SSF: “The Alchemist’s Letter”

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A few months back, I saw some promising publicity on/artwork from a short film called “The Alchemist’s Letter.” But since the short itself was not yet available, I put it in my “Draft-and-Follow” folder for a later date. Today (at long last), I can happily report that your patience — which you probably did not even [Read More...]

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SVS: “Groundhog Day”

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Little League Season (aka, Full-On Parental Insanity) is upon me, which means my Instinct for Self-Preservation (aka, Cut Down On Everything But Baseball-inct) is about to kick into high gear. So I might be sort-of mailing these Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) in for a bit. Going straight for the low-hanging streaming fruit, so to speak; [Read More...]

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Roger Deakins on Shooting Westerns (and More)

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After (re)turning to the Coen Brothers’ True Grit last night with a couple of friends, I was reminded of two things. Well, quite a bit more than two, actually. It’s incredibly re-watchable. But let’s keep it simple, shall we? So…two things: First, Roger Deakins is, and has long been, and will soon cease to be (I say [Read More...]

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Those Baroque Jesuits

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OK, so that title’s a) click-baity (because The Pope), and b) not accurate. It should say “Jesuit,” not “Jesuits.” Because I’m talking about one. Namely, Domenico Zipoli: …an Italian Baroque composer who worked and died in Córdoba (Argentina). He became a Jesuit in order to work in the Reductions of Paraguay where his musical expertise contributed to develop the natural musical talents of [Read More...]

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James, Our Own Little Man of Mystery

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James, The Fifth Son, is a bit of a riddle to me. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, to be precise. Here’s the latest (hilarious and inscrutable) example. I came home this afternoon to find him huddled over a pile of cardboard scraps – the remains of the display Sean had produced as part of his [Read More...]

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SSF: “Wanderers”

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Having recently watched Interstellar (and re-watched “Ambition”), I am reminded of Erik Wernquist’s Webby-nominated short, “Wanderers.” I especially like the way he includes a humanizing element in nearly every sequence, to give us a sense of scale and emotional impact. And the final shot is fantastic. (Also, be sure to visit the gallery on Erik’s “Wanderers” mini-site, where [Read More...]

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SVS: “Sunset Boulevard”

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A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read all about it in the late editions, I’m sure. You’ll get it over your radio, and see it on television — because an old-time star is involved. One of the biggest. But before you hear it [Read More...]

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Best Miyazaki Tribute Ever?

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I’m not saying this is the best Miyazaki tribute I’ve ever seen… …but I’m not saying it’s not. Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies Project: A trailer for a 2D animated sci-fi/adventure feature Pitch: A young boy who lives in a village perched on a huge tree falls in the depths of the forest [Read More...]

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Parked by the Jukebox with Hollow Coves’ “The Woods”

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A few weeks ago, quite by accident, I stumbled across the musical stylin’s of an “acoustic duo” from Australia named Hollow Coves. I’m not kidding. It was a genuine accident. I was listening to something else entirely on SoundCloud and this came on before I had time to switch back from my other tab to turn it off. But [Read More...]

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The Value of Knowing Another’s Secrets, Movie-Wise

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For Wilder the writer, knowledge is power, and the way he wields it is wonderful to behold. For Baxter, though, it’s much more than power. For him, it’s salvation. [Read more...]

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