by Sam Juliano
And now when we croon the refrain of the The Happenings’ I’ll See You in September, we can be rest assured that moment is nearly upon us. Late vacationers are either embarking on their final reprieves or are arriving back home. Those who count themselves as big fans of the NFL, music and the best part of the movie season have reason to be heartened of the coming months. Others who just want to feel comfortable when outdoors can dream of the heat going on sabbatical.
The Childhood/Adolescence Films Countdown will be approaching the halfway point this week on Wednesday. This is very hard to believe as it seems we only started it a few weeks ago. The page view and comments totals have not broken any site records to be sure (nor have come anywhere close to) but everything is moving forward nicely. The only mild contentiousness concerning the venture have been voiced behind the scene in e mails among site staff members, and they have nothing to do with the stellar reviews, but rather with opinions as to what should not be considered “childhood” or “adolescent.” While a few films didn’t not receive endorsement by several, the countdown choices have been and will be largely embraced. The polling will continue into the middle of October.
Lucille and I saw two new released in the theaters this past week, and I also managed some at-home viewings, two of which were seen several years back.
I escorted my family on a day trip to Gettysburg on Saturday. The three-and-a-half hour ride was draining, since it had to be repeated later in the night after all the festivities. We purchased the CD tour set at the Visiting Center gift shop, and followed through to all the battlefield stops and at other historical stations throughout this famed town in south-central Pennsylvania – the place where the bloodiest multi-day battle in American history took place. The CD was superbly narrated by a historian who gave the tour the proper discussion. A scorching hot day near 90, but the air conditioned car kept everything comfortable, even with the numerous forays outside during the tour. We spend a few hours strolling the main street in town, which featured souvenir shops, museums and eateries. The kids loved the trip, and asked if we could return, since one day is hardly enough to take in everything. We have tentative plans to return in the fall. Now I’m itching to re-read James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom and Bruce Catton’s A Stillness at Appomattox.
Irrational Man * (Wednesday night) Edgewater multiplex
The Gift *** (Thursday night) Ridgefield Park Starplex
THE GIFT has some tense moments but all in all it is an uneven thrilled. Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN is one of the worst films ever from a former master who has seemingly lost it as his career winds down.
At Noirish our great friend the esteemed prolific author John Grant has posted a terrific essay on 1961’s “Out of the Shadow” https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/out-of-the-shadow-1961/
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/
Aaron West has anchored another fabulous podcast at Criterion Blues of Lasse Hallstrom’s childhood film “My Life as a Dog”: http://criterionblues.com/2015/08/16/criterion-close-up-2-my-life-as-a-dog-lasse-hallstroms-career/
At Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson has published a terrific essay on the recently-released “Fantastic Four”: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2015/08/on-big-screen-fantastic-four-2015.html
At Tuesdays with Laurie, our great friend Laurie Buchanan has all her friends and readers most intrigued by her new post “The Fine Art of Balance”: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2015/08/11/the-fine-art-of-balance/
Sachin Gandhi has posted a terrific review of Simon West’s “Wild Card” at Scribbles and Ramblings: http://likhna.blogspot.com/2015/08/wild-card.html
Over at Attractive Variance Jamie Uhler offers us an authoritative musical capsule piece titled “Three Days of Bass”:https://attractivevariance.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/three-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 posted Part 29 of his series on four films that recently has impressed him. His latest roundup contains some great stuff: http://cahierspositif.blogspot.com/2015/07/favorite-four-part-twenty-nine.html
Ever exploring new angles the resilient Tony d’Ambra has posted a brilliant piece on “Noir Beat: The Finnish Connection” atFilmsNoir.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 a wonderful review on Margaret Atwood’s “Stone Mattress”: http://patriciaswisdom.com/2015/08/stone-mattress-nine-tales-margaret-atwood/
At It Rains….You Get Wet Robert Tower has posted an extraordinary piece titled “One of a Kind: Charlie Huston and the Mystic Acts of Erasing All Signs of Death”: http://le0pard13.com/2015/08/07/one-of-a-kind-charlie-huston-and-the-mystic-arts-of-erasing-all-signs-of-death/
J. D. Lafrance’s fantastic review on 1981’s “Southern Comfort” by Walter Hill is leading the way at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2015/08/southern-comfort.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 his splendid musical roundup, titles here “Dog Days of Music” and leading off with the Boss’ “Jungleland”: http://listeningear.blogspot.com/2015/08/dog-days-of-music.html
At Unseen Films Steve Kopian has a number of announcements including some festival dates: http://unseenfilms.blogspot.com/2015/08/nightcap-81615-help-jason-kartalians.html
Marilyn Ferdinand has posted a fantastic review of Richard Lester’s film debut at Ferdy-on-Films: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/2015/famous-firsts-its-trad-dad-aka-ring-a-ding-rhythm-1962/25478/
At Lost in the Movies our longtime friend Joel Bocko is leading up with a banner piece on “Neon Genesis Evangelion: Episode 11″: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2015/07/neon-genesis-evangelion-episode-11-day.html
Terrill Welch’s incomparably beautiful Creative Potager blogsite offers up all kinds of nature-inspired sublimity, and leading up is a revealing work-in-progress feature titled “For the Record I Am Still Very Much a Living Artist”: http://creativepotager.com/2015/08/04/for-the-record-i-am-still-very-much-a-living-artist/
At Filmicability Dean Treadway’s latest post is a superlative examination of the famous film year 1941: http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2015/07/1941-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 contended that Season 2 of “True Detective” is better than Season 1: http://theschleicherspin.com/2015/08/10/yes-virginia-season-two-of-true-detective-was-better-than-season-one/
At The Reluctant Blogger the photographer Jeff Stroud has a wonderfully rejuvenating post up at The Reluctant Blogger titled “We Awaken”: https://jeffstroud.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/we-awaken/
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/