Archive for July 7th, 2014


By J.D. Lafrance

      It took a Canadian filmmaker to make Moonstruck (1987), the quintessential Italian-American romantic comedy from a screenplay written by an Irish-American playwright, but then isn’t that what the American experience is all about? For what is the United States, but the great melting pot? Norman Jewison’s film is a celebration of love, life and food. John Patrick Shanley’s script is full of romantic yearnings for, among many things, the opera and, of course, the moon. Above all else, the film places an emphasis on the importance of family. Moonstruck was the My Big Fat Geek Wedding (2002) of its day only infinitely better and about an Italian family as opposed to a Greek one. Watching Jewison’s film again, you realize just how much Nia Vardalos’ romantic comedy is heavily indebted to it. If Moonstruck is La Boheme than Greek Wedding isTony and Tina’s Wedding.


Loretta Castorini (Cher) is engaged to Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). They act like an old married couple and they haven’t even tied the knot yet! And therein lies the problem – their relationship lacks passion. He is called away suddenly to Italy to see his mother on her deathbed and asks Loretta to invite his estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to their wedding. Ronny works in a bakery and is bitter over having lost his hand in a freak accident, blaming Johnny for what happened. In a classic case of opposites attracting, Loretta and Ronny find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. (more…)

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Screen grab from Richard Lester’s classic Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)

by Sam Juliano

A few glorious days have followed the remnants of a storm that went out to sea on the cusp of the July 4th weekend that saved the holiday for many, and allowed barbecues to operate successfully until the fireworks upstaged all.  Independence Day was a fine day for many, and it’s conclusion marks the start of the dog days of summer.

I want to thank Dee Dee from the bottom of my heart for her remarkable sidebar updating and the usual holiday markings.  This site remains in her debt for years.

The romantic countdown continues with several more superlative entries this past week.  Both the page view and comment totals remain constant in a very good way, as we get closer and closer to the mid-way point.

The tragic passing of a 57 year-old longtime friend of a 12 year illness kept everything in a state of melancholy most of the week.  John Mesisca was a trustee on the Fairview Board of Education for multiple terms. (more…)

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