Saturday, January 19, 2019

New York

Singer Building – 149 Broadway (corner Liberty Street)

Teresa Oman

First Lines: Nelson DeMille - The General’s Daughter

"Is this seat taken?"

Pauline Serreau

A day in the life, Dec 21

A day in the life, Dec 21, Regensburg by night

Lais Ribeiro

ph: Gilles Bensimon

New Stuff: La prisonnière

Emilia Clarke

The Words (2012)

A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.

Although based on a good premise and although the three stories are skillfully intertwined, and there are some good performances, the tale becomes sentimental and finally botched by the disappointing background story rendering everything else meaningless.

Milla Jovovich

ph: Michael Thompson

New Stuff: The Decemberists

Hristiyana Dimitrova

Roma (2018)

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Autobiographical drama is intense, heatfelt (but never sentimental) and exacting in wonderfully composed black & white sequences; brilliantly scripted and directed with all around excellent performances. 

Gemma Ward

ph: Bibi Cornejo Borthwick

New Stuff: Amerigo Gazaway

Friday, January 18, 2019

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Euro Rotelli

Leticia Vigna

A day in the life, Dec 20

A day in the life, Dec 20, objet trouvé

Vika Falileeva

ph: Xavi Gordo

New York

New York circa 1908

Hana Jirickova

ph: Olivia Frolich

First Lines: Lynne Tillman - Cast in Doubt

Early in the morning, in this part of the world, in the summer, the sun is so strong and direct, I believe that all the spirits must be holding that fiery globe in its heavenly place and shining it down on us.

Rae Rodriguez

A day in the life, Dec 19

A day in the life, Dec 19, Regensburg by night

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kelly Spronk

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

A sequel quite in line with the original and still entertaining, but simply not addings anything new too the formula.

Halliwell*: "Moderate sequel to Romancing the Stone; plenty of action, but dull spots in between." 

Maltin**: "Contrived "high adventure"...can't capture charm of original, because the characters are set - and character change (particularly Turner's) is what made the first movie fun. Some good stunts and funny lines, but it all rings hollow."

Tao Okamoto

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Anna Parini)

Who's That Girl?

Art: Jean-Jacques Lequeu

Monday, January 14, 2019

First Lines: P.D. James - The Children of Men

Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years two months and twelve days.

Marlijn Hoek

ph: Dennis Stenild

Sunday, January 13, 2019

A day in the life, Dec 17

A day in the life, Dec 17, Regensburg by night

Kiki Willems

Romancing the Stone (1984)

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

Lively and entertaining adventure spoof, sparked by some good chemistry between Tuner and Douglas.

Halliwell*: "Spoof adventure thriller which takes too long to get going and then it finds nowhere to go. But commercial..."

Maltin***: "Very likable high-adventure hokum...Silly story never stops moving - with some terrific action and stunts - but it's Turner's enormously appealing performance that really makes the film worthwhile."

Angie Schmidt

New Stuff: Noname