Saturday, March 18, 2017

Amelia Rose Akerhielm

New Stuff: Zeitkratzer

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Corinne Day

Mighty Joe Young (1949)

A young woman who has raised a giant gorilla from an infant brings him to Hollywood years later seeking her fortune in order to save her family's ranch.
Charming rip-off of King Kong clearly aimed at a younger audience (despite a lot of violent mayhem there seem to be no fatalities) with the same great special effects and a fast-paced, lively plot with a happy ending.
Halliwell*: "Rather tired comic-sentimental follow-up to King Kong, with a tedious plot and variable animation but a few endearing highlights."
Maltin***: "Updating of KING KONG theme has comparable (and Oscar-winning) stop-motion special effects by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen, but no matching storyline, and Moore is no Fay Wray. Mr. Young is good, though."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Burt Glinn

Alba Moreira

ph: Tina Luther

Satan in Art and Images

The first Madam Satan was a woman named Tyra, who was engaged to a man whose parents did not approve of the impending marriage. When she found out about their disapproval she murdered them. However, as they were dying they were able to tell their son that his fiancee was the murderer.
The son executed his revenge killing Tyra who ended up in hell working under Satan. Her job was to seduce men into giving their souls to Satan. This worked pretty well since her powers included hypnotic control over all men as well as the ability to kill men with a single kiss. (Wikipedia)

Rose Byrne

Window faces

Regensburg, March 2017

Louise Pedersen

ph: Nagi Sakai

A day in the life, Mar 13

A day in the life, Mar 13, evening sky

Johanna Ovelius Gustavsson

ph: Rodrigo Carmuega

New York

New York City's Penn Station in 1925

Friday, March 17, 2017

Karlie Kloss

ph: Rory van Millingen

First Lines: Graham Greene - Journey Without Maps

The tall black door in the narrow city street remained closed.

Kayla Scott

A day in the life, Mar 12

A day in the life, Mar 12, objet trouvé

Tove Ågren

ph: Jimmy Backius

Robots (2005)

In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management.

Set in a quite imaginative future this is fun to watch, if sometimes a bit too fast-paced.

On renewed viewing: I still agree with my first assessment.

Maltin**1/2: "Inventive CG-animated film has dazzling production design...; the script is less magical, with an alarming number of  derriere jokes, but still entertaining, with a lively voice cast, including various celebrity cameos."

Susie Bick

ph: Mark Borthwick

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Carter Goodrich)

Barbara Palvin

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Factory (2012)

An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer.

Cliche-ridden crime thriller with an unsatisfying twist ending; John Cusack's over-the-top performance as the obsessed cop doesn't help, either.

Who's That Girl?

Art: Johannes Flintoe

Lorraine Pascale

ph: Peter Lindbergh

A day in the life, Mar 11

A day in the life, Mar 11, the Moon

Maaya Yoshiyama

ph: Nobuyoshi Araki

New York

NYC, 1934

Ruslana Korshunova

Monday, March 13, 2017

A day in the life, Mar 10

A day in the life, Mar 10, objet trouvé

Pania Rose

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Although the plot is not quiteinventive, the movie does make the best to turn this closed room drama into a psychological thriller; the cast helps, and John Goodman is  a treat.

Wu Yue

New Stuff: Bambi & Bambi II

Darla Baker

Trumbo (2015)

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Good depiction of the effects of McCarthy's Hollywood blacklistimg concentrates on Dalton Trumbo's life, but gives enough details of the times; period detail and cast are excellent.