Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night” Needs No Season

View image | gettyimages.com I stumbled across this piece a few months ago as I was researching my post on Morten Lauridsen and his love for Mary. I think it’s part of his “Mid-Winter” song cycle (or at least it’s usually featured on a CD with his Mid-Winter song cycle), so it might not be exactly [Read More…]

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SSF: “A Short Love Story In Stop Motion”

Today’s short film, Carlos Lascano’s “A Short Love Story in Stop Motion,” is more than seven years old. I have absolutely no idea why it’s taken me this long to find it. I love the mixture of mediums; parts of it feel very 3D/physical/claymation-y, and parts of it feel very 2D/ethereal/hand-drawn. And parts of it feel very [Read More…]

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SVS: “Jeeves and Wooster”

Earlier this week, right after I discovered (and almost-simultaneously posted) this hilarious little clip of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry preparing to fight a rather unusual duel, I was inspired (by the aforementioned clip) to see if the duo’s true comedic masterpiece — the side-splitting “Jeeves and Wooster” series from the early 1990’s — was available from any of the [Read More…]

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No One Sees the World Quite Like a 6-Year-Old

A few days ago, I came home from work and found this odd/inexplicable assortment of magnetic letters lying on our dining-room table. Because I have yet to learn better, I asked who it’d come from. And what it was. James (the Fifth Son) piped up from behind me, a slight exasperation matter-of-factly hidden under his [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — Dueling Frys and Lauries

This is not the first time I’ve written about the comedically-transcendent duo of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in this context. And I’m sure it will not be the last. Attribution(s): There are no “Awesome Dueling Fry and Laurie” images available in the public domain currently, so instead, here’s an awesome “Classic Guys Dueling” image by [Read More…]

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Jammin’ Keith Jarrett and Suite, Suite Händel

View image | gettyimages.com Today’s an All-Day Editing Day — in other words, I’m hip-deep in InDesign and shall shortly run mad — so music is an absolute must. For me, that means (almost always) Baroque, (most likely) keyboard, and (pretty much never) anything jazzy. That last one’s not entirely fair/can be self-defeating, because there’s lots of [Read More…]

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SSF: “The OceanMaker”

There’s a new Mad Max film coming out shortly; this weekend, actually. It looks insane. In honor of the (impending) occasion, here’s a Mad Max-inspired short film that’s slightly less insane (but visually splendid and highly imaginative): After the seas have disappeared, a courageous pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last [Read More…]

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SVS: “His Girl Friday”

WHEREAS it’s been over a year since I recommended a Cary Grant film (which is far too long); and WHEREAS  screwball comedies are pretty much the Best Friday Flicks Ever (as long as you’re not too tired to keep up with the banter); and WHEREAS the wonderfully-successful transposition of one of its leads has always fascinated me (as [Read More…]

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Boss-Level Ping-Pong

FORREST GUMP: We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in, like, a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. Some of my fondest teenage memories revolve around a ping-pong table set in the basement of my cousins’ [Read More…]

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Parked By the Jukebox with Arianna Savall’s “El Mariner”

Today’s jam? A lilting Catalonian folk song, courtesy of Arianna Savall’s “Bella Terra.” The whole album’s really wonderful, but this is the one that keeps grabbing me as it floats past. (Also, if the name “Savall” seems familiar, that’s because Arianna is the daughter of the renowned Catalonian conductor, viol player, and composer, Jordi Savall, one of the major figures [Read More…]

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