Saturday, December 9, 2017

New Stuff: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Jeong Moon Lee

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

Basically a bad neighbor thriller, there's a subtext of racial tension that irritates; Samuel Jackson L. Jackson as the villain easily steals the show.

Maltin**1/2: "Provocative and well-acted, but film's constantly shifting sympathies make it difficult to know what the point is supposed to be."

Nastya Kusakina

New Stuff: Hacksaw Ridge

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Enrique Badulescu

Friday, December 8, 2017

Anna de Rijk

ph: Chris Colls

Window faces

Regensburg, December 2017

Georgie Wass

A day in the life, Dec 6

A day in the life, Dec 6, shadows in the night

Mathilde Brandi

ph: Miles Aldridge

New York

Martha Cooper. Untitled photograph from Street Play Series, Lower East Side, New York City, c.1978

Jean Shrimpton

First Lines: Olaf Stapledon - Odd John

When I told John that I intended to write his biography, he laughed.

Constanze Saemann


Rickmer Rickmers, September 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Amanda Googe

ph: Scott Trindle

A day in the life, Dec 5

A day in the life, Dec 5, night scene

Ho Yeon Jung

ph: Tom Newton

New Stuff: Kong: Skull Island

Riley Montana

ph: Matallana

The Ice Harvest (2005)

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money, but his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Somnambulant - and humorless - heist thriller takes its time till it reveals that it actually does have a plot; good cast is hardly faced with any challenge.

Maltin**: "Mostly unfunny black comedy must have worked better on the pages of Scott Phillip's novel..."

Sandra Dee

New Stuff: Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Rebekka Eriksen

Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone (1955)

Bewildered, Don Camillo learns that Peppone intends to stand for parliament.

Still entertaining as before, although the plot is broken down into episodes.

On renewed viewing: Always mildly entertaining.

Halliwell *: "Pleasant third collection of encounters with familiar characters."

Jourdan Dunn

New Stuff: The New Yorker

art: Kim DeMarco

Who's That Girl?

Art: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Yulia Kharlapanova


Tanzende Türme, St. Pauli, September 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grace Hartzel

ph: Richard Burbridge

Window faces

Regensburg, November 2017

Sofie Theobald

A day in the life, Dec 4

A day in the life, Dec 4, morning dew

Lee Hye Seung

New York

Edward Moran, The unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, 1886

Natalie Portman

First Lines: Robert E. Howard - Conan the Conqueror

The long tapers flickered, sending the black shadows wavering along the walls, and the velvet tapestries rippled.

Michelle Trachtenberg


Jolly Roger, September 2017

Simona Andrejic

A day in the life, Dec 3

A day in the life, Dec 3, first snow

Stella Maxwell

ph: Miguel Reveriego

New Stuff: Nature

Mila Kunis

Nightcrawler (2014)

When a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

The story has been told before (Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole comes to mind), but Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of a soulless reporter adds a whole dimension of frightening demonical possession.