Saturday, August 31, 2013

From my vaults: Fred Clark


Tiiu Kuik

ph: David Roemer

New York

Broadway, New York City, c. 1910

Thairine Garcia

ph: Bob Wolfenson

First Lines: Karl Marx - Das Kapital

The wealth of those societies in which the capitalist mode of production prevails, presents itself as "an immense accumulation of commodities", its unit being a single commodity.

Saffron Burrows

R.I.P. Seamus Heaney


Friday, August 30, 2013

Clair Westenberg

In the Dark

Regensburg, August 2013

Charlotte Gainsbourg

ph: Karim Sadli

A day in the life, Aug 28

A day in the life, Aug 28, standing outside looking inside

Karina Gubanova

ph: Gabor Jurina

New Stuff: Miles Davis

Recommended by my pal Gerhard, these live perfromances are well worth the purchase.

Kylie Bax

ph: Steven Meisel

Babylon A.D. (2008)

In a near-future dilapidated world a veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America.

A sci-fi road-movie adventure has a star cast and some good visuals, but the story is obscure and the ending quite unsatisfying.

Maltin BOMB: "Incoherent plotting makes this attempted sci-fi epic a complete fizzle."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Al Buell


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Barbara Fialho

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2013

Michelle Reis

A day in the life, Aug 27

A day in the life, Aug 27, view from my bedroom

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Dick Clark


Julia Frauche

New York

 The pre-Lincoln Center Metropolitan Opera House

Lisa Cant

First Lines: Téa Obreht - The Tiger's Wife

(art: Ivica Stevanovic)

The forty days of the soul begin on the morning after death.

Nadya Kohno

In the Dark

Regensburg, August, 2013

Kate Winslet

A day in the life, Aug 26

A day in the life, Aug 26, at the pub

Malgosia Guzowska

An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool and falls in love with its narcissistic director.

A major tragedy unfolds amidst a wonderfully chosen cast, but somehow the gloomy story doesn't manage to grip.

Halliwell*: "Good on atmospherics and the detail of backstage bitchery and theatrical ambition, but flawed in its wider ambitions of a girl growing to maturity in circumstances of betrayal, this is a broken-backed melodrama: the first half belongs to Grant's ambiguous director, the second to Rickman's reckless leading man, but the innocent girl at its centre is not a strong enough character to hold it together as a satisfying whole."

Maltin**1/2: "Unfocused but rarely boring drama...The photography - more stylized bleakness from NAKED's Dick Pope - is a plus."

Mia Kirshner

New Stuff: The Dark Knight Rises

Got the DVD for such a reasonable price that it was worth it.

Lauren Bacall

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

The cast shines in an otherwise drab character study that makes you feel like you're watching a therapy group discussing their depressions.

Maltin**: "Hoffman's directorial debut is MARTY-lite, a cloying character study...Based on a play Hoffman performed Off-Broadway, the film is slow and just as tentative as the people it portrays."

Mädchen Amick

New Stuff: Bob Dylan

Wonderful addition to the Bootleg Series.

Louise Brooks

Bad Teacher (2011)

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.

Indeed, it's a teacher with a bad attitude and surprise: a heart somewhere inside,  but the humor is only partially successful, otherwise quite bawdy.

Maltin**: "Heavy-handed, obvious (and crass) comedy paints every adult as a clueless idiot and has all the actors mug like crazy - except Diaz and gym teacher Segel - which would be OK if the film were funny. It isn't."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Amber Anderson

ph: Stian Foss

R.I.P. Julie Harris


Ali Lagarde

ph: Rene Vaile

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2013

Uliana Tikhova

ph: Jonny Storey

A day in the life, Aug 25

A day in the life, Aug 25, standing outside looking inside

Kate Moss irrégulière

ph: Terry Richardson