily Smith

A day in the life, Apr 14

A day in the life, Apr 14, Regensburg

Caterina Ravaglia

ph: Erwin Olaf

Murder at 1600 (1997)

At a time of international incident, the body of a young female staffer is found in a White House wash room.

Suspenseful thriller with a very convoluted and highly implausible plot.

Halliwell (no star): "Dull and unconvincing thriller, lacking both mystery and suspense."

Maltin **: "Muddled, predictable mystery thriller...One Good Cop vs. Big Bad Bureaucracy ecenario is done in by its endless plot holes, not to mention ludicrous finale."

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Photographer: Gerda Taro