Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alazne Bilbao

R.I.P. B.B. King

Karolina Smetek

ph: Mateusz Stankiewicz

A day in the life, May 14

 A day in the life, May 14, window display

Lily Cole

ph: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Gambit (1966)

An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Likable, but not too exciting heist comedy; as so often,  Shirley MacLaine makes it worth the while.

Halliwell**: "An enjoyable light pattern of cross and double cross is well sustained to the end."

Maltin***: "Gimmicky robbery yarn...great fun."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Albert Giordan

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mathilda Bernmark

ph: Jaclyn Adams

A day in the life, May 13

A day in the life, May 13, standing outside looking inside

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Julie Delpy

Audrey Tchekova

ph: Jean Baptiste Mondino

New York

Lower East Side Manhattan 1940s
ph: Rebecca Lepkoff

Allison Harvard

First Lines: Josephine Tey - The Daughter of Time

Grant lay on his high white cot and stared at the ceiling

Catherine Lammersen

A day in the life, May 12

A day in the life, May 12, 11:11

Alicia Holtz

Schattenwelt (2008)

After two decades in prison Widmer, a former German RAF-terrorist, is released and meets a young woman who  tries to get her life back on track after she lost child custody for her little son.

Although it has atmosphere and is well-played, the movies is too ambitious in trying to cover all aspects of the story.

Danica Magpantay

New Stuff: Hannibal

A gift from my pal Ralf.

Lindsey Wixson

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Fascinated by a beautiful woman, a seaman joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Brilliant Noir fantasy with excellent Expressionist  photography and a tongue-in cheek twisted plot.

Halliwell**: "Absurd, unintelligible, plainly much cut and rearranged, this thriller was obviously left too much in Welles's hands and then just as unfairly taken out of them; but whole sequences of sheer brilliance remain, notably the final shoot-out in the hall of mirrors."

Maltin***: "The camera's the star of this offbeat thriller, with the cast incidental in murder mystery...The famous hall of mirrors climax is riveting."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Who's That Girl?

Art: Biho Takashi

Luca Noemi Horvath

A day in the life, May 11

A day in the life, May 11, Susie and Bubi on the sofa

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Alain Delon

Damaris Lewis

New York

Bettie Page

First Lines: Greg Bear - The Forge of God

Arthur Gordon stood in the darkness by the bank of the Rogue River, having walked a dozen yards away from his house and family and guests, momentarily weary of company.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jade de Lavareille

ph: Michael Sanders

A day in the life, May 10

A day in the life, May 10, Regensburg by night

Chiharu Okunugi

ph: Hans Feuer

New Stuff: The Shout

A movie I have always wanted to see, since it was released, but never have.

Natasha Poly

Flying Tigers (1942)

A captain's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

War actioner that does entertain with less patriotic overtones than usual, but with the usual redemption through heroism message.

Halliwell (no star): "More mock heroics with noisy but unconvincing action sequences."

Maltin**1/2: "Good war film...Exciting dog-fight scenes."

Monday, May 11, 2015

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Iwan Baan

Iliana Chernakova

A day in the life, May 9

A day in the life, May 9, Regensburg by night

Magda Maddie Kulicka

ph: Malgorzata Turczynska

From my vaults: Kenny Delmar

Nicole Keimig

ph: Martin Zahringer

New York