Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Stuff: Ikue Mori

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Franz Fiedler

Angelina Nawojczyk

Window faces

Regensburg, September 2017

Nina Agdal

ph: Tom Schirmacher

A day in the life, Sep 21

A day in the life, Sep 21, the lonely pint

Liisa Winkler

ph: Herb Ritts

New York

New York City, 1952

Gemma Ward

ph: Paolo Roversi

First Lines: André Gide - Lafcadio’s Adventures

In 1890, during the pontificate of Leo XIII, Anthime Armand-Dubois, unbeliever and freemason, visited Rome in order to consult Dr. X, the celebrated specialist for rheumatic complaints.

Sora Choi

A day in the life, Sep 20

A day in the life, Sep 20, graffiti

Hyun Ji Eun

New Stuff: Zola Jesus

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lily Collins

ph: David Roemer

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)

A drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigates the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Abel Ferrara's masterpiece is stripped down to a hypnotic, at times surreal crime thriller within a world of lost moral barriers; the movie is mainly successful due to Nicolas Cage's intense performance.

Maltin***: "Wacky police procedural...a long, tawdry, wide-ranging yarn in which the good guys  and bad guys are hard to differentiate. Cage is terrific in a no-holds-barred performance. Bear no resemblance to the 1992 film..."

Elouise Morris

New Stuff: Gebrüder Teichmann

Esther Heesch

ph: Eric Josjö

Killshot (2008)

A couple, despite being in a witness protection program, are being chased and confronted by the criminals they outed.

Thoroughly clichéd thriller tries hard to be more than it is, exemplified by Mickey Rourke playing a laughably incompetent hitman as a super-cool wiseguy.

Maltin**: "Routine crime thriller...Quintessential B-movie material is drained of action and suspense via pretentious treatment..., although interesting cast keeps it watchable."

Veronica Lake

New Stuff: Lee Ranaldo

Who's That Girl?

Art: Earl Norem

Angélica Erthal

ph: Jason Eric Hardwick

Window faces

Regensburg, September 2017 (Karolina Kurkova)

Clarice Vitkauskas

A day in the life, Sep 19

A day in the life, Sep 19, objet trouvé

Sunniva Stordahl

New York

The view from the top of the Empire State Building on its opening day. USA, 1931

Josephine Skriver

First Lines: Edgar Rice Burroughs - At the Earth’s Core

In the first place, please bear in mind that I do not expect you to believe this story.

Marley Shelton

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A day in the life, Sep 18

A day in the life, Sep 18, Angela Merkel in Regensburg

Megan Fox

When a Stranger Calls (1979)

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Above-average thriller with a good cast strangely falls into three parts; the highly effective opening could be a movie in itself and is not surpassed by the rest of the film.
Halliwell (no star): "Middling screamer extended from a short, The Sitter; a passive midsection separates a suspenseful start and finish."
Maltin*1/2: "Unpleasant, improbable melodrama falls apart after OK opening segment."
Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "The ultimate in baby-sitter horror...Although fairly predictable, it's still suspenseful and is helped by a strong cast..."

Birgit Kos

New Stuff

A little gift my mother brought me from her visit to the States

Ashleigh Wesseling

Unthinkable (2010)

A black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.

Highly dubious test arrangement about torture is unnerving with its contrived plot, stilted dialogues - and it's feigned message (in the extended version).

Maltin*1/2: "Attempts to make Jackson's character appear normal only succeed in making him seem even more psychotic. Other than Sheen's chameleon-like performance, there is no upside here. In fact, the whole movie is unthinkable."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Willow Hand

(art: Eric Drooker)

Natalia Vodianova

ph: Annie Leibovitz

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Affecting prison drama takes its time to tell its  story, but gives room for many touching moments; Burt Lancaster delivers a great performance.

Halliwell*: "Overlong and rather weary biopic of Robert Shroud, who spent nearly sixry years in prison and became a cause célèbre. One cannot deny many effective moments, notably of direction, but it's a long haul."

Maltin***: "Pensive study...Film becomes static despite imaginative sidelights to enlarge scope of action."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Josep Masana