Monday, December 31, 2012

Karlie Kloss

A day in the life, Dec 30

A day in the life, Dec 30, cloud

Ginta Lapiņa

Whiteout (2009)

A U.S. Marshal tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

Mediocre crime mystery in an unusual setting, but with an uninteresting plot and a disappointing ending.

Maltin **: "Good-looking but paper-thin thriller...Even though her character is constantly in danger, Beckinsale is always perfectly coiffed; early on, she even peels off her clothes and takes a steamy shower. Only in the movies..."

Josephine Skriver

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

A young woman is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world.

Likable children's fantasy, the greatest magic, however, is Natalie Portman's participation.

Maltin **1/2: "Harmless family fare with amusing, old-fashioned toy creations will appeal primarily to the under-8 set, but the sugar-coated plot may find adults wanting to fast-forward. Hoffman seem to be channeling Ed Wynn."

Gemma Ward

Machete (2010)

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Intelligently made pulp actioner, tongue-in cheek and ultra-violent, a movie in the wake of Quentin Tarantino's exploits you might call 'quality trash'.

Maltin **: "It's fun to see the imposing Trejo in a leading role, but cowriter-codirector-coeditor Rodriguez's usual over-the-top mock-exploitation genre excesses - and undernourished plot - quickly become wearying. Amusing casting choices, although De Niro is wasted in a no-account part."

Sophie Holmes

Life of Pi (2012)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery.

Ingeniously adapted from the novel this instant classic of adventure movie shines with a great central performance and breathtaking animation effects.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Stephan Brigidi

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Darla Baker

ph: Jennifer Livingston

A day in the life, Dec 29

A day in the life, Dec 29, markings on the wall

Freja Beha Erichsen

From my vaults: Madeleine Carroll


Anja Leuenberger

New York

Alisa Bachurina

ph: Lev Efimov

First Lines: Edward Lear - A Book of Nonsense

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

Lily Donaldson

ph: Greg Kadel

A day in the life, Dec 28

A day in the life, Dec 28, up in the sky

Noomi Rapace

New Stuff: The Mountain Goats

Their latest album!

Diana Gärtner

ph: Federico De Angelis

Eat Pray Love (2010)

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction.

Unbearably cliche-ridden travelogue of a spoilt and rich woman who imagines having a 'problem' and ignores the rest of the world.

Maltin **1/2: "Roberts is ideally cast, but without having read Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir it's tough to understand her restlessness and angst. But as a travelogue and paean to Italian food, the film is easy on the eyes."

Riley Keough

New Stuff: Santigold

I fell in Love with the song Disparate Youth, and the album got very good ratings, so I decided to get it.

Anja Konstantinova

ph: Mason Poole

Black Christmas (2006)

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Standard slasher horror movie with a typically confusing plot and some nastier moments.

Maltin BOMB: "Someone just had to remake the 1975 frightfest for the blood-and-gore generation. With no fresh ideas, (...).Might have been bearableif we hadn't seen it all a hundred times before. At least the diabolical elf of terror makes clever use of ornaments."

Veranika Antsipava

New Stuff: Richard Pinhas, Merzbow, Wolf Eyes

I've been trying to get hands on this labum for nearly a ear, I finally got it!

Ondria Hardin

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.

Essentially, the same story all over again, but with far less panache, and the allusions to the current economic crisis don't help a bit.

Maltin **1/2: "The high-stakes power games are undeniably compelling in this slick production, which is filled with good performances (including 94-year-old Wallach). Too bad the ending is weak."

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Art: Peregrine Heathcote

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rianne Haspels

ph: Mick de Lint

A day in the life, Dec 27

 A day in the life, Dec 27, Regensburg by night

Daria Sergeeva

From my vaults: Lucia Carroll


Magdalena Frackowiak

New York

Frida Gustavsson

ph: Hasse Nielsen

First Lines: Oliver Sacks - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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