3 things about Spike Lee’s DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA

David Byrne’s American Utopia [2020]

1. Tracing the longitudinal fissure with his index finger.
2. Pant leg dance moves.
3. Congratulating an audience member on his age.

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3 things about Jack Arnold’s TARANTULA

Tarantula [1955]

1. “The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!”
2. Pools of goo.
3. Leo G. Carroll’s monstrous brow.

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3 things about William Castle’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

House on Haunted Hill [1959]

1. “Don’t you see a little touch of greed around the mouth and eyes?”
2. Blood on the ceiling.
3. Marionette contraption.

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3 things about Gary Sherman’s DEATH LINE

Death Line [1972]

1. Fixation on teabags.
2. Handy oil dispenser.
3. Biting off a rat’s head.

A few bravura sequences (opening title, lengthy tracking shot of the hidden lair) but this mostly plods along.

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD

There Will Be Blood [2007]

1. “I should have known that under this, all these years you’ve been building your hate for me piece by piece.”
2. A plate of cold spare ribs.
3. Filthy will oil and dirt, lying together on top of a blanket.

3 other things.

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3 things about Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT

Knives Out [2019]

1. Dust bunnies on the floor of the abandoned laundromat.
2. Fruit magnet scrambling the videotape.
3. Jolly sailor at the foot of the staircase; an allusion to Sleuth?

3 other things.

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3 things about Harry Kümel’s DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS

Daughters of Darkness [1971]

1. “She’s leaving tomorrow.”
“By that time, many things can happen.”
2. Nails painted blood red.
3. Shiny black raincoat as cape, shroud.

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3 things about John ‘Bud’ Cardos’s KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

Kingdom of the Spiders [1977]

1. Nervous horses.
2. Are they swingers?
3. Coffee time.

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3 things about George A. Romero’s SEASON OF THE WITCH

Season of the Witch [1972]

1. Snapping tree branches slashing her face. Somehow the opening scene reminds me of the opening scene of Belle de Jour.
2. Momentary cat. Just a stray that wandered in?
3. New, towering hairdo.

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3 things about Gordon Douglas’s THEM!

Them! [1954]

1. Their first view is of her legs.
2. Flame shadows.
3. Numbered drain pipes.

3 other things.

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