by Sam Juliano
It seems almost miraculous, but the New York City metropolitan area continues to dodge the 90 degree temperatures that define late July and early August. Days have alternated between the comfortable and the humid.
The romantic countdown has dashed to the half way point and beyond, with a final date of October 6th set to unveil the review for the #1 film. Comments and page views have been reasonably impressive for a time of the year that is traditionally down for blog sites.
The hectic week we absorbed no doubt played a role in my present battle with the flu: nausea, aching joints, head aches and feverish flashes. A lot of advil the last four days. The better solution would have been to stay home!
On Monday at the beginning of the week we embarked on a day trip to Seaside Heights, New Jersey with the family. This was the area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last year. It is remarkable how the area has rebounded. The kids enjoyed the rides on the Casino Pier, pizza and ice cream, and the arcades.
Lucille, Sammy and I attended a terrific band at the Emerson Hotel off Kinderkamack Road on Friday night. Known as the “Rated R” the membership included a female vocalist, bass guitar and vocal, guitar, keyboard, percussion and drums. They did songs by Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, the Commodores (Brick House), Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads (Take Me to the River), Journey, Tears for Fears, Dion, Three Dog Night, Van Morrison, Marshall Tucker Band, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar (3 songs!), Grand Funk Railroad, The Mamas and the Papas, Frieda Payne, Otis Redding, Beatles (You Can’t Do That) Sly & the Family Stone, Four Non Blonde, Box Tops, Aerosmith, Jefferson Airplane, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Carly Simon, and a song from the movie ‘Eddie and the Cruisers.”
We attended two double features at the Femmes Noir Festival that concluded on Thursday, and two new releases:
Calvary **** 1/2 (Angelika Film Center) Saturday
Magic in the Moonlight *** (Edgewater) Sunday evening
Sudden Fear **** (Film Forum) Tuesday
Tension *** 1/2 (Film Forum) Tuesday
Body Heat **** 1/2 (Film Forum) Wednesday
Fatal Attraction **** (Film Forum) Wednesday
Joan Crawford in top form in a noirish murder yarn; TENSION is a rarely seen noir with some good off beat humor and a unique premise; FATAL ATTRACTION is very well made, but as always a disturbing film to watch. BODY HEAT is sensual and atmospheric with two excellent lead performances by Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, and containing one of John Barry’s finest scores.
I will actually be seeing the Woody Allen Film (MAGIC) at 7:45 tonight, so I will return (if physically able, ugh!) to offer a grade and to briefly speak about the powerful Irish drama CAVALRY -with a superb Brendan Gleason as a priest of honor and integrity living in a town of secrets and hate. (My opinion of the new Woody Allen film is mixed. As always the set design, locations, score and performances were first-rate -especially Colin Firth in the central role- but the film went nowhere and was in the end turned out to be a harmless trifle).