Friday, July 26, 2019

A day in the life, Jul 11

A day in the life, Jul 11, clouds

Lindsay Ellingson

New Stuff: Thom Yorke

Bella Hadid

ph: Giampaolo Sgura

Wrong Elements (2016)

Victims of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army speak up in novelist Jonathan Littell's  documentary.

Although it's solely victims and perpetrators retelling the atrocities and no explicit images, this documentary very well manages to give a harrowing picture of a genocide still ongoing.

Krysten Ritter

New Stuff: Mistki

Jennifer Lawrence

Tamara Drewe (2010)

A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

Meandering country town satire, only sporadically amusing.

Maltin***: "Constantly surprising lark of a film...Well cast and filmed on a beautiful location."

Snejana Onopka

New Stuff: Mitski

Who's That Girl?

Art: Jack Vettriano

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Adrianna Zajdler

ph: Krzysztof Zabski

New Stuff: Saul Leiter

Hailey Outland

Merci pour le chocolat (2000)

A young woman discovers that she may have been switched at birth and presents herself to her possible father And slowly discovers the dark secrets that connect her family with his.

Typical for its director this is a meticulously made satire of French/Swiss bourgeois society with a somewhat puzzling plot and an unexciting ending.

On re-watching:  I still agree with my initial opinion; the ending is a bit disappointing.

Halliwell*: "Icy, ambiguous thriller that exposes the passionate screts that underlie an apparently conventional bourgeois family."

Maltin**1/2: "Subdued psychological thriller is mostly nuanced talk, with Chabrol favorite Huppert well suited to the role of perverse matriarch."

Tessa Greiner

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Christoph Niemann)

Stella Maxwell

ph: Solve Sundsbo

Universal Soldier (1992)

Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Well-made, but silly action vehicle for its two muscle men would like to be as good as The Terminator, but isn't by a far cry.

Halliwell (no star): "Science-fiction hokum intended to boost the appeal of its two action stars, done with enough energy and containing more than enough mayhem to appeal to fans of action movies."

Maltin**: "Van Damme and Lundgren - well, it's not exactly Tracy and March in INHERIT THE WIND. Hunks are well cast as rival cyborgs...Has the requisite number of explosions. The director sly keeps the grocery store Muzak going during Lundgren's one big emoting scene - right after he eats raw meat from a bin."

Louise Brooks

New Stuff: Carmen Villain

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Arthur Leipzig

Debra Shaw

Monday, July 22, 2019

A day in the life, Jul 8

A day in the life, Jul 8, Moon over the beer garden

Florence Clapcott

ph: Driu Crilly & Tiago Martel

New York

South Street and Brooklyn Bridge 1900

Josephine Skriver

ph: Marco van Rijt

First Lines: Ken MacLeod - Dark Light

Rawliston sprawls; from space it's a grubby smudge, its smoke staining the glassy clarity of the atmosphere along fifty kilometres of coastline.

Tatjana Patitz

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

A day in the life, Jul 7

A day in the life, Jul 7, Regensburg by night

Gisele Bündchen

ph: Steven Meisel

New Stuff: George Monbiot