by Sam Juliano
A blockbuster mid March nor’easter is nearing the New York City/northern New Jersey region, and practically all predictions are calling for 12 to 24 inches to be followed by several days of frigid temperatures that will hold the area in a winter grip, and will surely make traveling extremely difficult. This is one projected wide swath of a storm that is sure to drop as much blustery snow on our friends John and Pam (Grant) as it will on us in Fairview (just across the Hudson from Manhattan). This is no doubt the kind of event that makes former New Yorkers like John Greco grateful of the Florida re-location. But heck, we all do love the white stuff, no? Some are saying the number estimation is rather conservative, so who knows what is in store.
Our deepest condolences to my longtime dear friend, the erstwhile Voting Tabulator Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr., who lost his 64 year-old wife Kathy suddenly in her sleep this past week, after no known sickness. While Angelo had relocated this past year down in South Carolina, the wake and funeral will be held in Binghampton, New York Tuesday night (Kathy’s family lives there, and she lived nearly her entire life in that region) during the projected height of this ferocious blizzard. Lucille and I are planning to take the three-hour drive up there, but I am hearing from some that they think highways could well be shut down.
This past week we watched two films in theaters:
Raw ** (Angelika Film Center) Saturday night
King Kong: Skull Island ** (Secaucus multiplex) Friday night
Here is my brief social media report: Lucille, Sammy, Jeremy, Broadway Bob and I took in the wholly repellent French horror film “Raw” last night at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan. I got all the metaphorical stuff and the coming of age arc. but found the film’s cannibal set pieces over-the-top distasteful. What were the critics thinking? It seems my brood were all unimpressed as well. I’d never want to lay eyes on this film ever again! “Original” is such a deceptive compliment. On Friday it was the “King Kong” remake in Secaucus, which I found barely passable. The others liked it more.