Archive for December 19th, 2016


by Sam Juliano

By the time the next Monday Morning Diary is posted Christmas will be a day old.  Hence I want to wish all our readers and staff and friends here and overseas a Merry Christmas.  On a personal note it has been the worst year in memory.  Losing the dearest of friends – one who served as a pillar of this site and as a staple in our lives – was a calamity still unthinkable.  I also lost my young nephew and a brace of people who had reached ripe old ages.  But this is the way of the world, and no doubt many others will identify 2016 as a  year to blot from our collective memories.  We can look forward to 2017 as a kind of rebound year – one where positive energy and happy events will help to alleviate at least some of the pain of the prior year.

I did see a few films this past week, but have to decided to combine the round-up with the viewings that will be negotiated over the next seven days.  I also managed a second viewing of Nocturnal Animals, and I am happy to report the result was a positive one.  (4.5)

Thanks to all those who have placed comments on the Caldecott Medal reviews.  Typically, I have gone overboard, displaying a level of obsessiveness worthy of institutionalization, but the series is moving toward its final phase.  Well, maybe not final – it does after all run until January 20th, but it is shall be say well underway. (more…)

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