by Sam Juliano
Allan Fish is back, and this is cause for celebration for all of us here at Wonders in The Dark! Physically he is rebounding wonderfully, and he is back on the movie trail. The very best news in a very long time, and a time to give thanks!!
The Oscar show was a mixed bag. Birdman is a very good film for sure, but definitely not more deserving than Boyhood nor Selma, and the results of the entire marathon presentation were so predictable. I managed to win my own Oscar pool at our annual party attended by over 30, with 21 of 24 correct predictions, but the year wasn’t very challenging. The best aspects of the show were the speeches by Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and the screenwriter of The Imitation Game, and Lady Gaga’s buffo rendition of the songs from The Sound of Music.
It was great to connect with my great friend, site regular and author John Grant (Paul Barnett) and his lovely wife Pam at Joey’s in Hewitt, New Jersey on Friday night for a chat at the musical show performed by singer and guitarist Gene Focarelli. Just a wonderful time with dear friends, with all but Melanie in attendance. the food was fine, and the music -song standards from the 60’s and 70’s- excellent.
We all got to see renowned film director John Boorman at the screening of his new film Queen and Country on Wednesday night. The 82 year-old director, offered up some fabulous deadpan humor during his introduction and Q & A after the showing. We had seen his masterpiece Hope and Glory two nights earlier on Monday. On Saturday night we saw a double feature in the Charles Laughton Film Festival, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables:
Hope and Glory (1987) ***** (Monday night) Film Forum
Queen and Country **** 1/2 (Wednesday night) Film Forum
Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) ***** (Saturday) Film Forum
Les Miserables (1936) **** 1/2 (Saturday) Film Forum