Happy Thanksgiving, Y’All!

Here are the mellifluous guys from Cantus weighing in with my general sentiments for the season. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week(end)! 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true simplicity is gained, To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed, To turn, turn will be our delight, Till by turning, turning we come 'round ri … [Read More...]


Now THIS Is What Coldness Sounds Like!

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the thing it's describing, right?But what do you call an entire musical piece that does the same thing?Well, I call it "What Power Art Thou Who From Below." And it comes from Henry Purcell's opera, "King Arthur: The British Worthy."What power art thou, who from below Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow From beds of everlasting snow? See'st thou not how stiff and wondrous old, Far unfit to bear the bitter cold, I can scarcely move or … [Read More...]


SSF: “Azarkant”

And now for something not-animated and not-cute. In other words, something entirely different. Something sci-fi and and darkly atmospheric and pretty scary. Great "proof-of-concept" work, even though I'm not sure that's what its creator intended. (Something about the look and mood really reminded me of the "Exploring an Unknown and Dangerous Space Ship" scene from Alien. Also, the accompanying website had this wonderful little tidbit, buried humbly away from prying eyes: "This short film is … [Read More...]


SVS: “Air Force One”

And suddenly, I feel old.Today's recommendation is made in honor of seeing an aging Harrison Ford on every single page of the InterWebs for the past week. But the fact that he's so clearly aging is not what's making me feel old.No, that comes from the fact that Air Force One, currently streaming on AMAZON PRIME INSTANT and for rent from NUMEROUS OTHERS($), was made almost twenty years ago.But I saw it in theaters when it came out, and I don't feel like it's been anywhere near twenty y … [Read More...]


No Commentary Necessary — Théo Sanson, Walking On Air

I get a touch of vertigo from time to time, usually when I get close to the edge of something tall. Or if I see someone else getting close to the edge of something tall.So...I almost passed out watching this. (Full-screen and HD are a MUST!)GOSH!That's Théo Sanson, who calls himself a "professional slackliner." At first, I thought that sounded sort of silly (or maybe just a bit over the top). But after watching this, I'm going to go ahead and let him have that one. (Also, nice u … [Read More...]


WARNING: Dangerous Time Sink Ahead!

Every now and again, I forget what an amazing resource The Internet Archive actually is. Which is a good thing, actually, because I'd never get anything done, otherwise.The most recent case in point? A 110-clip playlist of The NBC University Theater's productions. An old-timey radio series from the mid-40's, it was part of The NBC University of the Air program, whereby college students could actually get credit by listening. I'm pretty sure that last part no longer applies (thought maybe it s … [Read More...]


Celebrating Javier Navarrete’s Patchwork Score for “The Warrior’s Way”

Fun Susanka Fact o' the Day:I have (and have always had) an inordinate soft spot for mashups and homages, especially when it comes to movies and music. I love the little "Ah-HAH!" moment that comes from recognizing something you've seen somewhere else; the little thrill of being "on the inside," a knowing part of the Intellegentia.I'm not at all sure this is a good thing, to be honest. But it's a true thing. And it's also helpful in explaining a whole host of pop-cultural phenomenon in m … [Read More...]

SSF: “The Monk and the Fish”

Today's short crossed my path this past weekend courtesy of a Facebook friend to whom I am now immensely grateful.I'd never seen it before. Never even heard of it, in fact. Which is flat-out inexcusable, given how much I love its creator (Michaël Dudok De Wit, whose Father and Daughter is 100% -- maybe even 110% -- guaranteed to make you tear up) and its musical backbone ("La Folia," used by pretty much every composer ever).It's funny, fun to look at, and sounds fantastic. What more c … [Read More...]


SVS: “Lawrence of Arabia”

If we've been telling lies, you've been telling half-lies. A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.Today's recommendation is long and asture and definitely a downer, but just as definitely "A Film You Should Watch, Even If You Don't Really Want To Right Now:" David Lean's searing and unsettling magnum opus, Lawrence of Arabia.It's not my favorite Lean. (That distinction falls to Brief Encounter. And then, maybe, t … [Read More...]


Here’s A Video Of Deep Blue Doing Her Thing. (No, Not The Chess One. The Shark One.)

Look at the size of that thing! Yikes!!! (Or as David, Son #4, would say, "Cool!!!")Deep Blue is one of the biggest great white sharks ever caught on film. Jaws Strikes Back, part of the Shark Week 2014 lineup, was filmed in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.Another video of that same shark, provided by researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, who posted the clip to his Facebook page. Diver provided for scale.Deep Blue (The biggest shark ever filmed) second pa … [Read More...]