Saturday, February 4, 2017

Talisa Soto

ph: Inez Van Lamsveerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The House I Live In (1945)

Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Sandwiched between two songs performed by the star this short propagates a patriotic message against antisemitism and religious intolerance in general; one would think the film is dated by now, but unfortunately it isn't.

Adrienne Jüliger

ph: Lachlan Bailey

New Stuff: The Manchurian Candidate

Joan Smalls

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Highly effective and suspenseful thriller about a mad political scheme that nowadays doesn't seem as unlikely as it did to its contemporaries; direction, script and cast are all top-notch.

Halliwell****: "Insanely plotted but brilliantly handled spy thriller, a mixture of Hitchcock, Welles and All the King's Men."

Maltin***1/2: "Tingling political paranoia thriller...Harrowing presentation..."

Michelle Reis

New Stuff: Bic Runga

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: René Maltête

Myrthe van der Brug

Window faces

Regensburg, January 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Joanna Halpin

A day in the life, Feb 1

A day in the life, Feb 1, window display

Mariana Santana

ph: Ingela Klemetz Farago & Peter Farago

New York

Nuns in Snow New York City 1946 Greeting Card by Melissa A. Benson

Veronica Lake

First Lines: Eric Newby - A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

With all the lights on and the door shut to protect us from the hellish draught that blew up the backstairs, the fitting-room was like an oven with mirrors.

Elisabeth Erm

ph: Mikael Schulz

A day in the life, Jan 31

A day in the life, Jan 31, icy street close-up

Viviane Orth

ph: Diego Pedro

New Stuff: Steve Reich

Bella Hadid

ph: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

All Is Lost (2013)

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Professionally made one-man-lost-at-sea drama tells its story silently and in finely tuned sequences of consecutive little disasters; Redford is perfect for the role.

Maltin**1/2: "...virtually dialogue-free film...The narrative loses its pull when we realize (assured by the film's title) that things are not headed in a good direction. Expertly crafted by writer-director Chandor and his team, but the picture's major asset is Redford, who is completely and effortlessly credible. He alone makes the movie worth watching."

Alicia Burke

New Stuff: Steven Spielberg

Cora Keegan

ph: Yoshino

Nighthawks (1981)

A conservative street cop reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention.

Effective, but simple-minded thriller offering a psychopath terrorist without a cause and a gutsy cop; Keith Emerson wrote the interesting (and dated) score.

Halliwell (no star): "Kojak-style thriller with a rather glum attitude to its subject."

Maltin***: "Exciting story...On target from the first scene to the fade-out, with plenty of hair-raising moments along the way."

Nastassja Kinski

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Gayle Kabaker)

Who's That Girl?

ph: Bruce Davidson

Art: Christina Ung

Kiara Kabukuru

Window faces

Regensburg, January 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A day in the life, Jan 29

A day in the life, Jan 29, objet trouvé

Janice Alida

ph: Chris Nicholls

New Stuff: Massacre

Emmanuelle Beart

Anthony Zimmer (2005)

In Nice, the international police force and the Russian mafia are chasing Anthony Zimmer, an intelligent man responsible for laundry of dirty money in France, who had extensive plastic surgery, and his new face and voice are completely unknown.

Goodlooking thriller offers little suspense, and the twist ending is highly predictable.

Nadja Bender

ph: Vincent Peters

New Stuff: Sherlock

Riley Keough

ph:Nathaniel Goldberg