Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sveta Matiunina

A day in the life, Jul 8

A day in the life, Jul 8, a seven

Nicole Trefilova

ph: David Sims

New York

Audrey Hepburn

First Lines: Ruth Rendell - A Judgement in Stone

Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.

Karen Marinovich

ph: Carlos Fabrizio

A day in the life, Jul 7

A day in the life, Jul 7, objet trouvé

Sofie Rovenstine

ph: Nick Suarez

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Eric Drooker)

Galina Arkhypenko

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Amazingly insightful documentary that not only reveals the inner workings within a band, but also the often embarrassing moments.

Cornelia Tat

ph: Mike Vensel

New Stuff: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

It took me a while to get Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's latest album.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alina Zolotykh

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Old-fashioned seafarer tale is wonderfully produced and manages to enhance the genre with a highly realistic depiction of life on sea including the battles which are quite spectacular.

Halliwell***: "Handsome drama of derring-do on the high seas that brilliantly recreates the horrors of battle, as cannonballs splinter ships and crush limbs, but also finds time for quieter, reflective moments."

Maltin***: "Lavish adaptation...Heavier on atmosphere than on story, but Crowe is an ideal commander, the human element is nicely played, and the physical production is impressive."

Alexa Chung

ph: David Slijper

New Stuff: Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by the American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama.

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Peter Henry Emerson

Raica Oliveira

A day in the life, Jul 6

A day in the life, Jul 6, a view into our courtyard

Maki Goto

New York

Lower Manhattan, 1938

Mariacarla Boscono

First Lines: Patricia Highsmith - Strangers on a Train

The train tore along with an angry, irregular rhythm.

Ashley Smith

ph: Ali Mitton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions, team up to track down a Western outlaw.

In many aspects a continuation and expansion not just of the first entry of the Dollar trilogy, but also of the Spaghetti western catalogue, highly stylzed and full of grim humour, but its ending drags on a wee bit too long.

Halliwell**: "Vague, inflated, sometimes good-looking sequel to A Fistful of Dollars, with customary violence and predictably mean performances."

Maltin***: "Slightly draggy but still fun; don't miss the scene where Van Cleef strikes a match on the back of Kinski's neck! Trademark atmospheric score by Ennio Morricone."

Sheila Marquez

New Stuff: Kovacs

I know, she's currently popular, but I actually do like her "hit", My Love.

Donna Summer

The Help (2011)

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Clearly anti-racist, but politically a bit naive period piece, which nevertheless satisfies with a brilliant all-female cast, all at the top of their art.

Maltin***: "Evocative portrayal...The white characters' plight almost seems trivial alongside the life-and-death struggles of the servants, but the performances are rich, especailly Davis, who is heartbreakingly real, and Spencer..."

Karlie Kloss

New Stuff: Jim O'Rourke

Didn't want to miss out, what Jim O'Rourke considers to be "simple songs".

Who's That Girl?

Art: Rowena A. Morrill

Jean Seberg

A day in the life, Jul 4

A day in the life, Jul 4, the black region

Rose McGowan

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

New York

Lindsey Wixson

ph: Ellen von Unwerth