by Sam Juliano
Those planning to submit a ballot for the Top 50 science-fiction film countdown still have eight (8) days left to do so. So far a very impressive sixteen people have handed in their votes in a polling that started off with a distinct measure of indifference. When voting closes Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. will tabulate ahead of the process of sorting out writing assignments. A late june launching is anticipated at Wonders in the Dark.
Warm, though not scorching weather has settled in on the east Coast as some await all the various late June activities that define the ending of school years and for some impending retirements. This week also marks the conclusion of the presidential election primary process, where it is a given that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be squaring off in the November election. I did see this coming quite a while back even while some experts set the odds at 3%. My own vote on tuesday in the New Jersey Democratic primary will be cast for Bernie Sanders.
This past week was a busy one on the domestic one for Lucille and I though movie-wise we only saw a single new release in theaters -on Saturday with Broadway Bob- on the same weekend where all my kids made good on passes to the annual Randall’s Island music concert. Again the pace with at-home film viewings was a torrid one though.
The Witness **** (Saturday night) IFC Film Center
Tour/Detour/Deux Enfants (French; Godard; 1977) 1 to 7 **** to **** 1/2
Banka (Elegy of the North) (Japanese; Gosho; 1957) *****
The Final Accord (German; Sirk; 1936) ****
Singing Lovebirds (Japanese; Machino; 1939) ****
The Yellow Crow (Japanese; Gosho; 1957) **** 1/2
Key Largo (USA; Huston; 1948) **** 1/2
THE WITNESS is a mostly riveting documentary about the murder in 1964 of New Yorker Kitty Genovese. The fact that over 20 people heard her screams and did nothing to stop her killer in two phases of the attack has fascinated the public for decades. It has obsessed her brother Bill, who was so devastated he joined the marines where he lost both legs. Bill makes his way around in his wheelchair to talk with those who lived in the Kew Gardens building and the closest vicinity where the murder was committed. Mr. Genovese appeared at the IFC Film Center for the after-film Q & A.