3 things about John Boorman’s POINT BLANK

Point Blank [1967]

1. Dried white crusts on her lips. An empty bottle of pills on the dresser.
2. He looks down at the empty bed. It triggers that memory of Lynne.
3. Dips his fingers into the pool. “Ice cold, Bill.”

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s THE SANDPIPER

The Sandpiper [1965]

1. She pushes her hair back with the handle of her paintbrush.
3. “I want you Laura. I want you.” She’s speechless, stunned. Without another word he turns and leaves the house.
2. They lie on a green blanket on top of a red blanket. Greenish light in the background.

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3 things about Denis Villeneuve’s BLADE RUNNER 2049

Blade Runner 2049 [2017]

1. Four hands caressing the back of his neck.
2. He pours some whiskey on the floor for his dog.
3. A large dent in his thumbnail.

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3 things about Charles Barton’s ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein [1948]

1. Inadvertent surrealism: the whole thing takes place in Florida.
2. “And I wish you’d stop trying to put those ideas in this boy’s head! He’s not used to them.”
3. Sandra dies by being casually thrown through the window to the water below.

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Tax deductible and ready for action.

I am excited to announce that my documentary project Roy’s World: Barry Gifford & Chicago has entered into a fiscal partnership with IFP Chicago. Why is that exciting? It means the project can tap into the network of one of Chicago’s most passionate champions for independent filmmaking. And it means that you can support the project directly—with a tax deductible donation!

That’s right: all direct donations to Roy’s World via IFP Chicago are tax deductible, and you’ll receive a record of your donation for your accountant. There are certainly worse places to park your simoleons. So (at the risk of sounding like an NPR pledge drive) don’t delay, give today!

Also, don’t forget about the extraordinarily cool show coming up at Constellation on November 4 where you’ll be able to hear Barry Gifford read from his brand new book of Roy stories, alongside Jason Adasiewicz’s soundtrack for the film—performed live by Jason, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Joshua Abrams, and Mike Reed. It’s going to knock your socks off.

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3 things about Jennifer Kent’s THE BABADOOK

The Babadook [2014]

1. Paper blood flowing down her paper neck.
2. “You can bring me the boy.”
3. To me, the most touching moment is when Mrs. Roach alludes to her Parkinson’s disease.

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3 things about David Cronenberg’s RABID

Rabid [1977]

1. “I don’t want to be the Colonel Sanders of plastic surgery.”
2. A movie poster for Carrie in the background.
3. Machine-gunned Santa.

Above all, what attracts me the most about this film is its wintry mid-70s Canadian vibe.

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