The Movie Diary

The Movie Diary
August 31, 2016

War is hell

By Dom Cioffi As frequent readers of this column know, my reviews tend to be more “diary” than “movie.” I succumbed to this approach years ago when I realized my ramblings about life had a lot more substance than most of the films I was…

The Movie Diary
August 24, 2016

Acting out

By Dom Cioffi In the ensuing weeks since my unexpected cancer diagnosis, I have been adrift in interesting emotions. The first emotion I experienced was shock, which, in hindsight, is a natural and expected response. I don’t think anyone who is told they have cancer…

The Movie Diary
August 18, 2016

Food for thought

By Dom Cioffi Two weeks ago I had a conversation that was ripped straight from a movie script. While sitting in a chair at the doctor’s office, I listened intently as I was told that I had cancer. Of course, I had walked into this…

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August 10, 2016

A blessing in disguise

By Dom Cioffi A couple weeks ago I chronicled my battle with Salmonella poisoning. It was a horrific week-long event that affected my entire body. As I was in the throes of the infection, I told myself several times that when I got better, I…

The Movie Diary
August 3, 2016

Rough around the edges

By Dom Cioffi

I knew as soon as I hauled my son’s travel trunk into the cabin that things in the summer camp world had changed dramatically. I had no sooner made it through the door when my senses picked up an oddly refreshing pine…

The Movie Diary
July 28, 2016

Take it from the top

By Dom Cioffi

When I was a kid, I never had an issue with heights. In fact, heights fascinated me.

I think I first became enamored with heights when I started climbing trees. My childhood home had several wonderful trees that offered a multitude of…

The Movie Diary
July 21, 2016

Sick as a dog: part II

By Dom Cioffi

Last week in this column, I chronicled a sickness I was experiencing while writing. I explained in the very first sentence, “At this exact moment, as I’m typing these words into my laptop, I am ridiculously sick. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill sickness…

The Movie Diary
July 15, 2016

Sick as a dog

By Dom Cioffi

At this exact moment, as I’m typing these words into my laptop, I am ridiculously sick. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill sickness either; this is the laid up in bed, stomach rebelling, joints aching, head throbbing kind of sickness.

In fact, it’s taking…

The Movie Diary
June 30, 2016

The Movie Diary: Midnight at the oasis

By Dom Cioffi

It was after midnight and everyone was in bed. I didn’t feel like watching television and I didn’t feel like reading. I just wanted to be outside. After all, I waited all year to spend time at the beach. If I was…

A concerted effort
The Movie Diary
June 23, 2016

A concerted effort

By Dom Cioffi As I stated in last week’s column, in an effort to inspire my 12-year-old son with his drum lessons, I decided to take him to his first large-scale rock concert. He’s seen local bands play at smaller venues like farmer’s markets and…