Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) (TV)

Overwhelmed by a disastrous lightning storm that his son predicted, a man must learn to trust his son in order to save his family and the whole community.

Substandard TV catastrophe thriller additionally annoying by basing most of the plot on ridiculous pseudo-science.

Brianna Blount

Driftwood (2006)

Riddled with guilt over the loss of his rock star older brother a16-year-old becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an attitude-adjustment Camp for troubled youths.

OK as a youth prison camp drama led by a corrupt and sadistic ex-marine, but the supernatural conclusion ruins it.

Carolin Loosen

ph: Jason Eric Hardwick

The Nature of the Beast (1995)

Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.

Above average thriller with two good lead performances, suspence is based mainly on their interactions, but the surprise twist ending is unnecessary.

Halliwell (no star): "An effective thriller, if you ignore its pretensions to say something significant about the human condition."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Ellen Auerbach


Sasha Grey

R.I.P. Bobby Womack


Friday, June 27, 2014

Asia Bugajska

ph: Djamel Boucly

A day in the life, Jun 26

A day in the life, Jun 26, at home

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Daniel Craig

Farhiya Shire

ph: Ester Grass Vergara

New York

New York City, 1933. By Samuel Herman

Camille Cerf

First Lines: Stendhal - The Charterhouse of Parma

On the 15th of May, 1796, General Bonaparte made his entry into Milan at the head of that young army which had shortly before crossed the Bridge of Lodi and taught the world that all these centuries Caesar and Alexander had a succesor.

Kylie Minogue

R.I.P. Eli Wallach

Clare Venema

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2014

Mischa Barton

A day in the life, Jun 25

A day in the life, Jun 25, in our alley

Shir Chong

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Bruce McCall)

Nieves Alvarez

New Stuff: Ben Frost

Recently on the cover of The Wire I was intigued to get his new album.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alexa Chung

Ponette (1996)

A little girl copes with her mother's death by withdrawing from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back.

Remarkable achievement for directing a full cast of children and telling the story from the little girl's point of viws, but  ruined by a silly ending.

Halliwell*: "An unsettling film, partly because of doubts over the methods used to extract such an astonishing, emotional, tearful performance from its young protagonist, but also because of the harshness it exhibits - all the adults behave inappropriately - and its final lurch into banal fantasy."

Maltin**1/2: "Heart-rening, if unfulfilling, tale...Doillon, who also scrpited, truly captures life through the eyes of a child, but there's more emotion than substance, and the ending is a cop-out. Thivisol's amazingly performance is the film's greatest strength."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Alfred Birkenmayer

Bio (in Polish):

Jelena Babic

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2014

Juliane Grüner

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A day in the life, Jun 24

A day in the life, Jun 24, objet trouvé

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Fanny Cradock

Rakul Villebæk

ph: Henrik Bülow

New York

Ellen Auerbach      The Dancer Renate Schottelius, New York City       c.1947

Magdalena Frackowiak

First Lines: Victor Hugo – Notre-Dame de Paris

A few years ago, when the author of this book was visiting, or rather exploring, Notre-Dame, he found, carved by hand on the wall of a dark recess of one of the towers, the word: 'ANA I'KH.

Eva Poloniova

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2014

Beegee Margenyte