Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Stuff: Richard Dawson

Stella Maxwell

ph: Gilles Bensimon

The Family (2013)

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

Mildly entertaining, but lacklustre Mafia gangster movie spoof; it's not the casts' fault, which is accurate for the occasion; however, the movie only works in bits and not as a whole.

Maltin**1/2: "Farcical situation is well played..., but the lazy and leaves a lot to be desired. Watchable enough because of that cast but gets awfully "cute" when it makes winking references to a famous American mob movie."

Rose McGowan

ph: Tony Duran

New Stuff: Birth

Laura Kampman

ph: Arnaud Pyvka

Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)

The unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver is trying to find why the Guyver unit forces him to fight and kill evil.

Maybe enjoyable as camp considering the x-double minus performances, the silly, almost cute monster costumes and the fact that the existence of our galaxy is being rescued from someone's backyard.

Josephine Skriver

ph: Jack Waterlot

New Stuff: Thelonious Monk

Who's That Girl?

Art: Karl Stephan aka H. Albrecht

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sophie Marceau

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

A day in the life, Jun 19

A day in the life, Jun 19, standing outside looking inside

Kiersten Dolbec

ph: Molly Dickson

New York

New York City , Hotel Dixie, Times Square

Antonina Vasylchenko

First Lines: Osa Johnson - I Married Adventure

In light of the placid expectation that because I was born in Chanute, Kansas, I would grow up, marry, raise a family, and die there, I find it amusing to recall a certain hot September day of my seventh year, when I asked my father for ten cents.

Milana Keller

ph: Dirk Messner

A day in the life, Jun 18

A day in the life, Jun 18, Bubi by night

Marte Mei Van Haaster

ph: Viktor & Rolf

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.

Great special effects and some humour make this sequel entertaining, but basically this is an old-fashioned monster movie.

Halliwell*: "The special effects are to be wondered at, as is the fact that the script is cloned from the oldest and most familiar elements of monster movies; this is a dinosaur about dinosaurs."

Maltin**1/2: "Completely contrived sequel to JURASSIC PARK benefits from Goldblum's deprecating dialogue and superior special effects. Enough cliffhanger-style action scenes to make up for the lulls."

Daria Sayapina

New Stuff: Lorde

Helena Greyhorse

ph: Emilio Tini

Ich seh ich seh (2014)

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

Unusual Austrian shocker successfully creates an atmosphere of isolation and dread, but has some truly nasty scenes and a puzzling ending.

Shalom Harlow

ph: Mario Sorrenti

New Stuff: Will Hermes

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photographer: Fred Stein

Kate Bock

ph: Max Abadian

A day in the life, Jun 17

A day in the life, Jun 17, objet trouvé

Amanda Smith

ph: David Burton

New York

Pennsylvania Station, New York, 1920s by Karl Struss

Kate Moss

First Lines: George Catlin - Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians

As the following pages have been hastily compiled, at the urgent request of a number of friends, from a series of Letters and Notes written by myself during several years' residence and travel amongst a number of the wildest and most remote tribes of the North American Indians, I have thought it best to make this page the beginning of my book; dispensing with Preface, and even with Dedication, other than that which I hereby make of it, with all my heart, to those who will take the pains to read it.

Bo Don

A day in the life, Jun 16

A day in the life, Jun 16, mouse

Merle Bergers

ph: Leo Krumbacher

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Barry Blitt)

Yumi Lambert

ph: Jem Mitchell

Antichrist (2009)

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Ambiguous black fairy tale, basically a two person drama congenially set and photographed in a dark forest; some scenes may not be suitable for the squeamish.

Maltin**: "Intense, gorgeously designed drama becomes increasingly gruesome, with some scenes so brutally graphic they're nearly impossible to watch. This isn't SAW-type torture porn; it's grimly serious, but also very difficult to decipher, with touches of fantasy thrown in. To say it's not for all tastes is an understatement, but those interested in writer-director von Trier may well find something to their liking."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kristen Stewart

ph: Vincent Peters

New Stuff: Éric Vuillard

Anna Brewster

ph: Camilla Armbrust

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up, but Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Half character study, half Bad Seed horror movie, the tale is slowly revealed through a complex patchwork of flashbacks and offers an intense performance by Tilda Swinton.

Maltin**: "Swinton delivers a deeply felt performance...Miller is chilling as the adolescent boy. Knowing where the story is headed makes watching this flashback-laden  film a torturous experience, though it was highly praised by many critics and moviegoers." 

Rosie Tupper

New Stuff: Can