Friday, August 18, 2017

Kim Riekenberg

A day in the life, Aug 16

A day in the life, Aug 16, "Don't Worry, Beer Happy"

Monica Bellucci

ph: Bettina Rheims

New York

New York City 1948 ... after the Christmas shopping rush

Tanya Dziahileva

First lines: Baroness Emma Orczy - The Scarlet Pimpernel

A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.

Caroline Rausch

ph: David Burke

A day in the life, Aug 15

A day in the life, Aug 15, standing outside looking inside

Jana Knauerová

New Stuff: Paterson

Kati Nescher

ph: Willy Vanderperre

North West Frontier (1959)

In British India, a young prince must be taken to safety across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Imperialist gung-ho entertains as a Western-style train adventure with some good settings.

Halliwell**: "Thoroughly enjoyable Boys Own Paper adventure with excellent set-pieces and a sot-the-villain mystery."

Maltin***: "Fast-paced actioner..."


Nicole Trunfio

New Stuff: National Geographic

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jasmine Sanders

36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies, while two cops are seeking promotion, and the imminent departure of the Chief of Police sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne.

Excellent tough and very bleak policier exposes police corruption as just as terrifying as the criminal world.

Nastassja Kinski

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Stuff: Rushmore

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