Archive for December 3rd, 2018


by Sam Juliano

And now December 2018 which brings with it all the year-end list fun, some prestige releases in all the arts and of course the hectic Holiday season.  Here at Wonders in the Dark it has been business as usual with Jim Clark and J.D. Lafrance bringing you stupendous film essays and Yours Truly the currently running Caldecott Medal series, which this year has been running on a slower pace than previous years.  But the rest of the way I plan to pick up that pace.

New York Film Critics Circle Name “Roma” Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Best Director!!

One of the year’s great masterpieces -a film I saw last week and reported on with rapturous praise- Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish language ‘Roma’ a monochrome epic set in Mexico nabbed the top two prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle today. Here is the groups full slate: Best Film: Roma Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón / Roma Best Screenplay: First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Best Actress: Regina Hall / Support the Girls Best Actor: Ethan Hawke / First Reformed Best Supporting Actress: Regina King / If Beale Street Could Talk Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant / Can You Ever Forgive Me? Best Cinematography: Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Foreign Film: Cold War Best First Film: Eighth Grade Best Non-Fiction Film: Minding the Gap (Bing Liu) Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman) Special Award: Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women…

Lucille and I attended a marvelous local production of the opera Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck at the west Side Theater in Jersey City.  Our nephew Eric Lampmann played the flute and piccolo in the orchestra in this creative production.  We all headed up to Sussex County not too very far from John Grant Country to pick up our freshly cut Christmas tree on Saturday morning.  Lucille, Sammy and I got to briefly chat with children’s literature luminaries Jacqueline Woodson and Jarrett Krosoczka on Wednesday evening at the spacious Brooklyn Public Library a hop, skip and a jump from Barclay’s Center where both famous writer-artists conducted an on-stage dialogue after Krosoczka read selections from his acclaimed “Hey, Kiddo” along with a frank discussion of his family problems growing up. Woodson asked him scene-specific questions about the making of the book and an overhead projector was employed for enlarged reproductions of his comic-style illustrations. This was one of the most fascinating and dynamic of all book presentations. (more…)

Read Full Post »