SVS: “The Secret of Kells”

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The Secret of Kells is one of my favorite… …no, wait. I’m going bigger than that. More confident. Let’s try again. *Ahem* The Secret of Kells is one of the finest animated films in recent memory. Period. (It’s also the first film I watched in New York City. And by “first,” I mean “only.”) Sprung from the fertile [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Blue Planet”

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Sometimes, I get all fired up and excited about something I’m going to recommend, only to discover that it’s not available on any of the mainstream streaming platforms. When that happens, I’m always crushed. Have to start all over again. (Yes, if I was organized/thinking clearly, I’d check first, before getting my hopes up. No, [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

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Sergio Leone’s legendary “Spaghetti Western,” The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. Yes, today’s Valentine’s Day. No, this isn’t a good Valentine’s Day film, though I did spent a couple of minutes (or hours, maybe) trying to figure out how to sell it that way. It was a tough sell. …so [Read More...]

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Animated Anticipation: Blocking Out Some Time for “The Lego Movie”

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I’m taking the Top Five to see The LEGO Movie this afternoon. It’s been on the agenda since they saw their first trailer months ago. (Cool story: Sean wandered into the living room a few weeks ago when I was making some point to Sarah regarding Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and said: “Hey! That’s the [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Apartment”

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Lacunae Cinemae. Margaret Cabaniss, my long-time friend (and long-suffering editor), helped me coin the faux-term a few days ago, and I love it. Just the right amount of pretension and accuracy, because a) it’s Latin-ish, and b) actually describes what I’m thinking about to a “T:” Movies that flit past on the outskirts of your cinematic [Read More...]

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Vittorio De Sica, David O. Selznick, and the Question of Cinema

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an online discussion with some friends (and fellow cinophiles) featuring one of my all-time favorite films: Vittorio De Sica’s legendary Bicycle Thieves. It was a great conversation overall, as one might expect from a group that just finished watching what I consider to be [Read More...]

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A Streaming Suggestion: “Departures”

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As a Wyomingite, I have grown increasingly dependent on streaming sites for the scratching of my cinephilic itch. You know that “…thanking his lucky stars for Netflix” bit that shows up in my blog bio? I’m not even kidding. Not even a little. Luckily, the selection is ever-growing (at least in terms of outlets) and surprisingly fruitful. [Read More...]

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Free Association on a Friday Afternoon

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This afternoon, I find myself with an inexplicable hankering for “Touch of Grey.” So, here. Because Internet. Which, of course, makes me think of Spider Man. Obvious, right? …or perhaps not so obvious. My mind can be a bit labyrinthine at times, even to me. So I had to tease it out a bit. J. K. [Read More...]

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Orson’s Shylock

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A few weeks ago, I accidentally stumbled across the following clips. I don’t remember what I was searching for at the time — definitely not “Orson Welles’ Shylock Monologues,” since I didn’t even realize they existed prior to my unknowing-yet-grateful stumblings — but their presence on YouTube reminds me of why I love the Internet [Read More...]

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Peter Bellerby, Globemaker

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I’m fascinated by people who make things with their hands. Probably because I’m as bad at creating things with my hands as anyone ever, so successful hand-crafters seem like gods to me. Enter the godlike Peter Bellerby – a Londoner who really, really wanted to give his father a globe for his 80th birthday, but just couldn’t find [Read More...]

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