Archive for June 9th, 2014

by Jaime Grijalba.

One could start to wonder and ask how it’s possible that a film like this ended up in a Romantic countdown out of all the possible countdowns it could end up in. One could argue and make a good case as to why this is one of the greatest movies ever made, and one doesn’t have to think too much to see how this movie could end up in the romance genre, especially since most of the events that happen in the film are related to the relationship that the protagonist has to his wife. So, if we take both elements, we could end up saying that ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is one of the greatest Romance movies ever made, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a false statement.

Or maybe it is. If you take those scenes that would qualify this as a romantic piece and you weigh them against all the other elements that made this movie a classic: the fantasy sequences, you could end up thinking that the romantic elements present in this film are mostly anecdotic, not entirely necessary and even distracting when it comes around the end of the film, as they don’t really have a sufficient weight when it comes to the final decision of our protagonist. So, maybe in the end, calling this movie a romantic masterpiece just because it’s a masterpiece that happens to have romance elements might be a fake statement. It could be a fantasy masterpiece. (more…)

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Lucille and Sam flank artist-illustrator Laura James at exhibition of three of her paintings in Harlem on Friday evening.


Sam between Florence and Wendell Minor (Jeremy to the right) at book signing of GALAPAGOS GEORGE at Connecticut bookshop on Saturday afternoon.

by Sam Juliano

We are nearly half way through June, and as expected air conditioners are working overtime. Schools are winding down, and vacation plays are moving forward.  Her at Wonders in the Dark, the romantic countdown continues in its fourth week.

Lucile and I saw only one film together in theaters this week, what with some other splendid activities planned and subsequently executed.  We watch William Friedkin’s late 70’s The Wages of Fear adaptation THE SORCERER, which was featured in a spectacular new restored print at the Film Forum.  We say it with young Sammy and two friends not seen in quite a while– Joel Bocko in from California, and Bob Clark.  We discussed the film and caught up with quite a bit of unfinished business afterwards at The Dish. (more…)

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