Monday, December 31, 2018

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Humphrey Spender

Riane Herzik

A day in the life, Dec 4

A day in the life, Dec 4, Christkindlmarkt

Carolyn Murphy

New York

City Hall Newspaper Row Buildings (l-r) World Building (aka Pulitzer Building), Sun Building, Tribune Building – all demolished. New York Times and Potter Buildings are still extant

Natasha Poly

First Lines: Tim Powers - Last Call

Georges Leon held his little boy's hand too tightly and stared up from under his hatbrim at the unnaturally dark noon sky.

Marjan Jonkman

ph: Cameron McCool

A day in the life, Dec 3

A day in the life, Dec 3, mannequins

Brooke Shields

New Stuff: Guttersnipe

Kristina Peric

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

High-pitched melodrama with Noir elements takes its intricate plot to its bitter ending; the star cast make it work.

Halliwell**: "Irresistible star melodrama which leaves no stone unturned; compulsive entertainment of the old school."

Maltin***: "Gripping melodrama..."

Constance Jablonski

New Stuff: The Book of Tokyo

Ruby Rose

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mowgli (2018)

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

Quite similar to Disney's 2016 version in making and style, combining excellent CGI animation with performing actors, this adaptation is much darker and tougher in tone with a more complex, if not confusing plot.

Audrey Hepburn

New Stuff: Inger-Maria Mahlke

Who's That Girl?

Art: Bob Layzell

Shannan Click

A day in the life, Dec 2

A day in the life, Dec 2, Christkindlmarkt

Nadja Auermann

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

New York

The Hotel Netherland Fifth Avenue and 59th Street c. 1912

Karlie Kloss

First Lines: Connie Willis - Doomsday Book

Mr. Dunworthy opened the door to the laboratory and his spectacles promptly steamed up.

Milena Ioanna

A day in the life, Dec 1

A day in the life, Dec 1, window display

Marique Schimmel

ph: Jason Kim

New York

New Year’s Eve, Times Square, Photo by Dan Weiner, 1951

Nastya Kusakina

First Lines: M. John Harrison - The Course of the Heart

When I was a tiny boy, I often sat motionless in the garden, bathed in sunshine, hands flat on the rough brick of the garden path, waiting with a prolonged, almost painful expectation for whatever would happen, whatever event was contained by that moment, whatever revelation lay dormant in it.

Hannah Ferguson

ph: Jack Waterlot

A day in the life, Nov 30

A day in the life, Nov 30, Regensburg by night

Marta Dyks

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Barry Blitt)

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Marpessa Hennink

I Still See You (2018)

Set ten years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts.

Although this movie is nicely made, has atmosphere and some well-staged scenes, it is hamstrung by a wildly far-fetched plot based on a likewise implausible premise.

Ellen Rosa

ph: Saverio Cardia

New Stuff: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Kris Grikaite

ph: Mark Peckmezian

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season 2 (2018)

In the Season Two premiere, Midge takes the stage for a foreign audience, while Abe and Rose find themselves in a new world. Susie experiences the repercussions of having a bad reputation in the business, as Joel regroups after quitting his job.

The second season successfully continues in the same quality as before - complete with a meandering plot, with Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein holding the show together with their brilliant performances.

Barbara Palvin

New Stuff: Ryu Murakami

Who's That Girl?

ph: Dominique Issermann

Photographer: Ruth Orkin