Saturday, January 7, 2017

Valery Kaufman

ph: Greg Kadel

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Adrian Tomine)

Natalia Vodianova

ph: Thomas Whiteside

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

A New York magazine editor, and a gruff pilot must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.

OK adventure movie with a built-in romantic comedy; the entertainment is likable, but modest, the two stars make it work.

Halliwell (no star): "A romantic comedy so obvious in its outcome that an audience can sleep through most of it without missing anything of interest."

Maltin***: "Entertaining romantic comedy...An obvious setup is played out with great verve by the stars. Ford is especially loose and funny."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Ernest Chiriacka

Behati Prinsloo

Window faces

Regensburg, January 2017

Olivia Wilde

A day in the life, Jan 2

A day in the life, Jan 2, first snow

Anna Cleveland

New York

New York City Pool Hall, 1951

Audrey Marnay

First Lines: Apsley Cherry-Garrard - The Worst Journey in the World

Scott used to say that the worst part of an expedition was over when the preparation is finished.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Apollonia Van Ravenstein

ph: Gian Paolo Barbieri

A day in the life, Jan 1

A day in the life, Jan 1, a plane over town

Sky Ferreira

Brighton Rock (1947)

In 1964 the enforcer of a Brighton gang, murders a man, who has himself killed the gang leader, then a young waitress who witnessed the gang's activity, to keep an eye on her.

Powerful adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is dark, cynical and well played and photographed; the ending, however, seems artificial and is superfluous. 

Halliwell***: "A properly 'seedy' version of Graham Greene's 'entertainment', very flashily done for the most part but with a trick ending which allows the heroine to keep her illusions."

Maltin***: "Tour-de-force role for young Attenborough...Notable for incredibly cynical trick ending."

Tetyana 'Tanya' Mamay

New Stuff: Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Leah Eliopulos

Murder by Death (1976)

Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. 
Likable crime mystery spoof with some occasional good jokes; somehow the motley star cast make it happen. 

Halliwell*: "Sometimes thin but generally likable spoof of a longstanding genre; the stars seize their opportunities avidly, and the film does not outstay its welcome."

Maltin***: "...enjoyable all-star comedy..."

Cameron Russell

ph: Kacper Kasprzyk

New Stuff: A Tribe Called Quest

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ginta Lapiņa

The Rundown (2003)

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

Competently made and occasionally funny action comedy; the plot itself is silly and not very original.

Halliwell*: "A vehicle intended as an easy ride for a new action star; it runs smoothly  and The Rock charms when he is not beating up the opposition."

Maltin**1/2: "This cheerfully derivative adventure is mindlessly entertaining but might have been better with a less campy approach and fewer slo-mo body-slammin' fights and stunts."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Inka Williams

A day in the life, Dec 31

A day in the life, Dec 31, New Year's Eve

Jessica Chastain

New York

The Crystal Palace under construction, 1855

Christy Turlington

ph: Arthur Elgort

First Lines: Castle Freeman Jr. Go With Me

Midsummer: The long days begin in bright, rising mist and never end.

Bruna Dapper

A day in the life, Dec 30

A day in the life, Dec 30, Regensburg by night

Monday, January 2, 2017

Isabela Eing

ph: Bob Wolfenson

Long Weekend (2008)

A vacationing couple in the wilderness learns what happens when they disrespect nature.

OK thriller with an ecological message; not really very original, but it's nice to see nature striking back for once.

Lieke van Houten

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

New Stuff: Meredith Monk

Nella Ngingo

Trading Places (1983)

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Lively and entertaining comedy that hasn't dated at all.

Halliwell**: " Surprisingly witty comedy, which while not aspiring to great heights, and marred by a few excesses, brought a refreshing breath of air to a declining genre."

Maltin**1/2: "Fine cast breathes life into time-worn comedy premise...Murphy, in his second film, is a comic powerhouse, and makes up for director Landis' indulgences..."

Catherine McNeil

ph: Tim Richardson

New Stuff: Richard David Precht

Shalom Harlow

ph: Giovanni Gastel

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

This documentary provides not much new about the famous book and the two directors, but you'll find more insight from the invited guest directors.

Who's That Girl?

Ed van der Elsken from the “Love on the Left Bank” Series, Paris  1956

Art: Paul Rader

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Ida Dyberg

A day in the life, Dec 29

A day in the life, Dec 29, Christmas decoration