SVS: “Ulee’s Gold”


“The bees and I have an understanding. I take care of them, and they take care of me. We both just have to work a little harder, that’s all.” Intrigued by a line in this relatively muted endorsement from Jonathan Rosenbaum — “Leisurely pacing of this kind is likely to register as a form of respect [Read More...]

SVS: “The Station Agent”


“It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.” If Tom McCarthy were to make nothing but Bay-y, FX-laden action thrillers from now ’til the end of his career, his debut film would still provide me with enough evidence to forever defend him as an “Actors’ Director.” I speak, of course, [Read More...]

SVS: “Grey Gardens”


View image | “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...]

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...]

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...]

SVS: “The Adventures of Tintin”


As someone who has written of my affection for Hergé’s Tintin in the past, whose seven sons are quite possibly even greater fans of the artist (and his endearing little reporter) than I am, and who considers himself still very much a youngster at heart — “Emotionally, at least,” I say, hoping against hope that it’s more [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

SVS: “Get Low”


“I guess for every one like me, there’s one like you, son. I about forgot that.” I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available [Read More...]