by Sam Juliano
The Childhood Films Countdown enjoyed an extraordinary opening week with page views totals that have resurrected the site to banner status. Ed Howard’s opening essay on The White Ribbon garnered an impressive number of page views and comments, as did the review of River’s Edge which amassed some truly fabulous numbers by both barometers of measurement. The other three pieces did quite well in addition. Five more terrific films will be examined starting today, and will continue well into October. There are still a handful of unclaimed films for network writers to consider.
Lucille and I just finished the most torrid week of our nearly 20 year marriage, starting with Jillian’s 8th grade graduation on Tuesday night. Then the following day Sammy graduated high school, and on Thursday we attended two retirement affairs, a luncheon and a dinner for a group of teachers and the school superintendent. On Friday night we attended the wedding of a fellow teacher in our school, and then on Saturday I escorted Lucille, Sammy and Melanie to a Morrissey/Blondie concert at Madison Square Garden, while Jeremy, Broadway Bob and I watched the film Dope while the others were taking in the musical show. Finally on Sunday I attended the Film Forum Jr. screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Though the school year has ended, Lucille continues working over the summer until the last two weeks of August as principal, and I begin teacher the summer program (8:15 to 12:15 Monday through Friday) today until August 7th.
Dope ** 1/2 (Saturday) Chelsea Bow-Tie Cinema
Aparajito (1956) ***** (Sunday) Film Forum
The World of Apu (1957) ***** (Sunday) Film Forum
Willy Wonka….. (1971) ***** (Sunday) Film Forum