by Sam Juliano
Columbus Day. If you’re lucky you’ll get a day off from work. Otherwise it is business as usual, though it seems the weather is mighty fine all over, and the fall season has set in. Once the leaves start turning colors then we are really in business. Yankees fans are crying in their beer, though Mets and Cubs fans are presently singing a more upbeat tune. The football season is taking shape too, and New York-based teams are performing pretty well at this point. The movie season still hasn’t arrived at crunch time, but some promising releases are upcoming now that the New York Film Festival has concluded.
We are down to the final three days of the long-running Greatest Childhood/Adolescent Films Countdown which began all the way back in mid-June. When all is said and done, we will have had a total of 83 films featured in full reviews by a host of writers. It has been quite a time-consuming project, and one that suffered a lag in the middle stages. But it has picked up wonderfully in the past weeks, and there isn’t a single complaint against the consistent and high quality of the reviews. After Wednesday’s Number 1 post is revealed, I will prepare a wrap-up, and a fun statistical rundown of the Top 10 ‘longest’ reviews in order, as well as the Top 10 reviews with the most comments and the Top 10 most viewed. Ultimately meaningless for all sorts of reason, but still a way to look back at some of the posts that did receive a lot of attention. Our very good friend John Grant has recommended we consider reviews of some films that didn’t make the cut but were most worthy. We certainly will see if we can get that underway if there is interest. (more…)