by Sam Juliano
Oscar night 2016 will again be celebrated in an annual party at Fairview’s Tiger Hose Firehouse on Sunday evening, February 26th from 6:00 until midnight. Dante’s Italian Market will again be called upon to provide the hot and cold buffet for the open house event. Roast beef, eggplant and mozarella, turkey and swiss and salami, ham and provolone sandwiches will be offered along with an array of hot food trays: chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, meatballs, sausage and peppers, cavatelli and broccoli, pasta with marinara sauce, salads and desert. Anyone in the area is urged to stop in. As always a big screen television will be carrying the events, and we will be conducting out annual Oscar pool.
Spring weather has suddenly replaced the cold of the past month, though it is far too early for this meteorological adjustment. But for those who appreciate temperatures in the mid 60’s to low 70’s this is ideal.
Lucille, a few of the kids and I have had a busy week hopping for theater to theater catching the last of the unseen 2016 films and the new 2017 crop. We saw:
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts *** 1/2 (Saturday night) Montclair Bow-Tie Cinemas
A United Kingdom *** 1/2 (Friday night) Montclair Bow-Tie Cinemas
The Red Turtle **** 1/2 (Sunday afternoon) Landmark Cinemas
Hester Street (1975) **** 1/2 (Sunday afternoon) Film Forum
The screening of HESTER STREET included a fascinating Q & A with 81 year-old director Joan Micklin Silver, and appearance from actor Peter Riegert (“Boon” in ANIMAL HOUSE) who appeared in Silver’s CHASING DELANCEY.
Once again I must revise my list to include the glorious meditative animated work THE RED TURTLE. I have also broken my #1 tie to allow for INDIGNATION to claim the top position.
I also saw the powerfully disturbing KRISHA (2016) on Amazon Prime. The film is a haunting and shattering story of a family torn asunder by an estranged older woman who has long suffered from substance abuse. Her Thanksgiving visit reveals long time secrets and a telling strain of verisimilitude. Though stylistically it is audaciously etched, in a narrative sense it in some measure recalls the work of the Scandinavian Tomas Vinterberg. A brilliant debut from Trey Shults, and Krisha Fairchild is extraordinary in the titular lead. It now goes into my Top 20.