SVS: “Finding Nemo”

I have to get out of here! I have to find MY SON! I have to tell him… how!… old!… sea turtles are! I’m going against one of my (mostly secret) rules today: I don’t usually recommend a streaming film that must be rented to be watched. I like my Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) to be [Read More…]

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SVS: “Lost in La Mancha”

Lost in La Mancha, the 2002 documentary detailing Crazy Terry Gilliam’s™ ill-fated attempts to make a Don Quixote movie, has been on my mind all week. First (and most tangentially), I posted Telemann’s “Burlesque de Don Quixotte” earlier this week, and I can’t even see (or use) the word “quixote” any more without thinking of Gilliam. The man’s [Read More…]

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“Jurassic’s” Michael Giacchino Comes Musically Home

View image | gettyimages.com I stumbled across this great NPR piece last night. It details the fantastic, coincident-laden journey that led film composer Michael Giacchino from a computer game meeting with his idol Steven Spielberg to swinging the baton for this summer’s Jurassic World. But it always comes back to dinosaurs. So when he was asked to score Jurassic [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Great Escape”

Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability. A few [Read More…]

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SVS: “Ernest & Celestine”

I’m too busy chasing after my kids (and watching ’em sunburn) to compose a proper Streaming Video post this week. Instead, I’m just going to toss a name out there and call it good. A name that comes from my kids (and their better-than-expected taste in animated films), come to think of it. So this whole [Read More…]

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SVS: “Seven Chances”

I’m kind-of on vacation right now. As much as one can be on vacation with 8 kids, anyway. So this one’s a real softball. One of my favorite films from film school. And a big part of why Buster Keaton’s my favorite silent comic. (It’s the first half more than the second half, really. The [Read More…]

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SVS: “His Girl Friday”

WHEREAS it’s been over a year since I recommended a Cary Grant film (which is far too long); and WHEREAS  screwball comedies are pretty much the Best Friday Flicks Ever (as long as you’re not too tired to keep up with the banter); and WHEREAS the wonderfully-successful transposition of one of its leads has always fascinated me (as [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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