Gorgeous New Trailer for Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea”

As I have surely remarked in the past, I love The Secret of Kells. Which is streaming in a number of places, so if you have not yet seen it for yourself, I urge you stop whatever it is you’re doing and GIVE IT A WATCH. If you have seen it, however, you will doubtless understand my [Read More…]

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SVS: “Sense and Sensibility”

“From the Oscar-winning director* of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Hulk and the whiny, ridiculously over-entitled rich gal from Titanic, and the frigid (darn, should have saved that one for Titanic), neurotic, desperately-blocked writer from Stranger Than Fiction and the Uber-Villainous Gruber from Die Hard and that one genius-jerk from “House” comes a heart-warming tale of self-sacrificing, unrequited love and patient, edifying sisterly [Read More…]

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SVS: “Serenity”

OK, I admit it. This week’s suggestion is maybe a teeny-tiny, wee bit clickbait-y. A smidgen of “Let’s See If I Can Tap Into the Insane Power of the Browncoats,” yes. But I’m not sorry.  Because it’s also a really fun flick, and today’s Friday. And for those among us interested in the cinematically historical, it’s probably [Read More…]

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Church and Culture and Me

Remember that time when I said that Deal Hudson was going to let me be on his “Church and Culture” radio program? I was telling the truth. Really. See? (By which I mean: “Hear?”) [audio:http://old.avemariaradio.net/archive2/2014/04/cac_20140426_1.mp3] Yes, we talked about movies. Of course. It’s what I do. Attribution(s): Old-timey radio courtesy of Shutterstock. [Read more…]

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SVS: “Searching for Bobby Fischer”

It’s unsettling isn’t it? When you realize there are only so many things you can teach a child and, finally, they are what they are. I’m double-dipping a bit today, because I’ve already recommended in the not-too-distant-past. But it’s worth recommending again, especially if you’re looking for something in the “Whole Family Friday Night Fun” vein: Searching [Read More…]

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In which I take my life in my hands…

…by recommending a half-dozen films for young kids over at SlowMama. Why is it so risky, you ask? Because a) it’s hard, and b) parents: Few things are as nerve-racking for me as recommending films for young children. The key is knowing your audience, of course — but with youngsters, there are so many variables. …then there’s the fact [Read More…]

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My Most Anticipated Film of 2015

I can’t say for sure, because I change my mind so frequently. But it is entirely possible that my most-keenly-anticipated film for next year is this: It might not be quite true to say that this is the film from next year that I most want to watch personally, even though I am a larger-than-normal Nick [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Magnificent Seven”

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

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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So It Begins

After many years, countless recommendations and conversations, and almost as many attempts to find a sticking point for the requisite courage, I am finally addressing one of my most glaring pop-cultural blind spots: Last night, I watched the first episode of the first season of “Breaking Bad.” Yes, I know it’s only the beginning. But yes, [Read More…]

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