The Movie Diary

The Movie Diary
May 7, 2015

The Movie Diary: Riding high

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

By Dom Cioffi

Sitting directly on the border between North and South Carolina is an amusement park called Carowinds. It has all the usual trappings of a modern-day theme park with fun activities, incredibly over-priced…

Welcome to the machine
The Movie Diary
April 30, 2015

Welcome to the machine

By Dom Cioffi

It was an inexpensive, under-sized, tobacco sunburst acoustic guitar whose brand name is now long lost to memory. In essence, it was an incredibly forgettable conglomeration of wood and wire… but it was the catalyst for a lifelong obsession.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
The Movie Diary
April 22, 2015

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

By Dom Cioffi

My son had a group of friends over this past weekend and as expected with any large gathering of boys, several arguments inevitably broke out. 

I spoke with the “dad voice” on a couple occasions to try to contain…

All those years ago
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April 15, 2015

All those years ago

By Dom Cioffi

Many years ago, just prior to my wedding day, I engaged in a ceremonial act that I assumed would bring closure to the preceding chapters of my life.

The ceremony was of my own creation – a spur-of-the-moment act…

Lucky Seven
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April 8, 2015

Lucky Seven

By Dom Cioffi

I drove my family to Florida recently for a week’s vacation on the beach. We opted for driving instead of flying so we could afford a better hotel with better amenities. 

I do most if not all of the…

Column
April 1, 2015

Hard times

By Dom Cioffi

Sometime around 1915, a dapper 33-year-old Italian immigrant named Charles arrived in Boston, Mass., looking to embark on the great American dream.

Prior to arriving in the big city, Charles had spent time in prison for forging checks and smuggling immigrants from…

Soft in the middle
The Movie Diary
March 27, 2015

Soft in the middle

By Dom Cioffi

Sometimes all it takes is a lucky break. Such is the case for Reyn Guyer.

Far from a household name, Guyer has hit it big in the toy industry not once, but twice in his lifetime. But none of…

Rap it up
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March 19, 2015

Rap it up

By Dom Cioffi

It was as urban ghetto as our little Vermont town was ever going to get.

It was the early 1980s and we had just been declared legal to drive (which consequently gave us the freedom to roam). Sure, we’d…

The spice of life
The Movie Diary
March 12, 2015

The spice of life

By Dom Cioffi

I first started hearing about the product with the code name of “Ginger” in the early months of 2001. Secretive press releases called it a “paradigm shift in the way humans will live” and “the next big thing.”

I…

A bear necessity
The Movie Diary
March 5, 2015

A bear necessity

By Dom Cioffi

I learned at a very young age that a sport coat is a highly necessary life item. After all, you never know when someone is going to die or get married or ask you to interview for a new job.