Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Eugenia Volodina

A day in the life, Dec 27

A day in the life, Dec 27, standing outisde looking inside

Barbara Fialho

ph: Zee Nunes

New York

Irving Trust Building, 1 Wall Street. New York, circa 1931. By Irving Underhill

Ruslana Korshunova

First Lines. Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange

'What's it going to be then, eh?'

Ava Gardner

A day in the life, Dec 26

A day in the life, Dec 26, objet trouvé

Marikka Juhler

New Stuff: Nature

Jesse Stewart

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body.

Likable, but not too malicious black comedy; quite slow-paced and light-weighted which is remarkable considering it's a Hitchcock movie.

Halliwell**: "Black comedy that never quite, despite bright moments, catches the style of the book; however, it is finely performed and the autumnal backgrounds are splendid."

Maltin***: "Offbeat, often hilarious black comedy...Gwenn is fine as usual, MacLaine appealing in her first film. Beautiful autumn locations, whimsical score (his first for Hitch) by Bernard Herrmann."

Elena Melnik

ph: Nico

New Stuff: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Camille Rowe

The Zero Theorem (2013)

A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless.

Intended as a dystopian satire with a message about the meaning of life the result is  haphazard, incohesive and finally disappointing; cast and visual effects are worth the watch, though.

Kate Moss

New Stuff: 2010

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Who's That Girl?

Art: Frank Cho

Diana Galimullina

A day in the life, Dec 25

A day in the life, Dec 25, a Christmas light

Rila Fukushima

ph: Taka Mayumi

New York

Snowstorm in New York City, 1947

Karlie Kloss

First Lines: Michael Bond - A Bear Called Paddington

Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform.

Valeria Efanova

ph: Kimberley Gordon

A day in the life, Dec 24

A day in the life, Dec 24, wrapped-up fountain

Marija Vujovic

ph: Nathaniel Goldberg

New Stuff: The Haunting

Maggie Rizer

2010 (1984)

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

A downscaled, superfluous and thoroughly disappointing sequel of a classic of cinema history with a ridiculous Messianic ending; as it is technically well made and offers some good effects it can be appreciated as a standard sci-fi movie.

Halliwell (no star): "Tame, almost flatfooted sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, with none of the supposed significance and not much else to offer."

Maltin***: "Ambitious sequel...More concrete and therefore less mystical than 2001, with an ending that's much too literal, but still an entertaining journey, with state-of-the-art visual effects..."

Marlena Szoka

ph: Benjamin Kanarek

New Stuff: Anna Karenina

Christina Ricci

Santa's Slay (2005)

Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness, but when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.

Intended as a malicious Christmas spoof this humorless movie will hardly amuse except maybe for a few adolescents sick of the holiday festivities.

Monday, December 26, 2016