by Sam Juliano
Our 19 year-old daughter Melanie’s move into NYC for the opening of the college fall semester at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) was our primary focus over the past week, though the same support and preparation was afforded to young Sammy, who begins classes at Bergen Community College in Paramus. Though Melanie is a year older than Sammy, she took one year off after high school to make sure of what direction she wanted to take in moving forward. Though Melanie will be living at the SVA dorm, she plans to return home nearly every weekend, and we will be active to make that happen. Sammy, on the other hand will be commuting by bus, so he will be staying under our roof. Getting him to the bus stop at 6:15 A.M. every day (some days I will no doubt just drive him there outright I am sure) will be ushering in a new and drastic change of focus for us, and to be sure we now know what our central priority is. In the meantime, Danny now enters his Junior year at Cliffside Park High School, which is also the location where Jillian starts as a freshman. Jeremy will be our final child to leave the Fairview School system, where he enters the eight grade on Wednesday.
The Childhood/Adolescent Countdown continues to advance with deceptive speed, and basically is down to its final six weeks. The authors of the reviews must again be commended for their brilliant coverage. many thanks to those who have been part of this great venture.
With much of the week taken up by shopping in clothes and bed stores, and visiting the respective colleges for orientations, and luncheons, Lucille and I didn’t see any new films in theaters, though we did watched some stuff on her HD screen at home, and on Saturday evening attended a staged reading of a new play from a lifelong friend, Peter Danish, titled “Herb and Lenny” at the Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, New York. The work focused on the two most celebrated conductors of the past century, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein. Continue Reading »
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Another milestone has been achieved at Wonders in the Dark this past week as the site has published its 3,000th blog post. A remarkable accomplishment to be sure, but even sweeter when one considers the general apathy online for blogs in general, what with the continuing prominence of Facebook and Twitter. Blogs are far from dead, but let’s just say they are less dominant than they once were. Ironically, the mid-week post- Aaron West’s review of “My Life as a Dog”, which gave cause for celebration – came to pass during the now running Greatest Childhood/Adolescent polling, which at least by way of comments is the least exceptional of the six genre polls we have staged so far. Still the page view for the project have remained solid and the quality of writing exhibited in the reviews themselves has been of the first rank.
Simultaneously, the site marks its seventh anniversary in two weeks. Launched in September of 2008, the speculative venture was planned by Allan Fish and myself, and supported mightily by Tony d’Ambra and Dee Dee, before gaining steam by a fraternity of blogger friends. The site’s trademarks have been the weekly Monday Morning Diary, (instituted in 2010) a community forum where readers share their weekly viewings and activities, and the primary announcement board; the many decade and genre countdowns (populated not only by the site’s staff writers, but by fellow blogger friends from other sites, and an extensive archives of opera, book, and music reviews. Though the present time has been difficult for blog sites in general, the site is alive and well, and will no doubt thrive for some time to come.
Many thanks to all our friends for making this place so accommodating for so long. By any barometer of measurement this has been a remarkable run.
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by Allan Fish
(Iran 1995 85m) DVD1
Aka. Badkonake sefid
Dancing with their fins
p Kurosh Mazkouri d Jafar Panahi w Abbas Kiarostami ph Farzad Jahat ed Jafar Panahi
Aida Mohammadkhani (Razieh), Mohsen Kafili (Ali), Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy (mother), Anna Borkowska (old lady), Mohammad Shahani (soldier), Mohammad Bakhtiar (tailor), Hamidreza Tahery (Reza), Aliasghar Smardi (balloon seller)
It’s time for an academic game, a theoretical test, and one that seems apt when discussing an Iranian film. Your subject is The White Balloon, but you have to pick one word to describe it and then write a small essay on why that word is appropriate. One might pick ‘balloon’, but then you wouldn’t have seen the movie. ‘White’ would be less controversial as it features prominently, but still one suspects it would be limited to discussion of the mise-en-scène. One might pick goldfish, but again one might find it limiting. So I go for neither. For me, only one word presents itself – continuity. Continue Reading »
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