SVS: “The Magnificent Seven”

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Y’all remember that I love Westerns, right? So the fact that I’m recommending one of the greats today — John Sturges’ legendary The Magnificent Seven – should come as a surprise to no one. It’s streaming on AMAZON PRIME. Go thou forth and watch it and have an absolute blast. Fed up with being brutalized and [Read More...]

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Unforgettable Cuts: “Clancy’s Theme,” by Bruce Rowland

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The Bruce Rowland-penned score for The Man from Snowy River is fantastic, and a significant factor in the film’s status as A Fast Favorite of the Susanka Seven. Yes, I’m sure the whips and horses and the insane plunge down the cliffside are all part of its charm, as well. But the soundtrack is spectacular. [Read More...]

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SVS: “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...]

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“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...]

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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...]

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SVS: “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...]

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SVS: “Ostrov”

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It’s Good Friday. A potentially-awkward day to be recommending a movie, yes. Especially because I’m planning to go film-free today, myself — as, I’m sure, are many of you. But it’s also a day with a surprising number of options. And a day when I can honestly say that I’ve benefited from a bit of [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Conversation”

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Monday marked the 40th Anniversary of what I have long considered Francis Ford Coppola’s best film (“to date,” Joseph says hopefully). A film which I now happily share with y’all: The Conversation is currently available from NETFLIX INSTANT. I realize that’s a bit of a controversial claim, given that the legendary Godfathers feature prominently in his filmography. But I can’t [Read More...]

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“With Gusto and Lust” — Johnny Cash on Suffering, Success, The Classics, and The Gospel

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Every time I begin to despair of the InterWebs and their ability to offer anything of legitimate value, they come along with something that changes my mind. The latest example, courtesy of the Blank on Blank folks? A wonderfully animated (in several senses) interview with the legendary Man in Black, Johnny Cash (put together from an interview recorded [Read More...]

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SVS: “Mud”

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One of my favorite films from last year is now available on both NETFLIX INSTANT and AMAZON PRIME: Mud, from Jeff Nichols. It’s a hard film for me to describe, really. Somehow, it retains a distinctive personality despite an abundance of obvious predecessors and influences. Imagine Huck Finn meets Flannery O’Connor, with a dash of Faulkner, a [Read More...]

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