Archive for January 2nd, 2022

by Sam Juliano

The next international polling will officially launch on January 18th and it will bring together the Far East countries:  South Korea; China; Taiwan; Hong Kong; Vietnam; Cambodia.

We are still waiting for the new revision of Paradise Atop the Hudson to be sent to buyers.  We are not at all understanding the delay, but we were told it was selling well and Amazon was reluctant to destroy the old inventory.  So far the book has sold 542 paperback copies and 46 kindle copies.  My plans are to renew some focus on Irish Jesus in Fairview this coming week.

Wonders in the Dark has, remarkably, entered its fourteenth year as a site now.  What was intended as a fetish and an experiment has resulted in one of the longest-running film and arts sites online.

COVID (no doubt the lesser omicron variant) ran through our house from Christmas and through the current week. All seven in our family had the symptoms (coughing, sneezing, sniffles, headaches and stuffy noses with no taste) as a result of an unfortunate connection with a longtime friend, who passed it on to our middle son Danny. But before he (Danny) knew anything, it made its way through our 7 Spruce Street, Fairview, N.J. abode.

As it is just about gone now, I figured I’d mention it in the context of a few movies I watched at home, playing catch up. I found SPENCER wholly irresistible and utterly brilliant in concept. One of the most intimate and intense of recent biographical films and featuring a towering Oscar-worthy performance by Kristen Stewart, it also showcases what may be the best score of 2021 in a film, and the cinematography is wholly ravishing. 4.5/5.0 The Argentinian film AZOR is a corrosive work, one with evil lurking throughout. You keep expecting something major to happen, but the film is far more focused on infiltration. Harrowing and splendidly orchestrated. 4.5/5.0 THE LOST DAUGHTER is intermittently fascinating, though it is damaged by tedious flashback sequences that work against the better contemporary sections. Olivia Colman, however, is extraordinary in the lead. 3.5/5.0 (more…)


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