Closer and Closer

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Just getting myself ready for tomorrow night with this “little” long-distance number from the occasionally-healthy Hanley Ramirez: OK, so that particular clip isn’t of something getting closer and closer. It’s of something getting really, really far away. Almost impossibly far. But baseball itself is getting closer and closer. For which I am deeply, almost frighteningly [Read More...]

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SVS: “Strictly Ballroom”

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Baz Lurhmann’s crazy. Seriously. The guy’s insane. For years, I’ve struggled with his films. But not because he’s crazy. I struggle with them because he’s not quite crazy enough. Or at least he’s not whole-heartedly crazy. Not uncompromisingly crazy. He’s always holding a little something back. Wow, you know who sounds crazy now? Me. Luhrmann [Read More...]

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Speaking Truth to Power, Jamie-Style

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View image | gettyimages.com This past Saturday, as Sarah was out grocery-shopping with Dominic, and I was doing something equally important, James, the Fifth Son, was watching Netflix. Saturday-morning cartoons are pretty much an inalienable right in our house. If I remember correctly, the majority of the boys were downstairs with “Wolverine and the X-Men” at the [Read More...]

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Scott Tennant, François Couperin, and A Charming Number of My Favorite Things

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I’ve loved guitarist Scott Tennant for years, ever since I first saw The LAGQ’s “Loose Canon.” I love his expressions (facial), his expressiveness (musical), and the way the guitar looks like a toy in his huge (yet gentle) hands. I’ve loved François Couperin’s “Les Barricades Mistérieuses” for ages. (Yes, Sam Rocha, long before I first saw Tree of [Read More...]

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A Mystery of Grace

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From Benedict XVI’s “Dogma und Verkundigung:” The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence.It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace. We feel compelled to ask ourselves: Why did Christ really want to be born of a virgin? It was certainly possible for him to have been [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Hunt for Red October”

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It’s been a really tough week. My head’s spinning, and we’re all feeling pretty numb. So I’m stepping away from the Tarkovsky for a bit, and heading straight for something “mindless.” Though I don’t necessarily mean that as a criticism. In fact, it’s downright therapeutic, at times. As is so often the case when I [Read More...]

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SSF: “Death Buy Lemonade”

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I love today’s short for two reasons. (At least.) First, it’s Monday, so the mood on display here is a pretty accurate reflection of how I usually feel this early in the work week. Even down to the “I might be cute, but you’d better not get in my way right now” bit. Except I’m [Read More...]

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SVS: “Charade”

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Today’s suggestion is a specific manifestation of one of Susanka’s Most Sacrosanct Suggestion Axioms. The universal principle I’m invoking? Cary Grant’s films are to be viewed as frequently and with as much enjoyment as humanly possible. The particular manifestation of that principle for today? Charade, currently available on NETFLIX INSTANT, HULU PLUS, and YOUTUBE($). Cary Grant [Read More...]

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Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas

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Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More...]

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SSF: “Bill Bonner, Vintage Photo Archivist”

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Looking back through my smallish (but rapidly expanding) collection of shorts, I recognize something that I’ve known for some time: I gravitate greatly towards animated shorts. That’s not going to change — because STILL A KID! – but I can also promise that live-action shorts will crop up from time to time (especially sci-fi ones). The [Read More...]

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