3 things about Chan-wook Park’s THE HANDMAIDEN

The Handmaiden [2016]

1. A thick rope in a hatbox on the top shelf in her closet.
2. He sweeps the severed fingers into a bucket on the floor.
3. Mercury vapors.

A bit much …

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3 things about John Sturges’s BY LOVE POSSESSED

By Love Possessed [1961]

1. He reaches for his drink. She puts her hand over the glass and says, “If I get drunk and pass out, it won’t be fun for me. If you get drunk and pass out, it won’t be fun for me.” He leers at her, throws some money on the table, and they leave.
2. She works at the Elite Diner.
3. Packing for her trip while clad in an extremely baggy pink housecoat.

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3 things about Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s MY OCTOPUS TEACHER

My Octopus Teacher [2020]

1. Cradling the octopus like a baby.
2. Riding the shark’s back.
3. Puncturing the shell with its drill in precisely the right place.

Extraordinary!

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3 things about Spike Lee’s DA 5 BLOODS

Da 5 Bloods [2020]

1. Rusted-through bottom.
2. Hedy.
3. “You’re gonna fly.”

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s SMALL AXE: RED, WHITE AND BLUE

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue [2020]

1. Literal poster boy.
2. Tracking them through the factory.
3. On his way out, he smashes up the billiards game.

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3 things about George Clooney’s THE MIDNIGHT SKY

The Midnight Sky [2020]

1. A second bowl of cereal.
2. “I just point.”
3. Wolf blur.

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3 things about Chris Bolan’s A SECRET LOVE

A Secret Love [2020]

1. “I’ve thrown out 110 books.”
2. Marriage vows which include e.e. cummings.
3. A supply of autographed baseball cards.

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK

Small Axe: Lovers Rock [2020]

1. Flicking her cigarette at his backside.
2. “This is tea?”
“Jamaican tea.”
3. Time to wake up for church.

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3 things about Mike Leigh’s PETERLOO

Peterloo [2018]

1. He’s crestfallen at not getting assigned to Ireland.
2. Sharing bread with strangers.
3. A horse tramples the infant.

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3 things about Wesley Ruggles’ I’M NO ANGEL

I’m No Angel [1933]

1. The judge discreetly conveys a “don’t push it” message.
2. Beulah brings in a small tray with two tiny drinks on it and sets it on the edge of the piano.
3. “It’s not the men in my life, it’s the life in my men.”

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