SSF: “Wanderers”


Having recently watched Interstellar (and re-watched “Ambition”), I am reminded of Erik Wernquist’s Webby-nominated short, “Wanderers.” I especially like the way he includes a humanizing element in nearly every sequence, to give us a sense of scale and emotional impact. And the final shot is fantastic. (Also, be sure to visit the gallery on Erik’s “Wanderers” mini-site, where [Read More...]

SVS: “Sunset Boulevard”


A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read all about it in the late editions, I’m sure. You’ll get it over your radio, and see it on television — because an old-time star is involved. One of the biggest. But before you hear it [Read More...]

Best Miyazaki Tribute Ever?


I’m not saying this is the best Miyazaki tribute I’ve ever seen… …but I’m not saying it’s not. Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies Project: A trailer for a 2D animated sci-fi/adventure feature Pitch: A young boy who lives in a village perched on a huge tree falls in the depths of the forest [Read More...]

Parked by the Jukebox with Hollow Coves’ “The Woods”


A few weeks ago, quite by accident, I stumbled across the musical stylin’s of an “acoustic duo” from Australia named Hollow Coves. I’m not kidding. It was a genuine accident. I was listening to something else entirely on SoundCloud and this came on before I had time to switch back from my other tab to turn it off. But [Read More...]

The Value of Knowing Another’s Secrets, Movie-Wise


For Wilder the writer, knowledge is power, and the way he wields it is wonderful to behold. For Baxter, though, it’s much more than power. For him, it’s salvation. [Read more...]

SSF: “Simulacra”


I’m not quite sure what the term “mustardcuffins” means. Or if it describes Theo Tagholm in any way. So I’m going with “genius” instead. Works just fine, I’m thinking. Yes, it’s a bit of a one-trick pony, so you’ll probably understand what’s going on fairly quickly. But it still feels amazing, even after you understand. The freeway stuff, in particular, [Read More...]

Face-Meltingly Hi-Res Rocket Launch Footage via SpaceX


Again, I include my usual “Full-Screen” and “HD” recommendations, though the warning below is a fair one. (I tried it out on 2160 at first and my Internet…pretty much died.) Oh, and HT to the good folks at Laughing Squid, who provide the InterWebs with an inordinate amount of awesome each and every week. (If you’ve got a [Read More...]

In Memory of Stan Freberg, Here’s “Elderly Man River”


I knew Stan Freberg (the “madcap adman and satirist” who passed away on Tuesday) mostly as the Beaver in Lady and the Tramp. Or as various voices in various Looney Toons production. Or as The Man We Praise and/or Blame for Weird Al. But he also did this hilarious “Elderly Man River” radio routine, which [Read More...]

SVS: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”


So, confession time. But first, let me set the table (for maximum embarrassment). First, I’ve always loved Dick Van Dyke. The guy is an absolute hoot; a goofy, plastic-faced, comedic wiz; basically, a real-life (but uncreepy) Gumby. And he reminds me of my dad. I suppose that’s probably a big part of why I love him. [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Adam Eaton Channels Superman”


Earlier today, the White Sox’s Adam Eaton made a catch. OK, that’s not fair. He didn’t “make” a “catch.” He full-on Iron Giant-ed it. (That’s probably not an actual term, but should be. So if it’s not, I’m coinin’ it right now.) Your browser does not support iframes. Gosh. Just…wow. Definite shades of Jim Edmonds, [Read More...]