by Sam Juliano
Seven completed ballots have been received for the mid June launching of the Science Fiction Countdown. With a deadline of June 15th, it is certain many more will be forwarded in what is fast becoming another exciting venture at Wonders in the Dark after a slow build up. After the ballots are compiled by Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. a Top 50 countdown will commence for ten weeks up until the beginning of September.
Over the past week I have watched a bunch of older films, several Czechoslovakian masterpieces. Lucille and I did see one new release in the theaters and on Thursday night the Lincoln Center production of Rogers and Hammersteins’ The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. A sylish production with some spectacular sets and spirited singing, the production was a fine follow-up to the same company’s staging of South Pacific a few years back.
The Lobster **** (Saturday night) Angelika Film Center
At home on DVD:
The Ninth Circle ***** (Yugoslavia; 1960)
Higher Principle ***** (Czechoslovakia; 1960)
All My Good Countrymen ***** (Czechoslovakia; 1968)
Birds, Orphans & Fools **** (Czechoslovakia; 1969)
Dragon’s Return **** 1/2 (Czechoslovakia; 1967)
Arrebato **** 1/2 (Spain; 1980)