by Sam Juliano
An arctic vortex descended on the Metropolitan area over the last few days, sending temperatures that bottomed out at -1 F Sunday morning in what is being called the coldest Valentine’s Day in a hundred years. Yet tomorrow we are expecting 50 degrees F in an extreme swing that is mind boggling. Yet a bright sun was out in all its resplendent glory on Sunday. Today is President’s Day in the US and banks and post offices -not to mention schools for the entire week in some districts including our own- are closed. In my hometown of Fairview, New Jersey Lucille and I will again host our annual Oscar party on February 28th at the Tiger Hose Firehouse at 6:00. P.M. As always it is an Open House, and all our friends, online or in person are encouraged to attend. Dante’s will be catering for the third year in a row, and as everyone who is familiar with their food, they know it is phenomenal. Six hot items and their legendary six foot heroes along with a salad and beer and beverages will be offered. Usually around 40 people attend, though some years that number has gone higher.
I am still experiencing lower back pain -some days severely- but will be visiting a local chiropractor this week. I am planning to send out a group e mail to the previous participants of the site’s genre polls within the coming weeks to discuss the tentative launching of the “Science Fiction Films Countdown” in the late spring.
Lucille and I one film in theaters this week, a Valentine’s day screening of the Michael Moore documentary WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, and we also attended the Friday night staging of Peter Danish’s one act play THE FINAL DAYS OF WOLFE TONE in Suffern, New York. Wolf Tone, was the leader of the United Irishmen and is considered the Father of Irish Republicanism. While the son of a privledge Protestant family, he saw the scourge of government sponsored sectarianism and prejudice for the tool of oppression it was and formed the United Irishmen to establish an independant republic where all Irish men and women could live in peace and freedom. “The Final Days of Wolfe Tone” tells the tale of his last days in prison leading up to his execution – days spent writing the chronicle of his life, that gave birth to the Irish Revolution that would inevitably lead to the Rising of 1916. The three actors who compromised the full cast was exceptional.
Where To Invade Next *** (Sunday) Edgewater multiplex
Michael Moore’s new documentary is alternately riveting and lame, adding up to something distinctly mediocre. I share Moore’s ideology but have never appreciated him otherwise.
I needed to get this post up as it is late, but I will proceed now to offer some updates:
At Noirish John Grant has penned a superlative review on a 1992 TVM “Midnight’s Child.”: https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/midnights-child-1992-tvm/
John Greco has offered a fabulous look at his new E-Book Cover at Twenty Four Frames: https://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/advance-look-at-new-e-book-cover/
Aaron West offers up his twenty-eighth podcast at Criterion Blues on the 1991 “Slacker”: http://criterionblues.com/2016/02/14/ccu28-slacker-1991/
Laurie Buchanan’s lastest post at Tuesdays with Laurie is a splendid one titled “Bald is Beautiful”: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2016/01/26/bald-is-beautiful/
At a newly-decked out “Patricia’s Wisdom” our erstwhile proprietor has written another lovely book review, this time on “The Rain Sparrow” by Linda Goodnight: http://patriciaswisdom.com/2016/02/the-rain-sparrow-a-honey-ridge-novel-linda-goodnight/
Pat Perry is back in the blogging business at Part Time Cinephile with a fabulous round-up of 2015 Films: http://parttimecinephile.blogspot.com/2016/01/at-last-these-are-not-20-best-movies-of.html
Filmmaker Jeffrey Goodman offers up his Top 12 films of 2015 in brilliantly written capsules at The Last Lullaby: http://cahierspositif.blogspot.com/2015/12/my-top-twelve-films-of-2015.html
At FilmsNoir.net Tony d’Ambra leads with a fabulous post on Manhattan Transfer 1925: http://filmsnoir.net/film_noir/the-noir-city-manhattan-transfer-1925.html/
At the Creativepotager’s painting blog the incomparable Terrell Welch offers up a sublime work-in-progress post titled “Intention, Composition and Underpaiting are tools of the trade used by the artist”: http://creativepotager.com/2016/01/14/intention-composition-and-underpainting-are-tools-of-the-trade-used-by-the-artist/
At Ferdy on Films Marilyn Ferdinand has offered up a terrific essay on Larissa Shepitko’s “Wings”: http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/2016/wings-%D0%BA%D1%80%D1%8B%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%8F-1966/27152/
David Schleicher has posted a terrific review of “The Revenant” at The Schleicher Spin: http://theschleicherspin.com/2016/01/11/reverence-for-the-revenant/
At Movie Classics Judy Geater has posted a fantastic review for the “Raoul Walsh and James Cagney’s 4 Films Together” blogathon: https://movieclassics.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/raoul-walsh-and-james-cagneys-4-films-together/
Joel Bocko has penned a terrific review of “Jaws” in his ‘favorite’ series at I Lost It at the Movies: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-favorites-jaws-71.html
At Little Miss Litberry Charity has penned a fabulous review of the non-fiction work “Wonder Garden”: https://littlemisslitberry.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/wonder-garden-a-review/
At De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children Beverly Sleppin has issued a strong recommendation of two Monica Brown-penned “Lora Levine” books in a beautifully written review: http://decoloresreviews.blogspot.com/2016/02/lola-levine-is-not-mean-2015-lola.html
At Read It Real Good Alia Jones has penned a wonderful piece on the superlative Caldecott Honor book “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer” by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ikua Holmes: http://readitrealgood.com/2016/02/14/voice-of-freedom-fannie-lou-hamer-spirit-of-the-civil-rights-movement/
At American Indians in Children’s Literature Debbie Reese offers up a question about what is not included in Maira Kalman’s “Looking at Lincoln”: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2016/02/maira-kalmans-looking-at-lincoln.html
Robert Tower has written a lovely remembrance of Ritchie Valens on the occasion of the 57th year of his untimely passing at It Rains……You Get Wet: http://le0pard13.com/2016/02/05/friday-song-cover-la-bamba-by-ritchie-valens-los-lobos/
Weeping Sam waxes lyrical on Jacques Rivette’s passing at The Listening Ear: http://le0pard13.com/2016/01/29/edge-of-tomorrow-film-review/
Dean Treadway offers up a look at 1973 in his annual series at Filmacability: http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2016/01/1973-year-in-review.html