Saturday, December 17, 2016

Who's That Girl?

Art: Rolf Armstrong

Valerie Van der Graaf

Window faces

Regensburg, December 2016

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

A day in the life, Dec 13

A day in the life, Dec 13, objet trouvé

Stephanie Joy Field

ph: Emma Summerton

New York

Snowstorm in Times Square, 1959

Natalie Portman

ph: Alex Prager

First Lines: Gabriel García Márquez - Living to Tell the Tale

My mother asked me to go with her to sell the house.

Drake Burnette

ph: Amy Troost

A day in the life, Dec 12

A day in the life, Dec 12, frozen leaves

Karlina Caune

ph: Hasse Nielsen

New Stuff: Neil Young

Daisy Ridley

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

The rare case of a sequel to a masterpiece improving, expanding and deepening the scope of the original; one of the greatest movies ever made.

On renewed viewing: I watch the Godfather trilogy at least once a year; nothing to add to my previous comment.

Halliwell****: "Complex gangster movie, explaining the present in terms of the past and providing a comprehensive view of American society, full of good scenes and performances."

Maltin****: "They say it couldn't be done, but cowriter-director Coppola made a sequel that's just as compelling."

Ina Balke

ph: F.C. Gundlach

New Stuff: Maria Taylor

Matilda Lowther

Predestination (2014)

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Intriguing sci-fi tale that bends the implications of time travel to an extreme; has great performances and splendid period detail for each time span represented.

Ziyi Zhang

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Carter Goodrich)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Godfather (1972)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

A flawless epic with mastery to be found in all parts, a true cinema classic.

I watch the Godfather trilogy at least once a year; nothing to add to my previous comment.

Halliwel****: "A brilliantly-made film with all the fascination of a snake pit: a warm-hearted family saga except that the members are thieves and murderers. Cutting would help, but the duller conversational sections do heighten the cunningly judged moments of suspense and violence."

Maltin****: "The 1970s' answer to GONE WITH THE WIND, from Mario Puzo's novel...Pulp fiction raised to the highest level; a film of epic proportions, masterfully done, and set to Nino Rota's memorable music. Absolutely irresistable."

Who's That Girl?

ph: Nina Leen

Art: Emanuele Taglietti

Tess Hellfeuer

ph: Dancian

Window faces

Regensburg, December 2016

Georgina Cooper

A day in the life, Dec 9

A day in the life, Dec 9, standing outside looking inside

Amy Wesson

New York

New York City, 1885

Anna Selezneva

First Lines: M.F.K. Fisher - How to Cook a Wolf

In spite of all the talk and study about our next years, and all the silent ponderings about what lies within them for our sons [Why only sons? Since I wrote this I have acquired two daughters, and they too shape the pattern's pieces, and the texture of my belief!] it seems plain to us that many things are wrong in the present ones that can be, must be, changed.

Emily Bandt

A day in the life, Dec 8

A day in the life, Dec 8, objet trouvé

Julia Almendra

ph: Sune Czajkowski