Mark Rylance as Cromwell in masterful WOLF ALL.
by Sam Juliano
Spring is here, but the temperatures have still yet to comply with this fact of nature. As we move closer to April, we can only anticipate comfortable weather, but we shall see what we shall see. Otherwise the baseball season will start later this week, and Easter Sunday is coming up next weekend.
The Childhood Films countdown venture is underway with e mails going out and many already engaged in viewing and re-viewing some of the ideal prospects. It is expected that ballots will begin appearing in early May. Any WitD readers not on the chain, but wanting to be just reach me at The Fountain26@aol.com, and I’ll include you.
Lucille, Broadway Bob and I attended the stage work GREAT KILLS on Saturday night. The drama offers a good deal of laughs, and featured three actors – one of them the renowned Joe Pantoliano of Cliffside Park and Fairview upbringing. The famed actor was the sole reason to see this decent play, and meeting him afterwards was a treat. The huble and friendly Pantoliano graduated Cliffside Park High School, and is well-remembered for his roles in The Sopranos, Empire of the Sun, The Goonies, Midnight Run, Memento and La Bamba among others. GREAT KILLS staged at the Theater For The New City on First Avenue. I will run into the second week in April. Continue Reading »
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by Sam Juliano
Spring arrived without much fanfare this past week but was suddenly dispatched on Friday when five inches of snow fell on the metropolitan area, again proving that one can’t be comfortable in this season from hell. As we know from the past, even April is unpredictable. Baseball season inches closer for those inclined, and for Lucille and I the Tribeca Film Festival is a little more than three weeks away. No doubt that will be quite a torrid eleven day span!
The initial group e mail for the upcoming Best Childhood Film countdown has been sent out to the voters and writers, and a spirited discussion has commenced. Ballots will be sent in starting on May 1st and ending on the 14th, with the results to be posted shortly thereafter by Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. The actual countdown will begin near the end of May and will run Monday through Friday for ten weeks. Any Wonders in the Dark readers wishing to participate, please reach me at TheFountain26@aol.com. My latest capsule review for a Terrill Welch painting was sent on yesterday:
Terrill Welch’s arresting impressionistic oil painting “Trail Along the Bridge” showcases a domestic refuge, one that is ideal for meditation and creative inspiration. There is a pneumatic quality to the seemingly clandestine vantage point overlooking mountains and a wooden valley that would surely give pause for sensory reflections. The glorious blue sky, bright textures, summer shadows and joyful ambiance define the scene, yet there is a mystique in the central almost intimidating image of the Douglas Fir, which is rooted tenuously near the edge of the ridge, a sitting duck for a storm, yet evincing a look of having survived its share of atmospheric ravages.
Everyone can lay claim to a place and a setting they revered since childhood – and the experience is a kind of Stopping by Woods on a Lovely Day, when everything comes to a halt, and there is a fusion with nature. Welch’s painting isn’t without a more somber context – the tree’s slant suggests that such days are in limited number, and are mainly available during late spring and summer, yet there is scenic bliss and inspiration, not only attested by the creator, but to be seen by generous brush strokes of color and a wonderfully serene landscape. It would be hard to fathom that a hike up this trail wouldn’t stoke the happiest of memories and expectations. This is Ms. Welch in radiant mode, and it would bring any room to life, transporting its onlookers to an idyllic hamlet in this island paradise.
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