by Sam Juliano
Proms, graduations and and various end of the school year celebrations are ready to go, while others have completed vacations plans. Here in the New York City area, a Film Forum Festival on spaghetti westerns has launched, (I really want to see Django especially) while the Erich Von Stroheim Monday program continues on tonight with screenings of Hello Sister! (1933) and As You Desire Me (1932). Meanwhile, the comedy poll has commenced with final Top 60 ballots being cast and forwarded by Marilyn Ferdinand, Ed Howard, Maurizio Roca, Allan Fish, Bob Clark, Dennis Polifroni and Your Truly. The final deadline is July 1st. Richard R.D. Finch is gearing up for his widely anticipated Wyler blogothon at The Movie Projector, which will be running from June 24th to the 29th. It is hoped that Wyler and classic film fans will be making The Movie Projector a prime stop during the six days the blogothon will be conducted.
Here at Wonders in the Dark, much of the blogger interest has been aimed at Allan’s year-by-year voting for the top categories in the cinema, but stellar work by Jamie Uhler, Jim Clark, Jaime Grijalba, Bob Clark and Allan himself continues in force, with everyone pursuing a theme or continuing series.
Lucille and I didn’t see any new releases this past week (actually that’s wrong as Lucille and my two daughters, Melanie and Jillian did see a Saturday matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman which I stood back on) but we did see three screen classics, one a beautiful restored presentation at the Film Forum, and two in nice prints on the 50 foot screen of the Jersey City Loews Landmark movie palace. We also took in a staging of Night of the Living Dead: The Musical at an off-Broadway lower eastside theatre.
What can I say here about Night of the Dead: The Musical? Well, it was a nice albeit hot -but with no humidity- Thursday evening, and the theatre was comfortably air-conditioned. I liked the outside decor as you entered the theatre. I also liked the slice of broccoli pizza Lucille and I ate at a nearby corner pizzeria, and I enjoyed the container of blueberries I bought for desert from a sidewalk fruit vendor. I loved listening to Jerry Goldsmith’s score to The Sand Pebbles on the car CD riding in, and was relieved and excited when the actors stepped up to take a bow after the 70 minute production ended. Ah yes, what about that production? I won’t go there. The real question is why did Lucille, Broadway Bob and I attend it in the first place?
The three screen classics we watched on the big screen during the six day period since Tuesday morning’s Diary are as follows:
All Quiet on the Western Front ***** (Film Forum) Tuesday night
My Man Godfrey ***** (Jersey City Loews Landmark) Saturday night
Bringing Up Baby ***** (Jersey City Loews Landmark) Saturday night
The two screwball comedy classics again were marvelous to take in, especially on the super-large screen, and they were coincidentally positioned as the comedy voting is presently underway. Lewis Milestone’s war classic All Quiet on the Western Front lost nothing of it’s power on what was the umteenth viewing in my lifetime, but thrillingly the first for my fifteen-year old Son Sammy, who loved it, and asked questions about it all the way home in the car.
My 13 year-old son Danny received his confirmation on Friday night at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Fairview, my lifelong hometown parish, and here is his picture, sporting the name of his “sponsor,” who is his 81 year-old grandfather and my father (Samuel Juliano Jr.) outside Our Lady of Grace:
We all enjoyed a great meal at Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant afterwards in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
As the last Diary was only six days ago I have decided to re-post the past scroll with a few re-visions, though most sites are still highlighting with the same post:
Judy Geater at Movie Classics has posted a fantastic contribution to the ‘Mary Pickford blogothon’ with a fascinating review of one of the star’s most celebrated films, the 1910 “Daddy Long Legs”: http://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/daddy-long-legs-marshall-neilan-1919/
Patricia at Patricia’s Wisdom has penned an appreciative review of a volume titled “Search Inside Yourself: the Path to Success and Happiness”: http://patriciaswisdom.com/2012/05/search-inside-yourself-the-unexpected-path-to-achieving-success-happiness-and-world-peace-chade-meng-tan/
Jon Warner has penned one of his greatest pieces at Films Worth Watching on Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Ivan’s Childhood”: http://filmsworthwatching.blogspot.com/2012/05/ivans-childhood-1962-directed-by-andrei.html
Film preservation is again the worthy theme in Marilyn Ferdinand’s tremendous piece on John Huston’s 1946 documentary “Let There Be Light” at Ferdy-on-Films: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/?p=14547
Tony d’Ambra’s new post at FilmsNoir.net takes a marvelous discerning look at Mitchell Leisen’s “No Man of Her Own”: http://filmsnoir.net/film_noir/no-man-of-her-own-1950-sudser-or-noir.html
Roderick Heath has a new extraordinary mega-essay up on Howard Hughes’ “Hell’s Angels” at Ferdy-on-Films: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/?p=14594
