The Movie Diary

Winning at all costs  
The Movie Diary
September 25, 2015

Winning at all costs  

By Dom Cioffi

He was always going to be an athlete . . .

Since the day my son was born, I’ve made sure that he was involved in sports. I didn’t do this because of my ego or because I have a secret fantasy that he…

The end is near 
The Movie Diary
September 18, 2015

The end is near 

By Dom Cioffi

Are you ready? Well, you better be because the world is about to end.

I’m not joking. An asteroid is headed toward the earth and on Sept. 28 it is going to impact our planet, destroying infrastructure on an epic scale and causing a mass extinction…

Teetering on the edge 
The Movie Diary
September 10, 2015

Teetering on the edge 

By Dom Cioffi

I first sensed that something was awry with the gentleman standing next to me when I noticed that the conversation he was having was completely one-sided. 

I had just run into a local coffee shop to grab a snack prior…

The Movie Diary
September 8, 2015

Life in the fast lane

By Dom Cioffi

I am a self-admitted news junkie. I’m not sure why. It could be due to over two decades of work in the newspaper and television industries. Or it could be just an innate desire to be knowledgeable on as many subjects as…

The gift that keeps on giving
The Movie Diary
August 28, 2015

The gift that keeps on giving

By Dom Cioffi

I just may be the luckiest man in the world…

It started out as a normal Saturday morning with some fresh coffee, the morning news, a little Internet browsing and a quick peruse through my email.

I like to utilize my extra…

The Movie Diary
August 19, 2015

One in a million

By Dom Cioffi

Every now and then you run across a life story that seems too incredible, too improbable, and too inconceivable to actually be true.

The story of Arnel Pineda is a perfect example.

Born in the lower class sections of Manila in the…

Going rogue
The Movie Diary
August 14, 2015

Going rogue

By Dom Cioffi

Forty years ago this summer, on a Friday night in June, Universal Pictures released the film “Jaws” to curious audiences across the country. Within days it would become a monumental hit and a cultural phenomenon.

The film is now regarded as the…

Driving the point home
The Movie Diary
August 5, 2015

Driving the point home

By Dom Cioffi

Summer vacation is a gift to children, but as most parents realize, the logistics of finding a place for your child every day for three months can prove daunting.

No amount of planning or money can deter the occasional hiccup when no…

The man of the hour
The Movie Diary
July 29, 2015

The man of the hour

By Dom Cioffi

Toru Iwatani loved arcade games, especially pinball machines. In fact, he loved them so much that he spent all of his time studying their construction and design. He became so accomplished that at 22 years old he was hired by Namco, a…

Carpe diem!
The Movie Diary
July 22, 2015

Carpe diem!

By Dom Cioffi

It happened on the evening of May 16, 1983; one of those events that was burned into my mind as well as the minds of millions of other people around the planet. It took only five minutes, but those five minutes would…