SVS: “Babe”

I know today’s claim is going to be a bit of a controversial one, but I’m going to go ahead and make it anyway: Babe is hands-down the best movie that features a bunch of mice singing the teeth-rattling final theme from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony (by way of Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley) that has ever been made. Best. [Read More…]

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SVS: “Conspiracy Theory”

Director Richard Donner is surely best known as the man behind the original Superman, which many (if not my contrarian self) still consider one of the finest superhero films ever made. He also helmed all four of the Lethal Weapon films, a highly entertaining (and surprisingly lucrative) series that doesn’t try to do too much and carefully stays out of [Read More…]

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Today’s SVS? My OTHER Favorite Selkie Movie, “Song of the Sea!”

Remember a few weeks ago when I told everyone to watch John Sayles’ The Secret of Roan Inish, newly to Netflix? And remember when I said it’d have to hold y’all over until Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea was made available on one of the mainstream platforms (although I also said you should just rent [Read More…]

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Cinematographers with Spellbinding Instagram Accounts

I’ll be honest. A website that licenses music wasn’t where I would have expected to find a blog post about cinematography. But I’m catholic (small “c”, in this case), so I don’t really care where awesome comes from, just as long as I find it. In that vein, I can confirm that this blog post from Premium [Read More…]

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SVS: “Dear Frankie”

Still in “Much Too Hasty” mode, but one of my “Draft-and-Follow” films just popped up on AMAZON PRIME, so I’m just going to roll this one out there and call it good. Here’s Dear Frankie. After years of lying to her son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother [Read More…]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More…]

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Today’s Streaming Suggestion? “The Secret of Roan Inish”

Last year, I went hunting for a holiday-appropriate film to recommend, and thought that Frank Capra’s mythical Mr. Smith Goes to Washington fit the bill quite nicely. This year, I’d fully intended to do something similar. But then I stumbled across a film I’ve been waiting to recommend for (literally) years, so you’re going to have to excuse me and [Read More…]

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SVS: “Shaolin Soccer”

“A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.” What’s not to love? [Read more…]

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The Perfect, Perfectly Understated Dolly Zoom in Pixar’s Ratatouille

But he doesn’t care if his viewers to notice the technique that’s making them feel that way. In fact, I suspect that he actually does not want them to notice. It’s not flashy, but it sure is effective . Even more accurately? Not flashy and therefore, effective. [Read more…]

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My Most Powerful Memory of Mr. James Horner

And then, as the words faded from the screen, I heard this — eulogistic, yes, but a eulogy filled with peace, with pride, and with hope. Mr. Horner had penned something as essential to my ability to digest and respond to the film as were the images themselves. It was perfect. [Read more…]

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