Archive for January 17th, 2021

by Sam Juliano

Happy Birthday to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and speeches seem more relevant today than they were since the civil rights marches of the mid 60s.  Sadly his inspiration has been violated by the extreme right and their Qanon, neo-Nazi minions whose violent riots at the Capitol on January 6th were fueled by the Big Lie, promulgated by Demented Don who as of this writing has less that three full days left in his unconscionably failed four years tenure in the White House.  At around noon on the 20th Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice-President, thereby re-instituting hope at a time when we are besieged by extremists and the still out-of-control pandemic.  This past week I benefited from a scheduled error that allowed me to get my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a community center in Teaneck, New Jersey, where I will return for doe #2 on Thursday, February 4th.  More importantly for me is my wife Lucille (who must be cleared by an allergist ASAP as she has that qualifying autoimmune issues) and so many of my family and friends who are still waiting to receive their own shots.

This past week our resident film scholar Jim Clark continued his monumental Ingmar Bergman series with a stellar essay on the director’s early-career Waiting Women. (more…)

Read Full Post »