Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2011 |
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- Tommy Jones and Ben Affleck in surprisingly-decent “The Company Men”
by Sam Juliano
Jets fans have been brought down to a somber state of reality, after Gang Green fell behind 24-0 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, relegating an inspired late rally fail that narrowed the score to 24-19, to also-ran status. It’s the Steel Men against the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.
Extreme cold has moved in to the northeast, with temperatures expected in the single digits during mid-week. And another storm is being watched for Tuesday night. In any case, it’s business as usual at Wonders in the Dark, with the past week producing a mega-thread under Jim Clark’s extraordinary two-prongued review of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish. Jamie Uhler’s exceptional “Getting over the Beatles” continued on this week, while Bob Clark penned another marathon science-fiction essay on a DVD series.
I managed myself to see three new film releases in theatres, one Film Forum classic and a popular off-Broadway play. The films are:
Johnny Mad Dog *** 1/2 (Friday night) Anthology Film Archives
The Company Men *** 1/2 (Sunday afternoon) Edgewater multiplex
The Way Home ** 1/2 (Sunday afternoon) Edgewater multiplex
The Leopard ***** (Wednesday night) Film Forum (more…)
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Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2011 |
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Cap from Romanian prison drama "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle"
by Sam Juliano
The Golden Globes, the American Library Association and the National Football League were heard from in a very big way over the past week, and some of the results were most unexpected. Sure, the Globes handed out their top awards to The Social Network, David Fincher, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth, but with only the Oscars left to report in, every group in America has been pushing the same buttons. On the other fronts, some surprises materialized. For one, the New York Jets eliminated the high-flying New England Patriots from the playoffs up in Foxboro, leaving the heart-stopping Gang Green a victory from the Super Bowl. At least one WitD alumni has good reason to be disappointed with this 28-21 result, which catapults the Jets into the AFC title game with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
The Caldecott and Newbery Medals were announced last Monday morning by the American Library Association at their mid-Winter meeting in San Diego, and at least three illustrators on the Caldecott front must surely be seeing red. David Weisner’s Art & Max, Sarah Birdsong and Matt Phaeger’s Flora’s Windy Day and Bill Thomson’s Chalk were snobbed, though Phillip and Erin Stead’s A Sick Day For Amos McGee was a rightly popular choice for the Caldecott Gold. The “honor” books were limited to two: David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken and Bryan Collier’s Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, while the Newbery Gold went to Claire Vanderpool’s Moon Over Manifest. Four honor books were named as well. I plan to cover the awards soon in a future post, as this has been much of a lifetime obsession in acquiring all the winners for use in my classes, as well as to collect the great art and stories. (more…)
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