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

Neurology's favourite word is 'deficit', denoting an impairment or incapacity of neurological function: loss of speech, loss of language, loss of memory, loss of vision, loss of dexterity, loss of identity and myriad other lacks and losses of specific functions (or faculties).

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ida Dyberg

ph: Paul Bellaart

A day in the life, Dec 26

A day in the life, Dec 26, at night

Anna Trosko

New Stuff: Frank Ocean

On several best of 2012 lists among the top 10, in some even the number 1.

Willa Holland

New Stuff: The New Yorker

Morgane Warnier

ph: Karen Collins

American Splendor (2003)

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Ingenious combination of staged and real life scenes and comic book elements, this way truly recreating the actual intentions of the comic series.

Halliwell **: "Occasionally engaging mix of drama and documentary, in which Harvey Pekar comments on his experiences and this movie; the collision between himself as he appears and as he is played by Giametti adds piquancy, but it often seems just ordinary."

Maltin ***1/2: "Innovative film...(...). The filmmakers manage to fuse footage of Pekar, his family, and friends with their movie alter egos in a fresh and constantly surprising way. Giametti is perfect as the unrepentant curmudgeon."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Alex Binnie

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chloe Memisevic

A day in the life, Dec 25

A day in the life, Dec 25, reflection

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Lewis Carroll


Lakshmi Menon

ph: Niko Mitrunen

New York

Amanda Hendrick

ph: Christian MacDonald

First Lines: Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl

I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kristina Krivomazova

ph: Dmitriy Chinovnikov

Just so thoughts

Coming home from work last Sunday I noticed a poster for an upcoming concert organized by our local Jazz Club, which rarely brings interesting artists to Regensburg. But this time - to my great astonishment - it'll be James 'Blood' Ulmer, one of the heroes of my youth! I still have his early collaboration with Ornette Coleman (another hero of mine!), Tales of Captain Black, and my favourite album of his with the Music Revelation Ensemble: No Wave. I recently went through some pain trying to get his 'hit' album Are You Glad to be in America? on cd, it's being sold at unreasonable prices. At the time (late 70s/early 80s) I was so keen to see him live, but always missed the opportunities, and most of my friends did not share my passion for his music. Nowadays, Ulmer is playing straight blues, but he's still a fanatstic guitarist, and you will always be able to recognize the sound of his guitar playing, be it free jazz or blues. So, on January 24, 2012 I'll finally get to see James 'Blood' Ulmer live in concert.

Viktorija Bojarskaja

R.I.P. Charles Durning


Alina Baikova

R.I.P. Jack Klugman


Klara Gro

ph: Cristina Capucci

A day in the life, Dec 24

A day in the life, Dec 24, raindrops

Elin Amos

New Stuff: The Lady

A third Christmas gift from Ursula.

Luca Gadjus

A Lovely Way to Die (1968)

A police officer resigns from the force and becomes a bodyguard to the wife of a wealthy man and  when her husband is found dead, he tries to clear her of murder.

Haphazard and miscast crime spoof, hardly entertaining and with an impossibly inept score.

Halliwell (no stars): "Offbeat melange of caper comedy, black farce, private eye detection, courtroom drama, spectacular action and routine thick ear. Doesn't work."

Maltin **1/2: "Odd detective suspenser. (...) Pacing and script offbeat at right moments, otherwise standard."

Magdalena Langrova

ph: Sebastian Kim

New Stuff: Stop Me If You've Heard This

Another Christmas gift from Ursula.

Marinet Matthee

ph: Markus Ziegler

Havana (1990)

A professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game and falls in love with a woman whose revolutionary Cuban husband is arrested and tortured.

Sallow and overlong re-imagining of Casablanca to a pre-revolution era Cuba context, fails in nearly all departments.

Halliwell (no stars): "Inconsequential, rambling tale with no perceptible point."

Maltin **1/2: "No masterpiece, overly reminiscent of CASABLANCA, and a huge box-office disaster, but still unjustly maligned as a stinker. (..) Production designer's dream is very entertaining for about 90 minutes, then tails off. Similar to the underrated Richard Lester film CUBA."

Truus Hooiveld

ph: Thomas Krappitz

New Stuff: Xiao cai feng

A Christmas gift from Ursula.

Sabrina Nait

ph: Rafael Stahelin

Laurel Canyon (2002)

When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

Basically OK and well-played character drama about the uninteresting problems of people you wouldn't want to meet.

Halliwell (no stars): "A generational clash a middle-aged leather-clad hippie and her conservative son degenerates into standard soap opera fare."

Maltin **1/2: "Superficial but diverting hijinks with an unattractive cast, and McDormand in a role unlike any she's done before. Follows the same pattern as Cholodenko's previous, more richly textured film, HIGH ART."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Koldo Barroso

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