Saturday, July 29, 2017

Who's That Girl?

Art: Handiedan

Regina Feoktistova

A day in the life, Jul 25

A day in the life, Jul 25, objet trouvé

Ali Oskolkova

New York

Times Square 1940s Men by Coca Cola and Planters Peanuts Sign Vintage New York City by Christian Montone

Natalie Portman

First Lines: Rudyard Kipling - The Man Who Would Be King

"Brother to a Prince and fellow to a beggar if he be found worthy."

Moya Palk

A day in the life, Jul 24

A day in the life, Jul 24, objet trouvé

Paula Baniotaite

New Stuff: Jay-Z

Vivien Leigh

ph: Dorothy Wilding

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

A young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.

Fast-paced and well-made Northern Ireland thriller that does manage to avoid political bias, but is not so careful considering facts (the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 and not in 2007 as mentioned in the epilogue).

Maltin**: "Taut, fact-based account...Both a well-made thriller and a character study of McGartland and the impact his informing has on his life."

Amalie Gassmann

New Stuff: Lana Del Rey

Hanna Edwinson

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.

Fresh and new entry to the series, standard entertainment worth a view.

On renewed viewing: More enjoyable than I remember, has wonderful effects and makes you root for the apes.

Maltin**1/2: "Reinvention of the PLANET OF THE APES starts out so well it seems a shame it winds up like a cheesy monster movie of the 50s, with 21st-century visual effects. Everything we see seems absolutely real, including Caesar, played in performance-capture by Serkis. Screenplay is rife with references to the 1968 movie and its sequels."

Lauren Bacall

New Stuff: Apuleius

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Raymond Moore

Tania Onishchenko

ph: Wayne Maser

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A day in the life, Jul 23

A day in the life, Jul 23, objet trouvé

Leeny Ivanisvili

ph: Signe Vilstrup

New York

Keira Knightley

First Lines: H. Rider Haggard - She

In giving to the world the record oh what, looked at as an adventure only, is I Suppose on of the most wonderful and mysterious experiences ever undergone by mortal men, I feel it incumbent on me to explain what my exact connection with it is.

Freya Mavor

A day in the life, Jul 22

A day in the life, Jul 22, objet trouvé

Bar Refaeli

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Stuff: Honogurai mizu no soko kara

Emily Sandberg

ph: Paolo Roversi

Ju-on (2002)

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

A succession of effectively set horror scenes without any main characters (except the ghosts) is not enough to make this a coherent cinematic experience.

Maltin***: "Not a story as such, but a series of eerie images, some quietly creepy, others outright terrifying, made in the same unnerving style as RINGU."

Jill Kennington

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Barry Blitt)

Aline Weber

ph: Xavi Gordo

Noroi (2006)

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Unusual found-footage horror movie presents itself as documentary with divers sources, but artfully weaves together a coherent tale about a demonic supernatural entity; it does create an atmosphere of dread for those susceptible to its premise.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Art: Magda von Lerch

Magda von Lerch was an Austrian artist of the turn of the 20th century.
Painted mainly city-scape scenes.
Date of birth: 1871. Date of death: 1938

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