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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SSF: “Invention of Love”

What do you get when you cross steampunk with silhouette portraiture (and a bit of Chopin)? You get Andrey Shuskov’s “Invention of Love:” A love story from the world of gears and bolts. Inspired by Lotte Reiniger’s and Michel Ocelot’s works and by Antony Lucas’s Jasper Morello film. Lovely. But also, “Ouch.” The setting, the [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Quiet Man”

I’ll begin at the beginnin’. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn’t have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin’ rod. [Read More…]

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Experiencing Pop-Culture Through A Four-Year-Old Filter

A few months back, I recounted a hilarious and/or horrifying episode involving David (The Fourth Son), James (The Fifth Son), the Just Dance 2 game on our Wii, and The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Fast forward to a few days ago, when Cormac was storming ’round the living room belting out “Walk Like The Giff·i·ans!!!” at the top of his lungs. At [Read More…]

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Finding Peace at the End of the World

The headlines have me down a bit today. Not because they’re new and/or unexpected, but because they’re the exact opposite. So when a Laughing Squid headline flitted across my screen that promised something both “Stunning” and “Incredibly Serene,” I thought “That’s just what I’m looking for.” (The fact that it also said “Antarctica” was just a [Read More…]

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SSF: “The Alchemist’s Letter”

A few months back, I saw some promising publicity on/artwork from a short film called “The Alchemist’s Letter.” But since the short itself was not yet available, I put it in my “Draft-and-Follow” folder for a later date. Today (at long last), I can happily report that your patience — which you probably did not even [Read More…]

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SVS: “Groundhog Day”

Little League Season (aka, Full-On Parental Insanity) is upon me, which means my Instinct for Self-Preservation (aka, Cut Down On Everything But Baseball-inct) is about to kick into high gear. So I might be sort-of mailing these Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) in for a bit. Going straight for the low-hanging streaming fruit, so to speak; [Read More…]

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Roger Deakins on Shooting Westerns (and More)

After (re)turning to the Coen Brothers’ True Grit last night with a couple of friends, I was reminded of two things. Well, quite a bit more than two, actually. It’s incredibly re-watchable. But let’s keep it simple, shall we? So…two things: First, Roger Deakins is, and has long been, and will soon cease to be (I say [Read More…]

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Those Baroque Jesuits

OK, so that title’s a) click-baity (because The Pope), and b) not accurate. It should say “Jesuit,” not “Jesuits.” Because I’m talking about one. Namely, Domenico Zipoli: …an Italian Baroque composer who worked and died in Córdoba (Argentina). He became a Jesuit in order to work in the Reductions of Paraguay where his musical expertise contributed to develop the natural musical talents of [Read More…]

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James, Our Own Little Man of Mystery

James, The Fifth Son, is a bit of a riddle to me. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, to be precise. Here’s the latest (hilarious and inscrutable) example. I came home this afternoon to find him huddled over a pile of cardboard scraps — the remains of the display Sean had produced as part of his [Read More…]

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