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Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets with his client Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S. in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PIctures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies”


Screen grab from Dennis Villeneuve’s riveting and taut mega thrilled “Sicario” starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro

by Sam Juliano

We are plowing through October like a hay ride on a whistle stop tour through a pumpkin field.  Mother Nature has finally realized that the calendar is what it is and we’ve been wearing jackets and coats the last week or so.  Yet for those in the Big Apple metropolitan area we do have a few low 70’s days predicted for this coming week.  Baseball fans in Chicago and New York are tied up with Cubs-Mets, and all fans of the sport are hoping for a great series.  And our wonderful friends Valerie and Jim Clark are still pulling for a Toronto Blu Jays comeback against those resilient Kansas City Royals.  Otherwise it’s NFL football, opera on the HD simulcasts and of course the very best time of the year for film fans.

The 2015 Caldecott Contender series will launch this coming week.  Reviews will post at various intervals all the way up until the day of the American Library Association’s awards on January 30th of 2016.  I’m not sure how many book reviews I’ll actually publish, but I am sure it won’t come anywhere close to the 51 of last year.  Still, some great books are in contention once again, and I’ll be doing my best to afford representative coverage.  Stay tuned.

The Wonders in the Dark hierarchy have decided on science fiction for the coming 2016 countdown.  The specifications/guidelines will be sent on in the coming months.  Though there is no complaint whatsoever with the great success of the last countdowns, we want to offer up a change of pace.  There also is a series tentatively planned for Saturdays, but I’ll keep that under wraps at the moment.  As always our resilient and brilliant Jim Clark is publishing his incomparable film reviews every other Wednesday and we remain eternally grateful for his stellar input.

Lucille, Jeremy,  and I attended a wonderful book reading by Rowboat Watkins on Saturday morning at the Curious Reader Bookstore in Glen Rock, New Jersey.  His wildly popular picture book Rude Cakes will be one of the first subjects in the Caldecott Contender series. (more…)

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