Streaming Suggestion: “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...]

“The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece”

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Ever since I was first introduced to the one-of-a-kind “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ in college — by my future wife, no less — I’ve been a proud MySTie. (I didn’t realize there was an official, universally-recognized term for my particular brand of insanity until today. I’m pleased.) Talk about a show that was destined for my wheelhouse. [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “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...]

“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 like this: Here, via the Blank on Blank folks, is an animated interview with the legendary Man in Black, Johnny Cash himself, from some time in 2006. Really, really great stuff. A man [Read More...]

This Year’s Nominated Documentaries Are ALL on Netflix

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I love documentaries. Always have. Yet one of the much/most-lamented facts of my early cinematic education was that it was astonishingly hard to get my hands on them. With the Streaming Revolution, that’s all changed. Yet the forced documentary frugality of those early years makes it hard for me to grasp that fact, even now. [Read More...]

Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas

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Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More...]

The Stunning Images of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

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A few days ago, a friend and I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker for the first time. As I’ve remarked in the past, I love Tarkovsky. I find him brutally, brutally difficult — almost hopelessly obscure, undeniably challenging, deeply metaphysical. And Stalker is certainly no exception. I have thousands of ideas about what it means, and exactly [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Silverado”

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Remember a few weeks ago when I recommended The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, even though I wasn’t quite sure why I love it so much? Well, today’s I’m recommending another Western. But this time, I know exactly why I love it. It’s not groundbreaking. It’s not profound. It’s not particularly “Influential” or “Complicated” or “Inspiring” [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “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 creative [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “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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