Saturday, February 1, 2020

Raven Lyn

ph: Sergi Pons

New Stuff: Allgemeine Musiklehre

Lily Aldridge

The Movies I Watched in January

99 Homes 2014  7 

The Black Doll 1938  5
Ca$h 2010  6
The Clovehitch Killer 2018  6
The Cursr of Sleeping Beauty 2016  4
Dark Journey 1937  6 
Depeche Mode: 101 1989  6
Dreigroschenfilm 2018  6 
The Duchess 2008  6 
The Extra Man 2010  6
The Greatest Showman 2017  6
Im Labyrinth des Schweigens 2014  6
The Man Who Knew Infinity 2015  7

The Mountain Between US 2017  6 
The Ones Below 2015  6
The Report 2019  7

Rise of the Warrior Apes 2017  7 

The Salton Sea 2002  6 
Seven Sinners 1936  6
Shin Gojira 2016  6
Spirits in the Forest 2019  6 
Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank 2016  6
What Did Jack Do? 2017  7

Wuthering Heights 2011  6

Hana Jirickova

New Stuff: Junius Paul

Who's That Girl?

Art: Juan Gedeon

Irina Shaykhlislamova

ph: Zoey Grossman

The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

A merciless cowboy sets out on a dangerous journey across the frontier, determined to do whatever it takes to avenge his longtime partner's brutal murder.

Good, old-fashioned Western about friendship, loyalty and corruption, competently made with excellent cinematography and overall good performances.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Emily Didonato

ph: Zoey Grossman

A day in the life, Nov 30

A day in the life, Nov 30, robin redbreast

Taylor Marie Hill

New York

Lower Manhattan

Mariacarla Boscono

First Lines: Ward Just - Forgetfulness

The way down was hard, the trail winding and slick underfoot, insecure.

Kate Grigorieva

Crime, Inc. (1945)

A crusading reporter uses his friendship with a mobster to expose the machinations of organized crime in his city.

Run-of-the-mill noir crime drama is competently made, but not particularly memorable.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Rebecca Hall

ph: Billy Kidd

A day in the life, Nov 29

A day in the life, Nov 29, blackbird

Karolina Kurkova

ph: Alex Cayley

New Stuff: Tyshawn Sorey & Marilyn Crispell

Ophélie Guillermand

The Bride and the Beast (1958)

When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation.

Low-budget dram co-written by Ed Wood - and it shows; very silly, and at times amusingly so.

Maltin BOMB

Susan Holmes

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Diana Ejaita)

Nina Dobrev

Hannah Arendt (2012)

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Compelling portrayal is mostly to Barbara Sukowa's credit, who delivers a remarkable performance, but otherwise direction is messy and inconsequential.

Maltin**1/2: "Impassioned but flawed biopic...Yet another one of von Trotta's thought-provoking portayals of strong, complex women, but too much is left unexplained. You have to read the end credits  to know that Arendt's American pal and supporter (McTeer) is none other than novelist-activist Mary McCarthy."

Monday, January 27, 2020


ph: Benni Valsson

The Unforgiven (1960)

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Large-scale, star-cast, epic Western with a blatant anti-racist message is ambitious but somehow misses the point it wants to make.

Halliwell*: "Good-looking, expensive but muddled racist Western, hard to enjoy."

Maltin***: "Gish and Bickford are outstanding in stellar-cast story, with rousing Indian attack climax."

Ting Yan

A day in the life, Nov 27

A day in the life, Nov 27, Regensburg by night

Crista Cober

New Stuff: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead