Saturday, October 10, 2015

Amalie Schou

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Extensive first-rate documentary that intelligently mixes original photos and films, eyewitness interviews and Dylan's own retrospective thoughts and manages to deliver some insight, but without revealing the bard's enigma.

Maggie Rizer

New Stuff: Containerhead

Superb third album of our local post-rock band Containerhead.

Tiah Eckhardt

ph. Jason Ierace

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Bruce McCall)

Ali Michael

New Stuff: Errol Flynn

A gift from my pal Ludwig.

Art: Brendan Lynch

Friday, October 9, 2015

Judith Bedard


October 2015

Jordan Strange


Munich, October 2015

Ekaterina Kashyntseva

ph: Lachlan Bailey

A day in the life, Oct 8

A day in the life, Oct 8, Regensburg by night

Jacquelyn Jablonski

ph: Riccardo Vimercati

New York

Seventh Avenue by Berenice Abbott

Jessica Stam

First Lines: Cyril Hare - Tragedy at Law

"No trumpeters!" said his Lordship in a tone of melancholy and slightly peevish disapproval.

Lisanne De Jong

A day in the life, Oct 7

A day in the life, Oct 7, standing outside looking inside

Victoria Zuban

ph: David Benoliel

New Stuff: Arvo Pärt

So far I hadn't any albums of this composer.

May Andersen

ph: Peter Lindbergh

New Stuff: Julia Holter

Started getting Julia Holter's previous albums.

Kjell Bracke

Phantom Lady (1944)

A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. 
Exemplary Film Noir crime mystery with a somewhat complex plot, but has great (nightly) settings, fabulous photography and a good cast. 

Halliwell**: "Odd little thriller which doesn't really hold together but is made for the most part with great style."

Maltin***1/2: "First-rate suspense yarn...Sexual innuendo with Cook is simply astonishing..."

Barbara Palvin

New Stuff: Mohamed

A recently published critical biography of the founder of Islam.

Who's That Girl?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Holly Valance


October 2015

Kaya Scodelario


Munich, October 2015

Ellen Burton

ph: Rankin

A day in the life, Oct 6

A day in the life, Oct 6, objet trouvé

Sylvia Mann

New York

23rd Street, 1905 Street Scene

Bettie Page

First Lines: Christianna Brand - Green for Danger

Joseph Higgens, postman, pushed his battered red bicycle up the long ascent that leads to Heron's Park, three miles out of Heronsford, in Kent.

Lary Arcanjo

A day in the life, Oct 5

A day in the life, Oct 5, standing outside looking inside

Holly Rose

ph: Nicole Bentley

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.

The rare event of a sequel just as great or even better than the classic original: atmosphere, settings and performances are top notch and set standards for the horror genre; and this movie presents the most alluring female monster of cinema history.

Halliwell****: "Frankenstein was startingly good in a primitive way; this sequel is the screen's sophisticated masterpiece of black comedy, with all the talents working deftly to one end. Every scene has its own delights, and they are woven together into a superb if wilful cinematic narrative, which, of its gentle mocking kind, has never been surpassed."

Maltin****: "Eye-filling sequel to FRANKENSTEIN is even better, with rich vein of dry wit running through the chills... Pastoral interlude with blind hermit and final, riotous creation scene are highlights of this truly classic movie."

Alyosha Kovalyova

New Stuff: The Bling Ring

It's about time I get to see Sofia Coppala's latest work.

Irina Liss

ph: Eytan Jan

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

A melodrama about sexualanxieties among adolescents is well staged, but some of the performances are over the top and the topic is quite dated by modern standards.

Halliwell*: "Impressive though curiously unmemorable addition to a nostalgic young sex cycle which was already played out; production and performances well up to scratch."

Maltin***: "Sentimental sudster..."

Miranda Kerr

ph: Terry Richardson