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Archive for June 10th, 2013

Kenneth Branagh’s extraordinary opera film based on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’

by Sam Juliano

June continues, leaving behind some torrential rains and some seasonal temperatures.  Graduations, proms and summer programs are on the horizon in area school districts, while in the private industry vacations are fast approaching.  While movie lovers can look ahead to high profile Cannes releases, a number of highly-regarded independent films are competing for attention with the commercial fodder, at a time when movie greatness is normally elusive.

The western countdown draws closer, though there are still about seven weeks left for prospective voters to finalize their Top 60 choices.  Eight (8) ballots have been submitted to this point according to Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. who again will be compiling the numbers in early August to determine the 60 films that will be receiving full essays by a host of writers, in assignments to be firmed up when the totals are sorted. (more…)

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