SVS: “Air Force One”

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And suddenly, I feel old. Today’s recommendation is made in honor of seeing an aging Harrison Ford on every single page of the InterWebs for the past week. But the fact that he’s so clearly aging is not what’s making me feel old. No, that comes from the fact that Air Force One, currently streaming on AMAZON [Read More...]

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Celebrating Javier Navarrete’s Patchwork Score for “The Warrior’s Way”

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Fun Susanka Fact o’ the Day: I have (and have always had) an inordinate soft spot for mashups and homages, especially when it comes to movies and music. I love the little “Ah-HAH!” moment that comes from recognizing something you’ve seen somewhere else; the little thrill of being “on the inside,” a knowing part of the Intellegentia. [Read More...]

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SVS: “Lawrence of Arabia”

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If we’ve been telling lies, you’ve been telling half-lies. A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it. Today’s recommendation is long and asture and definitely a downer, but just as definitely “A Film You Should Watch, Even If You Don’t [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Killer”

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If you’re a lover of high-octane, high-body-count, no-holds-barred action films, yet your only experience with the legendary Hong Kong actioner John Woo is an encounter with his American offerings — the weird-and-massively-uneven (yet oddly fascinating and sporadically “must-see,” at least to me) Mission: Impossible II (on NETFLIX INSTANT) or the surprisingly-competent-and-fun (despite relying on Ben Affleck) Paycheck (on NETFLIX INSTANT), [Read More...]

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Ned Devine’s Parting Glass

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Take a drink and remember the man. And raise your spirits to the sky. Raise them to Ned Devine. God bless you Ned, and may we be forever in your debt. My Patheos confrère, Kate O’Hare, posted this great Tullamore Dew ad over the weekend. It’s not new, as she mentions. But it’s always welcome, for [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Bourne Identity”

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Tomorrow’s Halloween, so it’s time for my first-ever horror Streaming Video Suggestion (SVS), right? Except I hate scary movies (which is why doing it today would make it a “First-Ever”), so instead of suggesting one, I’m going to endorse my family’s long-standing tradition of “Watching a Dumb Action Flick after Trick-or-Treating’s Finished” instead. In my (more youthful) [Read More...]

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The Surprising Link Between Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

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Here’s a fun account of (some of) the thoughts that went into the music behind Scott’s highly-successful The Martian – an account (via Daniel Schweigber’s interview with composer Harry Gregson-Williams over at Film Music Magazine) that features a surprise cameo from Rome’s very own Lucretius: A key area for me was how to play “us” looking on at him as [Read More...]

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Some People Put A Microphone In My Face. You Won’t Believe What Happened NEXT!!!

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“The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as it used to be.” OK, so you probably will believe what happened next, because you’ve seen microphones and faces (and click-bait titles) before. And you’ve seen what happens once I start talking about movies, which is exactly what these folks asked me to do. (“Dark movies,” [Read More...]

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SVS: “Blackthorn”

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Given that I was out of town at the start of this week, today sort of snuck up on me. And that means I’m not quite as prepared for a Streaming Video Recommendation (SVS) as I’d like. So I’m going to just toss a Western out there and call it good. Because Westerns are always good. But in [Read More...]

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This Week’s Suggestion — “Lilo & Stitch” — And A Quick OOTO Announcement

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Oh good! My dog found the chainsaw! I’ll be stepping away from the blog for a few days, traveling to New Mexico to give a talk: “The Brutality of Grace: On the Value of Watching Dark and Difficult Films.” So, naturally, I’m recommending a film that’s not even remotely dark or difficult: Lilo & Stitch, one [Read More...]

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