Saturday, July 15, 2017

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Walter Rosenblum

Julie Christie

A day in the life, Jul 11

A day in the life, Jul 11, objet trouvé

Kianna Stupakoff

New York

New York City of The 1960s.

Mariacarla Boscono

ph: Peter Lindbergh

First Lines: James Fenimore Cooper - The Crater

There is nothing in which American Liberty, not always as much restrained as it might be, has manifested a more decided tendency to run riot, than in the use of names.

Afef Jnifen

A day in the life, Jul 10

A day in the life, Jul 10, objet trouvé

Michella Cruz

New Stuff: Juliana Hatfield

Gisele Bündchen

ph: Roe Ethridge

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

A rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum", but being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Fairly entertaining comic-book adaptation with some good period detail; thankfully, the original's unflattering patriotism is toned down, and the villain is not the Third Reich itself, but a renegade madman Über-Nazi.

Maltin**1/2: "First half of this period piece is good fun, but story loses its thrust and doesn't even provide an honest ending. Evans is quite good in the title role; visual effects turn him into a puny version of himself for the early scenes."

Ophelie Rupp

ph: Georges Antoni

New Stuff: Margaret Atwood

Friday, July 14, 2017

Adriana Mockovciakova

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders, but Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Lacklustre sequel comes along as a tired attempt (and miss) to revive the original's charm;  and there's a disagreeable, imbalanced mixture of humour and violence.

Maltin*1/2: "The purpose and momentum of the original film are gone, along with some of its most compelling characters. What's left is a vulgar, violent look at Hit Girl...and a lot of obnoxious posturing by egomaniacal villain Red Mist...Carrey is wasted as a newly introduced vigilante leader and Taylor-Johnson's role is reduced to meaninglessness. Comic-book moviemaking at its worst."

Kylie Minogue

New Stuff: Goldie

Who's That Girl?

Art: Alex Raymond

Amilna Estevão

ph: Jason Kim

Window faces

Regensburg, July 2017

Senait Gidey

ph: Matallana

A day in the life, Jul 9

A day in the life, Jul 9, yellow pages

Angela Lindvall

ph: Carter Smith

New York

New York, circa 1905, City Hall Post Office at Broadway & Park Row

Veronica Lake

First Lines: Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo

On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.

Romee Strijd

ph: Brett Lloyd

A day in the life, Jul 8

A day in the life, Jul 8, objet trouvé

Tanga Moreau

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

New Stuff: Thomas Kapielski

Kaia Gerber

ph: Taylor Tupy

Mega Cyclone (2012)

Epic storms triggered by a space phenomenon obliterate cities, and the only answer to escaping complete annihilation rests on a small-town teen's extraordinary science project.

Below par TV doomsday flick; so bad, it isn't even risible; in fact, the "scientific" dialogues will make you weep.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Mark Ulriksen)

Esperanza Spalding

The Killers (1946)

Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and an investigator uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly woman.

Film noir classic with extraordinary b/w photography and excellent performances, Ava Gardner, however, is not quite convincing as femme fatale; the plot is more an imagination about Ernest Hemingways story than an adaptation.

On renewed viewing: Hemingway's famous short story is merely the trigger for an intriguing, complex Noir crime story, arguably one of genre's best; both Lancaster as the 'innocent' cuckold and Gardner as the inscrutable femme fatale set standards with their performances.

Halliwell***: "Elaborate tale of cross and double-cross, stunningly executed."

Maltin****: "Compelling crime drama...Film provides fireworks, early success of Lancaster (in film debut) and Gardner."

Magdalena Frackowiak

ph: Brian Molloy