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by Sam Juliano

2012 may have been a year to forget, because of the horrific tragedies that underlined life as we know it, and for that reason we leave it with no misgivings, hoping that somehow there will be some light at the end of the tunnel.  As far as the world of film goes, the year edges out 2011 in my view, though I anticipate a few will take me to task on that conviction.  The year opened strongly with a brace of carry-over foreign-language films that were technically 2010 releases, but well within the parameters of the guidelines that have been followed by USA critics for decades, for the purpose of uniformly evaluating each and every year’s cinematic achievements.  It then ended with two months of cinematic bliss, where a number ‘prestige’ domestic releases hit the mark.  In between as always were some dire months, where multiplex actioners and sequels poluted out screens, and sent many of us scurrying to revival houses to take in some glorious retrospectives.  To that end, I was fortunate enough to watch nearly every feature offered in the Film Forum’s unique Spaghetti Western Festival, the William Wellman Retrospective, the ‘French Old Wave’ Festival  and Universal’s 100th Anniversary Festival, as well as screenings in one-week runs of a number of restored classic, most at the Film Forum, and some at the IFC.  I managed to take in about 154 new releases and approximately 120 revivals, for a grand total of 274 films seen in theatres.  My beloved soul mate Lucille was with me for most of these, and several of my kids, especially young Sammy, were on board for this unique learning experience.  In addition I attended 4 operas at the MET, 21 concerts at the Avery Fisher Hall and 14 Broadway and off-Broadway stage plays, bringing my outdoor venue total to nearly 300.    In any case, 2012 will mark the final year where I watch anything and everything with wreckless abandon, as it is time now to focus on my important domestic matters, like college for the kids, home repairs, and at least one tentatively planned overseas vacation.  Yes the site will continue to operate, and yes I will continue to watch films, but at a scaled down pace.  I must embrace some moderation at this time for a bevy of reasons.  I don’t need to see every last release, and trips to NYC with the outrageous toll hikes must obviously be lessened at any rate. (more…)

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by Sam Juliano

The new year is upon us.  The past year at WitD featured a spectacularly-successful comedy countdown that attracted page views, comments and some of the best-written pieces in the site’s history.  For the upcoming months we will settle into the usual site routine, which features writers and regular posts appearing on annointed days.  The site is indepted to Allan Fish, Jim Clark, Jaimie Grijalba, Bob Clark, Joel Bocko and Maurizio Roca for their outstanding posts and regular contributions to the comment threads.  We plan to move forward with enthusiasm and will complete all existing series, barring some unforeseen divergence in the prospective plans.

The situation with the links will remain contingent with the time available, as can be seen with the eratic way this has been negotiated in recent months.  As time moves on, it does admittedly become more of a challenge to post them, and I will let my schedule determine how to proceed to that end.

A candle will always be lit on this thread from this moment on for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and will be acknowedged on every future MMD.   For those who have not yet signed the John Garfield petition, a project launhed by Barbara LaMotta and the late Lori Moore (and passionately promoted by Dee Dee) the link to do so is on the sidebar.

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