3 things about Michael Apted’s THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

The World Is Not Enough [1999]

1. Tumbling down the roof of the Millennium Dome.
2. “I came prepared for a cold reception.”
3. Cutaway office.

3 other things.

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3 things about Michael Curtiz & William Keighley’s THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

The Adventures of Robin Hood [1938]

1. Saucy fellow.
2. Shimmering black gown with forest green headpiece.
3. Splatters of candle wax on the stone floor.

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Chicago, Illinois, 1953.

This is a still from Lilli Carré’s animated segment in Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago, which is narrated by Lili Taylor. You can read the story it’s based on at Chicagoist.

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3 things about John Curran’s CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Chappaquiddick [2017]

1. “Fortunately for us, it looks like Ted’s big brother arranged for just that.”
2. Foam from the mouth.
3. He takes off his shoes.

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Editing ROY’S WORLD has been a blast.

When we started editing Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago, my editor Marianna Milhorat lived in Pilsen, right here in Chicago on the south side. That’s about a 45-minute trip via CTA from my own apartment. No big deal.

But this project has entailed a very long-term commitment. And needless to say, that means you have to make adjustments. In the midst of editing, for a variety of professional and personal reasons, Marianna up and moved to Montreal. No longer a 45-minute trip!

At first I was a little worried about how that long-distance arrangement was going to affect the project creatively. But over the course of many months we evolved a workflow that was surprisingly successful. The necessity of having that back and forth with built-in pauses (she’d send me a new cut, I’d meditate on it, dash off some notes, and then she’d recut things and send it back, etc.) actually encouraged us to be more thoughtful. Sometimes being forced to slow down is a good thing; it opens up a space for unexpected ideas and solutions. It’s happened on this project more times than I can count.

But as you get real close to end, there comes a point when you just have to be in the same room together. Thus at the end of February I found myself in the peculiar situation of flying to Montreal for five days of intensive editing of a documentary about 1950s-era Chicago. (I rewatched Robert Altman’s Quintet in preparation of course.)

Marianna Milhorat and I at a lumière collective in Montreal, 3 March 2019. Photo by Jason Halprin.

We were graciously hosted by la lumière collective, a space with a very mellow vibe and friendly people. It ended up being exactly the sort of neutral place we needed to concentrate on the movie.

To cut to the chase, it was an amazingly productive trip and … we might have even reached picture lock? Stay tuned.

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Recipe: Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Punch

For awhile now I’ve wondered to myself if you could feasibly scale up a Mai Tai to punchbowl proportions. So for our annual Oscars party this year I gave it a whirl. I decided to use the Hawaiian Mai Tai as my basis, which is sweeter and fruitier than Trader Vic’s classic formulation, figuring that would be more appropriate for punch. I was very pleased with the result! It’s very easy drinking, with an intriguing balance of flavors.


2 bottles of champagne or dry sparkling white
12 oz. pulp-free orange juice
12 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
6 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2.5 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 oz. orange curaçao
8 oz. orgeat
10 oz. Lemon Hart Demerara Rum
10 oz. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum
8 oz. white rum (such as Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year)

The day before serving, freeze a large ice mold. 15 minutes before serving place the ice in a large punchbowl. Add all ingredients, saving champagne for last. Stir gently to combine. Serve in small glasses.

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3 things about Roger Spottiswoode’s TOMORROW NEVER DIES

Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]

1. “You always were a cunning linguist, James.”
2. The women with the enigmatic smile whose Hong Kong apartment their motorbike crashes through the roof of.
3. Carver gets carved.

You’ve gotta have a soft spot for any movie where Ricky Jay plays an evil computer genius. 3 other things.

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