by Sam Juliano
The upcoming week has been diagnosed as a real scorcher with temperatures expected in the 90’s, but the previous seven day span was marginally more tolerable. As always it seems for most that the summer is moving along as a brisk pace, and the month of August lies on the horizon. Many in our fraternity are away or are close to vacation departure. I am myself engaged in the annual summer school program, which is now halfway complete. Friday, August 7th will be the last day.
I have uncharacteristically curtailed theater movie viewings this summer for two reasons: First off, the quality of the releases is disappointing (though summer is traditionally the weakest time of the year cinematic for films) and secondly I have taken on too heavy a burden for the Childhood/Adolescent Films Countdown that has caused a problem with setting aside time to write. Just this coming week for example I have reviews due up for three successive days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) will with plenty more in the coming weeks. While I was happy to take on some films I love, I simply went overboard and am now paying the price. It is virtually unheard of for Lucille and I to skip a Saturday night out. The original plans as per Friday were to trek up to Joey’s in Hewitt to see one of our favorites musicians again, but my responsibilities interfered. Ah well.
The countdown is moving along quite nicely with solid numbers and decent support. As always the quality of the presentations has been first-rate, and the diversity of the choices as voted on by many impassioned film buffs has made for an enthralling show.
This week we saw:
Mr. Holmes *** (Friday night) Edgewater multiplex
I will withhold the titles of the other three films I watched, as they will be appearing on this week’s Childhood/Adolescent countdown.
I have re-printed last week’s links here, but have revised a good number of them:
At Noirish our great friend the esteemed prolific author John Grant has been graced with another stupendous honor with the inclusion of his “Ghost Story” in a new science-fiction anthology just published! Congratulations John!!! https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/ot-in-my-hot-little-hands-2/
At Overlook’s Corridor, the cinematic storm trooper Jaimie Grijalba is involved in a remarkable series focusing on Hispanic American films that have won awards. The latest in his impressive string is the 2014 Cuban work “Vestido De Novia”: https://overlookhotelfilm.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/5dop-5-vestido-de-novia-2014/
Over at Twenty Four Frames our ever-resilient friend, the great writer, photographer and animal lover John Greco has a stupendous contribution up on the 1947 film noir “Framed”: https://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/framed-1947-richard-wallace-2/
At Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson contends in a fabulous review that Henry Hathaway’s 1934 Shirley Temple/Gary Cooper/Carole Lombard pre-coder “Now and Forever” is essentially valuable for historical rather than aesthetic reasons: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2015/07/pre-code-parade-now-and-forever-1934.html
At Tuesdays with Laurie, our remarkable friend Laurie Buchanan has published an irresistible wildlife-lover post “A Bird in the Hand”: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2015/07/14/a-bird-in-the-hand/
Over at Attractive Variance Jamie Uhler offers us an authoritative musical capsule piece titled “Six Days of Bass”: https://attractivevariance.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/six-days-of-bass/
At Movie Classics, Judy Geater has posted a fantastic piece on the John Western western “Angel and the Badman” as part of a recent blogathon: https://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/angel-and-the-badman-james-edward-grant-1947/
Our longtime friend the film maker and movie lover extraordinaire Jeffrey Goodman has recently been exploring Ozu at his blogsite The Last Lullaby. His latest superlative capsule review is on “The Straightforward Boy” (1929): http://cahierspositif.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-straightforward-boy-1929.html
Ever exploring new angles the resilient Tony d’Ambra has posted a brilliant piece on “Noir Beat: The Finnish Connection” at FilmsNoir.net: http://filmsnoir.net/film_noir/noir-beat-the-finnish-connection.html/
Over at Patricia’s Wisdom, the terrific book reviewer and friend Patricia Hamilton has posted asplendid review on Thomas Shawver’s “Widow’s Room”: http://patriciaswisdom.com/2015/07/widows-son-a-rare-book-mystery-thomas-shawver/
At Scribbles and Ramblings Sachin Gandhi speaks glowingly of the Childhood/Adolescent Countdown and offers up his own superlative list – one that was submitted for tabulation: http://likhna.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-childhood-films.html
At It Rains….You Get Wet Robert Tower has posted a fantastic book review on Don Winslow’s “The Cartel” http://le0pard13.com/2015/07/17/the-cartel-winslows-chef-doeuvre/
J. D. Lafrance has published a masterful piece on the 1970 American gem “Five Easy Pieces” at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2015/07/five-easy-pieces.html
Shubhajit Lahiri has penned an excellent review of Woody Allen’s 1992 “Husbands and Wives” at Cinemascope: http://cliched-monologues.blogspot.com/2015/07/husbands-and-wives-1992.htm
Weeping Sam’s latest post at The Listening Ear is a fabulous one entitled “I’m Immortal When I’m With You” and is the latest in his Band of the Month series: http://listeningear.blogspot.com/2015/07/im-immortal-when-im-with-you.html
At Unseen Films the incredible Steve Kopian speaks of the last weekend of the New York Asian Film Festival: http://unseenfilms.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-final-friday-at-nyaff-2015.html
Roderick Heath’s superlatively exhaustive essay on the Von Stroheim silent masterpiece “Foolish Wives” is presently leading the way at Ferdy on Films: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/2015/foolish-wives-1922/25206/
At Lost in the Movies our longtime friend Joel Bocko is leading up with a banner piece on “Neon Genesis Evangelion: Episode 8: Asuka Strikes”: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2015/07/neon-genesis-evangelion-episode-8-asuka.html
Terrill Welch’s incomparably beautiful Creative Potager blogsite offers up all kinds of nature-inspired sublimity, as can be seen and felt in her latest post: http://creativepotager.com/2015/06/29/a-seascape-as-a-place-to-be-on-saturna-island/
At Filmicability Dean Treadway’s latest post is a superlative examination of the famous film year 1940: http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2015/07/1940-year-in-review.html
At Vermillion and One Nights Murderous Ink has posted a unique and fascinating piece on “Bing Crosby and Art of Recording”: http://vermillionandonenights.blogspot.com/2015/06/bing-crosby-and-art-of-recording.html
David Schleicher has penned a superlative review on Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” at The Schleicher Spin: http://theschleicherspin.com/2015/07/18/i-would-rather-watch-a-real-trainwreck/
Aaron West has written an utterly fantastic review of Bernhard Wicki’s masterful 1959 German anti-war film “The Bridge” at Criterion Blues: http://criterionblues.com/2015/07/19/the-bridge-1959-bernhard-wicki/
At The Reluctant Blogger the photographer Jeff Stroud still leads up with his marvelous reflective piece “Suddenly”: https://jeffstroud.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/suddenly/
At The Seventh Art the exceedingly gifted writer Srikanth offers up a fabulous review on 2015’s “Papanasan” by Jeethu Joseph Tamil: http://theseventhart.info/2015/07/04/ellipsis-81/