Archive for February 28th, 2011

Filmmaker and blogger Jeffrey Goodman

by Sam Juliano

     Bayou filmmaker and arts lover Jeffrey Goodman is one of those rare people whose very name describe their essence.  In the blogging community he stands alone in his astonishing humility, tireless energy and a deep, almost profound reverence for his fellow writers.  Despite the experience of a lifetime in Paris, where the New Orleans native attended screenings of some of the cinema’s most beloved classics, Goodman is always seeking out the perceptions and opinions of those he feels have earned their keep in the cinematic circles.

      The founder of a red carpet site called The Last Lullaby, (named after his maiden foray into filmmaking) Goodman is a master statesman, an eternally effervescent blogger, who makes all who visit his home feel like a member of his own family.  Indeed, in citing the various influences that convinced him to launch his own blogsite, Goodman acknowledges: “I felt like I was sharing energy with a few friends in different places, and with the blogosphere it was like I discovered a whole new set of friends and cinematic inspiration.”  Debuting in January 0f 2009, the personable Goodman uses The Last Lullaby to report on his weekly film viewings, and to platform the latest developments in the planning of his sophomore film effort, Peril, a film that will feature Tom Sizemore, tentatively set to shoot in northern Louisina in early 2012.  Goodman’s most impressive turn as a blogger was a three-month project in the middle of last year surveying the cinema from 1926 to 2008, a tenacious daily recall of the best film of each year and the runners-up that figured in the summary judgement.  Many fello wbloggers responded to Goodman’s irresistible posterings, and gave their own views which often conformed with those of The Last Lullaby’s proctor.  During the venture Goodman expessed a marked preference for the works of Renoir, Bresson, Godard, Truffaut, Pialat, Ozu, Kitano, Kiarostami, Wenders, Dreyer, Rossellini, Anthony and Michael Mann, Lynch, Jarmusch, Penn, Altman, Ashby, Peckinpah, Hawks, Cukor, Walsh, Gordon Green, Bujalski and the Dardennes, and a professed ‘obsession’ with the French New Wave, though he has quite a bit of personal passion left for Italian neo-realism and the American New Wave, confessing that he strives for a combination of realism and minimalism in his own work. (more…)

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Director: Charles Vidor

Producer: Virginia Van Upp

Screenwriters: Jo Eisinger and Marion Parsonnet

Cinematographer: Rudolph Mate

Music: Hugo Friedhofer

Studio: Columbia 1946

Main Acting: Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford

As a young boy of 12, I accompanied my father on an overnight fishing trip that set out from Sheepshead Bay Harbor. Located in Brooklyn on an inlet in Rockaway, it boasts a 40-boat shipping fleet (along with a slew of restaurants) that allows eager customers the opportunity to charter the surrounding waters and take in as much marine life as possible. And for us, it was about trying to catch fluke and flounder which happens to be in abundance in the coastal areas of the east coast. But that night, I spent much of my time fighting the elements, unable to shake a severe case of sea sickness. Still at one point, I forced myself to leave the cabin area after a long spell glued to one of the seats withering in discomfort, and headed for the ship’s rail so that I wouldn’t waste my fathers hard earned money. I struggled to just barely cast a line for less than half of the 6-to-8 hour trip. As luck would have it, I ended up catching the biggest fluke on the ship and collected a hundred dollar prize for my troubles. (My parents still have that photo of me holding the fish somewhere). I thanked the sea captain for my bounty and never again bothered to set foot on another fishing vessel.

I quickly used this reward money to buy a cheap Cort electric guitar and my generous father threw in extra cash so I could purchase an amplifier. Being young and stupid, I got the most obnoxious, heavy metal-looking instrument you will ever see anywhere (it was star shaped with four points). Three friends and I were all in love with Guns n’ Roses, and, of course, desperate to start a band. I had become the nominal guitar player, while one of them had acquired a bass two months earlier and his brother a drumkit. The fourth friend also wanted to be a drummer. Hence, we had the unorthodox lineup of two percussionists on one set of drums and no vocalist. The problem was that none of us knew how to play and we were all pretty lazy. Band practice consisted of  playing for about ten minutes before stopping to conceptualize what our group was all about. We even had homework assignments which included writing song lyrics on paper and reciting it to the rest of the members. I actively partook in this endeavor and concocted all sorts of paens to things I was too young to know or understand. One of my literary masterpieces went by the title, “My Pistol.” (more…)

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Screen cap from Xavier Beauvais' "Of Gods and Men," a beautiful and meditative masterpieces on the strength of faith

by Sam Juliano

As I write the newest installment in the Monday Morning Diary guests are arriving at our 7 Spruce Street abode for this evening’s Academy Awards festivities.   As a result I will limit the scope of the post, as I will be spending several hours and watching the show and intermingling with the Oscar watchers.  Jason Giampietro has his video camera in action, and I’m sure this year’s presentation will be a hoot.

I would like to thank our dear friend Dee Dee for the tireless work she has done for this site on the sidebar through the entire Oscar campaign, and for embellishing all the posts with polls, you tube clips all kinds of Oscar-related tidbits.  A simple thank you is not enough of course is insufficient, and the work she has done here goes beyond the call of duty by a long distance.  You are a beautiful person my friend.  Many thanks to Pierre de Plume and Jaime Grijalba for their exceptional Oscar pieces posted at the site.  I would also like to thank Dee Dee for her recent generous package, and the same goes out to Bobby Josson in the UK for his gift of the first season of Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers DVD set sent to me from amazon.uk at his expense and behest.  Finally, to that amazing gentleman in Karnataka, Srikanth Srinivasan, thanks for your package and continuing kindness and enthusiasm.  You are a class act my friend. (more…)

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