SSF: “Living Like Kings”

LLkings

You know those times when you find yourself watching something really unusual and fascinating, and when it’s done, all you can do is wish that it had been longer? Well, that’s exactly how I reacted to this mini-doc, which probably would have felt too short at three (or 20) times the length: Having visited Christchurch a year [Read More...]

SVS: “Columbo”

Columbo

I’m not recommending a film this week, I’m recommending a TV show. Actually, to be honest, I’m not recommending a show. I’m recommending a performance. A character: Lieutenant Colombo, whose eponymous series is currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide [Read More...]

10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House

DomTemple

A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

SSF: “Technological Threat”

technological-threat

Today’s Avery homage, Technological Threat, might sting a little, especially for you office folks. Just rub some dirt on it and keeping going. Productivity is paramount! An office clerk, fearing replacement by a robot, fights back. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of their respective creators and/or distributors. Interestingly, this particular YouTube version comes [Read More...]

SVS: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Earnest

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delecate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did it would prove a serious threat to [Read More...]

SSF: “Second Wind”

SecondWind

A wonderfully-crafted little short that reminds me (visually and melodically, at least) of my beloved Secret of Kells: This spiritual journey of two friends becomes a story about life and death whose refreshing aesthetic consists of paper/pencil cell animation. I’m not sure I grasp the details of the story — the alien windmill threw me off [Read More...]

SVS: “The African Queen”

African 4 Stoic

…it’s not a metaphor about a relationship — it’s just a great portrait of one.  It understands exactly what movies are for:  to show us things we already know, but in a new way.  With crocodiles! Simcha Fisher Early last month, our very own Simcha (re)published a post entitled  “Hooray for the African Queen!,” in which she extolled [Read More...]

SSF: “Fishing at Lethe”

Fishing-at-Lethe-Short-Film

Today’s short, Derek Fong’s Fishing at Lethe, reminds me a great deal of Barbara Bakos’ Lady with Long Hair, which I mentioned a few months back. And not just because they both focus on fishing and/or elderly ladies coming to terms with their pasts. It’s the whole “recalling lost memories” bit that really gets to me, though the reasons behind [Read More...]

SVS: “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”

BBoB

Bing Russell was a largely-unsung character actor. Someone whose face you recognize immediately, but whose name lags far behind — often to the point of anonymity. He appeared in a host of Westerns, most famously as Deputy Clem Foster in 50+ episodes/13 years of “Bonanza,” but his greatest claim to fame is probably the fact that his [Read More...]

SSF: “Malaria”

Malaria

This is the sort of thing that’s referred to as “mixed-media,” right? (And also as “Awesome.” To say nothing of “Ridiculously Imaginative.” Or “Quite Possibly the Best Simulation of Comic Book Sensibilities I’ve Ever Seen Captured on Film.” Which all apply, as well.) MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This [Read More...]


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