SVS: “Sense and Sensibility”

“From the Oscar-winning director* of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Hulk and the whiny, ridiculously over-entitled rich gal from Titanic, and the frigid (darn, should have saved that one for Titanic), neurotic, desperately-blocked writer from Stranger Than Fiction and the Uber-Villainous Gruber from Die Hard and that one genius-jerk from “House” comes a heart-warming tale of self-sacrificing, unrequited love and patient, edifying sisterly [Read More…]

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C.P.E. and the Transverse Flute

Today’s shaping up to be a data-mining/data-compiling/mail-merging kind’o’day. In other words, an “I Must Listen To Music Or I Shall Run Mad” sort of day. Luckily, there’s an Internet for that. Here. This should get your toes a-tappin’: That, as you doubtless instantly recognized, is the great-(if overshadowed just a touch by his dad)-C.P.E. Bach’s G [Read More…]

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Frane Selak: The Luckiest of Unlucky Men

NOTE: “As of this date, none of Selak’s claims have been independently verified.” But as my father always says, why let facts get in the way of a good story? For some reason, I keep thinking about is the opening of Magnolia. Except Sydney Barringer would have been the Unluckiest of Lucky Men, right? (Also, [Read More…]

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“Collecting My Thoughts,” by Grant Snider

Perhaps it’s because I just polished off a much-needed long weekend, or perhaps it’s because I took last Friday off in addition to the previously-scheduled long weekend. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. But whatever the cause, I’ve had a tough time gathering my thoughts today. (Yes, this is not rare. Yes, today’s much worse.) [Read More…]

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SSF: “Fathoms”

Today’s entry is a bit longer than the usual “Summa” (over 20 minutes), quite a bit more melancholic (truth be told, it’s pretty much a downer), and feels quite a bit less kid-friendly than the shorts I usually post. It’s certainly unsettling at times, and even scary. …and you know I hate scary. But I loved [Read More…]

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SVS: “Serenity”

OK, I admit it. This week’s suggestion is maybe a teeny-tiny, wee bit clickbait-y. A smidgen of “Let’s See If I Can Tap Into the Insane Power of the Browncoats,” yes. But I’m not sorry.  Because it’s also a really fun flick, and today’s Friday. And for those among us interested in the cinematically historical, it’s probably [Read More…]

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Church and Culture and Me

Remember that time when I said that Deal Hudson was going to let me be on his “Church and Culture” radio program? I was telling the truth. Really. See? (By which I mean: “Hear?”) [audio:http://old.avemariaradio.net/archive2/2014/04/cac_20140426_1.mp3] Yes, we talked about movies. Of course. It’s what I do. Attribution(s): Old-timey radio courtesy of Shutterstock. [Read more…]

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In Honor of All Those Celebrating Academic Achievements

A thematically-appropriate (and highly celebratory) musical selection for those looking back on a recent (or forward to an impending) graduation: That’s Johannes Brahms‘ “Academic Festival Overture.” Enjoy! The particular version I’m featuring here (led by Sir Georg Solti) nosed out a Klemperer setting (which I find too slow), a Bernstein one (which I find too insane), a Muti [Read More…]

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“The Power of a Smile”

One of the more intriguing photographic features on the National Geographic website is something called “Your Shot,” described thusly by the NG folks: Our mission is to tell stories collaboratively through big, bold photography and expert curation. …Contribute your best photos and captions to an assignment, and our editors will handpick their favorites. The result? A published story [Read More…]

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SSF: “Moving On”

“Time always unwinding, all these dead lines in my mind.” This week’s entry, a mesmerizing shot that appeared in my feedreader on Friday: The short’s director is Ainslie Henderson, and the band is named James. But I’ll be honest: The words didn’t even register the first couple of times I watched, so fascinated was I by the [Read More…]

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