Saturday, April 30, 2016

Caitlin Ricketts

A day in the life, Apr 28

A day in the life, Apr 28, sticker

Kirsi Pyrhonen

Obsession (1976)

A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his deceased wife.

Masterful exercise in Hitchcock style clearly referencing Vertigo; atmosphere and tension are well are finely recreated, and the plot has some slight twists without being too complex.

Halliwell*: "Hitchcockian adventure with a few unwise attempts at seriousness, a la Don't Look Now. Generally entertaining, skilled and quite rewarding."

Maltin**1/2: "Viwers who don't remember VERTIGO might enjoy this rehash...Holds up until denouement."

Hanna Edwinson

ph: Saga Wendotte

New Stuff: Prince with Miles Davis

This cd contains the only actual Prince/Miles Davis collaboration, "Little Red Riding Hood" (also known as "Can I Play With U"). Most of the other tracks are outtakes and demos from Prince's late 80s period.

Katie Schmid

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan and, guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.

Highly entertaining updated version of Kipling's classic, mixing excellent CGI animation with a real  (good) actor playing Mowgli, resulting in more realistic and in parts dark and upsetting sequences for a child audience.

Sasha Pivovarova

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: R. Kikuo Johnson)

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Arthur Lavine

Carmen Dell'Orefice

Window faces

Regensburg, April 2016

Raquel Zimmermann

ph: Mario Sorrenti

A day in the life, Apr 27

A day in the life, Apr 27, on the sidewalk

Smith Vanders

New York

New York, 1950s
ph: Gita Lenz

Karlie Kloss

ph: Mariano Vivanco

First Lines: Keith Richards - Life

Why did we stop at the 4-Dice Restaurant in Fordyce, Arkansas, for lunch on Independence Day weekend?

Rachel Clark

ph: Sølve Sundsbø

A day in the life, Apr 26

A day in the life, Apr 26, objet trouvé

Ilva Hetmann

ph: Elisabeth Troll

New Stuff: All is Lost

Another dvd I found on sale.

Angela Lindvall

ph: Gilles Bensimon

New Stuff: The Butler

Found this recently on sale at our local drugstore.

Joanna Tatarka

ph: Krzysztof Kowalski, Dorota Szafranska

Contre toi (2010)

An act of revenge takes an unexpected turn when perpetrator and victim get to know each other.

Intense idiosyncratic psychodrama with a superb cast manages to suprise but leaves the audience bepuzzled.

Chloe Lecareux

New Stuff: Susanna

Great new album by Susanna.

Anna Kupriienko

ph: Emma Tempest

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The classic Victorian detective downgraded to contemporary cinema blockbuster standards; the sets are quite spectacular, though.

On second view: I still stay with my initial evaluation and must add the movie is quite boring despite all the spectacle.

On renewed viewing: still not thrilled about it, bit it's watchable.

Maltin**: "Murky, noisy, overproduced claptrap ...Annoying in the extreme - and unintelligible at times - the film gets better in the second half as an actual story emerges, but the overuse of Ritchie-branded editing and CGI effects is deadening."

Anna Karina

New Stuff: Little Annie

I helped finance Little Annie's new album via PledgeMusic and got an autographed copy.

Who's That Girl?

Art: Takato Yamamoto

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Missy Rayder

Window faces

Regensburg, April 2016

Isabell Andreeva

A day in the life, Apr 25

A day in the life, Apr 25, Regensburg by night

Cora Emmanuel

ph: Sebastian Kim

New York

Broadway and Trinity Building, New York 1908

Natasha Poly

First Lines: Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast

Then there was the bad weather.

Manon Leloup

ph: Marcus Ohlsson

A day in the life, Apr 24

A day in the life, Apr 24, objet trouvé

Justyna Michalska

New Stuff: Bob Mould

Bob Mould's acclaimed new album.

Naomi Campbell

ph: Karl Lagerfeld