Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kamila Hansen

ph: Marcelo Krasilcic

New Stuff: Abraham Lincoln

Carré Otis

ph: Tiziano Magni

New Stuff: Swans

Isabella Rossellini

ph: Sheila Metzner

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Barry Blitt)

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Aaron Siskind

Teddy Quinlivan

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A day in the life, May 20

A day in the life, May 20, at work

Juliane Grüner

ph: Amy Troost

New York

Futon Street, New York, 1940, Andreas Feininger

Kylie Minogue

First Lines: Ibn Battúta - Travels

Praise be ascribed to God the lord of worlds; and the blessing of God be upon our Lord Mohammed, and upon all his posterity and companions.

Kim Iglinsky

ph: Vlad Loktev

A day in the life, May 19

A day in the life, May 19, puddle

Asia Argento

Monday, May 22, 2017

Passengers (2016)

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers and two passengers are awakened 90 years too early.

Above.average sci-fi movie, for once not an action-laden shoot-em-up, but an original and interesting tale with a small cast of two (although one would love to see the main story after the film's finale); nevertheless, it's enteratining, suspenseful and offers the goods concerning the effects and visuals.

Shelby Keeton

Supremacy (2014)

A just paroled white neo-nazi and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and takes an African American family hostage.

Well staged drama with a capable cast and simple anti-racist message, the narrative a bit marred by flashbacks filling in for some ellipses.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Who's That Girl?

ph: Vladimir Marti

Art: Ralph Brillhart

Emily Browning

ph: Brian Higbee

A day in the life, May 18

A day in the life, May 18,  objet trouvé

Daga Ziober

ph: Magdalena Luniewska

New York

Greenwich Village, 1945

Pier Angeli

First Lines: Art Davidson - Minus 148 Degrees

One sunny morning in my twenty-first summer I was hiking along a road in British Columbia, wondering what mountain to climb next.

Emma Watson

ph: Bjorn Iooss

A day in the life, May 17

A day in the life, May 17, objet trouvé

Zuzana Straska

ph: Dan Smith

Devil's Knot (2013)

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Well produced and well cast true crime story only hints undecidedly at the upsetting aspects of this case and somehow ends in mid-air.

Maltin**1/2: "Straightforward (if arguably unnecessary) dramatization...Witherspoon and Nivola are especially good as the heartbroken mother and aloof stepfather of a young victim. If you've seen the three PARADISE LOST documentaries or WEST OF MEMPHIS this will all be familiar, though it's only the first chapter of the saga. This film ends in 1994 and provides terse postscripts for all that's occurred since then."

Tao Okamoto

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jaws (1975)

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

A brilliantly executed monster movie that launched the director's even more brilliant career.

On renewed viewing: it is remarkable how an old-hat exploitation story is surehandedly turned into an exciting and highly entertaining movie, perfectly balancing humor and shocks.

Halliwell**: "In the exploitation-hungry seventies this film took more money than any other. In itself, despite genuinely suspenseful and frightening sequences, it is a slackly narrated and sometimes flatly handled thriller with an over-abundance of dialogue and, when it finally appears, a pretty unconvincing monster."

Maltin****: "A rare case of a bubble-gum story...scoring as a terrific movie...Hold on to your seats!"

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Ed Ross

Letícia Birkheuer

A day in the life, May 16

A day in the life, May 16, objet trouvé

Iselin Steiro

ph: Mikael Jansson

New York

New York City of the 1960s

Natasha Poly

First Lines: Robert Byron - The Road to Oxiana

Here as a joy-hog: a pleasant change after that pension on the Giudecca two years ago.

Patti Hansen

A day in the life, May 15

A day in the life, May 15, sticker

Zooey Deschanel

New Stuff: Bone Tomahawk

Ara Choi

Ph: Kim Eo Mi

Friday, May 19, 2017

Deep Impact (1998)

Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive.

Mediocre and quite tedious doomsday movie that makes one long for the apocalypse - and disappoints in that aspect, too.

On renewed viewing: If you don't take it too seriously, the movie can be mildly entertaining.

Halliwell*: "Something of a feel-bad disaster movie, in which the world is almost destroyed, while the audience is slowly drowned in the sticky syrup of sentimentality. What is truly striking is the poverty of imagination: the end of all life is a theme worth more than the trivial psychodramas on display."

Maltin***: "Exciting yarn...Freeman is the rock-solid U.S. president, Duvall a veteran astronaut on a space mission to explode the comet; their authorative presence adds weight to this saga, while Leoni seems a bit of a flyweight as the ambitious TV newswoman who breaks the story."

Sally Jonsson