Saturday, August 15, 2015

A day in the life, Aug 13

A day in the life, Aug 13, objet trouvé

Fan Bingbing

New York

1905 Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn - New York City

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Sebastian Kim

First Lines: Peter Lovesey - Bertie and the Tin Man

The Tinman asked, "Are they coming?" and reached for his revolver.

Christina Lindberg

A day in the life, Aug 12

A day in the life, Aug 12, the Danube

Shannon Brennan

New Stuff: You and Me

Next title in the Film Noir series.

Martina Correa

New Stuff: Chelsea Wolfe

Heard some songs online and was instantly intrigued.

Antonina Vasylchenko

ph: Wayne Maser

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kathleen McGonigle

New York

Times Square, 1905

Karlie Kloss

First Lines: Mary Stewart - My Brother Michael

Nothing ever happens to me.

Gintare Sudziute

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2015

Claudia Anticevic

ph: Esperanza Moya

A day in the life, Aug 10

A day in the life, Aug 10, objet trouvé

Wanessa Milhomem

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Two teenage girls head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs, but they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape.

Highly influential low-budget slasher that replaces suspense with effective shocks and presents an uncanny cast of depraved characters.

Halliwell (no star): "Low-budget shocker, updating and debasing Ingmar Bergman's Virgin Spring."

Maltin*1/2: "Cheap, and looks it. Repellent but admittedly powerful and (for better or worse) influential horror shocker."

Shani Zigron

New Stuff: Maria's Lovers

I wanted to rewatch this movie, and the DVD was available for a very reasonable price.

Alexa Chung

Desert Fury (1947)

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Unusual Noir melodrama in Technicolor has good story and atmosphere, and Lizabeth Scott holds it all together very well, but the male protagonists are all a shade sallow.

Halliwell (no star): "Muddled melodrama slightly helped by Arizona colour settings; unconvincing characters mouth unspeakable lines in an airless tedium."

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Lines: Jack Higgins - The Eagle Has Landed

Someone was digging a grave in one corner of the cemetery as I went in through the lychgate.

Nina Brosh

ph: Dewey Nicks

A day in the life, Aug 8

A day in the life, Aug 8, doorstop

Kendra Anderson

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Joost Swarte)

Natalia Beber

The Dark Mirror (1946)

A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment, but it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

The amateur psychology doesn't hurt this well-staged and effective Noir thriller; and Olivia de Havilland in the double role of good sister/bad sister is a treat.

Halliwell**: "Unconvincing but highly absorbing thrilller with all credits plus; the best brand of Hollywood moonshine."