Some People Put A Microphone In My Face. You Won’t Believe What Happened NEXT!!!

“The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as it used to be.” OK, so you probably will believe what happened next, because you’ve seen microphones and faces (and click-bait titles) before. And you’ve seen what happens once I start talking about movies, which is exactly what these folks asked me to do. (“Dark movies,” [Read More…]

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SSF: “Premier Automne”

Wordless, weird, and wonderful. Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their “natures”, they never met each other. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of [Read More…]

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SVS: “Blackthorn”

Given that I was out of town at the start of this week, today sort of snuck up on me. And that means I’m not quite as prepared for a Streaming Video Recommendation (SVS) as I’d like. So I’m going to just toss a Western out there and call it good. Because Westerns are always good. But in [Read More…]

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More (Inexplicably) Obscure French Baroque Music

This was playing during the last 15 minutes of my Journey Back From Gallup yesterday. It’s the first movement of a sonata by French violinist and composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (who is also known as Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, just in case the first moniker seemed too terse to anyone), and it’s really, really fine [Read More…]

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This Week’s Suggestion — “Lilo & Stitch” — And A Quick OOTO Announcement

Oh good! My dog found the chainsaw! I’ll be stepping away from the blog for a few days, traveling to New Mexico to give a talk: “The Brutality of Grace: On the Value of Watching Dark and Difficult Films.” So, naturally, I’m recommending a film that’s not even remotely dark or difficult: Lilo & Stitch, one [Read More…]

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A Handful Of Mighty Musical Hunters

That’s Alaric Rokko Jans’ score for David Mamet’s astonishingly (and unfairly) obscure period film, The Winslow Boy. Adapted by Mamet from Terence Rattigan’s 1940’s play of the same name, it’s a really fine piece of work. And the score is a perfect fit for the mood and tone of the film. (“Tone.” Heh.) [Read more…]

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SSF: “Racines”

Hints of Howl’s Moving Castle in this short: Racines, from Kaw Animation. (I think “racine” means “roots,” but my French is literally terrible, so I don’t know for sure. Also, she reminds me of Mad Madam Mim, for some reason.) A bitterly old lady is moving on the back of a giant rock. Forever unsatisfied, [Read More…]

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SVS: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to recommend today. (The weeks feel like they’re coming two-at-a-time of late, and I’m sort-of-tired. So, yeah. I’m a bit behind. At least emotionally, if not actually.) And then I saw this Crux article on “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from Friend-O-The-Blog Steven Greydanus: “Bending the air: Defying gravity [Read More…]

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Shedding A Little More Light On Mr. Rube Goldberg

Remember my post from a few weeks ago where I professed my great love for All Things Goldberg? And shared a fun little Red Bull-Zach King contraption as proof? Well, this latest machine (via ThisIsColossal) might be my favorite one yet. Once again (like the King-Bull video), this one’s an ad. For a high speed optical internet [Read More…]

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Parked By the Jukebox with The Pennywhistlers and “Run Come See”

What am I listening to today, you ask? “Run, Come See Jerusalem,” an old Bahamian Song by (maybe?) Blind Blake Higgs, about the Great Hurricane of 1929 and the sinking of a ship named The Pretoria (if I understand the lyrics/what’s going on). This one’s from The Pennywhistlers, which (if Wikipedia can be trusted) were “an [Read More…]

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