SSF: “Floating In My Mind”

Another film about getting old and struggling to hold your memories close before finally realizing that passing them along to the next generation is the only way to truly keep them. (I’m not sure why I’m always drawn to these kinds of things, but I am. And the style here is very nice. Plus, I [Read More…]

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SVS: “Iris”

Today’s film is perhaps best thumbnail-sketched as “The Legendary, Dearly -Departed Documentarian, Albert Maysles, Makes A Masterful Documentary About Edna Mode.” It’s a little bit of an over-simplification, because 94-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel isn’t quite as aggressively sarcastic (or as short) as Edna. But the glasses are spot-on. Yes, I’m talking about Iris, currently [Read More…]

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Looking For A Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up? Here’s Bobby McFerrin Singing Bach.

Robert Keith McFerrin, Jr. + The opening movement of Bach’s Concerto for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo in A minor (BWV 1041) = Straight-Up, Toe-Tappin’ Gloriousness. And I defy anyone to make that equation equal anything else. I realize that joy is not an emotion typically associated with a minor key, but Bach’s keys seem [Read More…]

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SVS: “Mostly Martha”

Hey, look! Another film about cooking and chefs and saving one’s relationships with one’s children through cooking and chefs! Because last month’s Chef recommendation was just the tip of the “Damaged Family Saved Through The Creation And Consumption Of Fine Cuisine” genre iceberg. OK, I made that last part up. It’s pro’lly not really a genre, [Read More…]

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A Quick (And Invaluable) Follow-Up To Last Week’s Streaming Suggestion, “Moonrise Kingdom”

This past Friday, I recommended Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom as the latest offering in my weekly “Streaming Video Suggestion” series. And within days, the InterWebs were positively ALIVE! with all manner of quirkily-hipsterish Moonrise Kingdom-themed pieces and paraphernalia. Truly, I do not know my own power. OK, fine. The fun flurry of MK material was mostly(entirely) the result of the Criterion Collection’s much-anticipated DVD [Read More…]

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Rube Goldberg Meets Red Bull

Yes, you’re right. This is nothing but an ad for Red Bull. (Well, nothing but an ad for Red Bull AND Zach King.) Yes, you’re also right. I don’t care. It’s awesome regardless. (And yes, right again. Rube Goldberg machines have long been an obsession of mine. An obsession of which I am actually proud, for [Read More…]

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A Superabundant Splash of Scarlatti Sonatas. Domenico Scarlatti, That Is.

Inspired by last year’s (“evergreen,” luckily) “A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas” piece from NPR Music’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog, I’ve been immersing myself in the melodious seas of Domenico “Not Alessandro” Scarlatti over the past few days. It’s been fun, especially as “Listen-While-You-Work” music, where a solo instrument tends to be my melodic weapon of choice. (The only thing [Read More…]

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SSF: “Summer ’78”

Half of me is terrified at what J.J. Abrams might do to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The other half of me is super-terrified at what J.J. Abrahms might do to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. (And what about the last half? Well, that half just wishes the title [Read More…]

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SVS: “Moonrise Kingdom”

If you’re not  a fan of the highly distinctive brand of Wryly Quirky and Meticulously-Centered Hipster Cinema peddled by one Mr. Wesley Wales “Wes” Anderson, just keep moving. Today is not your day. For the rest of you, I will point out that Moonrise Kingdom is currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. And YOUTUBE($). And AMAZON INSTANT($). And [Read More…]

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Kids. They Teach You The Darndest Things.

A few evenings ago, while walkin’ about town with the Susanka Pack, I casually mentioned a friend (and his family) who were driving from California to Philadelphia to see the Pope. Most of the boys responded as I would have expected,  either with terror-and-concern (over the length of the drive), or with excitement-and-mild-envy (at the opportunity to [Read More…]

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