The Movie Diary

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…

The Movei Diary: Band on the run
The Movie Diary
July 17, 2015

The Movei Diary: Band on the run

By Dom Cioffi

When I moved my family into a new neighborhood a few years ago, one of my biggest concerns was for the safety of my son. I obviously wanted him to have a healthy environment in which to roam, but I also hoped…

Dead and gone
The Movie Diary
July 9, 2015

Dead and gone

By Dom Cioffi

Back in the early 1980s, during my junior high school years, I was a fan of the burgeoning New Wave movement happening in music. A friend of mine had a brother who was well versed in obtaining imported records from the UK…

The Movie Diary
July 2, 2015

Mercy me!

By Dom Cioffi

The other day I had half an hour to kill so I grabbed my iPad, flopped down on the couch and fired up my Netflix app. After perusing for a bit, I came across one of my all-time favorite movies, “High Fidelity,”…

An inside look
The Movie Diary
June 26, 2015

An inside look

By Dom Cioffi

I took my family to Washington, D.C., this past weekend to roam the monuments and museums located within our nation’s capitol. Both my wife and I were looking forward to immersing ourselves within the history, science and wonder that the Smithsonian and…

A brave new world
The Movie Diary
June 17, 2015

A brave new world

By Dom Cioffi

My son graduated from elementary school last week. I never thought you could graduate from elementary school. I just thought it ended and the next year you started middle school.

But apparently, times have changed.

It turned out to be quite the…

Double trouble
The Movie Diary
June 10, 2015

Double trouble

By Dom Cioffi

Margreet Zelle knew how to get attention.

Born into an affluent family in the Netherlands in the latter 1800s, Margreet was accustomed to the finer things that wealth and privilege had to offer. However, when her father’s oil investments…

The way we were
The Movie Diary
June 4, 2015

The way we were

By Dom Cioffi

I always used to find it funny when I heard adults talk about reading the obituaries. Scanning the daily paper to see who died simply came across as a morbid activity to me. And then I ended up with a college roommate…