SVS: “Get Low”

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“I guess for every one like me, there’s one like you, son. I about forgot that.” I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available [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...]

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...]

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...]

Seeing with the Eyes of Children, Courtesy of Star Wars VII

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Somewhere down in the depths of my soul, there’s a still, small voice telling me that I should not find this Star Wars VII: The Force Finally Wakes Up (Though We’re Still Not Quite Sure Why It Went To Sleep In The First Place) teaser trailer-related tweet as amusing as I do. Don’t worry. I told that [Read More...]

SVS: “Duck Soup”

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RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Not that I care, but where is your husband? MRS. TEASDALE: Why, he’s dead. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: I bet he’s just using that as an excuse. MRS. TEASDALE: I was with him to the very end. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: No wonder he passed away. MRS. TEASDALE: I held him in my arms and kissed him. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Oh, [Read More...]

SVS: “For All Mankind”

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Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I’ve had space exploration very much on the brain over the past few weeks, so it should come as no surprise that I recently made room for a space-themed film I’ve been meaning to watch for ages: For All Mankind, which is currently streaming on [Read More...]

SVS: “High Noon”

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Today, in a not-entirely-unexpected development given my previously well-documented obsession, I’m of a mind to recommend a Western. Of course, saying I want to pick something from the “major defining genre of the American film industry” is a bit like throwing darts into the Pacific Ocean. I’ll definitely hit something, and it’ll probably be wet-ish. But I might want to think [Read More...]

SVS: “The Rocketeer”

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Clifford, when you borrow somethin’ and you don’t tell nobody, they call that stealing, you know. I’ve got a little list. Well, it’s actually more of a super-secret and frighteningly-long spreadsheet in my Google My Drive than an actual pen-and-paper list. But still, I’ve got one. And on that spreadsheet, I keep the names of [Read More...]

SVS: “Vampyr”

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As someone who tends to avoid scary movies… …OK, as someone who stays as far away from the horror genre as humanly possible (because SCARY), coming up with a thematically-appropriate film for today is a bit tricky. My first instinct, for example, was to recommend a film more fittingly associated with an entirely different holiday: the [Read More...]


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