John Greco offers up an excellent review on 1912′s “A Beast at Bay” for the Mary Pickford blogothon at Twenty Four Frames: http://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/a-beast-at-bay-1912-d-w-griffith/
Laurie Buchanan explores ‘frame of mind’ in her thoughtful new post at Speaking From The Heart titled “Chop Wood Carry Water”: http://holessence.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/chop-wood-carry-water/
Joel Bocko has made quite the triumphant return at The Dancing Image with a marvelous piece on Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye”: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2012/05/long-goodbye.html
Roderick Heath has posted “an academic piece” on the film “Gallipoli” at This Island Rod, and it truly looks like spectacular stuff: http://thisislandrod.blogspot.com/2012/05/civic-mythology-sequence-from-gallipoli.html
Richard R.D. Finch has posted a definitive piece on Vittorio DeSica’s neo-realist masterpiece “Shoeshine” at The Movie Projector: http://themovieprojector.blogspot.com/2012/05/shoeshine-1946.html
A mid-day oil painting lesson at the Creativepotager’s blog is quite the magnificent feast for the eyes: http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/midday-in-navy-channel-oil-painting-by-terrill-welch/
At Cinemascope the amazingly prolific and resilient Shubhajit Laheri keeps up the pace with a terrific capsule on Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye”: http://cliched-monologues.blogspot.com/2012/06/long-goodbye-1973.html
At Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson offers up another exceptional piece on a pre-code Stanwyck: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2012/06/dvr-diary-ever-in-my-heart-1933.html
Ed Howard at Only The Cinema has penned a brilliant essay on avante garde cinema: http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/06/image-in-snowthe-plague-summerthe.html
Jaime Grijalba has come through big-time for the Film preservation blogothon with a terrific essay on “Psycho” at Exodus: 8:2: http://exodus8-2.blogspot.com/2012/05/alfred-hitchcock-presents-psycho-1960.html
At Doodad Kind of Town Pat Perry’s splendid contribution to the For the Love of Film Preservation blogothon is on Hitch’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”: http://doodadkindoftown.blogspot.com/2012/05/hitch-does-rom-com-for-love-of-film.html
At Scribbles and Ramblings Sachin Gandhi takes a fascinating look at two high-profile Spanish films at ‘Euro 2012′: http://likhna.blogspot.com/2012/05/spanish-films.html
David Schleicher is proud to announce that ‘Issue Two’ of the Stone Digital Literary Magazoine’ is now available. It’s over at The Schleicher Spin: http://theschleicherspin.com/2012/05/15/issue-two-of-the-stone-digital-literary-magazine-now-available/
Just Another Film Buff has penned a terrific capsule on Satoshi Kon’s 1997 “Perfect Blue” at The Seventh Art: http://theseventhart.info/2012/05/19/ellipsis-61/
At The Last Lullaby, the ever delightful filmmaker Jeffrey Goodman takes a look at part sixteen of his long running quartet series: http://cahierspositif.blogspot.com/2012/04/favorite-four-part-sixteen.html
At Vermillion and One Nights Murderous Ink has written an extraordinary scholarly piece on gender roles in post-war Japan, making compelling reference to 1949′s “Green Mountains”: http://vermillionandonenights.blogspot.com/2012/05/someone-who-looks-like-gary-cooper.html
There’s plenty of good stuff up at The Long Voyage Home by way of capsules and screen caps courtesy of Peter Lenihan: http://thelongvoyagehome.blogspot.com/
Stephen Russell-Gebbett at Checking on my Sausages again offers up a thoughtful post, this one on the film “Super 8″:http://checkingonmysausages.blogspot.com/2012/05/unearthing-grief-and-love-in-super-8.html h
Greg Ferrara at Cinema Styles has written a splendid essay on ‘The Ranking of Rock’: http://cinemastyles.blogspot.com/2012/06/insincerity-insecurity-and-self.html
A notable artistic collaboration leads the way at Michael Harford’s heartening Coffee Messiah’s blog: http://coffeemessiah.blogspot.com/2012/05/collaborations.html
Hokahey has penned a terrific takedown of “Battleship” at Little Worlds: http://hokahey-littleworlds.blogspot.com/2012/05/boom.html
At The Cooler Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard discuss two-time Cannes winner Michael Haneke for the latest phenomenal ‘Conversations’ dialogue: http://coolercinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/conversations-michael-haneke.html
At The Blue Vial Drew McIntosh asserts “It’s in the Eyes!”: http://thebluevial.blogspot.com/2012/05/its-in-eyes.html
J.D. offers up a fascinating essay on “The Transformers The Movie” at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2012/06/transformers-movie.html
Adam Zanzie has posted a superlative review of Lawrence Kasdan’s “Dreamcatcher” at Icebox Movies: http://www.iceboxmovies.blogspot.com/2012/05/dreamcatcher-2003-lawrence-kasdans.html
Dave Van Poppel has a tremendous batch of short reviews up at Visions of Non Fiction on the Toronto Film Festival: http://visionsofnonfiction.blogspot.com/