by Sam Juliano
Father Winter seems to have finally lost his grip, but he’s not going down without a fight. The milder weather still requires a light jacket, and April remains an unpredictable month. Easter Sunday in the metropolitan area was pleasant, and an opportunity to spend quality time with the family. Once again I must thank our dear friend Dee Dee for posting the holiday greetings and reference point on the sidebar.
I want to thank WitD readers for responding with so much enthusiasm for the British Desert Island post of mid-week, which was only intended as an amusing diversion. After sifting through the comment thread I can report that Carol Reed’s 1949 masterpiece The Third Man easily received the most reservations with 14 readers (including Yours Truly) promising to bring a DVD of the film on the Falklands trip. The runner-up was Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 Barry Lyndon with 12 reservations. The Third Man was actually named on all but one of the 16 lots posted.
The Tribeca Film Festival will be underway on April 17th, and the full schedule of features and shorts are now posted on-line. Lucille and I (and Broadway Bob for some) are gearing up for ten weeks of marathon involvement in a fest that has steadily risen in reputation since it was founded a decade ago by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The film event’s last day will be featuring a gloriously restored print of Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, which was recently named the Best Film of 1983 by WitD voters. (more…)