by Sam Juliano
Our 19 year-old daughter Melanie’s move into NYC for the opening of the college fall semester at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) was our primary focus over the past week, though the same support and preparation was afforded to young Sammy, who begins classes at Bergen Community College in Paramus. Though Melanie is a year older than Sammy, she took one year off after high school to make sure of what direction she wanted to take in moving forward. Though Melanie will be living at the SVA dorm, she plans to return home nearly every weekend, and we will be active to make that happen. Sammy, on the other hand will be commuting by bus, so he will be staying under our roof. Getting him to the bus stop at 6:15 A.M. every day (some days I will no doubt just drive him there outright I am sure) will be ushering in a new and drastic change of focus for us, and to be sure we now know what our central priority is. In the meantime, Danny now enters his Junior year at Cliffside Park High School, which is also the location where Jillian starts as a freshman. Jeremy will be our final child to leave the Fairview School system, where he enters the eight grade on Wednesday.
The Childhood/Adolescent Countdown continues to advance with deceptive speed, and basically is down to its final six weeks. The authors of the reviews must again be commended for their brilliant coverage. many thanks to those who have been part of this great venture.
With much of the week taken up by shopping in clothes and bed stores, and visiting the respective colleges for orientations, and luncheons, Lucille and I didn’t see any new films in theaters, though we did watched some stuff on her HD screen at home, and on Saturday evening attended a staged reading of a new play from a lifelong friend, Peter Danish, titled “Herb and Lenny” at the Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, New York. The work focused on the two most celebrated conductors of the past century, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
At home Lucille and I watched the following:
Age of Kings (1960) first five episodes of the fifteen that comprises this terrific and ambitious Shakespeare production. We watched “Richard II: The Hollow Crown”; “Richard II: The Deposing of a King”; “Henry IV: Rebellion from the North”; “Henry IV: Road to Shrewsbury” and “Henry IV: The New Conspiracy.” Without a doubt some of the best Shakespeare one is likely to see. I’ll have much more to say, including a star rating- when I finish the entire presentation. I am one-third of the way through it.
Danton (1983) **** 1/2 : Andrzej Wajda
The Conspirator (2010) **** 1/2; Robert Redford
At Noirish our great friend the esteemed prolific author John Grant has a fabulous review up a ten-minute noir available on you tube, titled “Web of Lies”: https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/web-of-lies-2012/
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 on the November releases: http://criterionblues.com/2015/08/23/episode-3-november-releases-and-2015-geekfest/
At Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson has published an excellent essay in his “Pre Code Parade” series on 1933’s “Fast Workers”: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2015/08/pre-code-parade-fast-workers-1933.html
At Tuesdays with Laurie, our great friend Laurie Buchanan talks about “rules” in her fantastic new post: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2015/08/18/rules-are-meant-to-be/
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 George Cukor’s 1933 classic “Dinner at Eight”: https://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/dinner-at-eight-george-cukor-1933/
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” athttp://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 an affecting essay on Jean Dvies Okimoto’s novel “The Reinvention of Albert Paugh”: https://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/dinner-at-eight-george-cukor-1933/
At It Rains….You Get Wet Robert Tower has showcased an enthralling feature on the once regular drive-in theater experience: http://www.enic-cine.net/horse-1941-2/
J. D. Lafrance’s fantastic review on 1974’s “The Nickel Ride” by Walter Hill is leading the way at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-nickel-ride.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 features another masterful musical round-up, and some brief commentary on the current state of affairs: http://listeningear.blogspot.com/2015/08/lazy-summer-day.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
Roderick Heath has published an exhaustive, brilliant piece on two of Hammer’s most celebrated films – “The Horror of Dracula” and “Prince of Darkness: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/2015/dracula-aka-horror-of-dracula-1958-dracula-prince-of-darkness-1966/25589/
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 his new site Enic-Cine, murderous Ink has penned a brilliant piece on a relative Japanese obscurity from 1941 titled “Horse”: http://www.enic-cine.net/horse-1941-2/
David Schleicher has penned a fabulous review on the masterful German film “Phoenix” at The Schleicher Spin: http://theschleicherspin.com/2015/08/23/survivors-guilt-and-a-phoenix-soaring-to-rarefied-cinematic-heights/
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/