The Movie Diary

The Movie Diary
May 16, 2018

Stuck in the moment

By Dom Cioffi

My son took a school trip to Washington, D.C., this past week. He was gone for the better part of four days. My wife and I were appropriately excited about his departure – both for the experience he was about to have and…

The Movie Diary
May 3, 2018

A dog’s life

By Dom Cioffi

In my life, I have had deep, personal relationships with three dogs.

My first dog – the dog that was already around when I was born – was Skipper. Skipper was a portly beagle with a mild disposition. He could bark with…

The Movie Diary
April 18, 2018

Starry, starry night

By Dom Cioffi

My wife and I were out to dinner this past weekend when a flash of bright red from the corner of the restaurant caught my eye. In an instant, I knew what it meant: prom night.

A slew of eight beautifully dressed…

The Movie Diary
April 12, 2018

The silence is deafening

By Dom Cioffi

I spent this past weekend in relative silence. This wasn’t because I was on a meditation retreat or happened to be alone. No, I barely spoke this weekend because the final two rounds of The Masters golf tournament were on, and when The…

The Movie Diary
April 4, 2018

A world away

By Dom Cioffi

My son has enjoyed the last week off due to spring break. During the last seven days, he has successfully accomplished nothing. At least I thought he accomplished nothing, until he came to me with a strange problem.

“Dad?” he queried while…

The Movie Diary
March 30, 2018

Last man standing

By Dom Cioffi

I read an article recently about a growing addiction among NBA players. It’s not chemically related, nor does it involve alcohol or sex. The addiction centers around the videogame “Fortnite.”

“Fortnite” is a survival game (akin to “The Hunger Games” movies) where…

The Movie Diary
February 28, 2018

The haves and the have-nots

By Dom Cioffi

My wife and I traveled to Aspen, Colo., this past week for a few days of skiing and snowboarding. We were lucky enough to be the guests of one of my wife’s business clients who treated us to wonderful hospitality and luxurious…

The Movie Diary
January 24, 2018

The ties that bind

By Dom Cioffi

The cold weather gripping the country has put a damper on a lot of people’s fun – including my son. Because of this, we allowed him to have a couple of friends visit this past weekend to hang out and have a sleepover.

The Movie Diary
January 3, 2018

Looking to the stars

By Dom Cioffi

The first “Star Wars” film came out in May of 1977. I was 11 years old and a typical wide-eyed youth. I remember going to see the film at the mall (when malls were still fashionable). I knew while standing in line…

The Movie Diary
December 15, 2017

A disaster waiting to happen

By Dom Cioffi

Throughout my high school years, there was one kid who stood out for his brains. Appropriately, his name was Eugene (although he would throw a fit if you called him anything other than Gene).

Gene was head and shoulders above the rest…