Saying Goodbye to Eli the Great


Legendary Eli Wallach passed away yesterday, at the age of 98 (via The NY Times): More often than not, his film roles required him to play mustachioed characters who were lawless, evil or just plain nasty, which puzzled and challenged him. “Actually I lead a dual life,” he once said. “In the theater, I’m the little [Read More...]

Cormac and the Five Cherry Pits


A funny little Cormac (Sixth Son) story, which I’m putting here for safe-keeping because it’s hilarious and my memory’s horrible and I really want to remember it and thisismyblogsoI’lldowhatIwant. We got cherries in our latest co-op basket. Sarah had given them to the boys with the (usual) requirement that they put the pits and stems [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Koh Yao Noi”


Today’s short isn’t a fiction piece, and it’s not animated. So, by virtue of those two facts, it’s a bit of a departure from my typical offerings. However, its description contains the following phrase: “…using a GoPro camera and a Quadcopter…” And SOLD! Seriously, though, this is gorgeous. Even if the technical details behind Philip Bloom’s [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Chorus”


You know those times when you stumble across a premise for a film that sounds hyper-clichéd and unpleasantly treacly on paper and yet you still watch it (for some inexplicable reason) and it turns out that you were almost entirely wrong and it miraculously avoids a great many of the obvious pitfalls and manipulative missteps inherent [Read More...]

Kershaw’s Historic Night


So, Dodger ace (and all-around good guy) Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night. (Against the Rockies, which means my account had me blacked me out for most of the game. Because Wyoming. …though they relented when things got REALLY interesting.) It was probably the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen (on TV). Clayton [Read More...]

Andy Lee’s Incredible Infrared Images of Iceland


A couple of days ago, I stumbled across the astonishing imagery of UK-based photographer Andy “Large Welsh fella with camera” Lee: Infrared and Iceland, a match made in heaven. “A match made in Heaven,” he says? Hard to argue with these results. These particularly images come from a pair of Lee’s Iceland-centric portfolios — Iceland [Read More...]

Copland’s Old American Songs


Love these. That phrase could be interpreted either as a (grammatically questionable) description of my emotional response to Aaron Copland’s 1950′s-era arrangement of these ten classic American songs, or as a command. Which is fine. Either — in fact, both– will do. The choral versions are also fun, though a little too …cluttered for my [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Incredible Marrec”


The boys and I managed to squeeze in a bit of fishing this weekend. Once the snow stopped (because Wyoming.) We didn’t catch anything, though. Well, not yet, anyway. There was a fish that came close to Mark the Third’s line at one point, though. So there’s a decent chance we’ll have caught something by [Read More...]

Stepping Away For a Few


That’s me to a T. Not calm. Not lately. Luckily, this is Wyoming. And it’s not winter. So I’m goin’ fishing. With the entire family. …which might not help. But, still. Try to behave while I’m gone. More anon. [Read more...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Sneakers”


Heist films are quite an interesting little genre, with a long and storied history, and an intriguing set of commonly-present story elements and genre rules. They’re often elaborate, twisty, morally …imprecise, and (very often) a ton of fun. In related news, Sneakers is streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer [Read More...]