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...]

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“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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Putting a Dramatic End to the Susanka Streak

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From my wife, shortly after 8:30PM last night: For unto us a child is born; unto us a … …wait. What? Yep, that’s right. Something fundamentally new and different has happened. Happily (if tiredly), I introduce the newest member of the Susanka family, Phoebe Lenor. Notice that I say her presence is different, not that it’s surprising. [Read More...]

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SSF: “Living Like Kings”

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You know those times when you find yourself watching something really unusual and fascinating, and when it’s done, all you can do is wish that it had been longer? Well, that’s exactly how I reacted to this mini-doc, which probably would have felt too short at three (or 20) times the length: Having visited Christchurch a year [Read More...]

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SVS: “Columbo”

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I’m not recommending a film this week, I’m recommending a TV show. Actually, to be honest, I’m not recommending a show. I’m recommending a performance. A character: Lieutenant Colombo, whose eponymous series is currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide [Read More...]

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10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House

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A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

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SSF: “Technological Threat”

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Today’s Avery homage, Technological Threat, might sting a little, especially for you office folks. Just rub some dirt on it and keeping going. Productivity is paramount! An office clerk, fearing replacement by a robot, fights back. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of their respective creators and/or distributors. Interestingly, this particular YouTube version comes [Read More...]

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