SVS: “After the Wedding”

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I’m not going tell you much about today’s recommendation — Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) – because I think it’s better to watch this one pretty cold. In fact, I’m really only allowing the trailer because it’s not particularly accurate. (Or at least it doesn’t really spoil things. It’s mostly just setting up the story/giving [Read More...]

SVS: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

SVS: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

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My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares. I tend to be less critical of Netflix Instant’s selection than many of my friends and compatriots because I like obscure and foreign stuff — Aspiring Snob, remember? — and I have gradually moved away from high-profile releases and blockbusters in [Read More...]

SVS: “Rashomon”

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I could easily imagine myself recommending today’s film for no other reason than the torrential brilliance of its opening scene. Or the otherworldly effectiveness of its “Medium Sequence,” which is just about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Heck, I could even imagine myself recommending it for nothing more than the stylistic way it simultaneously mimics and enhances its [Read More...]

SVS: “The Court Jester”

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HUBERT HAWKINS: After months of pleading for just this kind of action, what makes you think that anybody – anybody could make me reveal the identity of my confederate? JEAN: Because they’d put you on the rack, crack your every bone, scald you with hot oil, and remove the nails off your fingers with flaming hot [Read More...]

SVS: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delecate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did it would prove a serious threat to [Read More...]

SVS: “The African Queen”

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…it’s not a metaphor about a relationship — it’s just a great portrait of one.  It understands exactly what movies are for:  to show us things we already know, but in a new way.  With crocodiles! Simcha Fisher Early last month, our very own Simcha (re)published a post entitled  “Hooray for the African Queen!,” in which she extolled [Read More...]

SVS: “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”

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Bing Russell was a largely-unsung character actor. Someone whose face you recognize immediately, but whose name lags far behind — often to the point of anonymity. He appeared in a host of Westerns, most famously as Deputy Clem Foster in 50+ episodes/13 years of “Bonanza,” but his greatest claim to fame is probably the fact that his [Read More...]

SVS: “12 Angry Men”

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Sidney Lumet’s legendary 12 Angry Men, currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT and available for rent on AMAZON PRIME, needs no introduction. So I’m not giving it one. (Boom!) Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of killing his father. Lumet’s film is one of [Read More...]

SVS: “Galaxy Quest”

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ALEXANDER DANE: Dear God… How did I come to this? TOMMY WEBER: Not again… ALEXANDER DANE: I played Richard III… FRED KWAN: Five curtain calls… ALEXANDER DANE: There were five curtain calls! I was an actor once, damn it. Now look at me … LOOK AT ME! I cannot go out there, and I won’t say that stupid line [Read More...]


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