Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.

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As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]

SVS: “White Christmas”

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PHIL DAVIS: I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again. BETTY HAYNES: Is that bad? PHIL DAVIS: Not bad, but always expensive. So, I realize that recommending the following film is sort of like taking candy from a baby… …but I’ve never had a problem with taking [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox: Luluc’s “Passerby”

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From Sub Pop Records, the label behind the album currently streaming through my headphones: Luluc’s “Passerby.” In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

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In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More...]

Boss-Level Christmas Card-ing

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Oh, good. Thanks to the almost-impossibly inventive folks at Birdbox Studio, my yearly excuse for not making a cool Christmas card has finally arrived. And just in time. No way I can top this, so why even try, amiright? (Somehow, I suspect the grandparents will be unconvinced by that line of reasoning.) Attribution(s): “Random Christmas-y Imagery” [Read More...]

SSF: “Submarine Sandwich”

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A couple of years ago, PES (aka Adam Pesapane) created the shorted Oscar-nominated animated short of all time: “Fresh Guacamole,” clocking in at a svelte (yet amusing and highly-imaginative 1:41.) It didn’t win — that honor went to the wonderful “Paperman” – but it did call attention to its creator’s undeniable talent. So if you haven’t [Read More...]

SVS: “The Man From Snowy River”

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post professing my affection for – perhaps, even, my infatuation with – Bruce Rowland’s wonderful work on the soundtrack for The Man From Snowy River. Toward the end of that same May post, I expressed my disappointment over — perhaps, even, my volcanic rage at — the fact that the film itself [Read More...]

SSF: “Silent”

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Today’s short is a thinly-veiled marketing piece for Dolby. …hang on. Let’s start over… Today’s short film is a flat-out, straight-up ad for Dolby Atmos. Heck, it even includes Dolby in the title: “Dolby Presents: Silent, a Short Film.” And I don’t even care. Because it’s gorgeous. And includes so many wonderful cinematic references, it made my film-snobby hairs stand [Read More...]

SVS: “How to Steal a Million”

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As regular readers of the blog may know by now, I’m a huge fan of the 1966 rom-com How to Steal a Million. (I am not, however, a fan of the term “rom-com.” In fact, I hate it so much, I almost didn’t use it. But then I realized that said hatred is tied very much to [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Birds of Prey 4K”

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Mandatory Full-Screen and HD viewing on this one, folks, because such mind-melting majesty is best appreciated in as large a format as possible. This is footage that we captured while in Denver Colorado at 5K 60FPS. Stunning, stunning stuff. And all from a location surprisingly close to home; practically in my backyard, come to think of it. Words [Read More...]


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