by Sam Juliano
The weather has been warming up, and on the movie front Lucille and I are pounding the mat at Tribeca, having seen thirteen films over the past four days after taking in the new release Midnight Special on the Monday before the festival began. It appears that we will be able to work in twenty-one more feature films over the next and final seven days of the festival beginning with the two for this evening. Otherwise we are still in the preparation stage of the science-fiction countdown, which is clearly getting much less interest than the five previous genre projects. Still, I won’t give up the ship until or unless it becomes conclusive it won’t be flying. Group e mails have been sent out and deadlines have been set, and completed ballots are awaited.
On the political front we have the huge New York primary set for tomorrow. Hillary Clinton appears to have a stranglehold in the pollings, though Bernie Sanders has made up some ground. Donald Trump should win the state in a landslide, though his opponents may be able to sneak off with a few of the ninety-five up for grabs. I will be voting in the New Jersey Democratic primary on June 7th.
The list and star ratings for the thirteen (13) features seen at Tribeca:
(Ratings 1 to 5 stars)
After Spring **** (Thursday, April 14) Bow-Tie
Holidays * (Thursday, April 14) Bow-Tie
Wolves *** (Friday, April 15) SVA
Night School **** (Friday, April 15) Bow-Tie
Kicks **** (Saturday, April 16) Bow-Tie
Contemporary Color *** (Sat., April 16) Bow-Tie
As I Open My Eyes *** 1/2 (Sat., April 16) Bow-Tie
Detour **** (Saturday, April 16) Bow-Tie
Dreamland * (Sunday, April 17) Bow-Tie
Junction 48 *** 1/2 (Sunday, April 17) Bow-Tie
Command and Control **** (Sunday, April 17) Bow-Tie
The Ride **** 1/2 (Sunday, April 17) Bow-Tie
Memories of a Penitent Heart **** (Sun, April 17) Bow-Tie
My plans are to write capsule reviews for several more of the lot I managed to see based on favorability ratings. Two have so far been published at WitD: Night School and Kicks.
Before the festival began Lucille, the three boys and I saw Midnight Special, a cathartic science-fiction film that I count as one of the very best films of the year so far:
Midnight Special **** 1/2 (Monday, April 11) Secaucus