Archive for December 21st, 2015


by Sam Juliano

Yuletide greetings are extended to all at the site, the readers and their families.  We are just a few days away from Christmas 2015, and a week beyond that the ushering in of the New Year.  Despite a few blustery days, the unseasonably warm weather will be back for Christmas and Christmas Eve with temperatures predicted in the range of 70.  I don’t remember a winter with numbers that high, but this what meteorologists have been predicting for weeks for this area.  My week was such that I was unable to see a single film in theaters, though Lucille and the three boys attended the new Star Wars installment and liked it.  An unusual week to be sure, but one impacted by frantic activity.

The Caldecott Medal Contender series has been moving forward at a brisk pace since the actual awards day is February, and a number of other reviews must be written and posted ahead of January 11th.  I want to thank everyone for their comments and for checking in.

Lucille, the kids and I watched some holiday classics at home including Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie Brown’s  Christmas, The Polar Express  and two versions of A Christmas Carol.  Over the holidays I plan on seeing The Revenant, and Son of Saul among others.  Otherwise I have been spoken for by the Caldecott book reviews.

Best wishes to our good friend Aaron West of Criterion Blues, who just went through a hip operation and is recovery well.  Aaron has been through the grinder in recent years, but it appears certain the recent procedure will have him in  top shape again. (more…)


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