Kershaw’s Historic Night

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So, Dodger ace (and all-around good guy) Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night. (Against the Rockies, which means my MLB.com account had me blacked me out for most of the game. Because Wyoming. …though they relented when things got REALLY interesting.) It was probably the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen (on TV). Clayton [Read More...]

SSF: “The Incredible Marrec”

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The boys and I managed to squeeze in a bit of fishing this weekend. Once the snow stopped (because Wyoming.) We didn’t catch anything, though. Well, not yet, anyway. There was a fish that came close to Mark the Third’s line at one point, though. So there’s a decent chance we’ll have caught something by [Read More...]

SVS: “Sneakers”

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Heist films are quite an interesting little genre, with a long and storied history, and an intriguing set of commonly-present story elements and genre rules. They’re often elaborate, twisty, morally …imprecise, and (very often) a ton of fun. In related news, Sneakers is on NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker [Read More...]

Dipped in Magic Waters

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I’m not the world’s greatest Field of Dreams fan. I’ve enjoyed it pretty much every time I’ve seen it, and I’m glad for its fame. I’m even planning to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary Year with a re-viewing or two. But if I’m honest with myself, I find that I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the story [Read More...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief”

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Gentlemen: I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two [Read More...]

SSF: “Chinti”

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In my ongoing, often gleeful trek through the Land of Shorts, I sometimes find myself so blown away by the technical brilliance of what I’m watching that I lose track of (and don’t even really care) what the “point” of the short is. I’m not saying that’s a good (or a bad) thing. Just reporting. [Read More...]

SVS: “The Emperor’s New Groove”

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to recommend the hippest, most outrageously hilarious Disney film currently available from NETFLIX INSTANT.” …which is just another way of say that if it’s been as long a week for you as it’s been for me, I can think of no better antidote than to take some time [Read More...]

SVS: “Sense and Sensibility”

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“From the Oscar-winning director* of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Hulk and the whiny, ridiculously over-entitled rich gal from Titanic, and the frigid (darn, should have saved that one for Titanic), neurotic, desperately-blocked writer from Stranger Than Fiction and the Uber-Villainous Gruber from Die Hard and that one genius-jerk from “House” comes a heart-warming tale of self-sacrificing, unrequited love and patient, edifying sisterly [Read More...]

SSF: “Fathoms”

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Today’s entry is a bit longer than the usual “Summa” (over 20 minutes), quite a bit more melancholic (truth be told, it’s pretty much a downer), and feels quite a bit less kid-friendly than the shorts I usually post. It’s certainly unsettling at times, and even scary. …and you know I hate scary. But I loved [Read More...]

SVS: “Serenity”

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OK, I admit it. This week’s suggestion is maybe a teeny-tiny, wee bit clickbait-y. A smidgen of “Let’s See If I Can Tap Into the Insane Power of the Browncoats,” yes. But I’m not sorry.  Because it’s also a really fun flick, and today’s Friday. And for those among us interested in the cinematically historical, it’s probably [Read More...]


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