SVS: “Dear Frankie”

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Still in “Much Too Hasty” mode, but one of my “Draft-and-Follow” films just popped up on AMAZON PRIME, so I’m just going to roll this one out there and call it good. Here’s Dear Frankie. After years of lying to her son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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Today’s Streaming Suggestion? “The Secret of Roan Inish”

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Last year, I went hunting for a holiday-appropriate film to recommend, and thought that Frank Capra’s mythical Mr. Smith Goes to Washington fit the bill quite nicely. This year, I’d fully intended to do something similar. But then I stumbled across a film I’ve been waiting to recommend for (literally) years, so you’re going to have to excuse me and [Read More...]

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SVS: “Shaolin Soccer”

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“A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.” What’s not to love? [Read more...]

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The Perfect, Perfectly Understated Dolly Zoom in Pixar’s Ratatouille

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But he doesn’t care if his viewers to notice the technique that’s making them feel that way. In fact, I suspect that he actually does not want them to notice. It’s not flashy, but it sure is effective . Even more accurately? Not flashy and therefore, effective. [Read more...]

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My Most Powerful Memory of Mr. James Horner

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And then, as the words faded from the screen, I heard this — eulogistic, yes, but a eulogy filled with peace, with pride, and with hope. Mr. Horner had penned something as essential to my ability to digest and respond to the film as were the images themselves. It was perfect. [Read more...]

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SVS: “Finding Nemo”

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I have to get out of here! I have to find MY SON! I have to tell him… how!… old!… sea turtles are! I’m going against one of my (mostly secret) rules today: I don’t usually recommend a streaming film that must be rented to be watched. I like my Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) to be [Read More...]

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SVS: “Lost in La Mancha”

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Lost in La Mancha, the 2002 documentary detailing Crazy Terry Gilliam’s™ ill-fated attempts to make a Don Quixote movie, has been on my mind all week. First (and most tangentially), I posted Telemann’s “Burlesque de Don Quixotte” earlier this week, and I can’t even see (or use) the word “quixote” any more without thinking of Gilliam. The man’s [Read More...]

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“Jurassic’s” Michael Giacchino Comes Musically Home

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View image | gettyimages.com I stumbled across this great NPR piece last night. It details the fantastic, coincident-laden journey that led film composer Michael Giacchino from a computer game meeting with his idol Steven Spielberg to swinging the baton for this summer’s Jurassic World. But it always comes back to dinosaurs. So when he was asked to score Jurassic [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Great Escape”

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Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability. A few [Read More...]

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