3 things about Guy Hamilton’s FUNERAL IN BERLIN

Funeral in Berlin [1966]

1. The customs agent opens the suitcase, revealing a collection of lingerie, then looks up at Palmer for an explanation.
2. “What will you tell Ross?”
“I don’t know. Let’s get out of here. I’ve got some fiction to write.”
3. He asks about an interest free loan of £800 for a car.

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A new tale for Xmas from Barry Gifford.

In 2009 Chicagoist posted “The Starving Dogs of Little Croatia,” a newly written Christmas story by Barry. Seven years later and the annual tradition continues with “Role Models.” (It just might be included in my documentary!) Enjoy.

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3 things about Sidney J. Furie’s THE IPCRESS FILE

The Ipcress File [1965]

1. He grinds his own coffee! And uses a french press! In 1965! No wonder he’s referred to as a gourmet.
2. “Do you ever take off your glasses?” she asks.
“No,” he replies. “Only when I’m in bed.”
She takes off his glasses.
3. He cuts his wrists with the restraints in order resist the hypnosis.

Certainly Furie’s artiest flick. Interesting to see how it overlaps yet resists the James Bond formula.

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3 things about Ted Demme’s THE REF

The Ref [1994]

1. “Is it real coffee, or some Scandinavian Christmas potion?”
2. Poodle sweater.
3. Daniel Lanois poster in his bedroom. The kid has taste.

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3 things about Roy Rowland’s THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. [1953]

1. Pointing pink and red gloves.
2. “You talk a lot but I don’t know how much you say.”
3. Flatbed plumber truck with A. ZABLADOWSKI painted across the side.

3 other things.

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3 things about George Seaton’s AIRPORT

Airport [1970]

1. Multiple actors from Invasion of the Body Snatchers … what does it mean?
2. A thick black pencil in her purse, “just like the airlines use.”
3. “You’ve been bragging about your scrambled eggs. I think it’s time I find out how good they really are.”

If only Jacqueline Bisset had been Charlotte Rampling. Burt Lancaster’s hair tries to have it both ways.

3 other things. 

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3 things about Justin Lin’s STAR TREK BEYOND

Star Trek Beyond [2016]

1. “Cut its throat.”
2. Multiple motorcycles.
3. She’s suddenly a member of Starfleet just like that?

An improvement over the last one for sure, but the plot holes don’t bear scrutiny.

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