Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2012 |
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Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin in Universal’s 1928 masterpiece THE MAN WHO LAUGHS by Paul Leni, one of the greatest films in the history of the cinema
by Sam Juliano
Indian summer is just about upon us, though the more seasoned veterans would apply the term dog days of summer. Either way we seem headed for outdoor steam baths in our respective locations, and many of us will be taking to the roads. The 2012 summer Olympic games are officially underway in London, and many will be following the events intensely. Here at WitD, our tempered smiles will soon be exploding in bouts of laughter as the comedy poll is just one week away from launch. As stated on last week’s thread, the project will be underway with an essay on the No. 100 comedy choice on Monday, August 6th by Tony d’Ambra, and will continue well into December, up until the Number 1 placement is posted. By sheer volume, and involvement this is expected to be the most auspicious project ever staged at the site. The posts will run every Monday through Friday. Writers are asked to send reviews to me by e mail, though between August 20 through the 24th I will be out of state, and Allan will handle the postings. I will still comment from my out of state location at the site during those days.
Readers are urged to check out Jaimie Grijalba’s Top 100 ‘horror films’ countdown at Exodus 8:2. Grijalba’s short film will soon be posted for viewers to access as well.
The past week’s insanity was one of the most cinematically blistering of 2012, as Lucille and several of the kids watched a slew of Universal films as part of the long-running Festival at the Film Forum. We saw eleven (11) Universals, and one recent release, Killer Joe, on Saturday, our 17th wedding anniversary. (more…)
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Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 |
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Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak’s masterpiece “Criss Cross,” one of the greatest film noirs of all-time
by Sam Juliano
The comedy countdown draws nearer, with an opening salvo scheduled for Monday, August 6th courtesy of Sydney native Tony d’Ambra, who also provided the fantastic sidebar banner. Other site friends and visitors are urged to insert the banner at their own sites, if such a procedure is manageable. It would of course be greatly appreciated. The first week (Nos. 100 through 96) will also feature essays from “J.D.” of Radiator Heaven, Shubhajit Laheri of Cinemascope, and both Allan and I. The second week, commencing on August 13th with Nos. 95 through 91, will feature two essays from our Chilean college student wunderkind Jaimie Grijalba, one from veteran Treadway, one from our own Jamie Uhler, and another by Allan.
The events in Colorado are sickening beyond words, and some of us have shared our feelings by e mail. As movie-goers we can further connect with the utter senselessness and depravity of such barbaric acts, planned and hatched in one of our prime cultural havens. The families must now undergo unconscionable grief and agony. While temperatures have fallen to tolerable levels in the northeast, and some much-needed precipitation has consorted to cool things off further, reports from the mid-west continue to confirm some oppressive heed in some areas.
I have finally begun to take a look at some recent American television shows that have won the highest praise from the “inner circle” and have moved to acquire blu-ray sets of Deadwood, Breaking Bad and Rome, as well as DVD sets of Carnival and The Wire. I have now watched the first half of the first season of The Wire, and will have much more to say on future Diarys. I plan on watching the entire run before the summer is out, and will tackle some of the others purchased. The one other show I will be moving to acquire (one that a number of people at the site have praised on Diary threads is Mad Men. (more…)
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