by Sam Juliano
The weather has been warming up, and on the movie front Lucille and I are pounding the mat at Tribeca, having seen thirteen films over the past four days after taking in the new release Midnight Special on the Monday before the festival began. It appears that we will be able to work in twenty-one more feature films over the next and final seven days of the festival beginning with the two for this evening. Otherwise we are still in the preparation stage of the science-fiction countdown, which is clearly getting much less interest than the five previous genre projects. Still, I won’t give up the ship until or unless it becomes conclusive it won’t be flying. Group e mails have been sent out and deadlines have been set, and completed ballots are awaited.
On the political front we have the huge New York primary set for tomorrow. Hillary Clinton appears to have a stranglehold in the pollings, though Bernie Sanders has made up some ground. Donald Trump should win the state in a landslide, though his opponents may be able to sneak off with a few of the ninety-five up for grabs. I will be voting in the New Jersey Democratic primary on June 7th.
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by Sam Juliano
The Tribeca Film Festival begins this coming Thursday, and Lucille and I will be busy for the eleven (day) duration of the affair, save for Wednesday the 20th, a day we have another commitment for. I project we will somehow see around 30 to 34 films, which will come close to the 37 we saw last year, though nothing will ever match the 52 do we managed in 2014. We are busy now piecing together a schedule for the event. We are very proud that one of Melanie’s films will be screened this coming Tuesday at the famed Manhattan revival house, the Anthology Film Archives, and we will be there too with bells on. I will have reports on the first part of the Tribeca Festival and Melanie’s screening on next week’s Monday Morning Diary.
The entire family (and our friend Broadway Bob) made an encore trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania over the weekend, sleeping at a Day’s Inn on Saturday night. This was our second visit to the splendidly rustic and historical location in the past year, and I’m afraid we now addicted to this scenic and fascinating enclave. We again completed a comprehensive tour of the battlefield, and survived a 28 degree frigid ghost tour at night, which included a stop in front of the famed Jennie Wade House, where the 20 year old woman lived and became the first civilian casualty of the coming historic three day battle. We had a wonderful meal and Gettysburg Eddie’s on the main road, Steinwehr Avenue. On the way back east we spend Sunday afternoon in the Amish Country, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ate at Good and Plenty’s (fantastic Pennsylvania Dutch family meal with deserts) and toured the amazing countryside where the mode of transportation is horse and buggy. Continue Reading »
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Capture from Tadashi Imai’s 1950 “Until We Meet Again”
Capture from 1962’s “Happiness of Us Alone”
Capture from Kinoshita’s 1955 “She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum”
by Sam Juliano
I have gone thorough a difficult week as a result of yet another visit from my perennial nemesis, the kidney stones. Yes it is hard to believe I haven’t yet mastered a way to keep them at bay, but I can attribute this to my failure to drink enough water. All week I suffered discomfort, but I caught a break when I passed the culprit stone on Sunday unexpectedly after some intense pain and nausea, allowing me to avert the planned Wednesday shock wave procedure. Still, there is a stone within the kidney around the same size that I’d be smart to have blasted within the next month or so if I want to avoid a recurrence of what I just experienced.
As a result of all this discomfort, launched by my seven hour stay in a hospital emergency room, I have been unable to do much on the movie front, or on any front for that matter. I rallied after passing the stone to take in three Japanese masterpieces on a rare online site, used often by Allan for films that have yet to see the light of day on DVD. Continue Reading »
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