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Archive for December 4th, 2017

by Sam Juliano

Film Critics groups from New York, Los Angeles and the National Board of Review have announced their year end awards this past week and all three chose different films for their ‘best.’  The Gotham scribes chose Lady Bird, LA named Call Me By Your Name and the NBR selected Steven Spielberg’s yet-to-open The Post.  The choices for Best Director and the acting winners were also different, though the surprising omission of Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour as Best Lead Actor had raised more than a few eyebrows.  Two of the groups chose Timothe Chalomet (Call Me By Your Name), while one chose Tom Hanks for the Spielberg movie.  The three differed on actress with Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan receiving citations.

Jim Clark’s latest review is a gem on Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy.  The Caldecott Medal Contender series continues until February, with fifteen essays so far published.  On February 14th the second part of the Greatest Television Series countdown will resume.

Our entire family spent Saturday and Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Amish Country.  The highlight was the time spent at the Kettle Village, though we unexpectatntly wound up adopted a 16 pound, seven-year old feline at the Pet Smart out there for a mere $25.  A super friendly animal, but we already have two other cats, two birds, a labrador retriever, a pug, a turtle, two guinea pigs, and a hamster. (more…)

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