by Sam Juliano
The romantic countdown is doing quite nicely, with elevated comment totals of late and a real sense of purpose by both the motivated writers and those inspire to contribute on the corresponding threads. We aren’t so far from the half way point in fact.
Thanks so much to our Guardian Angel Dee Dee for her continued attendance to the sidebar. And thanks to all who spend even seconds at the site leaving ‘likes’ or acknowledgements.
Summer moves forward, as does the program I am teaching until August 8th.
Lucille and the gang came along for two new releases this week in theaters. We also attended a book reading and presentation at the Word Bookstore in Jersey City. Peter Brown of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild fame was on hand as per my FB report:
Peter Brown made an appearance at 11:00 A.M. Sunday at the ‘Word’ bookstore and cafe on Newark Avenue in Jersey City to promote his new book “My Teacher is a Monster.” The delighted crowd, which included many youngsters were treated to a dramatic reading, illustration demonstration, and book-signing by one of America’s pre-eminent children’s book author-illustrators. Brown, whose “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” was widely seen as a favorite for the Caldecott Medal last year, distributed some terrific button pins and sticker sheets to those in attendance at the event.
We saw BOYHOOD and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Lucille and I must attend a 6:00 wedding in the Bronx, so I am unable to write about the films at this time. Suffice to say Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a masterpiece (no I did not overuse the word here, thank you!) and the very best film of 2014. APES? Well, the kids liked it, but I could have done without.
Boyhood ***** (Saturday night) IFC Film Center
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ** (Friday) Starplex