SSF: “L3.0″

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Today’s short is a beautifully-rendered French bit about a robot struggling to hang on after the “End of Civilization as We Know It.” (Keep an eye out for the glass effects, in particular, because they’re gorgeous. Beautifully done.) In addition to being a) French, and b) beautifully made, the whole thing’s actually a bit creepy. It’s [Read More...]

SVS: “Chicken Run”

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They’re CHICKENS, you dolt. Apart from you, they’re the most stupid creatures on this planet. They don’t plot, they don’t scheme, and they are NOT organized. Today’s suggestion is a bit of an oddity for a cantankerous cinematic curmudgeon like me. One of those rare homage films that I actually enjoy as much as — [Read More...]

SSF: “10 Seconds”

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When I first saw this short film on Mike Heist — a guy who makes a living by bending neon tubes; a master of the bending arts, you might say — I was immediately reminded of Marcus Daly’s The Coffinmaker. (I’m not quite sure why, though I think it might have something to do with the [Read More...]

SVS: “After the Wedding”

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I’m not going tell you much about today’s recommendation — Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) – because I think it’s better to watch this one pretty cold. In fact, I’m really only allowing the trailer because it’s not particularly accurate. (Or at least it doesn’t really spoil things. It’s mostly just setting up the story/giving [Read More...]

SVS: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

Gender Specificity and the Wonders of Brotherhood

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In the first 14+ years of the Susanka Horde’s adventurous existence, we have had little-to-no use for feminine pronouns. That’s not a misogynistic tendency (I hope); it’s just a practical fact. My wife is “Mama” to the boys and “Sarah” to me. Never “She.” Likewise, the various other feminine influences in/on the boys’ lives have nearly always been discussed [Read More...]

SSF: “Space Cat HOB”

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Today’s short didn’t catch my interest for its strong story sense. In fact, it feels more like a catchy snippet lifted from a much larger story than a self-contained offering. It caught my attention because it’s a fantastic adventure in world-building. And because it’s incredibly vibrant (especially in terms of its colors). And because it was made “without money” [Read More...]

SVS: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

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My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares. I tend to be less critical of Netflix Instant’s selection than many of my friends and compatriots because I like obscure and foreign stuff — Aspiring Snob, remember? — and I have gradually moved away from high-profile releases and blockbusters in [Read More...]

The Weird and Wonderful in the Midst of the Mundane

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I’ve been involved with institutions of higher education for most of my adult life. (Actually, higher education has been a near-constant presence in my life, adult and no. Which might explain a lot. Keep moving.) As someone who has been thus involved, my weeks/months/years are almost entirely governed by the peculiar rhythms of academia — [Read More...]

SVS: “Rashomon”

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I could easily imagine myself recommending today’s film for no other reason than the torrential brilliance of its opening scene. Or the otherworldly effectiveness of its “Medium Sequence,” which is just about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Heck, I could even imagine myself recommending it for nothing more than the stylistic way it simultaneously mimics and enhances its [Read More...]


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