Baseball’s Springtime Reminder


It’s happening again, as it does every year. I’ve got a fever; a debilitating, devouring, demoralizing fever. And the only prescription is more baseball. Luckily, it’s late February. So I should be able to get this cleared up in no time. Renewing my subscription to the priceless (I wish) MLB.TV? Check. Hyperventilating over Saturday’s Spring Training openers? Check. [Read More...]

Bobby McFerrin on the Danceability of Bach


For those in search of a reason behind the posting of this clip, none shall be given. Other than the respectful suggestion that they watch it again. And again. And again, ’til the need for an explanation is washed gently away by the waves of pure awesomeness. Additional Bach and McFerrin links, however, are readily [Read More...]

Rounding Up Oscar’s Animated Shorts

Adam and Dog

With the 85th Academy Awards just ’round the corner, I spent the last few days scouring the Internet in search of nominees in the only category about which I truly care: Best Animated Short. Finding streaming versions online can be a tricky business, as they crop up and then vanish from various video sites like [Read More...]

Into the Wilderness


Therefore, in the punishment, and also in the malediction of the soil, there remains a good intention that comes from God. When he says to man, “You are dust and to dust you shall return!” together with the just punishment he also intends to announce a path of salvation, which will travel through the earth, [Read More...]

Prepping for Valentine’s Day with A&F’s “Top 25 Films on Marriage”


A group of bloggers from Patheos’ Movie Channel — including Jeffrey Overstreet and Peter Chattaway, two cinematic commentators I’ve been following for most of my Internet life – are also regular contributors to Image Journal/the Arts & Faith Forums. (The inimitable Steven D. Greydanus is a regular there, as well, but he has somehow managed to elude us. For [Read More...]

Reacting to The Resignation


Yes. If a Pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign. — Benedict XVI My Latin’s undeniably rusty, so as I listened to Papa Benedetto’s announcement this morning, I [Read More...]

Cinematically-Influenced Ear Worms for Your Friday Afternoon


Yesterday, as I sailed blithely along to the harmonious strains of the complete cello concerti of Luigi Boccherini, a Peter Weir film broke out. …I love it when that happens. The piece in question is the Passa Calle from LB’s “La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid.” And here it is: I recommend the entire [Read More...]

A Quasi-Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen


Ian McKellen is one of those folks to whom I would happily listen as he read the proverbial phone book. My first brush with His Lordship remains one of my favorite cinematic portrayals — Chauvelin from The Scarlett Pimpernel (1982) — and his voice is an enormous factor in that role; indeed, in any of [Read More...]

Taking Old-Time Baseball Literally


On a day when our own beloved Tom McDonald highlights (and then waxes most interestingly upon) yesterday’s borderline unbelievable historical discovery, I’ve got my own little historical tidbit to share: They found an old baseball. Really, really old. During the War Between the States, the game was played on the battlefields and even in wartime prison camps. Baseball was, after all, portable, and [Read More...]

Righting One of Oscar’s Greatest Wrongs


Thanks to the Variety series on this year’s Oscar-nominated cinematographers, I am reminded of one of my cinematic life’s most painful, inexplicable truths: Roger Deakins has never won an Oscar. As someone who has seen none of the 2012 films in question, I can’t speak to Deakins’ worthiness in this particular contest. Where I to find [Read More...]