Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sienna Miller

A day in the life, Sep 15

A day in the life, Sep 15, supper's ready

Maria Czerniak

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

In 1984, a British journalist investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Using a plot modeled after Citizen Kane this movie offers some great period details and music and succeeds in recreating the 70s glam rock scene; the story, however, remains negligible in comparison.

Halliwell**: "A camp account of a camp phenomenon, flamboyantly revelling in the fakery and the androgynous appeal of it all."

Maltin**1/2: "Opulent, glittery paean toearly '70s glam rock (and youth-culture head movies like QUADROPHENIA and PERFORMANCE) is such a triumph of style and excess it's easy to overlook the film's clinky CITIZEN KANE narrative structure and emotionally aloof characters. Rhys Meyers is effectively snotty as a bisexual David Bowie-esque pop star, but Collette is a standout as his negelcted party-girl wife..."

Martha Hunt

New Stuff: John Coltrane

Friday, September 16, 2016

Andreea Diaconu

Symptoms (1974)

A young woman is invited by her girlfriend, who lives in an English country mansion, to stay there with her; the estate, however, isn't quite what it seems--and neither is the friend who issued the invitation.

Atmospheric and stylish thriller that creates a dreamlike mindscape where all males are annoying intruders and the English woods appear like a jungle; unsual, but the plot itself is not too original.

Halliwell*: "Creepy thriller with lesbian undertones, stylishly directed."

Christy Turlington

ph: Gilles Bensimon

New Stuff: Garth Risk Hallberg

Who's That Girl?

Ladies and Bathing Machines c.1911

Photographer: Werner Bokelberg

Bio (in German)

Maria Borges

ph: Thomas Whiteside

Window faces

Regensburg, September 2016

Ashleigh Good

ph: Anthony Maule

A day in the life, Sep 14

A day in the life, Sep 14, daytime moon

Kirsten Dunst

ph: Cedric Buchet

New York

Manhattan, 1910

Sarah Gadon

First Lines: Howard Zinn - A People's History of the United States

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer at the strange big boat.

Sam Rollinson

A day in the life, Sep 13

A day in the life, Sep 13, objet trouvé

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ana Clara Weber

New Stuff: Christian Kracht

Michelle Dockery

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Effective and quite unsentimental crime drama (and romance); an example for those kind of movies "they don't make anymore".

Halliwell*: "Competent remake of  The Life of Jimmy Dolan, a tribute to the American way."

Maltin**1/2: "Enjoyable, with Rains miscast as a Dick Tracy type."

Suzy Parker

New Stuff: Wilco

Tasha Franken

ph: David Dunan

The Flesh Eaters (1964)

A group of young adults are trapped on a desert island only to find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh-eating organisms.

Unusual sci-fi shocker with some gory scenes; it has an adequate cast and some surprise moments, but the monster is once again absolutely ridiculous.

Maltin*1/2: "Occasionally tense, but gruesome and generally boring."

Hedy Lamarr

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Ivan Brunetti)

Who's That Girl?

Great Falls Central Catholic High School cheerleaders (Nat Farbman, 1953)

Art: Nishida Tadashige

Zuzanna Bijoch

Window faces

Regensburg, September 2016

Candice Swanepoel

ph: Luigi Murenu & Iango Henzi

A day in the life, Sep 12

A day in the life, Sep 12, standing outside looking inside

Alana Zimmer

ph: Derek Kettela

New York

Queensboro Bridge NYC

Kiko Mizuhara

First Lines: Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward - All the President's Men

June 17, 1972. Nine o'clock Saturday morning. Early for the telephone. Woodward fumbled for the receiver and snapped awake.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Melanie Werner

ph: Tina Luther

A day in the life, Sep 11

A day in the life, Sep 11, at work

Sofia Tesmenitskaya

New Stuff: The Beach Boys

Varvara Shutova

ph: Troyt Coburn

Destination Moon (1950)

A team composed of an aerospace scientist, an ex-Air Force general and an industrialist conceive an ambitious plan to land Americans on the moon.

Excellently produced sci-fi advaenture with good effects and amazing scientific accuracy in almost all details; interesting, but not quite exciting.

Halliwell*: "Semi-documentary prophecy with impressive gadgetry encased in a tedious and totally unsuprising script."

Maltin**1/2: "One of the pioneer sci-fi films about the first manned mission to the moon, modestly mounted but still effective. Striking lunar paintings by Chelsey Bonestell."

Yulia Ermakova

New Stuff: The Time Tunnel

A favourite from my childhood...