Imitation, Flattery, and Moths


Mimicry in Nature is nothing new. But this has got to be one of my favorite examples. That’s a Hornet Moth or Hornet Clearwing (Sesia apiformis), and it’s a great example of what’s know as Batesian mimicry: the “most commonly known and widely studied of mimicry complexes,” wherein “a harmless species has evolved to imitate the warning signals [Read More...]

“Every Frame a Painting:” The Art of Cinematic Observation


Last week, fellow Patheotte Frank “YIMCatholic” Weathers sent me this clip. It is good to have friends who understand one so well. “A masterpiece of visual storytelling,” indeed. And Mifune is so, so good. (That’s not a remotely revolutionary or revelatory claim, I know. But still…gosh.) Also, the takeaway is great. “If you like this exercise, [Read More...]

Contributing to the Mendelssohn Birthday Bandwagon


I stumbled across an amazing Mendelssohn video yesterday, courtesy of the always-instructive (and enjoyable) Saturday Chorale website. I loved it , especially because it’s subject, his Second Symphony, is so unlike the other Mendelssohn symphonies with which I am most familiar. But I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Or when. So I stashed [Read More...]

SSF: “Twenty Eight Feet”


My life’s complicated. And I love it. Sure, there are times when it threatens to overwhelm. Every day — sometimes, it feels like “every second of every day” — I find myself surrounded by a sea of dependent little humans. A sea that occasionally feels just as likely to wash me away as it is to sustain me. A sea [Read More...]

SVS: “Hoosiers”


For some (let’s say “inexplicable,” which is significantly gentler than the first “i” word I thought to put there) reason, whenever the rich cinematic world of the Cliché-Riddled Inspirational Sports Movie (C-RISM) is mentioned in my presence, the first film that comes to mind is Hoosiers. Every single time. Without exception. Coincidentally (or not), Hoosiers is currently available from either AMAZON [Read More...]

Magical Murmurations


These fantastical phenomena are pretty much my favorite things ever. 1.An act or instance of murmuring 2. A flock of starlings (The following video, which inspired today’s outburst, comes with a 1080p HD option. Take it. And full-screen would surely not be amiss. Volume? That’s up to you. I’m not a huge fan of the [Read More...]

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Picture. But I’m All For It!

Crazy James

This is James. James the Fifth. And he’s looked pretty much like this  – off-and-on, but-mostly-on — for a couple of days now. And I’m going to allow it. In fact, to be honest, I’m actually encouraging it. Just a little. First off, because I have glasses, so a fellow framerer in the house is fun. [Read More...]

My Favorite Mozart


Mozart was born 259 years ago today. It was a Tuesday (apparently). And it created waves in the musical world that are being felt to this day. Also, I don’t have a “favorite Mozart.” That’s pretty much an impossible task. What I do have, though, is something I’ve been streaming at work today in honor of [Read More...]

SSF: “Helium Harvey”


I might be posting today’s Summa Short Film (SSF) almost entirely because I know that Cormac (Son #6) will think it’s hilarious. Might be, I said. Might not be, though. So don’t judge me. Also, I realize this description’s a trifle literal, but stick with it. You won’t be sorry. Helium Harvey is a curious boy [Read More...]

SVS: “Get Low”


“I guess for every one like me, there’s one like you, son. I about forgot that.” I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available [Read More...]