The Welcome Ubiquity of “La Folia”

Why, yes, I do have a favorite version of “La Folía” — the deceptively simple tune (or perhaps more accurately “the deceptively simple baseline”) that first appeared in print during the late 1600s, and has been used by more than 150 composers in over 330 compositions from Medieval Times right up ’till the present day. Thanks [Read More…]

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SSF: “Silent”

Today’s short is a thinly-veiled marketing piece for Dolby. …hang on. Let’s start over… Today’s short film is a flat-out, straight-up ad for Dolby Atmos. Heck, it even includes Dolby in the title: “Dolby Presents: Silent, a Short Film.” And I don’t even care. Because it’s gorgeous. And includes so many wonderful cinematic references, it made my film-snobby hairs stand [Read More…]

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SVS: “How to Steal a Million”

As regular readers of the blog may know by now, I’m a huge fan of the 1966 rom-com How to Steal a Million. (I am not, however, a fan of the term “rom-com.” In fact, I hate it so much, I almost didn’t use it. But then I realized that said hatred is tied very much to [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — “Birds of Prey 4K”

Mandatory Full-Screen and HD viewing on this one, folks, because such mind-melting majesty is best appreciated in as large a format as possible. This is footage that we captured while in Denver Colorado at 5K 60FPS. Stunning, stunning stuff. And all from a location surprisingly close to home; practically in my backyard, come to think of it. Words [Read More…]

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Seeing with the Eyes of Children, Courtesy of Star Wars VII

Somewhere down in the depths of my soul, there’s a still, small voice telling me that I should not find this Star Wars VII: The Force Finally Wakes Up (Though We’re Still Not Quite Sure Why It Went To Sleep In The First Place) teaser trailer-related tweet as amusing as I do. Don’t worry. I told that [Read More…]

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SSF: “Lightheaded”

I realize that calling Mike Dacko’s Lightheaded an Advent-themed short film might be a bit of a stretch. But when I returned to it this past weekend (having seen it when it was first released a number of years ago), I found myself thinking surprisingly Adventian thoughts. And not because it involves candles — OK, not just because [Read More…]

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SVS: “Duck Soup”

RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Not that I care, but where is your husband? MRS. TEASDALE: Why, he’s dead. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: I bet he’s just using that as an excuse. MRS. TEASDALE: I was with him to the very end. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: No wonder he passed away. MRS. TEASDALE: I held him in my arms and kissed him. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Oh, [Read More…]

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“O Praise the Lord of Heaven!”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! O Praise the Lord of Heaven; Praise Him in the Height, Praise Him in the Depth; O praise the Lord of Heaven, Praise Him all ye Angels, Praise Jehovah. Praise Him Sun and Moon and blazing Comets, Praise the Lord. Let them praise the Name of the Lord, For He spake the Word [Read More…]

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SSF: “Steadfast Stanley”

For those among us who have always wondered what will happen to all the cute Corgis when the Apocalypse comes along, here’s John Cody Kim’s “Steadfast Stanley” with the answer to our burning question: Stanley the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is left behind in the outbreak of an apocalypse. All he wants to do is get back to [Read More…]

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SVS: “For All Mankind”

Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I’ve had space exploration very much on the brain over the past few weeks, so it should come as no surprise that I recently made room for a space-themed film I’ve been meaning to watch for ages: For All Mankind, which is currently streaming on [Read More…]

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