Saturday, September 3, 2016

Juliane Snekkestad

A day in the life, Sep 1

A day in the life, Sep 1, still life

Tatjana Patitz

ph: Herb Ritts

New Stuff: Jethro Tull

Yasmin Le Bon

Millie (1931)

Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

Remarkable pre-code drama about a wronged woman emphasizes her moral downfall, but ends with a dubious reconciliation; lively, colorful, dramatic with an excellent cast.

Luma Grothe

ph: Ben Morris

New Stuff: Stevie Wonder

Christina Knight

Love & Mercy (2014)

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of a shady therapist.

Excellently executed bio-pic with a good cast, but hampered by unnecessarily telling the story in leaps back and forth in time, and in the end it's a tortured artist with a Svengali-like madman and a wee romance thrown in for good measure - and hardly any insights to the genius Brian Wilson actually is.

Snejana Onopka

ph: Steven Meisel

New Stuff: Kamasi Washington

Who's That Girl?

ph: Gordon Parks

Friday, September 2, 2016

Art: Laurie Greasley

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Ruth Bell

Satan in Art and Images

Thomas Butts (1757-1845) commissioned the artist William Blake (1757-1845) to produce a series of watercolours. They were to illustrate John Milton’s epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’, which was first published in 1667. Butts, a civil servant, was one of Blake’s most loyal patrons.
Inspired by Milton’s text, Blake represents Satan and his angel accomplices as beautiful in appearance. He based the nude figures on classical sculpture and on drawings and paintings by Michelangelo (1475-1564).

Ala Sekula

ph: Krzysztof Wyzynski

A day in the life, Aug 31

A day in the life, Aug 31, objet trouvé

Arina Levchenko

ph: Inna Franco

New York

New York 1936

Karlie Kloss

First Lines: Rachel Carson - Silent Spring

There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kiki Willems

A day in the life, Aug 30

A day in the life, Aug 30, still life

Inga Dezhina

New Stuff: Ela Orleans

Anna Luisa Ewers

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

The Conjuring (2013)

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. 
Nicely assembled old-fashioned haunted house movie; the problem is that it has all been done before with much more thrills. 

Maltin**1/2: "Well made and well acted, this is an intelligent horror movie (based on supposedly real events) but there's nothing new here. Incidentally, no conjuring takes place."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Donna Loos

ph: Schmidt & Gorges

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: J. J. Sempé)

Alix Angjeli

Ender's Game (2013)

A young boy is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

An above-average sci-fi drama with an adequate cast hits a sour note with its unabashed militarism which is not softened with a half-baked appeal for entente cordiale at the end of the movie.

Maltin**1/2: "Elaborate rendering of Orson Scott Card's beloved novel...Creditable adaptation of the youthful empowerment novel by writer-director Hood is great looking and extremely well cast. If only it didn't drag toward the climax." 

Kylie Minogue

New Stuff: Thurston Moore - Tom Surgal - William Winant

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Norman Jean Roy


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Ashley Moore

ph: Aris Jerome

A day in the life, Aug 28

A day in the life, Aug 28, flower

Monday, August 29, 2016

Louise Fankhänel

New York

New York • ca. 1904

Veronica Lake

First Lines: Michael Pollan - The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

What should we have for dinner?

Megan Irminger

ph: Kelly Klein

A day in the life, Aug 27

A day in the life, Aug 27, black fruit

Helena Christensen

ph: Harry Peccinotti

Sanctum (2011)

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Nicely photographed, but otherwise mediocre adventure drama with no surprises.

Maltin**1/2: "The characters are painted in the broadest strokes (in keeping with prducer James Cameron's m.o.), but the underwater is consistently exciting - and convincing. Makes excellent use of 3-D."

Inna Fisun

ph: Nikita Manin

The Breaking Point (1950)

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

A more adequate and more serious adaptation of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not than John Huston's attempt, but less entertaining; excellent cast and good details.

Halliwell*: "Adequate if slightly humdrum attempt by Warner to atone for what they had done to a Hemingway novel, the infidelity of To Have and Have Not and the unauthorized variation of Key Largo."

Maltin***1/2: "High-voltage refilming of Hemingway's TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT...Garfield and Juano Hernandez give superb interpretations."