SVS: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

Gender Specificity and the Wonders of Brotherhood

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In the first 14+ years of the Susanka Horde’s adventurous existence, we have had little-to-no use for feminine pronouns. That’s not a misogynistic tendency (I hope); it’s just a practical fact. My wife is “Mama” to the boys and “Sarah” to me. Never “She.” Likewise, the various other feminine influences in/on the boys’ lives have nearly always been discussed [Read More...]

SSF: “Space Cat HOB”

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Today’s short didn’t catch my interest for its strong story sense. In fact, it feels more like a catchy snippet lifted from a much larger story than a self-contained offering. It caught my attention because it’s a fantastic adventure in world-building. And because it’s incredibly vibrant (especially in terms of its colors). And because it was made “without money” [Read More...]

SVS: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

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My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares. I tend to be less critical of Netflix Instant’s selection than many of my friends and compatriots because I like obscure and foreign stuff — Aspiring Snob, remember? — and I have gradually moved away from high-profile releases and blockbusters in [Read More...]

The Weird and Wonderful in the Midst of the Mundane

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I’ve been involved with institutions of higher education for most of my adult life. (Actually, higher education has been a near-constant presence in my life, adult and no. Which might explain a lot. Keep moving.) As someone who has been thus involved, my weeks/months/years are almost entirely governed by the peculiar rhythms of academia — [Read More...]

SVS: “Rashomon”

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I could easily imagine myself recommending today’s film for no other reason than the torrential brilliance of its opening scene. Or the otherworldly effectiveness of its “Medium Sequence,” which is just about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Heck, I could even imagine myself recommending it for nothing more than the stylistic way it simultaneously mimics and enhances its [Read More...]

“Miserere” by Henryk Górecki

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In the past, I have written about the terrible tragedy memorialized today. As the years pass, though, I find myself less and less inclined to do so. Not because the day’s events have faded from my memory or because they seem somehow less significant today than they did then, but because my words seems increasingly faded and insignificant in [Read More...]

What Life in Small-Town America Looks Like to Me

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My wife and I are still in the “giddy with excitement” stage. …a stage which is pretty much indistinguishable from the “really not getting anywhere near enough sleep from now until forever or at least 2030″ stage, come to think of it. So I guess I’m not entirely sure what stage we’re in at the moment. It [Read More...]

SSF: “The Light and the Little Girl”

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Great cinematography is all about the capturing of light. In addition to showcasing a really masterful “technical” example of light capturing, however, today’s short  – Guy Pooles’ and  Jih-E Peng’ “The Light and the Little Girl” – features the capturing and preservation of light in a much more literal sense: A young girl finds herself entranced by a beam [Read More...]

SVS: “The Court Jester”

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HUBERT HAWKINS: After months of pleading for just this kind of action, what makes you think that anybody – anybody could make me reveal the identity of my confederate? JEAN: Because they’d put you on the rack, crack your every bone, scald you with hot oil, and remove the nails off your fingers with flaming hot [Read More...]


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