Dipped in Magic Waters

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I’m not the world’s greatest Field of Dreams fan. I’ve enjoyed it pretty much every time I’ve seen it, and I’m glad for its fame. I’m even planning to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary Year with a re-viewing or two. But if I’m honest with myself, I find that I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the story [Read More...]

Just Jim Dale (And That’s Just Fine)

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Unless you are a fervent fan(atic) of Dr. Terminus (as I am) or a dedicated devotee of Broadway’s “Barnum” (which I am not, though I’m thinking of changing that as a result of this post), hearing the name “Jim Dale” probably doesn’t bring a face immediately to mind. In fact, I’m guessing the vast majority of [Read More...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief”

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I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Chinti”

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In my ongoing, often gleeful trek through the Land of Shorts, I sometimes find myself so blown away by the technical brilliance of what I’m watching that I lose track of (and don’t even really care) what the “point” of the short is. I’m not saying that’s a good (or a bad) thing. Just reporting. [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Emperor’s New Groove”

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to recommend the hippest, most outrageously hilarious Disney film currently available from NETFLIX INSTANT.” …which is just another way of say that if it’s been as long a week for you as it’s been for me, I can think of no better antidote than to take some time [Read More...]

Music To Write/Work By

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I wrote this post about a year-and-a-half ago. Way back in the earliest stages of my Patheos blogging, a couple days after Elizabeth gave me the keys to the place. But for some reason, I never published it. Too nervous, I think. For reasons that are still unclear to me. (I have over 200 drafts [Read More...]

London’s Past Meets London’s Present

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I’ll be honest. I was sold on this video the moment Open Culture described it as “using Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as a sort of sonic mortar.” (Of course, as I scan through my archives, I find that I have been fascinated by this sort of past/present mashup for some time now. I’m nothing if not …reliable.) Time [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The House of Small Cubes”

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A couple weeks ago, I recommended Barbara Bakos’ charming “Lady with Long Hair.” If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, give it a look. …because the shared animation genetics between “Lady” and Kunio Kato’s Oscar-winning short from 2008, “The House of Small Cubes,” are really cool to see. (And also, really intentional on Bakos’ part, who [Read More...]

Gorgeous New Trailer for Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea”

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As I have surely remarked in the past, I love The Secret of Kells. Which is streaming in a number of places, so if you have not yet seen it for yourself, I urge you stop whatever it is you’re doing and GIVE IT A WATCH. If you have seen it, however, you will doubtless understand my [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Sense and Sensibility”

Sister act: Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility.

“From the Oscar-winning director* of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Hulk and the whiny, ridiculously over-entitled rich gal from Titanic, and the frigid (darn, should have saved that one for Titanic), neurotic, desperately-blocked writer from Stranger Than Fiction and the Uber-Villainous Gruber from Die Hard and that one genius-jerk from “House” comes a heart-warming tale of self-sacrificing, unrequited love and patient, edifying sisterly [Read More...]


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