This week’s Monday Morning Diary will become the Tuesday Morning Diary, a shifting I often employ when there are three-day holiday weekends. So the normal MMD thread will appear late Monday night, and for this week will be published as the Tuesday Morning Diary. -Sam
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by Anne Cafferkey
Well here we are one week later and what a week it’s been. Allan is progressing really well. The ventilation tube is out and the oxygen supply is being reduced daily. He can now converse with his medical team and his parents and we were informed that yesterday they actually had him standing for a few moments – not easy for him but he is trying. He also asked for a crossword book to pass the time so his mind is bright. Allan only does the Daily Telegraph crossword which is out of my league. The Doctors and Nurses are all very pleased with his progress so here’s hoping things get better everyday. I will let you know when Allan is out of ICU and on the recovery ward. PS ALLEN SAYS HELLO TO YOU ALL and THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WISHES..from his family we say love to each and every one of you. xxx
As our good friend Allan Fish continues to recuperate from a serious operation in a British hospital, we at Wonders in the Dark will be paying tribute to him over the coming fourteen days, with a two-a-day posting schedule of some of his greatest reviews, to be chosen by you the site writers, regulars and readers. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times that Allan is the best film writer out there, with singular talents that include peerless word economy and an encyclopedic knowledge of film, sprinkled with a refreshing caustic humor and the unique ability size up a film rarity, which he ceaselessly seeks out. He is a film fanatic of the highest order, a fervent collector, and a man who remarkably balances scholarship and entertainment in his writings.
I hereby call upon the loyal membership of our site, one Allan co-founded with me back in 2008, to identify in the comment section of this post the Allan Fish review you would like to go up for an encore. There are so many to choose from, but best advice is to scour his personal countdown and the tags that note his name. Keep in mind, everyone, that Allan wrote several dozen very long pieces at the site as well, and all are no less magisterial. I will begin by naming the 1966 Czech masterpiece MARKETA LAZAROVA as my own choice. No writer anywhere has matched his piece for this, though we can say that about many of his reviews. The plan is to post two reviews a day up until Tuesday, October 21st. Keeping Allan in our thoughts let’s celebrate his movie passion to the fullest! When he returns he will post a glorious new batch of new, priceless writings! Here’s to Allan! Thank you all.
by Sam Juliano
Lucille, the kids and I had a busy week -mostly the weekend- but nothing that we did, nor the report on the romantic countdown, nor in fact anything at all in our lives comes within a country mile of our concern for Allan Fish. As many are aware he underwent a grueling operation at a British hospital for the removal of a malignant tumor at the base of his esophagus. Prior to this procedure he had several months of chemotherapy. While his prognosis looks very good, he has gone through the mill along with his lovely mum and aunt, who have gone through endless stress. WitD would not exist in the manner it has since it was founded back in 2008 if it weren’t for Allan, but far more than that he is a personal friend, who my family have seen three times -him coming over to visit us twice for 18 days each time- and us visiting the U.K. last year for two weeks. Allan and I have battled in public and in private during our sometimes contentious nine-year relationship, but somehow it has strengthened our bond a la Ralph Kramden – What I say about him is one thing….what I feel about him is another! Ah, such are the trials and tribulations of life, but Allan, as I ponder you in that hospital bed going through what you are going through now, oh buddy I feel for you so much. Please get out of that ICU as fast as possible. The world is such a poorer place without you and out and about. Love, Sam
The Romantic Countdown concludes today with the unveiling of the Number 1 film. The marathon project began back on May 19th and ran Monday through Friday over the span of nearly six months. Well over twenty writers contributed with some of the best film writing online. Thanks again for all those who placed comments and lines, and kept abreast of the endeavor, the fourth genre countdown the site has conducted. Two weeks ago I identified all those who contributed by name. (more…)