Archive for March, 2023

by Sam Juliano

I am thanking everyone who placed comments and/or private messages for their concern and kind words about Lucille.  She will be home tomorrow as all went very well at Englewood Hospital.  She is -as expected – experiencing some pain, but the meds are helping greatly.  She will undergo some physical therapy and will stay home until the first week of May, when she thinks she will return to her principal’s position.  But she must be 100% for that to happen of course.  No rushing this.

Editing on Irish Jesus of Fairview continues, will Bill Kamberger at the helm.  This past week was impacted by Lucille’s hospital stay, so nothing was planned or happened. (more…)


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by Sam Juliano

The final-stage editing on Irish Jesus of Fairview continues, with a potential late-May publishing date within reach.  Meanwhile, I have resumed writing Roses for Saoirse.

This past week, Jim Clark published a superlative essay on Jerzy Skolimowski’s masterful EO.

Lucille and I watched two recent films via streaming this past week.  Neither gets top grades, but both were moderately entertaining.  The techno thriller Missing was the better of the two, though the comedic thriller Cocaine Bear had its moments.  I am rating both 3.5 of 5.0.

On Friday Lucille is scheduled for her lower spine procedure.  Though anticipation is that all will be well, the operation is likely to sideline her from school from four to six weeks. (more…)

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by James Clark  2023

Most of us would say that humans are the powers of planet Earth. They have crafted religion, of course; and science. Our film today presents Earthlings in another way.

It begins with blood red flashes in the dark sky. Radiance. As if another being has made a discovery. Planet Earth, but instead of a foreign visitor, there is a donkey. A thinking donkey, in its own way. Thinking by the gut. Within that shimmer, one could see, despite the confusion, two figures: a woman, Kasandra, kissing the neck of a donkey, EO. Both of them work in a circus–she is a dancer; he is out of place.  (Don’t rush to table this matter, “Surrealist.” Even though we see the donkey having a carrot.)

From the circus of the elements, we land in middling Poland, where love is not a joke. The first of the shocks. She had given him a little candy. He had bumped her in fun… But  the circus had gone bankrupt. What had not failed, was millions of shiny metal objects, lying in their poison and uselessness.

Their comments, several months of irregular work. He had a stint in a large barn, where many impressive horses would be shown. In transit, he saw a herd of wild horses. (How did he feel about it?) He was bought by a farmer with many horses, who simply loved these creatures, and would find pleasure for his children. Perhaps he would have remained with the children for the rest of his life. But one late night Kasandra found him, in the easy-going farm. She was not the Kasandra of old. She had been driven by a motorcyclist, who didn’t bother to look at EO. She was drinking beer out of the bottle. Her remarks stink; but love had a part. The sky was pristine. EO eats some bugs on the feces. Kasandra  says, “I have a surprise for you! “Happy Birthday! May your dreams come true! Be happy!” EO is happy. They snuggle. The boyfriend tells her, “Come with me, or stay with the donkey.” /” I have half to go…” That triggers EO to find her. A hopeless enterprise. A dangerous one. EO cries, with that deep heartiness. EO in the hills, looking for the heights. He cries as he walks. A blue tone. The windy dances of forests. (Close-up of EO’s eye and vision.) Bats in the sky. His exhaustion. Three windmills. Up and down. EO cries to be seen. When seen in a town: “Where the hell did you come from?” (more…)

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by Sam Juliano

After a two-year absence, our Oscar party returned with a vengeance at the Tiger Hose Firehouse in Fairview last night.  Congratulations to great friend and filmmaker Jay Giampietro for winning our Oscar pool.  It was wonderful seeing a number of people who were sidelined because of COVID-19.  As to the show itself, I still haven’t found the magic in the big winner, Everything Everywhere All at Once, the cultural phenomenon that won Best Picture, Best Director, three acting awards and seven awards in total.  I just don’t get it, but I am very happy for those who love the film, including a few in my own family!  On the other hand I do love the German winner All Quiet on the Western Front, which copped Best International Feature and a total of four Oscars.  The biggest thrill of the night for me was witnessing Brendan Fraser’s emotional speech after he won for The Whale.  Fraser was the deserving winner, and he brought the house down, much as the victorious supporting actor in Everything Everywhere before him.

All is moving along with the final-stage editing process on Irish Jesus of Fairview, which will officially publish in May.  (more…)

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by Sam Juliano

The full book design for Irish Jesus of Fairview has now been posted on social media and here at Wonders in the Dark.  The white rectangle on the back cover of course is for the still to be designated bar code.  Meanwhile my final stage editor Bill Kamberger is on the job. The book will not be published until late May, as the process will include three or four readings, and a close inspection.  But we are getting there, and the plans include a hardcover edition at Barnes & Noble. I plan to make some progress this week on the third novel, Roses for Saoirse, but it is touch and go, because of the attention I need to devote to Irish Jesus in tandem with Bill.

Our annual Oscar party will be again be held on Sunday, March 12th at the Tiger Hose Firehouse in Fairview, after two years of cancellations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Director Jay Giampietro will be there to document the proceedings with his movie camera.

The American Cinema polling will end this coming Friday, March 10th at 5:00 p.m.  many thanks to those who have submitted their Top 40s and the fabulous commentary attached to some.

Lucille and I watched Creed and Marlowe this past week in local theaters.  I wasn’t especially fond of either, for various reasons, though I guess the ‘same old, same old” Creed was slightly better.

Film writer extraordinaire Jim Clark will soon be publishing his latest essay, and it will focus on the new Polish film, EO, which is up for best International Feature. (more…)

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