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...]

SVS: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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Apparently, preserving this film’s twisty ending was a bit of a concern for its investors: The producers were so concerned about the financial success of the film that during the credits, an announcer urges the audience not to reveal the film’s ending to anyone. … At previews, audience members received, and were asked to sign, [Read More...]

SVS: “The Triplets of Belleville”

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This one’s nuts. Truly. It’s just …insane. No two ways about it. No need to take my word for it, though. It’s currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT, which offers the following (hopelessly inadequate) description: When her grandson, Champion, is kidnapped while competing in the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her dog set out to [Read More...]

Intriguing Quote of the Day (via Tarkovksy)

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I’ve been collecting quotes about art and artists for some time now, because a) I don’t understand art or artists at all, and b) I want to. So, here’s a little something on the topic from Andrei Tarkovsky, whose films deal very heavily with the question of art and the artist and their relationship to [Read More...]

SVS: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

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I’ll be honest. Whenever someone asks me for a list of thematically-appropriate movies for The Fourth, my affection for one particular film shoulders aside any and all candidates that might otherwise have come to mind. Is that fair? Probably not. But I don’t really care. Because while it’s been hard to find online at times, Mr. [Read More...]

SVS: “The Castle”

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“It’s the vibe.” I watched the film I’m recommending today because Julie Davis and her relentless enthusiasm forced me to. She just insisted. And insisted. And insisted. And she was right. It’s great. So now, I’m passing that enforcement on to you, gentle readers. But it’s a gift, not a burden. Really. You’ll see. The Castle [Read More...]


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