Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who's That Girl?

ph: Lillian Bassman

Art: Louis Tinayre

Coco Rocha

A day in the life, Aug 14

A day in the life, Aug 14, objet trouvé

Crystal Renn

New York

Louis Draper Boy and Movie Poster, Harlem, New York City, 1968

Margaryta Senchylo

First Lines: Joseph Conrad - Nostromo

In the time of Spanish rule, and for many years afterwards, the town of Sulaco - the luxuriant beauty of the orange gardens bears witness to its antiquity - had never been commercially anything more important than a coasting port with a fairly large local trade in ox-hides and indigo.

Claire Manning

A day in the life, Aug 13

A day in the life, Aug 13, standing outside looking inside

Ji Young Kwak

ph: Choi Moon Hyuk

SoulBoy (2010)

A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene.
Fairly entertaining period drama is likable for its realistic depiction of 70s English youth and its celebration of Northern Soul.

Estella Warren

New Stuff: Gil Evans/Jimi Hendrix

Sarah Gadon

ph: Norman Wong

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Devil's Violinist (2013)

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

Trashy bio-pic has some good period details, but a lot of miserable performances;  true, David Garrett knows how to play the violin, but obviously never learnt how to act.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Lewis Hine

Lena Hardt

ph: Tommy Ton

A day in the life, Aug 12

A day in the life, Aug 12, still life

Anna Trosko

ph: Henrik Adamsen

New York

The 1912 Vanderbilt Hotel -- Park Avenue and 34th Street, New York City

Audrey Tautou

ph: Audrey Tautou

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Lines: G.K. Chesterton - The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.

Olivia Brower

A day in the life, Aug 11

A day in the life, Aug 11, objet trouvé

Kate Bosworth

New Stuff: Elvis Presley

Cassey Chanel

The Challenger (2013)

Richard Feynman participates in the Rogers Commission investigation into the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Excellent TV drama manages to hold one's attention while revealing the bureaucratic obstacles that marred the investigation William Hurt is perfectly as Richard Feynman.

Annika Krijt

ph: Hong Jang Hyun

New Stuff: Hail, Caesar!

Ronja Furrer

Wonder Women (1973)

An insurance investigator battles Dr. Tsu and her sexy all-girl army.

Pure 70s Grindhouse trash that somehow combines all the elements you'd expect from such a product: a bizarre plot with some shock value, exotic setting, bad acting, low production value, nudity, violence and even some risible mutants plus a funky soundtrack.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Alasdair McLellan

New Stuff: Peanuts

Who's That Girl?

Girl with a jukebox at a Dairy Queen in Austin, Texas, 1963.  Photo by Thomas Hoepker

Art: Hasui Kawase

Andi Muise

A day in the life, Aug 10

A day in the life, Aug 10, standing outside looking inside

Zlata Mangafic

ph: Philip Gay

New York

Todd Webb, Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets. New York City, 1948

Anna Karina

First Lines: Jack London - The Sea-Wolf

I scarcely know where to begin, though I sometimes facetiously place the cause of it all to Charley Furuseth's credit.

Charlie Bredal

ph: Jen Carey

A day in the life, Aug 9

A day in the life, Aug 9, stickers

Lana Zakocela

ph: Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

New Stuff: Peanuts

Laura Scott

ph: Jesse-Leigh Elford

Xiao cheng zhi chun (1948)

A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town.

Poetic and intense study of a complex relational entanglement; a mature and timeless masterpiece on par with the best similar achievements by Ozu or Bergman.