Saturday, February 11, 2017

Nimue Smit

ph: Annemarieke van Drimmelen

A day in the life, Feb 8

A day in the life, Feb 8, objet trouvé

Hee Hyun Park

New Stuff: Áine O'Dwyer

Crista Cober

ph: Jacob Sutton

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Intelligent remake of a classic, a joy to watch.

On renewed viewing: Nice-looking remake of a classic political satire updates the message and otherwise has its credentials in all departments, but the good work doesn't have the original's edge.

Maltin**1/2: "Remake of a genuinely great film puts an intriguing, modern spin on the depiction of backroom power brokers but lacks the chilling edge - and starkness - that marked the original."

Gal Gadot

New Stuff: Steve Winwood

Emily Meuleman

ph: Janneke van der Hagen

Miles Ahead (2015)

In the midst of a prolific career, Miles Davis disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s till a wily music reporter forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on an adventure to recover a stolen tape recording of the musician's most recent compositions.

Don Cheadle delivers a spectacularly convincing performance as Miles Davis, but his attempt to explore the man and and artist is marred by a hopscotch plot with multiple flashbacks which entertains but is vaguely insightful.

Scarlett Johansson

New Stuff: Death Race 2000

Who's That Girl?

Art: Jiří Světinský

Marjan Jonkman

ph: Jonathan Segade

Satan in Art and Images

"If Daft Punk were commissioned to score a cyberpunk horror film of the likes of Hardware, the resulting work may sound something like what Paris musician James “Perturbator” Kent has come up with on 2014’s Dangerous Days, the latest of his four albums. Utilizing vintage synthesizer sound straight out of the Miami Vice era, Perturbator lets loose with aggressive arpeggios and wispy melodies, creating music that, similar to a group like Zombi, seems to have been influenced by the vintage soundtrack work by the likes of John Carpenter and Goblin. Though the melodies and individual tones heard here are straight out of the 1980s however, Perturbator’s music is clearly made within the framework of obstreperous modern electro, with crushing beats propelling Dangerous Days through dark and ominous soundscapes that harken back to the menacing futuristic atmosphere of Blade Runner.

Dangerous Days plays out as a concept album set in the “urban nightmare” of 2088 and detailing (mostly through instrumental music) a war in which computers and robots attempt to wipe out all traces of humanity" (Scene Point Blank)

Saoirse Ronan

Friday, February 10, 2017

Window faces

Regensburg, February 2017

Donyale Luna

A day in the life, Feb 7

A day in the life, Feb 7, objet trouvé

Natalie Westling

ph: Sølve Sundsbø

New York

New York, 1918. Lewisohn Building, 119 W. 40th Street

Cara Delevingne

First Lines: Charles Lindbergh - The Spirit of St. Louis

Night already shadows the eastern sky.

Jean Campbell

ph: Alasdair McLellan

A day in the life, Feb 6

A day in the life, Feb 6, on my way home from the pub

Veronika Istomina

New Stuff: George Harrison

Alicia Medina

ph: Holly Parker

Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (1971)

After a gang robs a bank, it hires a mysterious man to guide it across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot.

Unusual and remarkable spaghetti western is more psychological drama than a shoot-em-up; the first half may have inspired Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

Rebecka Skiold-Nielsen

New Stuff: Alexi Murdoch

Elizabeth Elam

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Accurately gloomy and defeatist adaptation of Orwell's classic dystopian novel has some good post-war settings and a good cast; the pessimistic vision, unfortunately, is as valid as ever nowadays.

Halliwell*: "Pointless, perhaps, to make a prophetic film in the year it was supposed to be prophesying, but this version adds a few twists to Orwell's nightmarish original and is well if sometimes confusingly made."

Maltin***: "Appropriately grim, well-cast version...Superior to the 1956 version, though the oppressive gloominess of  the second half does wear you down. Seedily impressive production design."

Frida Gustavsson

ph: Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

New Stuff: The Move

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Nan Goldin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vittoria Ceretti

ph: Bojana Tatarska

A day in the life, Feb 5

A day in the life, Feb 5, objet trouvé

Valerija Sestic

ph: Bertrand Le Pluard

New York

Fritzi Scheff demonstrating Magnavox for Fifth Liberty Loan in New York City, 1919

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Peter Ash Lee

First Lines: Mary Kingsley - Travels in West Africa

It was in 1893 that, for the first time in my life, I found myself in possession of five or six months which were not heavily forestalled, and feeling like a boy with a new half-crown, I lay about in my mind, as Mr. Bunyan would say, as to what to do with them.

Neelia Moore

A day in the life, Feb 4

A day in the life, Feb 4, view from my office

Linda Vojtova

New Stuff: Charles M. Schulz

Sophie Srej

One, Two, Three (1961)

In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

Wild and keen Cold War spoof is fast-paced, and its humor is keen, cynical and - accurate; the cast seems to be enjoying the madness.

Halliwell**: "Back to Ninotchka territory, but this time the tone is that of a wild farce which achieves fine momentum in stretches but also flags a lot in between, teetering the while on the edge of taste."

Maltin****: "Hilarious Wilder comedy...Cagney is a marvel to watch in this machine-gun-paced comedy..."