3 things about Julian Jarrold’s THE GIRL

The Girl [2012]

1. Her daughter wakes her up and she immediately starts clawing at the air.
2. Hitchcock in an apron and rubber gloves, doing the dishes.
3. The purse is the brightest yellow in the world. We all want to know what’s inside it.

Nonplussed. Toby Jones and Imelda Staunton are excellent, but Sienna Miller is never able to capture Tippi Hedren’s essence. A big problem. And though the screenplay is both factual and plausible, the movie never makes you feel what was so wonderful about Hitchcock and his films. So the end result is a seriously unbalanced story. But the production design and recreations of Hedren’s wardrobe are spot on, and that stuff is a lot of fun.

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3 things about Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY

The Trip to Italy [2014]

1. “She has quite a lovely gait.”
“Probably padlocked.”
2. Kumquats.
3. He points out a bust. “Look at that hair. George Michael, ‘Careless Whisper’ video.”

My only complaint is the scarcity of desserts in the movie.

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The editing principle that guides me.

Paraphrased from a 2000 interview between Walter Murch and Anne V. Coates:

Don’t cut until you have to.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ FACES

Faces [1968]

1. The tear, poised to fall, remains in place.
2. “So, what have I got after all those years? A big house, a kooky wife, and a kid who wears sneakers.”
3. Smoker’s cough on the stairs.

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3 things about Barry Shear’s ACROSS 110TH STREET

Across 110th Street [1972]

1. “Honey, will ya cover your tits? Come on.”
2. A giant painting of himself on his office wall.
3. Dead on her feet.

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3 things about George Stevens’ SWING TIME

Swing Time [1936]

1. “I’d rather not be wrong than be right!”
2. She makes as if to kiss him and he backs away, alarmed.
3. An empty, star-spangled nightclub.

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3 things about Quentin Tarantino’s JACKIE BROWN

Jackie Brown [1997]

1. “Demi Moore.”
2. Paperbacks in the bottom of the bag.
3. He opens the door. Spatters of blood on his shirt.

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