Friday, August 5, 2016

Hanne Gaby Odiele

A day in the life, Aug 4

A day in the life, Aug 4, objet trouvé

Mia Goth

ph: Steven Meisel

The Movies I Watched in July

Abraham Lincoln 1930  7

Automata 2014  7

Blood Ties 2013  6 
Cape Fear 1962  7

Dangerous Afternoon 1961  6
Dishonored Lady 1947  6
Evariste Galois 1965  6 
Eve of Destruction 1991  5
Extreme Measures 1996  6
Ghostbusters 1984  6 
Head 1968  7 

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991  7 

High-Rise 2015  6
Independence Day 1996  7 

The Day of the Triffids 1962  5
Knight of Cups 2015  6
Mission to Mars 2000  5 
Parallels 2015  5
Pasolini 2014  6 
Playing God 1997  5 
Red Planet 2000  6
Screamers: The Hunting 2009  5 
Smart Woman 1931  6 
Snatch 2000  5 
Stalags 2008  7

Surrogates 2009  6 
The Brain Eaters 1958  3 
The Cars That Eat People 1974  6 
The Deep 2012  6 
The Fall of the House of Usher 1928  8

Toast 2010  6 
Trapped 1949  6 
Yesterday's Children 2000  6

Arizona Muse

Head (1968)

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through a surreal sixties odyssey.

Deliberately plotless, harmless psychedelic romp; mainly silly, but also funny and entertaining, and a genuine document of its time.

Halliwell*: "A psychedelic trip of a movie which does for the Monkess what A Hard Day's Night  and Yellow Submarine did for the Beatles, and what Monty Python did for us all. Sometimes funny, slick and clever; often just plain silly."

Maltin***: "Far-out film debut for TV rock group...this overlooked item is a delightful explosion of crazy ideas with no coherent plot, many old film clips, some good songs, and such unlikely guests as Sonny Liston and Victore Mature...Well worth seeing."

Who's That Girl?

The dressing room at the Moulin Rouge, 1924

Art: Fortunino Matania

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Donna Jordan

ph: Oliviero Toscani

A day in the life, Aug 3

A day in the life, Aug 3, at work

Ellie Leith

ph: Tré & Elmaz

New York

NYC - 1937

Christy Turlington

ph: Steven Meisel

First Lines: Ishmael Beah - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

My high school friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.

Anmari Botha

ph: Laurie Bartley

A day in the life, Aug 2

A day in the life, Aug 2, spots

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Abraham Lincoln (1930)

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States. 
A bit slow and undramatic, this biopic does offer some brilliant cinematographic sequences; and Walter Huston is superb in the title role.
Haliwell**: "Rather boring even at the time, this straightforward biopic has the virtues of sincerity and comparative fidelity to the facts."
Maltin**1/2: "Huston is excellent in this sincere but static biography of Lincoln; can't match Griffith's silent masterpieces."

Jing Wen

ph: Stockton Johnson

New Stuff: Emma Cline

Eva Herzigova

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

Mission to Mars (2000)

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Well-produced sci-fi adventure with some nice visuals, but the star cast is wasted and the 'metaphysical' ending quite disappointing.

Halliwell (no star): "Grandiose attempt at science fiction with a spiritual message; it never achieves lift-off."

Maltin**: "Stupefyingly dull drama...Film takes a matter-of-fact approach to space travel that soon becomes deadening, with a spell-it-all-out climax for those who still don't get 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY."

Liisa Winkler

ph: Kelly Klein

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Frank Viva)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Magdalena Frackowiak

The Day of the Triffids (1962)

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

This isn't really a good movie - the plot itself is hilariously silly - but it has an (unintended) dreamlike,  surreal quality to ist scenes and situations, so I'll have to admit it's one of my guilty pleasures since my childhood.

Halliwell*: "Rough and ready adaptation of a famous sci-fi novel, sometimes blunderingly effective and with moments of good trick work."

Maltin**1/2: "Variable special effects."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Bunny Yeager

Patricija Zilinskaite


June 2016

Ieva Laguna

ph: Bjarne Jonasson

A day in the life, Aug 1

A day in the life, Aug 1, objet trouvé

Ala Keller

New York

New York City, c. early 1930s

Julie Newmar

First Lines: Julia Child - My Life in France

At five-forty-five in the morning, Paul and I rousted ourselves from our warm bunk and peered out of the small porthole in our cabin aboard the SS America.