Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nnenna Agba

ph: Greg Bailey

In the Dark

Regensburg, June 1013

Anna Kupriienko

A day in the life, Jun 13

A day in the life, Jun 13, Regensburg skyline

Karlie Kloss

Wolf Creek (2005)

Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive.

Competent thriller in the wake of  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, quite nerve-racking, but not adding anything to the genre.

Maltin *1/2: "Yet another would-be BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, this even played in competition at Sundance and Cannes but isn't nearly as special as its Fest cred would indicate....Just another graphic showcase for gore and degradation."

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Art: Mark Brown

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Sonya Kupriienko

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2013

Daria Werbowy

A day in the life, Jun 12

A day in the life, Jun 12, window display

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Alida Chelli


Daniela Freitas

ph: Renam Christofoletti

New York

New York 2008, Coney Island

Katty Ukhanova

ph: Danil Golovkin

First Lines: Bernice Rubens - The Elected Member

Norman Zweck dared not open his eyes.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Julie Rode

ph: Signe Vilstrup

A day in the life, Jun 11

A day in the life, Jun 11, knickknack store

Michelle Schermer

ph: Honer Akrawi

Friday the 13th (1980)

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Although considered a classic slasher movie, it really doesn't have much to its merits and is infinitely weaker compared to John Carpenter's Halloween.

Halliwell (no star): "Horror suspense story with no raison d'etre but a series of inventively gory shock moments, which were enough for it to ring the box-office bell."

Maltin * 1/2: "Young folks unexpectedly made this gory, cardboard thriller a box-office smash - one more clue to why SAT scores continue to decline. Rates higher than BOMB simply because it's slightly better than Part 2."

Amanda Ware

The Birds (1963)

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

Paradigmatic horror movie, a master director transforming an otherwise silly premise into a mesmerizing experience, the irony cleverly disguised - very close to a Bunuel scenario. 

Halliwell ***: "A curiously absorbing work which begins as light comedy and ends as apocalyptic allegory, this piece of Hitchcockery has no visible point except to tease the audience and provide plenty of opportunity for shock, offbeat humour and special effects (which despise the drumbeating are not quite as good as might be expected). The actors are pawns in the master's hand."

Maltin ***1/2: "Hitchcock's classic...Not for the squeamish; a delight for those who are game. Hold on to something and watch."

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Photographer: Ed Ross

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Elena Perminova

A day in the life, Jun 10

A day in the life, Jun 10, sidewalk

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Anton Chekhov


Fabiana Mayer

ph: Tiago Molinos

New York

New York 2008, Coney Island

So Young Kang

ph: Naomi Yang

First Lines: P. H. Newby - Something to Answer For

The old girl kept writing and complaining about the police.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bridget Hall

ph: Enrique Badulescu

In the Dark

Regensburg, June 1013

Marine Vacth

ph: Paolo Roversi

A day in the life, Jun 9

A day in the life, Jun 9, objet trouvé

Naomi Campbell

ph: Terence Donovan

Kill Theory (2009)

Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive.

Standard slasher with only the premise offering something of a variation on the same old theme.

Julia Välimäki

ph: Hugh Stewart

New Stuff: Scout Niblett

I almost missed getting her new album!

Laura Neiva

ph: Alexander Neumann

Funny Games U.S. (2007)

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

A carbon-copy remake of the director's 1997 Austrian movie, somewhat Americanized, but otherwise style and intentions intact like before, but one does ask why?

Maltin **: "Shot-by-shot remake of Haneke's 1997 Austrian thriller has been transported to a picturesque U.S. lakeside setting but still leaves a sickening aftertaste. With characters breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience, the filmmaker is trying to make a comment on extreme violence in movies in a story that provides plenty itself. Effectively made, but for strong stomachs only."


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Art: Agostino Arrivabene

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Ji Lili

From my vaults: John Cheever