SVS: “Grey Gardens”

View image | gettyimages.com “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, following a brief battle with cancer. Albert was a loving husband, father, brother as well as a friend to many. For more than five decades, Albert created groundbreaking films, inspired filmmakers and touched all those with his humanity, presence and his [Read More…]

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SVS: “20 Feet from Stardom”

This year’s Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour, is not currently available for streaming. At least not legally. Yet. Unless you’ve got HBOGo. A couple of the others — Last Days in Vietnam and Finding Vivian Maier — can be rented from Amazon Instant. And Virunga belongs to Netflix, so it’s available. But the winner? Nope. No can do. So if you [Read More…]

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Just Putting This Here, In Case Anyone Needs It

It’s been less than a week since the Oscars ground their 3+hour-way through my Sunday, and this is already pretty much the only thing I can remember. Yep, that’s Will Arnett. In Val Kilmer’s Bat Suit. And yes, that’s Devo’s (and Wes Anderson’s) Mark Mothersbaugh. And Roots drummer ?uestlove. A mishmash of such random awesomeness that [Read More…]

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SVS: “Touching the Void”

This one’s not really a documentary. At least not according to The Academy. (In fairness, I’m sort of inclined to agree. We’re not talking “partial” reenactment; this is full-on reconstruction. The “emphasis is on fact and not on fiction” bit certainly applies, though.) But whatever it is — “Docudrama” seems as (un)fair a (non)descriptor as any — Touching [Read More…]

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6 Oscars I’d Hand Out In A Heartbeat If The Academy Would Just Give Me The Chance

Tomorrow, the Academy will be giving out their (in?)famous little golden statues. If past years are any indication, it will be both amusing (particularly to all as sardonically-inclined as I), and numbingly predictable. (I say “sardonic” because “mean-spirited” seems so…well…mean. And I say “predictable” because the awards are so…well…you know…) Now, I’m pretty lukewarm on [Read More…]

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SVS: “It Happened One Night”

Alexander Andrews: Do you love her? Peter Warne: A normal human being couldn’t live under the same roof with her without going nutty! She’s my idea of nothing! Alexander Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her? Peter Warne: YES! But don’t hold that against me, I’m a little screwy myself! Today’s [Read More…]

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Seven Inspirational Sports Movies That Would Be Worthless Without Their Scores

This post could just as easily be named “Jerry Goldsmith Is THE MAN,” but I’d already mentioned Goldmith’s spectacular efforts on behalf of Hoosiers last week, and I’d hate to be repeating myself so soon. Besides, that would have been a clear violation of Listicle Day. (OK, fine. So that was last week. But I want in anyway, [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Music Never Stopped”

Today’s Streaming Video Suggestion (SVS) features an incredible performance from the ubiquitous (but rarely-headlining) character actor J.K. Simmons, a ton of great music — music that, unlike the vast majority of soundtracks, plays an essential role in the story — and conflict. Lots and lots of conflict. And it’s not Whiplash. It’s The Music Never [Read More…]

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“Every Frame a Painting:” The Art of Cinematic Observation

Last week, fellow Patheotte Frank “YIMCatholic” Weathers sent me this clip. It is good to have friends who understand one so well. “A masterpiece of visual storytelling,” indeed. And Mifune is so, so good. (That’s not a remotely revolutionary or revelatory claim, I know. But still…gosh.) Also, the takeaway is great. “If you like this exercise, [Read More…]

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SVS: “Hoosiers”

For some (let’s say “inexplicable,” which is significantly gentler than the first “i” word I thought to put there) reason, whenever the rich cinematic world of the Cliché-Riddled Inspirational Sports Movie (C-RISM) is mentioned in my presence, the first film that comes to mind is Hoosiers. Every single time. Without exception. Coincidentally (or not), Hoosiers is currently available from either AMAZON [Read More…]

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