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Archive for December 6th, 2010

Hello! Sam Juliano, Allan, and Wonders in the Dark readers…I would like to introduce you to my special guest this month author Michael B. Druxman… Who is the author Of several books…His Current book is…

“My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood…and How I Escaped Alive!”

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One of Takemitsu’s most beautiful scores is featured in Hiroshi Teshigahara’s “Antonio Gaudi” screened on Sunday at Film Forum

by Sam Juliano

Saturday morning temperatures in the northern New Jersey/NYC region plummeted into the 30’s bringing with it a real sense of the approaching holiday season.  If not for anything else it provided an appropriate winter underpinning for our annual car ride into rural Sussex County in the northwestern corner of the state near the borders of Pennsylvania and New York State.  The mission, as always was to purchase  a freshly cut Christmas tree from a specious pine quary.  As per tradition, my lifelong friend and Spruce Street neighbor Louis Aveta (the world’s biggest John Wayne fan in every way imaginable) and his wife Mary and son David made the trip with the same goal at hand, and to boot convinced us to visit his horse stable in an especially secluded woody area near High Point, where the kids had a ball interacting with his two stallions.  The trip lasted well into the afternoon and included a stop at a famed bagel shop on Route 10 near Sparta, where the gathering gourged themselves with all kinds of high-quality items, including the best chili east of the Missisippi and thick chocolate iced cookies that are unlike any I’ve ever had  my life.  Needless to say however, I stayed clear of all these temptations and settled for some scrambled eggs.  We arrived home around 2:00 P.M., enabling me to proceed with my plans to see the first feature in the Film Forum’s Takemitsu Festival, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s masterpiece, Woman in the Dunes. (more…)

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(USA 1937 83 min)

Director William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen; Original Story Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm; Voice Acting Adriana Caselotti (Snow White)

by Stephen Russell-Gebbett

There is something rotten behind the Disney façade. Something creepy in the putty-faced characters and the cute anthropomorphised animals. Something disconcerting in the rubbery elegance of movement. Spurts of earnest story-stalling music and grating voices, so pretty and so prettily dumb.

There is something captivating about Snow White, though. We are drawn to the apple. We salivate at the thought of biting it. It may taste bitter, its core may poison us, but we want it. We can’t take our eyes off it.

I went into the woods and saw Snow White tip-toeing through her banal happiness, skipping through an Uncanny Valley. I saw her Betty Boop mannerisms (animator Grim Natwick worked on both). I saw those expressions, so vague, lips slipping around her face, eyelids batting lazy and shallow and I raised my dagger, glinting in the full-fat Disney sunshine. And…and…I can’t.

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