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...]

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“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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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SVS: “Sense and Sensibility”

Sister act: Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility.

“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...]

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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...]

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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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Church and Culture and Me

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Remember that time when I said that Deal Hudson was going to let me be on his “Church and Culture” radio program? I was telling the truth. Really. See? (By which I mean: “Hear?”) Yes, we talked about movies. Of course. It’s what I do. Attribution(s): Old-timey radio courtesy of Shutterstock. [Read more...]

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SSF: “Moving On”

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“Time always unwinding, all these dead lines in my mind.” This week’s entry, a mesmerizing shot that appeared in my feedreader on Friday: The short’s director is Ainslie Henderson, and the band is named James. But I’ll be honest: The words didn’t even register the first couple of times I watched, so fascinated was I by the [Read More...]

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SVS: “Searching for Bobby Fischer”

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It’s unsettling isn’t it? When you realize there are only so many things you can teach a child and, finally, they are what they are. I’m double-dipping a bit today, because I’ve already recommended in the not-too-distant-past. But it’s worth recommending again, especially if you’re looking for something in the “Whole Family Friday Night Fun” vein: Searching [Read More...]

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