Saturday, April 18, 2015

Les orgueilleux (1953)

An alcoholic French doctor meets a guilt-ridden French widow in Mexico.

Heavy-handed Existentialist melodrama that does offer good local detail and a competent cast.

Halliwell (no star): "Ineffably silly, poorly acted and unconvincing romance."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Edgar Degas

Anastasia Sushchenko

ph: Steven Chee

Window faces

Regensburg, April 2015

Anastasia Krivosheeva

ph: Ted Emmons

A day in the life, Apr 13

A day in the life, Apr 13, evening sky

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Gloria DeHaven

Kate Bogucharskaia

New York

Mona Johannesson

First Lines: Philip K Dick - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

His head unnaturally aching, Barney Mayerson woke to find himself in an unfamiliar bedroom in an unfamiliar conapt building.

Elena Baguci

ph: Riccardo Tinelli

A day in the life, Apr 12

A day in the life, Apr 12, standing outside looking inside

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Andreea Diaconu

ph: Mario Sorrenti

New Stuff: Europa Report

Appeared on a list of the best recent sci-fi releases, and the plot had me intrigued.

Anna Korzun

New Stuff: Klaus Theweleit

A new Klaus Theweleit book on the recent history and psychology of young male murderers.

Anabela Belikova

ph: Lauren Dukoff

New Stuff: Le gamin au vélo

So far I haven't seen any movie by the Dardenne brothers yet, so I wanted to change that.

Polina Anisenko

New Stuff: Belly

Recommended by an online friend I wanted to get to see this movie.

PJ Harvey

New Stuff: Yasujirô Ozu

Next acquisition for my ongoing Ozu collection.

Xiao Wen Ju

ph: Matt Irwin

New Stuff: Tori Amos

I already have the original album, but this is a newly released Deluxe edition.

Who's That Girl?

Art: Erwin Wurm

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A day in the life, Apr 11

A day in the life, Apr 11, balloon

Brit Wood

ph: Stefano Viti

From my vaults: Sandra Dee

Janelle Fishman

New York

Audrey Hepburn

First Lines: Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon

Coming back from the dead can be rough.

Toni Garrn

From my library: Gregor/Patalas - Geschichte des Films

Ulrich Gregor and Enno Patalas are the authors of THE German history of film. The project was first published in 1962 and in several volumes followed quite extensively the history of film and cinema. Over time the work was updated. I have the complete work plus volumes of all phases of the project. There is no other publication in German that has so far surpassed this history in scope and depth.

Daria Strokous

A day in the life, Apr 10

A day in the life, Apr 10, pigeon

Alice Gibb

ph: David Sims

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/Alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the Aliens.

Too ambitious for its own good this installment of the Aliens series is quite messy, but has some moments, especially concerning the visuals.

On renewed viewing I need to correct my initial rating: this is actually an imaginative and at times quite disturbing new take on the Alien saga and, compared to the last installment, the plot is quite coherent.

Halliwell*: "Stylish, occassionally impressive movie that all too soon settles into familiar routine."

Maltin**: "Clumsy sequel with crummy logic, far too many wisecracks; a few good action scenes, but scrictly for series fans."

Gia Marie Carangi

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Harry Bliss)