SVS: “Galaxy Quest”

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ALEXANDER DANE: Dear God… How did I come to this? TOMMY WEBER: Not again… ALEXANDER DANE: I played Richard III… FRED KWAN: Five curtain calls… ALEXANDER DANE: There were five curtain calls! I was an actor once, damn it. Now look at me … LOOK AT ME! I cannot go out there, and I won’t say that stupid line [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Doug Wood” Edition

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The following comments are offered without irony (if not entirely without guilt): That’s musician Doug Wood performing his own work, “Eye of the Needle.” I stumbled across his music (and unusual technique) on our local NPR station some months ago and was immediately intrigued. He’s got a few albums out there – including one called “Cellocentric,” which must [Read More...]

SSF: “Alfie and the Prometheus Dream”

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From the “Susanka’s Dark, Sci-Fi Tendencies” file, through which I inevitably flip from time to time, a stop-motion steam-punk piece on the inescapably human tendency to reach for the seemingly unattainable. Promethean? Or Icarian? Or are they not one and the same? (Also, for poetical illiterati like myself, William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” is the poem [Read More...]

SVS: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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Apparently, preserving this film’s twisty ending was a bit of a concern for its investors: The producers were so concerned about the financial success of the film that during the credits, an announcer urges the audience not to reveal the film’s ending to anyone. … At previews, audience members received, and were asked to sign, [Read More...]

SSF: “Mickey’s Trailer”

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Having just completed our mostly-annual family “vacation” with roughly the same number of boys we had when we departed a couple of weeks ago, I’m putting this one firmly in the “Success” column. (Low bar, perhaps? Yeah, but an important one.) Besides, I now know that Nathan (Son Number Seven) is a huge, HUGE fan [Read More...]

SVS: “The Triplets of Belleville”

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This one’s nuts. Truly. It’s just …insane. No two ways about it. No need to take my word for it, though. It’s currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT, which offers the following (hopelessly inadequate) description: When her grandson, Champion, is kidnapped while competing in the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her dog set out to [Read More...]

Intriguing Quote of the Day (via Tarkovksy)

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I’ve been collecting quotes about art and artists for some time now, because a) I don’t understand art or artists at all, and b) I want to. So, here’s a little something on the topic from Andrei Tarkovsky, whose films deal very heavily with the question of art and the artist and their relationship to [Read More...]

SSF: “Wolf and the Bees”

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Since I’m currently hanging out in the (surprisingly warm) Pacific Northwest, and since I’ve been fascinated by the idea of beekeepers ever since I first read Gene Stratton-Porter’s “The Keeper of the Bees” as a lad, this short on “Wolf Carr, a vocal coach living in Portland, Oregon who spends his free time as an apiarist [Read More...]

SVS: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

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I’ll be honest. Whenever someone asks me for a list of thematically-appropriate movies for The Fourth, my affection for one particular film shoulders aside any and all candidates that might otherwise have come to mind. Is that fair? Probably not. But I don’t really care. Because while it’s been hard to find online at times, Mr. [Read More...]

Pondering October’s Synod: “Where Have the Men Gone?”

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“Where have the actors gone? The play has ended; the curtains drawn. There’s no applauding now, no cheering crowd; No autographs, no curtain calls; An empty stage, a silent hall.” Morten Lauridsen I suppose it’s not surprising that I jumped so eagerly at the question when Elizabeth first proposed it as a topic for our symposium [Read More...]


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