SVS: “The Quiet Man”


I’ll begin at the beginnin’. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn’t have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin’ rod. [Read More...]

SVS: “Groundhog Day”


Little League Season (aka, Full-On Parental Insanity) is upon me, which means my Instinct for Self-Preservation (aka, Cut Down On Everything But Baseball-inct) is about to kick into high gear. So I might be sort-of mailing these Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) in for a bit. Going straight for the low-hanging streaming fruit, so to speak; [Read More...]

Roger Deakins on Shooting Westerns (and More)


After (re)turning to the Coen Brothers’ True Grit last night with a couple of friends, I was reminded of two things. Well, quite a bit more than two, actually. It’s incredibly re-watchable. But let’s keep it simple, shall we? So…two things: First, Roger Deakins is, and has long been, and will soon cease to be (I say [Read More...]

SVS: “Sunset Boulevard”


A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read all about it in the late editions, I’m sure. You’ll get it over your radio, and see it on television — because an old-time star is involved. One of the biggest. But before you hear it [Read More...]

Best Miyazaki Tribute Ever?


I’m not saying this is the best Miyazaki tribute I’ve ever seen… …but I’m not saying it’s not. Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies Project: A trailer for a 2D animated sci-fi/adventure feature Pitch: A young boy who lives in a village perched on a huge tree falls in the depths of the forest [Read More...]

The Value of Knowing Another’s Secrets, Movie-Wise


For Wilder the writer, knowledge is power, and the way he wields it is wonderful to behold. For Baxter, though, it’s much more than power. For him, it’s salvation. [Read more...]

“It’s Great Not To Be Nominated!”


View image | Today, while looking for something else entirely, I found this video. And it is awesome. In fact, if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, I’d probably watch ‘em. All 137 hours. OK, fine. I watch ‘em anyway. So maybe I should say that if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, [Read More...]

SVS: “On the Waterfront”


“Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up!” Recommending a film on a particularly liturgically-meaningful  day such as today always seems a bit incongruous to me. Audacious, even. Yet I’ve always tried, spurred on by the fact that I myself have had several transformative cinematic experiences on Good Friday (most of them revolving around [Read More...]

SVS: “Ulee’s Gold”


“The bees and I have an understanding. I take care of them, and they take care of me. We both just have to work a little harder, that’s all.” Intrigued by a line in this relatively muted endorsement from Jonathan Rosenbaum — “Leisurely pacing of this kind is likely to register as a form of respect [Read More...]

Sir David Attenborough, Harmless Lunatic

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View image | Here in the U.S., we have “Shark Week.” In the U.K., they have “Attenborough Week.” Well, they had one, anyway. Last April. To celebrate “the 60 years of amazing Natural History created by Sir David Attenborough.” And as a long-time fan of the man and his work — always interesting, even [Read More...]