by Sam Juliano
Hard to believe we have moved into May, but the passage of time rarely leaves us prepared. Here at Wonders in the Dark we are approaching the planned time frame for the long-advertised “Science Fiction film countdown” and are anticipating the start of the first phase: the forwarding of ballots. This particular countdown has admittedly received less enthusiasm in a general sense, but I am hopeful it will still be successful. Otherwise, political junkies are no doubt getting their fix with the spate of crucial presidential primaries that have all but anointed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as their party’s nominees.
Lucille and I had a pretty unforgettable week, one that offered diversity and quality. Coming on the heels of the Tribeca Film Festival – where we managed 35 feature films over eleven days – it allowed us to maintain a high level of activity while straining the limits of our stamina. I hope to post some reviews of the experiences, even while I continue by scene-specific Tribeca coverage. Continue Reading »
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Beautifully filmed African (Ghana) picture “Children of the Montain” is Tribeca at its finest.
Spirited dramedy “Little Boxes” is a splendid fusion of inde art house and commercial entertainment.
Documentary on autism, “Life Animated” is one of Tribeca’s most irresistible and heartfelt works in the festival
Brooding and atmospheric dystopian romance “Equals” is one of the most underrated films in years.
by Sam Juliano
The eleven day Tribeca Film Festival ended yesterday, bringing final closure to a wild and exhausting ride, one that spurred Lucille and I to take in 35 feature films at three different locations. Our prime hot spot was the Bow-Tie Cinemas on 23rd Street, but we were also at the SVA auditoriums down the block and down at the Regal Cinemas multiplex adjacent to the World Trade Center Freedom Tower. Once again the annual fest included some outstanding documentaries and narrative works, many of which will surely secure commercial openings in the coming months. The most difficult challenge was to piece together a schedule that would include films about subjects we were greatly interested with some others that were highly touted in advance by critics and festival insiders. It was always tricky to schedule the screenings to coincide with the time windows that were possible to us. Even with the high total we managed there were still films we were unable to negotiate. We made of a list of those that we will watch for in theaters and on DVD release. Like all other festivals of high repute there were some forgettable titles and/or films we had less interest in, but this year’s venue includes a comparatively high number of good to excellent works. Continue Reading »
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