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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

SVS: “Jeeves and Wooster”


Earlier this week, right after I discovered (and almost-simultaneously posted) this hilarious little clip of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry preparing to fight a rather unusual duel, I was inspired (by the aforementioned clip) to see if the duo’s true comedic masterpiece — the side-splitting “Jeeves and Wooster” series from the early 1990′s — was available from any of the [Read More...]

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...]

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...]