SVS: “Searching for Bobby Fischer”

It’s unsettling isn’t it? When you realize there are only so many things you can teach a child and, finally, they are what they are. I’m double-dipping a bit today, because I’ve already recommended in the not-too-distant-past. But it’s worth recommending again, especially if you’re looking for something in the “Whole Family Friday Night Fun” vein: Searching [Read More…]

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In which I take my life in my hands…

…by recommending a half-dozen films for young kids over at SlowMama. Why is it so risky, you ask? Because a) it’s hard, and b) parents: Few things are as nerve-racking for me as recommending films for young children. The key is knowing your audience, of course — but with youngsters, there are so many variables. …then there’s the fact [Read More…]

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A Special Anniversary for Dodger Fans

Yes, I realize this is a day late. But I almost missed it altogether. Thanks to Jon Weisman, though, I didn’t: Ten years ago tonight, Alex Cora stepped into the batters’ box in the bottom of the seventh inning against Matt Clement of the Cubs. You could be excused for thinking that 10 years went [Read More…]

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SSF: “Lady with Long Hair”

In the wake of a wonderful Mother’s Day, an animated reminder of the way we children and our lives are woven together with those of our mothers, shaping them and their memories just as deeply as they shape us and ours. Again, lots of wonderfully subtle little touches. Like the way the short uses Grandma’s [Read More…]

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My Most Anticipated Film of 2015

I can’t say for sure, because I change my mind so frequently. But it is entirely possible that my most-keenly-anticipated film for next year is this: It might not be quite true to say that this is the film from next year that I most want to watch personally, even though I am a larger-than-normal Nick [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Magnificent Seven”

Y’all remember that I love Westerns, right? So the fact that I’m recommending one of the greats today — John Sturges’ legendary The Magnificent Seven — should come as a surprise to no one. It’s streaming on AMAZON PRIME. Go thou forth and watch it and have an absolute blast. Fed up with being brutalized and [Read More…]

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Graham Greene’s “The Hint of an Explanation” Offers Much More Than a Hint

I sometimes feel pity for that thing. It is so continually finding the right weapon to use against its Enemy and the weapon breaks in its own breast. It sometimes seems to me so… …powerless. In the midst of yesterday’s bizarre and unsettling Harvard Extension School/Satanic Temple story, all I could think about was “Where’d they [Read More…]

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Unforgettable Cuts: “Clancy’s Theme,” by Bruce Rowland

The Bruce Rowland-penned score for The Man from Snowy River is fantastic, and a significant factor in the film’s status as A Fast Favorite of the Susanka Seven. Yes, I’m sure the whips and horses and the insane plunge down the cliffside are all part of its charm, as well. But the soundtrack is spectacular. [Read More…]

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SSF: “Writers’ Block”

Some good, quirky fun. Sort of a Stranger Than Fiction vibe going on, right? Which is always worth feelin’. The animation’s deceptively simple, and subtler than it looks on the surface. I particularly love the way the stripes on the prisoners’ uniforms don’t move. I’m going to assume that’s a “Monkey Island” reference, because this is my [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

When The Diving Bell and the Butterfly first flitted over the turbid waters of my cinematic consciousness some years ago, I didn’t give it much thought. To be perfectly honest, my initial reactions were almost entirely incidental. The first, a mild curiosity over the fact that its director shared a surname with the famous pianist and [Read More…]

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