Thursday, December 6, 2007


This offer from Pam Kray. Contact her through Otto Mannix Report comment section.

Monday, October 29, 2007


The end of the American Road for this little honey.
photo copywrite: OMR staff photographer Svengar Svengensson, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007


Which way does she spin?

Monday, October 8, 2007


At The Cafe, 1878, Eduoard Manet.

Friday, September 14, 2007


designed 1987, Rick Rodine.

Monday, September 10, 2007


An announcement over the loudspeaker to the entire staff of the OTTO MANNIX REPORT is heard at least once a week: "We've got a Situation," whereupon each officer and staff member drops what he or she is doing, scoots his or her chair back, and immediately exits his or her cubicle. We then convene in the Situation Room. The tension in the air can be cut with a plastic knife as the workers jostle about, clumsily fighting for seats closest to Mr. Mannix. Coffee from the Bunn machine is poured into styrofoam cups and passed around to the anxious participants, some of whom add various milk or sugar substitutes.

The lighting in the room is quite unusual, and for a very different reason. The anti-lights mounted in the ceiling cast a necessary darkness over the proceedings, leaving only the intensely hot, bright metal halide lamps mounted under the table to illuminate the Situation. Extreme conditions such as these are what forge the necessary determination of this team of dedicated and self-serious journalists.

Welcome to the OTTO MANNIX REPORT. It is our stated goal to deliver the most relevant, incisive and misingenuous information available on the world-wide web, at least once or twice a month. Thank you for visiting.


Two images of works by Mimmo Rotella, perhaps the most famous out of a handful of artists who worked in the medium called Décollage.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

70 Pine

One of two carved limestone replicas of the American International Building at 70 Pine Street in downtown New York. The sculptures stand guard over the two main entrances of this under-appreciated skyscraper on Pine and Cedar Streets.

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Immediately after snapping this digital photograph, the Otto Mannix staff photographer was told by a security guard to refrain from taking any further pictures. Click on the photo for an enlarged jpeg.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


We know many of you are curious about the inner workings of the OTTO MANNIX New York Headquarters. So in the interest of full disclosure we present this digital photograph of our electronic computer, from which all this important information is disseminated. Clearly, we've consolidated all the hardware into one small room, a truly 'state-of-the-art' operation. NEXT MONTH: a full-color photograph of our Situation Room!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Kovacs II

Two shots from PSYCH-OUT. Laszlo was able to perform only one test of the psychedelic lighting, the liquid projections being the tricky part. The film's budget did not allow for the testing he would have preferred, but the results made this scene one of the best in the movie. PSYCH-OUT is enjoyable despite itself, mostly for the visuals. (Jack Nicholson, above center, 'rocking out', was in many of Kovacs' earlier films including FIVE EASY PIECES, bottom.)

Sunday, July 22, 2007


LASZLO KOVACS is dead. that motherfucker deserved the Oscar in '69 for EASY RIDER. if there is one thing about that movie that holds up very well it is the cinematography. maybe some of you don't love the film as i do, but you gotta admit now, it LOOKS DAMN GOOD!

in New Orleans they had some technical difficulties which forced Kovacs to shoot the scenes in 16mm, a problem at the time which ended up being the best thing that could have happened; that acid trip is about as accurate as could possibly be shot on film. no silly hallucinations, just the right crazy vibe...

THANK YOU LASZLO for those pictures. R.I.P.

Saturday, June 2, 2007


We at OMR want to see a movie where the camera strays all over the place rather than locking slavishly onto the characters in each shot in every scene. Let us breathe the air and see a bit of the scenery, let us believe that the characters exist in a real world, full of OTHER people with THEIR own problems. For Otto, these are qualities that distinguish an interesting movie. It's nice when films present a space, a geography that one can sink into.

Check out the movie VANISHING POINT. In 1971 my dad took my brother and me to see this existential, white-trash masterpiece at the drive-in. Mother Mannix had probably told him, "you never do anything with the kids," so he took us to see an R-rated movie about a speed-freak gunning a Dodge Challenger across the desert. He sat in the front seat swilling beer and choking butts with a buddy while we sat in back eating candy and drinking pop (there's no such thing as 'soda' in Iowa). We loved that damned movie.

OMR recently bought the DVD, and were surprised how well it holds up. The throaty blast of the Dodge engine is worth it alone. We could attempt to describe the movie with all manner of literary flourish, but would fail, So we turn you over to Mark Burbey at THE OBSERVATION DECK. He tackles it pretty well.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


in '82, Bruce Hellington and i hitchhiked to the midwest. he stopped in Indianapolis and i continued on to Des Moines. i brought a bunch of stencils for peppering all my old haunts with rude graffiti. afterwards KC caught the bug and continued with a classic stencil of JFK's face with the caption NATION OF HYPE (a response to all the hype over the twentieth anniversary of the assassination.) but the one that caught on was DEAD MOINES, a photo of which was printed in the Des Moines Register. it was sprayed onto a plate-glass window, prompting the resourceful photographer to place something in the background, out of focus, to give the pic a creepy effect.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Locust II

gettin' a bit more of Locust Avenue in these two shots by JOHN VACHON 1940, and by CHARLES CUSHMAN 1958. (clicking on Vachon link will take you to an excellent collection of color slides presented by the Library of Congress, wherein reside hi-resolution jpegs of photos by John Vachon, Jack Delano and others)

Thursday, May 17, 2007


This picture reaches back into my memory: My old man takes me to the tavern on the left (with the HAMM's sign) for some quality time with his pool-shark buddies, some of the best in the midwest. Beyond the SCHLITZ sign one can barely read the SKIG's sign. Ol' Skigarelli serves up the slime while we utilize a large speaker magnet to guide the pinball to high scores, thus securing free games.

Eleven year-old punks, Miller and I ride our bikes through this former downtown Des Moines long-since eclipsed by the shiny new business district across the river. The city closes down at business-dusk so we ride through the emptiness, longing for something, finding nothing but the romance of our own limitations. Maybe we traverse the tracks looking for something come in on the rail... probably nothing. It was always nothing. KC coins it: DEAD MOINES.

I had hoped this was a photo of a genuine, old-school hobo come in on the rail, but was then let down by the revelation it was actually JOHN CARRADINE walking sadly through a bit part in a 1967 low-budget movie shot on location in Des Moines called THE HOSTAGE (oh, how the mighty have fallen). But spirits were raised by the realization I could perhaps procure this shitty movie gem on the world-wide-web and take this nostalgic trip to the next level, provided there were a few more revealing shots like this one.