by Sam Juliano
Memorial Day 2015. Barbecues, backyard swimming pools and relaxation are on most of the personal itineraries, as the weather in these parts cooperates gloriously. Around the corner are proms and graduations, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here at Wonders in the Dark, the resident cineastes are gearing up for the Greatest Childhood Films Countdown, which is projected to launch sometime around June 15th. Ballots have been flying in all week (well over 20 to this point) and will be accepted until May 31st at 11:00 P.M. Any WitD reader is welcome to submit their Top 60 at TheFountain26@aol.com.
Lucille and I took in young Sammy’s final high school Spring concert at Cliffside Park High School on Wednesday night. Sammy plays the baritone, and after the instrumental numbers we stayed on for the chorus and ensemble. A great night in music.
You really have to question what is going on in the professional film critics’ ranks these days. Granted print media is on the decline, but when nearly 100% of the fraternity rates a movie like MAD MAX -utter trash that is surely one of the WORST films I’ve seen in years -good for those who are action and loud noise addicts, but no redeeming value whatsover- among the highest of the year, and issues divided reviews on WOMAN IN GOLD, a lovely film with Helen Mirren that is far better than many of these people give it credit for, you know something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Why engage in a thoughtful film, when we can sit and have our brains fried with meaningless drivel? Right. Of course. Makes perfect sense. But we know many of these publicans need ad revenue, so the ratings are inflated. Sad.
Mad Max * (Friday night) Secaucus Multiplex
Woman in Gold **** 1/2 (Saturday night) Montclair