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.
I’d love to hear from those who have seen films or attended other events over the past week. Best wishes to all my cherished friends.