by Sam Juliano
The first stage of the science-fiction countdown has concluded, and Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. has announced that 33 ballots have been cast. After the results are sent on to me later this week I will immediately notify the group involved by e mail so writing assignments can be firmed up. Everything considered the project is panning out to be far more successful than was original anticipated, and I want to thank everyone on board for their passionate attendance towards its negotiation. After speaking to a few members of the group, I have decided to expand the actual countdown to a Top 60 – meaning the tabulation and essay writing will include 60 films, to be presented as always in reverse order. July 1st (Friday) will be the first day of launch, with a Monday through Friday schedule that will run through mid September. I have received several requests from prospective writers, asking me to set aside assignments connected to films that are widely anticipated to make the final cut. Lastly, I regret not being able to institute the element of secrecy that some in the group had suggested, as it would complicate the manner in which this endeavor will be presented. Still, the site readers -aside from those in the e mail group- will still be in the dark as far as the results are concerned.
The tragic death of Star Trek’s Chekov, Anton Yelchin at 27 years old leaves one in a sense of disbelief. Such a promising young actor and reputedly wonderful man has now been snuffed out to the implausibilities of fate. R.I.P. Anton’s work will live on forever.
Lucille, Danny and I attended Round 2 of Edward Hemingway’s new book tour at the Curious Reader Bookstore in Glen Rock, New Jersey on Saturday morning in promotion of his fabulous “Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus.” the popular and affable Hemingway -the youngest grandson of you-know-who- charmed the large group of youngsters and adults in attendance.
Lucille, the entire brood and I joined up with my soon-to-be 86 year old father to celebrate Father’s day at a local Italian Restaurant.
Lucille and I also attended two films in theaters – one with the entire family, and the other with Jeremy and Broadway Bob. We saw:
Finding Dory *** 1/2 (Saturday afternoon) Secaucus multiplex
DePalma **** (Saturday night) Angelika Film Center
FINDING DORY was a well-made if unremarkable “sequel” to FINDING NEMO, and DIPALMA was a most entertaining documentary on Brian DePalma, dominated by the one time wunderkind’s personal revelations. As expected it was loaded with film clips.
I saw two more extraordinary Japanese films at home on DVD. One is a staggering masterpiece that rates among the greatest in Japanese cinema, the other is merely extraordinary!
Dancing Girl of Izu (1939) Gosho **** 1/2
Children of Hiroshima (1952) Shindo *****