Summa Shorts: “Writers’ Block”

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Some good, quirky fun. Sort of a Stranger Than Fiction vibe going on, right? Which is always worth feelin’. The animation’s deceptively simple, and subtler than it looks on the surface. I particularly love the way the stripes on the prisoners’ uniforms don’t move. I’m going to assume that’s a “Monkey Island” reference, because this is my [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

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When The Diving Bell and the Butterfly first flitted over the turbid waters of my cinematic consciousness some years ago, I didn’t give it much thought. To be perfectly honest, my initial reactions were almost entirely incidental. The first, a mild curiosity over the fact that its director shared a surname with the famous pianist and [Read More...]

Life Got You Down Lately? Here’s A Visual Antidote.

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Maybe it’s not life that’s tripping you up. Maybe it’s just Thursdays. Either way, try this. Step One: Go to Google Image Search. Step Two: Search for “harry finder silhouettes.” Step Three: You’re welcome. If you’re not comfortable with Google Image Search — and there are reasons to avoid it, I know — you can [Read More...]

Definitely Not in Kansas Any More

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Last night, Son Number One  – the newly-teen-aged-one (also OMG!!!) – had his first baseball game of the season. Because we’re talking about Dominic here and he lives/breaths/dreams baseball for a couple of months before the season actually starts, it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. He was about to explode. Also, by the time [Read More...]

“Stranger Than Fiction’s” Sensational Title Sequence

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As I have doubtless mentioned in the past, title sequences are one of my (frighteningly numerous) obsessions. So I’m sure it will come as no surprise to my “readers” that a glancing Stranger Than Fiction encounter as I researched an upcoming Summa Short resulted in my viewing this video somewhere between 4 and 379 times. …somewhere…yeah. Aside from [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Omelette”

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Having spent a significant part of yesterday (and nearly every other Sunday) morning making Sausage-and-Cheese omelettes for the hollow-legged little hooligans known as The Boys, this short really hit home: Love the facial expressions in this one, which comes from Madeline Sharafian, a student at the legendary animation factory, CalArts. It was her 2nd Year [Read More...]

I’m On the Radio Today! …Run For Your Lives!

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Having a face made for radio’s bad enough. But since I’ve got a Lina Lamont-pitched speaking voice to go along with it, there really aren’t a whole lot of mediums left. (Hence, a blog.) Still, despite what I just said, I’m on the radio this weekend, courtesy of the great generosity (and, perhaps, suspect prudence) of [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Lilies of the Field”

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I’m still Easter-ing, because it’s still Easter. So I wanted to come up with an Easter-y film for recommending this Easter Friday. (Also, yes. I’m done turning “Easter” into less liturgically appropriate parts of speech. Stickler.) There aren’t actually that many, come to think of it. Especially if you exclude things like Hop and Yogi [Read More...]

A New and Terrifying/Exciting/Terrifyingly Exciting Era

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They told me this day would come. And it has. At last. It’s finally happened: I am officially the father of a teenager. (With emphasis on the “Wait. How the HECK did that happen so fast???”) On the outside, I’m trying my best to respond like this: Or this: Or at the very worst, this: [Read More...]

“The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece”

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Ever since I was first introduced to the one-of-a-kind “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ in college — by my future wife, no less — I’ve been a proud MySTie. (I didn’t realize there was an official, universally-recognized term for my particular brand of insanity until today. I’m pleased.) Talk about a show that was destined for my wheelhouse. [Read More...]


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