3 things about Lew Landers’ THE RAVEN

The Raven [1935]

1. Poe interpretive dance.
2. “You are saying something profound.”
3. The whole bedroom is an elevator.

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Our Chicago Premiere! November 13 at the Music Box Theatre.

Originally we meant to screen at the Music Box back in May 2020. But we all know what happened. I am so grateful to the Chicago Critics Film Festival for persevering despite some truly daunting circumstances and rescheduling the event. With proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test required for all ticketholders, I am confident that we can screen the film safely.

Barry Gifford will there! (And quite possibly some additional surprise guests we are not yet at liberty to divulge.) Buy tix now—they’re gonna be hotter’n Georgia asphalt.

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3 things about Erle C. Kenton’s ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

Island of Lost Souls [1932]

1. Vegetarian because of the natives.
2. All coming right at you.
3. The mob smashes into a case of surgical instruments and begins the vivisection.

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3 things about Hirokazu Kore-eda’s AFTER LIFE

After Life [1998]

1. A plastic bag filled with flower petals.
2. The cool breeze coming through the open window of the tram.
3. When the lights in the theater come up, his seat is empty.

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3 things about Cary Joji Fukunaga’s NO TIME TO DIE

No Time to Die [2021]

1. “My sense of timing.”
2. Logan Ash is described by Felix as a political appointee. Nice touch.
3. Poison garden.

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3 things about Steve James’ and Alex Kotlowitz’s THE INTERRUPTERS

The Interrupters [2011]

1. “Violence is a learned behavior.”
2. In the casket wearing his cap.
3. She can’t participate in the pageant but knows all the words to the song.

3 other things.

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3 things about Brad Bischoff’s GRASSHOPPERS

Grasshoppers [2021]

1. Sleeping cat on the bed, unremarked upon by anyone in the room.
2. “Where’s the lime?”
“Fuck the lime. I am the lime.”
3. He dumps the dead possum out of the trash bag. As they leave the property, a breeze gently carries the empty trash bag away.

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3 things about Jacques Deray’s LA PISCINE

La Piscine [1969]

1. I want a sequel that explores the lives of the absent owners of the villa. Apparently they’re off in India somewhere.
2. Uncle Ben’s white rice.
3. “I’m cold and I’m drunk!”

This film absolutely lives up to the hype. Absurdly gorgeous people in a beautiful vacation house behaving very badly.

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3 things about Ken Russell’s CRIMES OF PASSION

Crimes of Passion [1984]

1. Years before Leland Palmer, “Get Happy” with Anthony Perkins.
2. A roasting pan placed on the floor at each viewing station to catch the drippings.
3. Neon silhouette fornication.

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3 things about Edward Sedgwick’s THE FIRST DEGREE

The First Degree [1923]

1. The moustache signifies his evil.
2. “We need husky young fellows like you.”
3. Lightning flashes and rain streaming through the broken window during the struggle.

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