Saturday, October 22, 2016

Borrowed Time (2015)

A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.

Animated Pixar short succeeds in this attempt to make a dark adult cartoon movie; the freak accident itself, however, appears like a comedy gag gone wrong.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Joel Sartore

Sofija Jekic


Denkendorf, October 2016

Nicole Correa

A day in the life, Oct 20

A day in the life, Oct 20, autumn leaves

Elise Wyatt

New York

Little Italy, New York City, 1943, photo by Fred Stein

Vlada Roslyakova

First Lines: David Halberstam - The Best and the Brightest

A cold day in December. Long afterward, after the assassination and all the pain, the older man would remember with great clarity the young man's grace, his good manners, his capacity to put a visitor at ease.

Frida Westerlund


Denkendorf, October 2016

Olivia Hamilton

ph: Giampaolo Sgura

A day in the life, Oct 19

A day in the life, Oct 19, behind the curtain (Susie & Bubi)

Katiusha Feofanova

ph: Kathryna Hancock

The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

In 17th century England the children of a village slowly convert into a coven of devil worshipers.

Fairly successful period horror with a few interesting scenes, but marred by an overladen and confusing plot.

Halliwell (no star): "Moderately frightening, rather silly but at least original period horror comic."

Maltin**: "Richly atmospheric horror film with erotic undertones, somewhat gruesome at times."

Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "An effective, serious witchcraft thriller..."

Britt Kline

ph: Bellezza Moda

Wake in Fright (1971)

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

Bitter satire of life in Australia's outback is very convincing and realistic, especially considering the 'tragic' ending; well-played and with some good cinematography.

Halliwell*: "A convincingly brutal picture of a community whose interests range from homosexuality to a bloody kangaroo hunt."

Maltin***: "Intriguing film...Unlikely to be endorsed by Australian tourist commission."

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Rory Van Milligen

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

Wonderful documentary focused on a lovable person on the hidden side of fame, but still offers little insights into the stars' lives and the music business.

Who's That Girl?

Art: Bruce Pennington

Kiki Visser


Denkendorf, October 2016

Estella Boersma

ph: Karim Sadli

A day in the life, Oct 18

A day in the life, Oct 18, nightly view from our living room

Friday, October 21, 2016

May Bell

New York

Delancey Street

Barbara Palvin

ph: Alasdair McLellan

First Lines: Lewis Thomas - The Lives of a Cell

We are told that the trouble with Modern Man that he has been trying to detach himself from nature.

Jin Jung Sun

ph: Kim Je Won


Denkendorf, October 2016

Eva Padberg

A day in the life, Oct 17

A day in the life, Oct 17, bedtime

Caroline de Maigret

ph: Benoît Peverelli

The Unborn (2009)

A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.

Another exorcism horror 'shocker' below par, at times risible and quite forgettable, the ending is quite abrupt without any thrills.

Maltin*1/2: "Steeped in Jewish mysticism, and featuring one of the very few on-screen exorcisms performed by a rabbi (Oldman), writer-director's low-voltage shocker is often inadvertently comical enough to qualify as camp. Even so, some viewers may be seriously offended by this supernatural drama's exploitation of the Holocaust as a plot device."

Kelly Kopen

The Resident (2011)

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.
Mediocre stalker thriller which manages to accumulate all the cliches you'd expect from the often-told plot.
Maltin BOMB: "Appallingly derivative stinker, barely released, goes through the usual litany of psychotic moves before screech-halt at a dime. It's incredible that any double Oscar winner would ever wind up headlining a movie like this."

Mariacarla Boscono

ph: Katja Mayer

The House I Live In (2012)

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Brilliant documentary and essay on the so-called 'war on drugs' that offers some quite amazing and shocking revelations about its true background.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Max Dupain


Sylvie Vartan


Denkendorf, October 2016

Julia Leineweber

ph: Jesse Laitinen

A day in the life, Oct 16

A day in the life, Oct 16, autumn leaves

Lana Del Rey

ph: Joe Pugliese

New York

The George Washington Bridge

Julie Newmar