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3 things about Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

Ex Machina [2015] 1. A beautiful, useless stack of wood: the fireplace is just for show. 2. She pinches the skin under her eye and peels it back. 3. Just before the elevator door closes, a glance. Fantastically stylish, well acted, … Continue reading

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3 things about Hiroshi Teshigahara’s THE FACE OF ANOTHER

The Face of Another [1966] 1. In the tea shop, they discuss how loud the music is. Done on purpose to encourage turnover. 2. He looks out the window at the sea. A bright flash. He’s been replaced by a … Continue reading

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3 things about Michael Crichton’s LOOKER

Looker [1981] 1. The doorbell rings. She takes off her robe and goes to answer the door in her underwear, naturally. 2. Insufficient body twist. 3. Spurt Toothpaste.

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3 things about Stanley Donen’s SATURN 3

Saturn 3 [1980] 1. Gravity in four directions. 2. “You have a great body. May I use it?” 3. The spectacle of a naked Kirk Douglas strangling Harvey Keitel is one I will not soon forget.

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3 things about David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ

eXistenZ [1999] 1. Balmsticks for bioports. 2. “You have to play the game to find out why you’re playing the game.” 3. Cheek-shredding teeth bullets.

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3 things about Val Guest’s THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE

The Day the Earth Caught Fire [1961] 1. The Thames is a tiny creek in the middle of the riverbed. 2. “Have you suffered from marriage, divorce, any other viruses?” 3. Splashing around in water is the ultimate decadence.

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3 things about J.J. Abrams’ SUPER 8

Super 8 [2011] 1. He makes a mental calculation and says, “I could get back into disco.” 2. A hole in his space shuttle poster. 3. Exploding water tower.

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