Friday, January 5, 2018

Alicia Herbeth

A day in the life, Jan 3

A day in the life, Jan 3, rainbow

Jehane Paris

The Princess Bride (1987)

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Ambitiously tongue-in-cheek, but quite dated fantasy has some nice sequences; however, the humor is rather stale.

Halliwell*: "Rather strained fantasy with occasional bright moments."

Maltin**1/2: "Revisionist fairy tale/adventure...Some wonderful scenes and character vignettes are periodically undermined by a tendency toward comic shtick...and occassional incoherency...Best of all: the swashbuckling sequences."

Elise Lou

ph: Henrik Adamsen

New Stuff: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kate Bush

The Last Sunset (1961)

At a Mexican ranch, fugitive and pursuing sheriff agree to help rancher drive his herd into Texas where the sheriff could legally arrest the fugitive but the rancher's wife complicates things.

Unusual larger-than-life Western melodrama compels with a complex plot and psychological depth.

Halliwell (no star): "Slow psycho-Western with pretensions to tragedy."

Maltin***: "Strange on the range, courtesy of Aldrich and scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Marc Rogoff

Hanna Koczewska

ph: Lukasz Pukowiec

Streetview Captures

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Nadja Auermann

A day in the life, Jan 2

A day in the life, Jan 2, Regensburg by night

Marta Berzkalna

ph: Javier Vallhonrat

New York

ph: Alberto Reyes

Léa Seydoux

First Lines: Helen MacInnes - The Unconquerable

The blinding directness of the sun had gone, but its heat remained.

Bridget Satterlee

A day in the life, Jan 1

 A day in the life, Jan 1, nightly objet trouvé

Astrid Baarsma

ph: Terry Gates

New Stuff: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Solveig Mørk Hansen

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Nicely entertaining modernized animation movie remains quite true to the spirit of the original strip.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Marcelle Bittar

ph: Sean Ellis

New Stuff: Irreversible Entanglements

Josephine Baker

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Nicely produced, but quite harmless Technicolor mad scientist drama is actually well played; however, the main attraction are the effective miniature trick sequences.

Halliwell*: "Splendid special effects and an appropriately sombre atmosphere are mapered by a slow-paced narrative in this minor horror classic."

Maltin**1/2: "...the story is just OK, but the elaborate special effects (in color) are worth seeing."

Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "It's in Technicolor and is a lot of fun to watch."

Christy Turlington

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

New Stuff: Chrysta Bell

Who's That Girl?

Kees Scherer. Girl with Lily of the valley. Paris, 1950’s

Art: Chesley Bonestell

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sara Grace Wallerstedt

ph: Karim Sadli

A day in the life, Dec 31

A day in the life, Dec 31, New Year's Eve

Victoria Lee

New York

Berenice Abbott 1936 Under the El at the Battery, New York

Lindsey Wixson

ph: An Le

First Lines: Graham Greene - The Ministry of Fear

There was something about a fête which drew Arthur Rowe irresistibly, bound him a helpless victim to the distant blare of a band and the knock-knock of wooden balls against coconuts.

Magdalena Jasek

ph: Victor Demarchelier

A day in the life, Dec 30

A day in the life, Dec 30, nativity set

Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov

New Stuff: Charles Berberian

Vanessa Axente

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Mildly entertaining, but quite sentimental melodrama made in good style and taste.

Halliwell*: "Charming sentimental fable in Hollywood's best style."

Maltin***1/2: "Charming, beautifully made fantasy..."