“Grim Grinning Ghosts” and the Magic of Thurl Ravenscroft

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For no particular reason other than because it’s a bit October-y and I like to post thematically/seasonally-appropriate music from time to time and because, unlike Tom McDonald, I don’t know country music much, dark or otherwise. Also, because I was recently listening to NPR’s “All Songs Considered” fascinating podcast with John Congleton and he brought [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Chicken Run”

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They’re CHICKENS, you dolt. Apart from you, they’re the most stupid creatures on this planet. They don’t plot, they don’t scheme, and they are NOT organized. Today’s suggestion is a bit of an oddity for a cantankerous cinematic curmudgeon like me. One of those rare homage films that I actually enjoy as much as — [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “After the Wedding”

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I’m not going tell you much about today’s recommendation — Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) – because I think it’s better to watch this one pretty cold. In fact, I’m really only allowing the trailer because it’s not particularly accurate. (Or at least it doesn’t really spoil things. It’s mostly just setting up the story/giving [Read More...]

Teasing Pixar’s Next Film: “Inside Out”

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A fascinating and intriguing project, both for the creative forces involved — I love Docter’s work — and because the topic is such an unusual one to see in this medium. (By unusual for this medium, I mean “it’s hard to imagine this as a movie. But if you’re going to make a movie about [Read More...]

Celebrating and Medicating with Ghibli Wallpapers

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As someone who uses their desktop wallpaper (and its selection) as a regular source of encouragement/therapy/happiness, it gives me great pleasure to share this Imgur gallery with y’all. It’s called “100 Studio Ghibli Wallpapers,” and it is …pretty much exactly what you’d expect. And every bit as awesome as you’d expect. I’m using this one currently, because [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

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My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares. I tend to be less critical of Netflix Instant’s selection than many of my friends and compatriots because I like obscure and foreign stuff — Aspiring Snob, remember? — and I have gradually moved away from high-profile releases and blockbusters in [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Rashomon”

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I could easily imagine myself recommending today’s film for no other reason than the torrential brilliance of its opening scene. Or the otherworldly effectiveness of its “Medium Sequence,” which is just about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Heck, I could even imagine myself recommending it for nothing more than the stylistic way it simultaneously mimics and enhances its [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Court Jester”

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HUBERT HAWKINS: After months of pleading for just this kind of action, what makes you think that anybody – anybody could make me reveal the identity of my confederate? JEAN: Because they’d put you on the rack, crack your every bone, scald you with hot oil, and remove the nails off your fingers with flaming hot [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delecate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did it would prove a serious threat to [Read More...]


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