Friday, January 13, 2017

A day in the life, Jan 11

A day in the life, Jan 11, icicles

Katie Fogarty

New Stuff: The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

Mathilde Frachon

ph: Fabio Chizzola

Volver (2006)

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

A sometimes humorous, sometimes quite dark exploration of women's lives in Spain; the female ensemble is excellent, and Almodóvar manages to tell a complex tale in a very light tone without losing any depth.

On renewed viewing: I still agree with my initial opinion.

Maltin***1/2: "Lively, colorful Almodóvar mixture of comedy, drama, emotion, and mysticism clicks with its opening shot and never lets up. It also gives Cruz an extraordinary screen showcase."

Ksenia Vasylchenko

New Stuff: The Neon Demon

Who's That Girl?

MGM Chorus girls, 1927

Art: John Bulwer

Tavi Gevinson

A day in the life, Jan 10

A day in the life, Jan 10, igloo

Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds

ph: Thomas Whiteside

New York

The Statue of Liberty awaits the removal of its torch on Tuesday, July 3, 1984 in New York Harbor.

Tanya Dziahileva

First Lines: Wilfred Thesiger - Arabian Sands

I first realized the hold the desert had upon me when travelling in the Hajaz mountains in the summer of 1946.

Vanessa Greca

A day in the life, Jan 9

A day in the life, Jan 9, on my way home from the pub

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Miranda Nyström

ph: Viktor Flume

New Stuff: Idiocracy

Claire-Marie Asselin

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Science fiction in the full sense of the word: an instant classic! Its aesthetics, especially the split-screen, may seem a bit dated, but they do fit the topic well.

On renewed viewing: again, it's pure science fiction.

Halliwell**: "Solemn and over-detailed but generally suspenseful thriller, with a sense of allegory about man's inhumanity to man."

Maltin**1/2: "Overlong sci-fi thriller..."

Psychotronic/Michael Weldon: "An excellent big-budget technological thriller...With great special effects by Douglas Trumbull and an exciting climax with James Olson vs. a computerized laser beam. A pretty terrifying look at the future (present?)."

Michelle Meinert

New Stuff: Frank Zappa

Chenge Petri

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Airport (1970)

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

The movie that started the 70s series of all-star disaster movies and one of the best; sturdily produced, old-fashioned, with multiple plotlines, suspense, melodrama and some comic relief.

Halliwell***: "Glossy, undeniably entertaining, all-star version of a popular novel, with cradboard characters skilfully deployed in Hollywood's very vest style."

Maltin***1/2: "GRAND HOTEL plot formula reaches latter-day zenith in ultraslick, old-fashioned movie that entertains in spite of itself...Plastic performances dominate, with down-to-earth Kennedy, touching Stapleton, and nervous Heflin standing out."

Gemma Ward

ph: Craig McDean

New Stuff: A Monster Calls

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Nicole Maria Winkler

Grace Bol

ph: Luigi & Iango

A day in the life, Jan 8

A day in the life, Jan 8, winter

Tamara Weijenberg

New York

The “Human Squirrel” who did many daring “stunts” in climbing for benefit of War Relief Funds in New York City, dizzy height in Times Square, 1918

Kate Bogucharskaia

ph: Philip Gay

First Lines: John Wesley Powell - Exploration of the Colorado River

The Colorado River is formed by the junction of the Grand and Green.

Zuzana Gregorova

A day in the life, Jan 7

A day in the life, Jan 7, wintry cold night

Genesis Vallejo

New Stuff: Northern Exposure

Elizabeth Montgomery

Excision (2012)

A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

Deliberately nasty and gory, but quite inventive movie about an adolescent misfit appears as a satire till the shock ending twists the story around into a horrific tragedy.

Nur Hellmann

ph: Jan Welters