Saturday, July 30, 2016

Yesterday's Children (2000) (TV)

A mother's haunting dreams lead her to another place, another time, and a mysterious past.
Nicely produced TV drama which offers some very good period details in the Ireland flashbacks, but is overly sentimental - and speculative concerning the topic of reincarnation. 

Tosca Dekker

Ghostbusters (1984)

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

An otherwise silly premise (and plot) is turned into a successful comedy thanks to tongue-in-cheek direction and a valiant, good-humored cast of characters.

Halliwell*: "Crude farce with expensive special effects. It took more money - millions more - than Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which must say something about the age we live in."

Maltin***: "The first multimillion-dollar scare comedy...Engagingly offbeat, even subdued at times, with Murray's flippant personality nicely contrasting Richard Edlund's eye-popping special effects. Great fun all the way..."

Sherita Dehon

Toast (2010) (TV)

The story of British cook and writer Nigel Slater's childhood.

Above-average TV biopic, well produced and with a great cast, is initially heart-rendering and endearing, but eventually evolves into a story of its protagonist's coming of age.

Maltin**: "Flavorful film is a great showcase for Bonham Carter and Stott."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Inge Morath

Indiamara Deggerome

ph: Talles Bourges


The Colosseum, June 2016

Daria Mikhailova

A day in the life, Jul 28

A day in the life, Jul 28, Regensburg by day

Basia Szkaluba

ph: Jennifer Livingston

New York

New York circa 1905. Fifth Avenue after a snow storm

Lindsey Wixson

First Lines: Stephen Fry - Moab Is My Washpot

For some reason I recall it as just me and Bunce.

Gem Hanley

ph: Carly Zinga


Forum Augustum, June 2016

Thairine Garcia

A day in the life, Jul 27

A day in the life, Jul 27, a dead bird

Marthe Wiggers

New Stuff: Janelle Monáe

Kaila Hart

Smart Woman (1931)

A woman sets out to regain the affections of her cheating husband Donald Gibson after she returns from a trip to Paris, where she had to look after her sick mother.

Slight comedy, well-made with an adequate cast, quite modern in its depiction of sexual relationships, but it shows that it's an adaptation of a stage play.

Maltin***: "Highly amusing, sophisticated comedy-drama of sexual politics."

Lauren Brown

Friday, July 29, 2016

New Stuff: Boris

Mali Koopman

Dangerous Afternoon (1961)

The manager of a halfway house for female ex-cons takes action when a blackmailer threatens to expose her secret.

Likable, easy-going, but otherwise unremarkable little crime story with a good, almost all-female cast.

Halliwell (no star): "An interesting notion - a retirement home for genteel female crooks - becomes mired in an uninteresting story of blackmail an murder."

Kate Bush

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Eric Drooker)

Who's That Girl?

Art: John Altoon

Nicole Pollard


Forum Augustum, June 2016

Julia Hafstrom

ph: Boe Marion

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2016

Sarah Abney

A day in the life, Jul 26

A day in the life, Jul 26, Regensburg by night

Chantal Goya

New York

New York City, 1952. Photo by Walker Evans

Snejana Onopka

First Lines: Michael Jackson - Moonwalk

I've always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lydia Wei


Forum Romanum, June 2016

Emilia Skuza

ph: Bernard Gueit

A day in the life, Jul 25

A day in the life, Jul 25, objet trouvé

Jenna Castilloux

New Stuff: William S. Burroughs

Iris Venema

The Brain Eaters (1958)

A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth sending parasites from the center of the earth to infiltrate the town, taking control of the authorities and workers.

Hilariously bad Sci-fi shocker with a very limited entertainment value, even as a baddie; notable for offering an early Leonard Nimoy in a small role - and an extra point goes to the great movie poster.

Halliwell (no star): "Low-budget imitation of Invasion of The Body Snatchers, but with little evidence of intelligence in its making."

Maltin**: "Some mildly scary moments."

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