by Sam Juliano
My apologies for dropping the ball on the last Monday Morning Diary that published at the site two weeks ago. I did not address the comments yet, mainly as a result of the time consuming Caldecott Contender series and my frenzied efforts to catch up on the movie going front. I am currently planning to release the annual Ten Best and runners-up list on February 1st. Others wishing to post their own list need only to reach me.
Happy New Year to staff writers and our devoted readers. As I’ve stated in the past we are hoping for a much better twelve month span than the sorry one we just endured,
Thank you so much Jim Clark for your staggering essay contributions to the site over years. And thank you to J.D. Lafrance for his recent run of excellent film pieces. I would like to thank Laurie Buchanan, the aforementioned Jim Clark, Frank Gallo, John Grant, Peter M., Tony d’Ambra, Celeste Fenster, Ricky C., Karen, Patricia Hamilton, Duane Porter, Tim McCoy and others for their remarkable comments under the Caldecott Medal Contender reviews. While I will readily admit that I have invested a bit too much time in the venture, that aspect always goes a long way with me.
Lucille and I watched four films in theaters over the last two weeks, but other vital films have been seen at home as well. Our theater visits yielded the following viewings:
Elle *** 1/2 Bow-Tie Cinemas
Force One ** Edgewater multiplex (my New Year’s Eve movie!)
Silence *** 1/2 Regal Cinemas (14th Street)
20th Century Women **** 1/2 Regal Cinemas (14th Street)
I found both the critically praised ELLE and Martin Scorsese’s THE SILENCE as overrated.