Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love”

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That’s Sam Rocha. One-time Patheotte. Academic. Soul-Singer. And most of all, a soul-searcher. He’s got a Ph.D. And a Kickstarter project for a SoulBluesJazzFunkFolk/Gospel album called “Late to Love.” An album that takes its name from St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” A project with the stated intention of making “the craft of the music its main priority.” The soundtrack of a [Read More...]

SVS: “The Secret of Kells”

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The Secret of Kells is one of my favorite… …no, wait. I’m going bigger than that. More confident. Let’s try again. *Ahem* The Secret of Kells is one of the finest animated films in recent memory. Period. (It’s also the first film I watched in New York City. And by “first,” I mean “only.”) Sprung from the fertile [Read More...]

SVS: “The Blue Planet”

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Sometimes, I get all fired up and excited about something I’m going to recommend, only to discover that it’s not available on any of the mainstream streaming platforms. When that happens, I’m always crushed. Have to start all over again. (Yes, if I was organized/thinking clearly, I’d check first, before getting my hopes up. No, [Read More...]

SVS: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

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Sergio Leone’s legendary “Spaghetti Western,” The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. Yes, today’s Valentine’s Day. No, this isn’t a good Valentine’s Day film, though I did spent a couple of minutes (or hours, maybe) trying to figure out how to sell it that way. It was a tough sell. …so [Read More...]

SSF: “Into The Atmosphere”

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I may be a happy Wyomingite now, but I’ll always be from SoCal. Which means this will always get to me. (HD and full-screen, please.) Gorgeous piece on a breathtakingly gorgeous subject. Michael Shainblum, the short’s creator, had this to say about his work and about the state that inspired it: “Into The Atmosphere,” is [Read More...]

Animated Anticipation: Blocking Out Some Time for “The Lego Movie”

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I’m taking the Top Five to see The LEGO Movie this afternoon. It’s been on the agenda since they saw their first trailer months ago. (Cool story: Sean wandered into the living room a few weeks ago when I was making some point to Sarah regarding Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and said: “Hey! That’s the [Read More...]

They’re Back!

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They’re back! No, no. Not the poltergeists. I hate horror, remember? The Boys in Blue! They’re back! The excitement has shifted to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Saturday. The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Sunday. Position players report next Thursday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for [Read More...]

SVS: “The Apartment”

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Lacunae Cinemae. Margaret Cabaniss, my long-time friend (and long-suffering editor), helped me coin the faux-term a few days ago, and I love it. Just the right amount of pretension and accuracy, because a) it’s Latin-ish, and b) actually describes what I’m thinking about to a “T:” Movies that flit past on the outskirts of your cinematic [Read More...]

Summa Short Film: “Danny and Annie”

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Fresh off announcing a recurring feature last week — the sort of think that’s colloquially known in my house as “Papa biting off more than he can chew” — I’m apparently (and recklessly) ready for another. Starting today (and every subsequent Monday), I’m going to post a short film. Because I love shorts. And because [Read More...]

Vittorio De Sica, David O. Selznick, and the Question of Cinema

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an online discussion with some friends (and fellow cinophiles) featuring one of my all-time favorite films: Vittorio De Sica’s legendary Bicycle Thieves. It was a great conversation overall, as one might expect from a group that just finished watching what I consider to be [Read More...]


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