The Movie Diary

Steady as she goes
The Movie Diary
October 15, 2015

Steady as she goes

By Dom Cioffi

Several months ago, after finding my son and his two friends indoors playing video games, I demanded that they exit the house. It was a beautiful summer day and they were wasting it staring into a television monitor.

I barked something about…

Into the great wide open
The Movie Diary
October 8, 2015

Into the great wide open

By Dom Cioffi

I sidled up to the bar and ordered the cheapest draft beer available. After all, I was a college student on a very strict budget. The $15 I had in my pocket had to last me all night, and that had to…

Carry on my wayward son
The Movie Diary
October 2, 2015

Carry on my wayward son

By Dom Cioffi

On Feb. 11, 2013, in speech before the most important cardinals in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by becoming the first pontiff to resign the papal leadership position in nearly 600 years.

There was no scandal; there was…

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…