Saturday, July 25, 2015

A day in the life, Jul 23

A day in the life, Jul 23, standing outside looking inside

Karen Babenko

ph: Schmidt & Gorges

The River Murders (2011)

While investigating a series of murders, a homicide detective becomes the prime suspect when the FBI uncovers his close personal ties to all the victims.

OK serial killer thriller in a similar vein as Se7en, but much less surprising or compelling.

Marine Dauchez

New Stuff: The Wire

Audrey Marnay

ph: Signe Vilstrup

Une affaire privée (2002)

It's been six months since a young woman has disappeared, and at the request of her mother, a private detective takes over the investigation.
A Chandleresque Noir mystery that has style and atmosphere, but a not so exciting conclusion.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Stuart Franklin

Pia Cecilie

A day in the life, Jul 22

A day in the life, Jul 22, sticker on a mailbox

Anastasia Mashukova

New York

Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Friday, July 24, 2015

Xiao Wen Ju

First Lines: Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman

Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical.

Helena McKelvie

A day in the life, Jul 21

A day in the life, Jul 21, la rocca

Emily Astrup

Killer Elite (2011)

When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action to kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.

Competent action-thriller that somehow doesn't compel with its overladen plot.

Maltin**1/2: "Rugged, well-actedactioner raises intriguing questions about morality and abuse of power, only to abandon them in favor of the usual slam-bang Stathem heroics."

Daria Butygina

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New Stuff: Laibach

In the mid 80s I was a fan and saw Laibach live in concert several times; I thought it's time to get some of their albums from that time.

LAIBACH - Life is Life (1987) von myfilm-gr

Kiko Mizuhara

Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)

The rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.

Intimate and compelling documentary on an artist struggling hard and finding succes at a high age that also illustrates the social environment in which Charles Bradley lives and from where his music finds its inspiration.

On second view: I still agrre with my initial impression.

Who's That Girl?

Art: Alessandro Biffignandi

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brooke Perry

A day in the life, Jul 20

A day in the life, Jul 20, the X marks the spot

Noel Berry

New York

'The Roxy Twin' 42d Street 1985, New York City by Matt Weber

Freja Beha Erichsen

ph: Glen Luchford

First Lines: Patricia Highsmith - The Talented Mr. Ripley

Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way.

Clara Wasehuus

A day in the life, Jul 19

A day in the life, Jul 19, telephone booth by night

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Maria Dashkevich

Ordinary People (1980)

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Fine analysis of a family on the verge of catastrophe, subtly and grippingly told with a great ensemble.

Halliwell***: "An actor's piece which on that level succeeds very well, and accurately pins down a certain species of modern American family."

Maltin****: "Superb adaptation...Intelligent, meticulously crafted film, an impressive directorial debut Redford..."

Ji Min Kim

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Jean-Jacques Sempé)

Anna Selezneva

ph: Marcus Ohlsson

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

Highly twisted courtroom drama and mystery, professionally staged with a good cast.

Maltin**1/2: "...well cast and neatly plotted but losesits spark long beforethe unexpected finale. Not bad, but not as solid as it promises to be at the outset. Makes creative use of offbeat L.A. locations." 

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Robert Harper

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Zazoe van Lieshout

ph: Jenni Hare

A day in the life, Jul 18

A day in the life, Jul 18, let it flow (impressions on my way home from the pub)

Valentina Neumeister

New York

Marina Nery

First Lines: Ira Levin - A Kiss Before Dying

His plans had been running so beautifully, so goddamned beautifully, and now she was going to smash them all.