Saturday, June 13, 2015

Anne Vyalitsyna

A day in the life, Jun 11

A day in the life, Jun 11, objet trouvé

Vlada Roslyakova

ph: Thanassis Krikis

Mad Max 2 (1981)

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Superior post-apocalyptic action thriller with colourful characters, great landscapes and well-staged action scenes.

Halliwell*: "Not much more than a retread of the above [i.e. Mad Max], but a more expensive, spectacular and violent one."

Maltin***1/2: "Far less original script-wise, but trend-setting visual design and some of the most unbelievable car stunts ever filmed make this equal to, if not better than, the first one."

Sharon Tate

Belly (1998)

Ever since they were kids, two firends have lived life close to the edge, doing whatever it takes to survive, and as adults, they build up their kingdom of crime on drug dealing and robbery.

Highly stylized crime story with a message, arguably you might watch it as the cinematic equivalent to a (good) rap song; however, at times it does show that the acting skills of some of the rap stars are quite moderate.

Halliwell (no star): "A first feature from a director of music-videos, which has flash and style but little charcterisation; you couldd say it suffers from substance abuse: there's not enough of it beneath the slick surface and raucous hiphop soundtrack."

Maltin*1/2: "Hyper-stylized, pretentious "gangsta" melodrama...Features some of hip-hop's finest; too bad they can't act. Cliched script doesn't help."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Barnett Newman

Friday, June 12, 2015

Quinn Cooper

A day in the life, Jun 10

A day in the life, Jun 10, my Wednesday night pub

Tereza Kacerova

New York

Kiko Mizuhara

First Lines: Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None

In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in The Times.

Inna Sherina

A day in the life, Jun 9

A day in the life, Jun 9, window display

Constanze Saemann

ph: Bruno Ripoche

New Stuff: Edge of Tomorrow

Just wanted to finally see, if this sci-fi thriller is realy as good as some say.

Anouk Torsing

Stardust (2007)

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Good production value and a star cast can't conceal that this fairy tale's story is overburdened and quite confusing.

Maltin***: "Wondrously imaginative fantasy yarn, adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel, creates a world all its own and is dotted with colorful characters, but goes on far too long."

Trixi Johnsson

New Stuff: Matana Roberts

Never want to miss out on a new Matana Roberts album.

Codie Young

New Stuff: Mad Max 2

I must admit that I've haven't seen it before, but it's only just now that I got my hands on an uncut copy.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Chris von Wangenheim

Marga Esquivel

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2015

Mila Mihaljcic

ph: Marko Vulević

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New York

Frida Gustavsson

First Lines: Dorothy L. Sayers - The Nine Tailors

'That's torn it!' said Lord Peter Wimsey.

Melodie Monrose

ph: Liz Collins

A day in the life, Jun 7

A day in the life, Jun 7, standing outside looking inside

Giedre Dukauskaite

New Stuff: Noah

Picked this up while shopping, since it was on sale and I still want to see it.


Fair Game (1995)

A cop who protects a civil law attorney from a renegade KGB team out to terminate her.

Only the action scenes and the (frequent and gratuitious) explosions are the highlights of this otherwise tedious thriller, which also contains one of the most ridiculous and uncalled-for sex scenes in cinema history.

Halliwell (no star): "A star vehicle built around Cindy Crawford; as long as she's in motion, it works as a low-level, senseless action film; whe she stops, not even the many loud explosions can hide her lack of acting ability."

Maltin BOMB: "Totally pre-fab action thriller that almost looks as if Joel Silver is trying to satirize himself...Arguably the worst movie of 1995. In her acting debut, supermodel Crawford makes a good jogger."