Wednesday, December 13, 2017

First Lines: John P. Marquand - Think Fast, Mr. Moto

It had not taken Wilson Hitchings long to realize that the firm of Hitchings Brothers had its definitive place in the commercial aristocracy of the East, and that China had retained a respect for mercantile tradition which had disappeared from the Occidental world.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vasilisa Pavlova

A day in the life, Dec 8

A day in the life, Dec 8, objet trouvé

Antonina Petkovic

New Stuff: The Flock

Romy de Grijff

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Above-average superhero drama delivers the goods (mostly mayhem) and adds tension to the encounter of Batman and Superman plus some badly needed help from Wonder Woman, collateral damage included.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Anna Selezneva

New Stuff: Chino Amobi

Who's That Girl?

Art: Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Enya Bakunova

A day in the life, Dec 7

A day in the life, Dec 7, some snow on the cobblestones

Heather Payne

New York

Sasha Luss

First Lines: John Buchan - The Island of Sheep

I have never believed, as some people do, in omens and forewarnings, for the dramatic things in my life have generally come upon me as suddenly as a tropical thunderstorm.

Lilla Lowanna

A day in the life, Dec 6

A day in the life, Dec 6, Christmas decoration

Olga Kurylenko

New Stuff: Eric Burdon & The Animals

Daria Strokous

ph: Hugh Lippe

Contagion (2011)

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Realistic, grand-scale and star-cast catastrophe movie manages to keep multiple stories and locations  seamlessly in line with the major plot; however, the matter-of-fact approach underplays the doom of a pandemic.

Maltin***: "Pulse-pounding account...Scott Z. Burns' screenplay is scary  because it's all so credible. Soderbergh handles the material in utterly straightforward fashion; there's no poetry here."

Maria Borges

Saturday, December 9, 2017

New Stuff: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Jeong Moon Lee

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

Basically a bad neighbor thriller, there's a subtext of racial tension that irritates; Samuel Jackson L. Jackson as the villain easily steals the show.

Maltin**1/2: "Provocative and well-acted, but film's constantly shifting sympathies make it difficult to know what the point is supposed to be."

Nastya Kusakina

New Stuff: Hacksaw Ridge

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Enrique Badulescu

Friday, December 8, 2017

Anna de Rijk

ph: Chris Colls

Window faces

Regensburg, December 2017

Georgie Wass

A day in the life, Dec 6

A day in the life, Dec 6, shadows in the night

Mathilde Brandi

ph: Miles Aldridge

New York

Martha Cooper. Untitled photograph from Street Play Series, Lower East Side, New York City, c.1978

Jean Shrimpton

First Lines: Olaf Stapledon - Odd John

When I told John that I intended to write his biography, he laughed.

Constanze Saemann


Rickmer Rickmers, September 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Amanda Googe

ph: Scott Trindle

A day in the life, Dec 5

A day in the life, Dec 5, night scene

Ho Yeon Jung

ph: Tom Newton

New Stuff: Kong: Skull Island

Riley Montana

ph: Matallana

The Ice Harvest (2005)

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money, but his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Somnambulant - and humorless - heist thriller takes its time till it reveals that it actually does have a plot; good cast is hardly faced with any challenge.

Maltin**: "Mostly unfunny black comedy must have worked better on the pages of Scott Phillip's novel..."