3 things about Nicholas Ray’s BIGGER THAN LIFE

Bigger Than Life [1956]

1. Smashing the bannister.
2. After he cons the pharmacist he says, “I’m glad I dropped in. I’m new here. I like the way you do business.”
3. Calling the doctor “sir” in anger.

3 other things.

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3 things about Jordan Peele’s GET OUT

Get Out [2017]

1.  Pervasive Microsoft product placement.
2. They had to seal off the basement. Black mould.
3. She has a snack: a small portion of Froot Loops and a glass of milk.

3 other things.

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3 things about George Miller and George Ogilvie’s MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome [1985]

1. Her own personal sax man.
2. Shit conveyor belt.
3. View Master.

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s MURDER AT THE VANITIES

Murder at the Vanities [1934]

1. All-too-brief ode to marijuana that ends with blood dripping onto the bare shoulders of a chorus girl.
2. Arpeggio, arpeggio, arpeggio! Ellington hams it up at the piano.
3. “Cocktails for Two” is a celebration of the end of Prohibition.

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ROY’S WORLD gets its first live, in-person screening in North America!

I am excited to announce that Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago will be part of the 2021 Mimesis Documentary Festival, August 4-10, in Boulder, Colorado. This will in fact be the film’s live, in-person North American debut! MDF’s Featured Artist this year is Pedro Costa.

I’ll share more information about the screening date/time, as well as ticketing information, as soon as details become available.

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s NO MAN OF HER OWN

No Man of Her Own [1950]

1. Has Barbara Stanwyck ever looked so exhausted on film?
2. A few seconds after she slips the ring on her finger, her reflection in the mirror shatters.
3. The telegram reads: WHO ARE YOU? WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE?

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s CHILDREN OF MEN

Children of Men [2006]

1. “I just don’t think about it.”
2. Prescient: everyone at work, no one working; watching the media coverage of the death.
3. Smashed in the face with a cinder block.

3 other things.

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3 things about Franklin J. Schaffner’s PLANET OF THE APES

Planet of the Apes [1968]

1. Scratching out the message in the dirt.
2. Interspecies kiss.
3. “His destiny.”

3 other things.

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3 things about Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE

High Life [2018]

1. Her body slowly moving further away.
2. Rivulet of fluid draining from the box.
3. A handful of earth in the bodybag.

3 other things.

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3 things about Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI

Flowers of Shanghai [1998]

1. Wine and hot towels.
2. Ham congee.
3. We catch two glimpses of the outside world, both through open windows.

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