by Sam Juliano
The Greatest Childhood/Adolescent Films Countdown is now down to the final three-and-a-half weeks after a lengthy run that began back in mid-June. The essays throughout have been first-rate and all the barometers of measurement have been most impressive as of late after it lagged a bit in the middle stages. Upon completion, the site will go back to a wider focus, what with an assortment of film and music reviews and the late November launching of the Caldecott Contender series. The latter project will be pared down from last year when 51 reviews were published over ten weeks. There are a number of reason why that kind of volume will not be happening again.
Today is officially the first day of autumn, but nothing about that brisk and colorful season is anywhere near fruition, what with unrelenting heat and summer like aspects till in full force. This is a great time of year for movie, opera, music, baseball and football fans, as well as for those who look forward to the annual book festivals. I was so disappointed that I erred on the date for the Princeton Book Festival, which was held this past Saturday as I always look forward to it each and every year, but this coming Saturday I will attend the equally celebrated one in Warwick, New York (where I’ve never attended) and then to the one in Chappaqua, New York on October 3rd. Later this week the renowned illustrator Frane Lessac and her equally celebrated author husband Mark Greenwood will be doing book presentations at our own Lincoln School. I arranged for this long-awaited visit, and it will be a great day for sure.
On the domestic front everything remains hectic, what with the college commuting and weekend back and forths on the schedules of my son Sammy and daughter Melanie. Nothing will be changing anytime soon. On Friday Lucille and I will be seeing Pope Francis in Central Park, as the result of an incredibly generous offer from a benefactor friend. Certainly something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.
I am presently reading the superb Pulitzer-prize winning Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Herbert Donald.
On Saturday night, our entire family attended the latest rock show by Nemyses at the Oak Ale House in Maywood, New Jersey. Melanie filmed segments of the event, and the three-member group learned two new songs just for us: the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” and the Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes.” They did a fabulous job with both!
Foe numerous reasons we haven’t been all that active on the movie front as far as trips to theaters but we did see the new film starring Johnny Deep that received decent reviews:
Black Mass **** (Sunday afternoon) Ridgefield Park Starplex
The at-home viewing included re-viewings of:
The Leopard Man (1943) ****
Ghost Ship (1944) ****
The Body Snatcher (1945) *****
The Seventh Victim (1943) *****
BLACK MASS is a hard hitting, sometimes gruesome gangland thriller set in Boston, that features one of Johnny Depp’s finest performances as infamous mobster Whitey Bolger.
Here are last week’s links with some revisions:
At Noirish, the renowned writer (and voracious reader) John Grant has penned an extraordinary review on the 2010 Indian film “The Impossible Murder”: https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/impossible-murder-the-2010/
Joel Bocko has published a brilliant review on Murnau’s silent “Faust,” an enduring work of German Expressionism at I Lost It at the Movies: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-favorites-faust-91.html
Aaron West has penned a terrific review of the new blu ray release of Stephen Frears’ “My Beautiful Laundrette” at Criterion Blues: http://criterionblues.com/2015/09/19/my-beautiful-laundrette-1985-stephen-frears/
At Mondo 70 Samuel Wilson has posted an extraordinary review of the 2013 Italian film “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer.”: http://mondo70.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-mafia-kills-only-in-summer-la-mafia.html
At Tuesdays with Laurie, our great friend Laurie Buchanan offers up a delightful “Cheese and Whine”: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2015/09/13/cheese-and-whine/
Over at Attractive Variance Jamie Uhler offers us an authoritative musical capsule piece on The Who’s revered John Entwhistle, titled “One Day of Bass”: https://attractivevariance.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/one-day-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
Jeff Stroud brings a higher level of thought to his wonderful new post at The Reluctant Blogger titled “Blank Page”: https://jeffstroud.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/blank-page/
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 excellent review on “The Fury: A Thriller” by Shane Gericke: http://criterionblues.com/2015/09 h/19/my-beautiful-laundrette-1985-stephen-frears/
At It Rains….You Get Wet Robert Tower has written a beautiful post entitled “Friday Song- Kathleen Edward’s “Change the Sheets”: http://le0pard13.com/2015/09/18/friday-song-kathleen-edwards-change-the-sheets/
Marilyn Ferdinand has penned a marvelous review on Ernst Lubitch’s 1926 “So This is Paris” at Ferdy on Films: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/2015/so-this-is-paris-1926/25872/
J. D. Lafrance’s offers up a splendid review of “Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke/Next Movie” at Radiator Heaven: http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2015/09/cheech-and-chongs-up-in-smoke-next-movie.html
Shubhajit Lahiri has penned an excellent review of Wim Wenders’ 1975 “Wrong Move” at Cinemascope: http://cliched-monologues.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-wrong-move-1975.htm
Weeping Sam’s latest post at The Listening Ear is a terrific consideration of Iggy Pop and the Stooges in a post titled “Radio Burnin Up Alive”: http://listeningear.blogspot.com/2015/09/radio-burnin-up-above.html
At Unseen Films Steve Kopian offers up a very fine review of “Sleeping with Other People,” which ran at Tribeca last year: http://unseenfilms.blogspot.com/2015/09/opening-fridaysleeping-with-other.html
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/
Terrill Welch’s incomparably beautiful Creative Potager blogsite offers up all kinds of nature-inspired sublimity, and the latest post “A Narrow Artistic Perspective on a Mayne Island Morning” is a stream-of-consciousness beauty: http://creativepotager.com/2015/08/25/a-narrow-artistic-perspective-on-a-mayne-island-morning/
At Filmicability Dean Treadway’s latest post is a superlative examination of the film year 1947: http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2015/09/1947-year-in-review.html
Sachin Gandhi has posted an utterly fantastic report on the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival, where he served as one of the programmers: http://likhna.blogspot.com/2015/09/calgary-international-film-festival-2015.html
At his new site Enic-Cine, murderous Ink has penned a brilliant piece on 1949’s “Late Spring” titled “Ozu, Pickles and Rice Bran” (Part 1): http://www.enic-cine.net/ozu-pickles-and-rice-bran-part-1/
David Schleicher has posted a riveting look at the most anticipated films for the 2015 Fall Season: http://theschleicherspin.com/2015/09/09/the-spin-on-the-most-anticipated-films-of-fall-2015/
At The Seventh Art the exceedingly gifted writer Srikanth offers up reviews on two Hindi films under the banner grouping titled “Love in the Time of Gonorrhea”: http://theseventhart.info/2015/08/02/love-in-the-time-of-gonorrhea/