Thursday, June 15, 2017

Akimoto Kozue

Window faces

Regensburg, June 2017 (Josephine Skriver)

Romy De Vries

ph: Paul Bellaart

A day in the life, Jun 13

A day in the life, Jun 13, looking up to the sky

Helena Vestergaard

ph: Jason Lee Parry

New York

New York City • 1940s

Lily Cole

First Lines: Jacques Cousteau - The Silent World

One morning June 1943 in Bandol on the French Riviera, I went to the train station and picked up a little box that arrived via express delivery from Paris.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Karmen Pedaru

ph: Matteo Montanari

A day in the life, Jun 12

A day in the life, Jun 12, objet trouvé

Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir

ph: Nico

New Stuff: W.G. Sebald

Anastasia Bondarenko

Prometheus (2012)

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

All the ingredients are there, and certainly this has been made by an intelligent craftsman and a great cast, but the plot doesn't add this all up and has too many open ends.

On renewed viewing: I still agree with my first assessment: the script is muddled, but the movie does deliver some of the goods.

Maltin ***: "Companion piece to Scott's ALIEN offers echos of that film in both good and not-so-good ways: it's thoughtful and intelligent, with two strong female characters, and masterfully crafted, but gives way to icky, gross-out moments...right up to the end. Fassbender is a standout as a sly, watchful robot who's one step ahead of everyone else."

Peyton Knight

ph: Liz Collins

New Stuff: Skammen

Edie Sedgwick

Spaceballs (1987)

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Hit-and-miss sci-fi spoof is for the most time simply silly, the more successful sequences are the ones directly parodying popular sci-fi movie scenes.

Halliwell (no star): "Flabby spoof of Star Wars, without any funny ideas."

Maltin**1/2: "Likably silly parody of STAR WARS (years after the fact) is basically a collection of jokes, both verbal and visual. Enough of them are funny to make for pleasant, if not hilarious, fun. Surprisingly innocuous for Brooks and Co..."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Nick Stath

Viktoriya Sasonkina

ph: Sophy Holland

A day in the life, Jun 11

A day in the life, Jun 11, looking up to the sky

Becca Breymas

New York

The New York Cornell Hospital, built in 1930-31. June 1947

Jane Birkin

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Lines: Freya Stark - The Valleys of the Assassins

In the wastes of civilization, Luristan is still an enchanted name.

Laura Gemser

A day in the life, Jun 10

A day in the life, Jun 10, objet trouvé

Giwa Huang

New Stuff: The Wire

Iris Egbers

ph: Jeroen W Mantel

The Fall (2006)

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes.

Visually beautiful and mesmerizing the movie has an interesting premise, but somewhere along the line the tale loses its hold on one's interest, so that the ending is not as touching as it was intended.

Maltin**1/2: "Visual alternately whimsical and ponderous, but location filming in more than 20 countries provides a panorama of stunning locations for his [Tarsem Singh's] showy, often imaginatively staged sequences." 

Cornelia Tat

ph: Roberto D'Este

New Stuff: Gattaca

Erin Eliopulos

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Meticuluosly performed and produced slice-of-life drama, at times heart-wrenching, but also a bit drab, espacially as the plot keeps piling up the blows of fate.

Sun Feifei

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Stuff: Frank Zappa

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Olivier Zahm

Laura Julie

ph: Camilla Akrans

A day in the life, Jun 9

A day in the life, Jun 9, giant pretzel

Harleth Kuusik

ph: Yelena Yemchuk

New York

New York, 1908. Hudson Terminal Buildings at 30-50 Church Street showing cemetery and construction of elevated railway. Irving Underhill

Natalia Vodianova

ph: Steven Meisel

First Lines: Alexander Mackenzie - Journal of the Voyage to the Pacific

The fur trade, from the earliest settlement of Canada, was considered of the first importance to that colony.

Linnea Regnander

ph: Alastair Strong

A day in the life, Jun 8

A day in the life, Jun 8, Susie in bed

Chloé Winkel