Saturday, January 9, 2016

A day in the life, Jan 8

A day in the life, Jan 8, objet trouvé

Filippa Hamilton Palmstierna

ph: Peter Gehrke

New York

West 48th Street, Manhattan, NY

Amit Machtinger

ph: Karl Lagerfeld

First Lines: W. Somerset Maugham - Ashenden

It was not till the beginning of September that Ashenden, a writer by profession, who had been abroad at the outbreak of the war, managed to get back to England.

Ehrinn Cummings

ph: Raymond Meier

A day in the life, Jan 7

A day in the life, Jan 7, Regensburg by night

Adele McKeen

Armageddon (1998)

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

A classic doomsday premise executed with a big budget is ruined by a silly plot and a chaotic ending.

On renewed viewing: a bit more entertaining, if you don't take to too seriously.

Halliwell (no star): "Loud and brainless action movie that was among the top box-office successes of 1998."

Maltin**: "Opens with a bang, and sets up an exciting (if improbable) story...After a while it becomes so routine, so predictable, and so redundant that all the fun is drained away."

Nastassja Kinski

Les herbes folles (2009)

A wallet lost and found opens the door to a romantic adventure.
Quirky, almost surreal romantic comedy, elegantly directed; likable, but so slight that it reamins unremarkable.

Maltin**: "Odd, teasing, dreamlike farce from 88-year-old Resnais is an exploration of chance and fate, and the strange, complex relationship that develops between these two characters...but it's curiously unsatisfying."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Greta Buysse

Beatriz Santana


Regensburg, January 2016

Barbora Podzimková

A day in the life, Jan 6

A day in the life, Jan 6, Regensburg by night

Carmelita Mendes

ph: Kyrre Wangen

New York

Andreas Feininger, Used car lot, Seventh Avenue, New York, 1940

Lauren Bacall

First Lines: Charles Dickens - The Mystery of Edwin Drood

An ancient English Cathedral Tower?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cristina Piccone

ph: Hans Neumann

A day in the life, Jan 5

A day in the life, Jan 5, a snowy day

Neelam Gill

ph: Carlos Serrao

Carol (2015)

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

Highly exquisite adapation of Patricia Highsmith's lesbian love story achieves an intimate perspective from within a fragile relationship and awes with some Saul Leiter-inspired cinematography.

Hailey Baldwin

New Stuff: Jesús Franco

A monumental volume, and still just part 1...

Shaily Jiang

Le monde du silence (1956)

A nature documentary investigating aquatic habitats in various locations around the world.

Aesthetically impressive and captivating documentary, but very dated and quite dubious concerning its attitude to animals and nature.

Mona Johannesson

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Frank Viva)

Who's That Girl?

Art: Julius Grimm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Josephine Skriver

First Lines: Graham Greene - Our Man in Havana

'That nigger going down the street,' said Dr Hasselbacher standing in the Wonder Bar, 'he reminds me of you, Mr Wormold.'

Pritika Swarup

A day in the life, Jan 3

A day in the life, Jan 3, standing outside looking inside

Tali Lennox

ph: Benni Valsson

New Stuff: The Jacques Cousteau Movie Collection

I wanted to rewatch these classics.

Kyleigh Kuhn

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Two New York sophisticates have been lovingly and passionately married for three years, until they are told individually that due to a technicality their wedding was not legal.

A screwball comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock which is well-made, mildly amusing, but also a bit dated.

Halliwell*: "Smartish matrinomial comedy, surprisingly but not obviously by the master of suspense."

Maltin***: "Madcap comedy...One of Hitchcock's least typical films, but bouncy nonetheless..."

Kylie Minogue