SVS: “The Castle”

“It’s the vibe.” I watched the film I’m recommending today because Julie Davis and her relentless enthusiasm forced me to. She just insisted. And insisted. And insisted. And she was right. It’s great. So now, I’m passing that enforcement on to you, gentle readers. But it’s a gift, not a burden. Really. You’ll see. The Castle [Read More…]

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Saying Goodbye to Eli the Great

Legendary Eli Wallach passed away yesterday, at the age of 98 (via The NY Times): More often than not, his film roles required him to play mustachioed characters who were lawless, evil or just plain nasty, which puzzled and challenged him. “Actually I lead a dual life,” he once said. “In the theater, I’m the little [Read More…]

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Cormac and the Five Cherry Pits

A funny little Cormac (Sixth Son) story, which I’m putting here for safe-keeping because it’s hilarious and my memory’s horrible and I really want to remember it and thisismyblogsoI’lldowhatIwant. We got cherries in our latest co-op basket. Sarah had given them to the boys with the (usual) requirement that they put the pits and stems [Read More…]

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SSF: “Koh Yao Noi”

Today’s short isn’t a fiction piece, and it’s not animated. So, by virtue of those two facts, it’s a bit of a departure from my typical offerings. However, its description contains the following phrase: “…using a GoPro camera and a Quadcopter…” And SOLD! Seriously, though, this is gorgeous. Even if the technical details behind Philip Bloom’s [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Chorus”

You know those times when you stumble across a premise for a film that sounds hyper-clichéd and unpleasantly treacly on paper and yet you still watch it (for some inexplicable reason) and it turns out that you were almost entirely wrong and it miraculously avoids a great many of the obvious pitfalls and manipulative missteps inherent [Read More…]

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Kershaw’s Historic Night

So, Dodger ace (and all-around good guy) Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night. (Against the Rockies, which means my MLB.com account had me blacked me out for most of the game. Because Wyoming. …though they relented when things got REALLY interesting.) It was probably the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen (on TV). Clayton [Read More…]

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SSF: “The Incredible Marrec”

The boys and I managed to squeeze in a bit of fishing this weekend. Once the snow stopped (because Wyoming.) We didn’t catch anything, though. Well, not yet, anyway. There was a fish that came close to Mark the Third’s line at one point, though. So there’s a decent chance we’ll have caught something by [Read More…]

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SVS: “Sneakers”

Heist films are quite an interesting little genre, with a long and storied history, and an intriguing set of commonly-present story elements and genre rules. They’re often elaborate, twisty, morally …imprecise, and (very often) a ton of fun. In related news, Sneakers is on NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker [Read More…]

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Dipped in Magic Waters

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”

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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