Thursday, February 4, 2016

First Lines: Tom Clancy - The Hunt for Red October

Captain First Rank Marko Ramius of the Soviet Navy was dressed for the Arctic conditions normal to the Northern Fleet submarine base at Polyarnyy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Anniek Kortleve

ph: Sevda Albers

A day in the life, Feb 2

A day in the life, Feb 2, standing outside looking inside

Sycha Mubiaya

ph: Matt King

New Stuff: Motorpsycho

My first introduction to the legendary Norwegian rock band.

Evelina Szamszoncsik

New Stuff: Der schweigende Stern

A DDR (East German) science fiction classic I've always wanted to see.

Vlada Roslyakova

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

The Movies I Watched in January

American Buffalo 1996  5 
American Sniper 2014  6
Armageddon 1998  5
As Good as It Gets 1997  7

Basic 2003  6
Bat*21 1988  6
Big Eyes 2014  7

Bitter Moon 1992  6
Born Free 1966  7

Bounty Killer 2013  5
Carol 2015  8

Deep Impact 1998  5
In a Better World 2010  7 

Ladder 49 2004  6
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008  5
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1941  6
Powwow Highway 1989  6
The Burning Plain 2008  6
The Double Hour 2009  6
The Odd Couple 1968  8

The Other Man 2008  7

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977  6
The Silent World 1956  7

The Three Faces of Terror 2004  6
Wild Grass 2009  6
Wrath of the Titans 2012  6

Who's That Girl?

Art: Josef Balcar

Samantha Gradoville

ph: Alique

Window faces

Regensburg, January 2016

Zita D'Hauteville

ph: Thomas Babeau

A day in the life, Feb 1

A day in the life, Feb 1, standing outside looking inside

Simone d’Aillencourt

New York

Alfred Stieglitz. Winter on Fifth Avenue. 1892.

Tao Okamoto

ph: Norbert Schoerner

First Lines: P. D. James - Shroud for a Nightingale

On the morning of the first murder Miss Muriel Beale, Inspector of Nurse Training Schools to the General Nursing Council, stirred into wakefulness soon after six o'clock and into a sluggish morning awareness that it was Monday, 12th January, and the day of the John Carpendar Hospital inspection.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ania Cywinska

A day in the life, Jan 31

A day in the life, Jan 31, light

Paolla Rahmeier

American Buffalo (1996)

Long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when three inner-city losers plot the robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.

A feast for the actors, but the movie itself is very stagebound and nerve–rackingly talkative.

Halliwell**: "A conversation piece that shows its theatrical origins, but survives the transition to the screen thanks to Mamet's demotic dialogue and the expert performances it receives."

Tegan Desmond


ph: Nikolay Biryukov

New Stuff: John Cale

Radical 2016 reworking of 1982 masterpiece from founding member of The Velvet Underground, plus the original album remastered & expanded with 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Karolina Cwiek

American Sniper (2014)

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend.

Professionally directed, but quite unpolitical and cursory study of a war hero's life; the (many) conventional war scenes are staged as timeless and with hardly context to the actual conflict.

Emma Watson

New Stuff: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

A collection of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy  Peel senssions.

Michelle Williams

ph: Yelena Yemchuk

Powwow Highway (1989)

Two Native Amercans leave the Reservation to take a road trip across the badlands of the American Midwest to save one's sister from unjust imprisonment.

Likable Native American feel-good road movie with a slight political stance, but otherwise it's a meandering tale with a colorful cast of characters.

Halliwell (no star): "Rambling road movie that comes to the conclusion that it is morally justifiable for the exploited to lie, cheat and steal."

Maltin***: "Not a totally successful film, but unusual and satisfying, with a standout performance by Farmer, an immensely likable actor who makes his character both endearing and ennobling."

Anabel Krasnotsvetova