3 things about Lynne Littman’s TESTAMENT

Testament [1983]

1. Teasingly, he plucks at her nightshirt.
2. “Larry left us today. He just crawled into a ball and died.”
3. She gently lifts him out of the sink; the water has turned brown. She swaddles him in clean towels and then we see a large red spot.

This ought to be discussed as one of the masterworks of 20th Century filmmaking.

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3 things about Andrew L. Stone’s CRY TERROR!

Cry Terror! [1958]

1. Thumb hooked into the corner of his mouth, index finger resting near the corner of his eye. Unimpressed with her panic.
2. He casually slaps her in the face with the newspaper and wrests away the phone.
3. The tone in his voice as he declares, shiv in hand: “I’m going to kill him, I’m going to kill him.”

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Alex Inglizian joins ROY’S WORLD

A sound designer takes all the elements that makes up a film’s aural atmosphere, including music, voiceover, and sound effects, and combines them into a harmonic whole. It’s an exquisitely difficult balancing act. When it’s done well, sound design expands the presence and mood of the film beyond what’s merely on the screen. It is absolutely one of the most important components of filmmaking.

Which is why I’m thrilled to announce that Alex Inglizian of Chicago’s famed Experimental Sound Studio is coming on board as sound designer. In addition to scads of previous film and video credits, Alex has engineered and mixed many, many albums, including several featuring Jason Adasiewicz. So the project’s sound is in good hands (or should I say ears?)

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3 things about John Huston’s UNDER THE VOLCANO

Under the Volcano [1984]

1. An old Indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken.
2. He endures a very brief shower and then submits to a shave.
3. The neatly printed business card.

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3 things about Michael Winner’s THE BIG SLEEP

The Big Sleep [1978]

1. Smearing blood all over the beaded curtain.
2. Grotesque glass eye.
3. “If I had a razor, I’d cut your throat just to see what ran out of it.”

Another loser from Winner. He has absolutely no competence at staging or editing a scene. Too bad, because Robert Mitchum is game and Oliver Reed is a fantastic Eddie Mars.

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3 things about John Glen’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

The Living Daylights [1987]

1. Topless diversion.
2. “He got the boot.”
3. Bulletproof gun shield.

3 other things.

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3 things about Terence Fisher’s THE MUMMY

The Mummy [1959]

1. Christopher Lee’s gold nail polish.
2. It’s all about the matching hairstyle.
3. Why does he take her to the swamp?

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