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by Sam Juliano

Christmas is roughly two weeks away and beyond that an end to a 2018 that brought us mixed blessings on so many fronts.  I would like to once again acknowledge James Clark and J.D. Lafrance for keeping Wonders in the Dark relevant with films reviews of past and present subjects and for our loyal readers for their interest, which as ever is gauged by page views and comments.  For what was once an impulsive, somewhat irrational desire to conform to the early millennial rage to launch one’s own blogsite turned into a film community institution that is now against all odds entering its eleventh year.  Two months after I brought Wonders in the Dark into the world, Allan Fish came aboard and the rest they say is history.  Jim has been a writing force for many years and J.D. has added to the diversity.  As a 64 year old man now I always think how much longer I can hold reigns here, but unless some unforeseen circumstances force me to pull back I am seeing this home where so many friendships were born to persevere.  Hence there are no plans to pull the plug.  Over the past weeks we did lose the incomparable Ferdy-on-Films, the scholarly blog masterfully written by Marilyn Ferdinand and Roderick Heath.  Our dear friend Rod lost his father a few weeks back and we offer him our deepest condolences at the worst time in his life.  As to Marilyn and Rod, I’m sure their great reviews will be seen at other forums or blogs.

Total Domination by “Roma” in critics’ group awards!!!

First it was the New York Film Critics Circle last week and now Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican monochrome epic “Roma” continue to roll, getting Best Picture over the weekend from the Los Angeles Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Toronto Film Critics Circle, the Philadelphia Film Critics Society and the New York Online Film Critics group. the film IS a staggering masterpiece but in an especially competitive year the film’s award circuit domination is quite the feat!!! The LA group checked in today with their awards which are as follows:

Best Picture: Roma Runner-up: Burning Best Director: Debra Granik, Leave No Trace Runner-up: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite Runner-up: Toni Collette, Hereditary Best Actor, Winner: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed Runner-up: Ben Foster, Leave No Trace Best Supporting Actress, Winner: Regina King,If Beale Street Could Talk Runner-up: Elizabeth Debicki, Widows Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun, Burning Runner-up: Hugh Grant, Paddington 2 Best Foreign-Language Film: Burning and Shoplifters (tie) Best Documentary: Shirkers Runner-up: Minding the Gap Best Animation: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Runner-up: Incredibles 2 Best Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?…

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