They’re Back!

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They’re back! No, no. Not the poltergeists. I hate horror, remember? The Boys in Blue! They’re back! The excitement has shifted to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Saturday. The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Sunday. Position players report next Thursday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for [Read More...]

SVS: “The Apartment”

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Lacunae Cinemae. Margaret Cabaniss, my long-time friend (and long-suffering editor), helped me coin the faux-term a few days ago, and I love it. Just the right amount of pretension and accuracy, because a) it’s Latin-ish, and b) actually describes what I’m thinking about to a “T:” Movies that flit past on the outskirts of your cinematic [Read More...]

Summa Short Film: “Danny and Annie”

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Fresh off announcing a recurring feature last week — the sort of think that’s colloquially known in my house as “Papa biting off more than he can chew” — I’m apparently (and recklessly) ready for another. Starting today (and every subsequent Monday), I’m going to post a short film. Because I love shorts. And because [Read More...]

Vittorio De Sica, David O. Selznick, and the Question of Cinema

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an online discussion with some friends (and fellow cinophiles) featuring one of my all-time favorite films: Vittorio De Sica’s legendary Bicycle Thieves. It was a great conversation overall, as one might expect from a group that just finished watching what I consider to be [Read More...]

A Streaming Suggestion: “Departures”

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As a Wyomingite, I have grown increasingly dependent on streaming sites for the scratching of my cinephilic itch. You know that “…thanking his lucky stars for Netflix” bit that shows up in my blog bio? I’m not even kidding. Not even a little. Luckily, the selection is ever-growing (at least in terms of outlets) and surprisingly fruitful. [Read More...]

Tomasz Bagiński and “The Kinematograph”

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The Polish animator Tomasz Bagiński has been on my radar ever since the day I accidentally stumbled across his visually stunning Katedra. I can’t remember the details of my fortuitous discovery, but the short definitely caught my attention; it was gorgeous, atmospheric, and a bit disturbing. Hunting down his subsequent short, Fallen Art, I found it nowhere near [Read More...]

Spirited Digitally Away

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A recent post from Greg Willits — “A Dad’s Guide to Minecraft” — made me realize something very important: I’m not alone. Minecraft makes me feel stupid. That’s me. From the day I first encountered the phenomenon — watching in disbelief as my younger brother wander through an enormous, LEGO-y world with a few trusty friends [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Mozart’s “Commendatore”

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For some strange reason, my most vivid college memories almost always involve music — a fact that ceased to surprise me long ago, but one that I still find curious. And which my professors would probably find depressing. C’est la vie… A corollary to my peculiarly melodic style of recollection is that my roommate’s musical tastes [Read More...]

The Day I Was Glad To See Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann doesn’t get a lot of love in my corner of the InterWebs. That’s not a surprise, really. My circles are mostly Right-leaning, Keith has a highly abrasive-style and a not-insignificant ego, and many of my friends are of an age where they’re more familiar with Olbermann’s politics than with his sportscasting career. (That 1989 mustache [Read More...]

Farewell, Frédéric Back

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On Christmas Eve, as I traveled West for the hol(i/y)days, the world of animation lost one of its legendary “elder statesmen:” Canada’s own Frédéric Back, a two-time Oscar winner, and creator of the famous animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees. From the LA Times obit: Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant [Read More...]


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