Thursday, September 23, 2010

Amy Groves

From my vaults: John Baldessari

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Andrea Lehotska

Bobbi Wiens

New York

(photo by me)

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

I am not a dog hater. I do hate what man has made of his best friend. The snarl of a panther is certainly more dangerous than the snarl of a dog, but it isn't ugly. A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with a pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering. But a dog's snarl is ugly, a redneck lynch-mob Paki-basher snarl...snarl of someone got a "Kill a Queer for Christ" sticker on his heap, a self-righteous occupied snarl. When you see that snarl you are looking at something that has no face of its own. A dog's rage is not his. It is dictated by his trainer. And lynch-mob rage is dictated by conditioning.

Louise Maselis

ph: Benjamin Travade

New Stuff: Frank Zappa

I've been a giant Zappa from my teens on and actually had every single of his albums all the way up to the late 80s. However, switching to CDs I haven't completed my collection yet. This is one of the missing pieces.

Xenia Micsanschi

ph: Andoni & Arantxa

New Stuff: Re/Search

Finally got Vol 2 today.

Jae Childs

New Stuff: Vijay Iyer Trio

Last year I saw the Vijay Iyer Trio perform this album live and was instantly convinced. The album has since received rave reviews and is on several best of lists for 2009.

Rosanna Schiaffino

New Stuff: The Wire

Hélène Desmettre

Natalia Vodianova

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Joseph Sattler

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Luisa Bianchin

ph: Billy Kidd

From my vaults: Sharan Bala

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Yukie Kawamura

New York

Anna Tarasova

First Lines: Ben Okri - Songs of Enchantment

We didn't see the seven mountains ahead of us.

Cecilia Delgadillo

Hard Candy (2005)

A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet and, suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.

A closed-room torture drama competently made with 2 good central performances, but with dubious intentions.

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Rui Sousa

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nadia de Haan

From my vaults: Stanley Baker


Agata Byczkowska

New York

Hanne Brüning

First Lines: Stanislaw Lem - Solaris

At 19:00 hours, ship's time, I made my way to the launching bay.

Hannah Hardy

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Peter de Sève)

Olga Boiko

Kate Moss irrégulière

Melody Woodin

ph: Tina Tyrell

Merci pour le chocolat (2000)


Süßes Gift Austria (cable TV title) / Germany
Nightcap International (festival title) (English title)

A young woman discovers that she may have been switched at birth and presents herself to her possible father And slowly discovers the dark secrets that connect her family with his.

Typical for its director this is a meticulously made satire of French/Swiss bourgeois society with a somewhat puzzling plot and an unexciting ending.

Natalia Szumiata

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Arnold Roth)

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Aleksandra Waliszewska

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