Archive for November, 2018


by J.D. Lafrance

“I’m disgusted by what we’ve become in America. I truly believe there is brain death in this country.” – John Carpenter

Filmmaker John Carpenter has always considered himself as an outsider in Hollywood. Like Sam Fuller before him, Carpenter makes genre films that are usually regarded by critics as simple thrill rides. However, underneath the surface lurks a strong, often savage social commentary on what Carpenter believes to be the problems that plague the United States. This approach is readily apparent in They Live (1988), an angry film born out of his disgust with the greed and materialism of the Ronald Regan era during the 1980s. What’s interesting is how its scathing critique of homelessness, rampant unemployment and corporate greed has become relevant yet again. Sadly, these problems never really went away, they’ve just become more prevalent due in large part to the current president in the White House.

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by Sam Juliano

Post Halloween means chillier temperatures, leaves all over the place, and Election Day.  The mid-terms are an urgent proposition and Wonders in the Dark urges all of our readers to support the Democrat candidates top to bottom.  Here in the Garden State we have a tough fight to get Senator Bob Menendez elected again but the pollings are looking very good.  School weill be close on said Election Day and on Thursday and Friday for the New Jersey State Teacher’s Convention.

Our great writers Jim Clark and J.D. Lafrance have again published superlative reviews this past week, Jim on Winter Light in his continuing Ingmar Bergman series and J.D. with his piece on the original Halloween.

Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca appeared yesterday afternoon at the 84th Street uptown Books of Wonder to discuss his 2018 picture book gem “Hawk Rising” (authored by Maria Gianferrari along with author Gary Goglio and illustrator Rudy Gutierrez (Carlos Santana); author Leslie Kimmelman (Write On, Irving Berlin!); Illustrator William Low (The Sinking of the Vasa) and author illustrator Meghan McCarthy (All That Trash). Lucille and I were happy to chat with each of the artists, though we are friends with Floca for a long time. (more…)

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