SVS: “The Great Escape”

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Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability. A few [Read More...]

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Weathering Some Typical Wyoming Weather, Thanks to The Master Singers

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“If you don’t like the weather we’re having right now,” we Wyomingites say, “wait five minutes. It’ll change.” As someone who’s a) hoping to play baseball tonight, and b) watching scattered raindrops fall outside my office windows at this very moment, I’m hoping this ol’ saw is as accurate today as ever. I’m also listening to [Read More...]

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“Share this freely with others to promote the love of Bach.”

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I love this entire idea, brought to my attention by the folks at OpenCulture and (more directly) by the website of classical pianist Kimiko Ishizaka: This is the Open Well-Tempered Clavier – RECORDING AND SCORE – set free by fans like you! The download includes a 4-page booklet with cover art, and liner notes from Kimiko [Read More...]

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SSF: “Motorbike”

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I picked today’s short mostly because I loved the crayon-y style. And the music. And (relatedly) the wordlessness. But the closing moment is pretty darn sweet, as well. Also, “in Photoshop,” you say? Wow. A young man on an old motorbike struggles to reach a date on time. Short film by Ari Gibson and Jason [Read More...]

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SVS: “Ernest & Celestine”

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I’m too busy chasing after my kids (and watching ‘em sunburn) to compose a proper Streaming Video post this week. Instead, I’m just going to toss a name out there and call it good. A name that comes from my kids (and their better-than-expected taste in animated films), come to think of it. So this whole [Read More...]

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The View From My Office Window Today

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OK, so “office” might not be entirely accurate. Neither’s “window,” come to think of it. But “view’s” alright, right? Also, “sunburn.” Ouch. Attribution(s): “Vacation(s)” courtesy of my own sunburned self. [Read more...]

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SVS: “Seven Chances”

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I’m kind-of on vacation right now. As much as one can be on vacation with 8 kids, anyway. So this one’s a real softball. One of my favorite films from film school. And a big part of why Buster Keaton’s my favorite silent comic. (It’s the first half more than the second half, really. The [Read More...]

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

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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”

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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”

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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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