Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cailin Russo

A day in the life, May 12

A day in the life, May 12, objet trouvé

Honey Davis-Wilkinson

New Stuff: Die Erforschung der Exoplaneten

This book sums up the current knowledge comcerning the (exciting) new discoveries of exoplanets.

Lena Hamm

New Stuff: The Sugarcubes

It's time I start completing my Björk collection...

Kate Bush

ph: Zoe Williams

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Bruce McCall)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Who's That Girl?

Art: Louis Icart

Dalma Baczay

A day in the life, May 11

A day in the life, May 11, standing outside looking inside

Hannah Shakespeare

New York

Grand Central Station, NYC,1930 - Ticket to Albany $2.25

Marina Nery

ph: Luc Braquet

First Lines: Joseph D. Pistone - Donnie Brasco: Tie In Edition: My Undercover Life in the Mafia

I looked down from the witness stand at five Mafia defendants, five rows of press, and a standing-room-only courtroom filled with more than 300 people.

Puck Loomans

ph: An Le

A day in the life, May 10

A day in the life, May 10, sticker

Hannah Cassidy

ph: Virgili Jubero

The Perfect Storm (2000)

In the Fall of 1991, the "Andrea Gail" left Gloucester, Mass. and headed for the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. Two weeks later, an event took place that had never occurred in recorded history: a giant storm.

The story is told presenting the crew of the ship as simple fisherman who become heroes. But the only true hero in this movie is the storm.

On second viewing: it's watchable mostly for the storm scenes.

Halliwell*: "There are some astonishing visual moments here - notably the small boat attemting to climb an impossibly high wave - but the crew members, each equpiied with a personal crisis to fill in the gaps between the waves, are no more than stereotypes so that their elemental struggle remains uninvolving."

Maltin**1/2: "...drenched with special effects and noisy, exciting seagoing action, but its characters and story points are bathed in cliche'."

Kristina Salinovic

New Stuff: Viv Albertine

The Slits' Viv Albertine wrote her memoirs.

Christy Turlington

Jungle Book (1942)

A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

A wonderfully colorful jungle adventure  with a great Sabu as Mowgli and some fantastic animal scenes; however, the movie hardly has anything to do with Rudyard Kipling's beloved stories.

Halliwell*: "High-budgeted but rather boring live action version with stiff-jointed model animals."

Maltin***: "Colorful Kipling fantasy...Exciting family fare, fine Miklos Rozsa score."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Donald Biddle Keyes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Julie Newmar

First Lines: Stephen King - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I was stunned by Mary Karr's memoir, The Liar's Club.

Ksenia Kalanchina

ph: Paul Morel

A day in the life, May 8

A day in the life, May 8, lonesome branch

Carly Cripps

New Stuff: Charles Mingus

Since I don't much of Charles Minus' work yet, I ordered two collections, vol. 2 arrived first.

Alexandra Tyga

New Stuff: Beyonce

I'd nevver miss out on a new album by Beyonce!

Frankie Wall

Les femmes de l'ombre (2008)

In 1944, in London, a lieutenant assigns his sister to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital in the countryside.

Well-made, old-fashioned WWII espionage thriller with a good cast and lots of action that manages to keep the tension high till the end.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Kasia Struss

New Stuff: Franz Schubert

Ursula wanted me to ge this new interpretation of Franz Schubert's song cycles Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang.

Natalie Portman

New Stuff: Men's Adventure Magazines

A collection of some great and amusing pulp magazine covers and illustrations.

Who's That Girl?

ph: Nina Leen

Art: Jean-Marc Côté

Romee Strijd

A day in the life, May 7

A day in the life, May 7, objet trouvé

Alli Cripe

ph: Robert John Kley