3 things about Mike Mills’ 20th CENTURY WOMEN

20th Century Women [2016]

1. “Wondering if you’re happy is just a shortcut to being depressed.”
2. Goof: “The Big Country” is not the first song on the second side of More Songs about Buildings and Food.
3. As part of her Y2K plan, $16,000 in gold coins in a safety deposit box at the Bank of Montecito.

Thoroughly wonderful.

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Kenny Burrell cocktail.

I’ve been entranced by the guitar stylings of Kenny Burrell at least as far back as the first time I heard his masterpiece Midnight Blue. So I offer up this libation in his honor. It spotlights (albeit subtly) Plantation’s newest rum.

KENNY BURRELL COCKTAIL

2 oz. Hamilton Guyana Rum
.5 oz. Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
2 teaspoons honey syrup
5 drops ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Add ingredients to a small tumbler. Add a jumbo cube of ice and stir for five seconds. Garnish with an orange peel, press play on “Chitlins Con Carne,” and serve.

(Thanks Anthony for the bitters!)

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3 things about Philip Kaufman’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

1. Why the name change from Miles to Matthew?
2. He’s only able to destroy his own pod.
3. Her left cheek caves in, begins to crumble.

3 other things.

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3 things about Michael Winner’s SCORPIO

Scorpio [1973]

1. Burt in blackface.
2. A toast to dinosaurs.
3. Compulsive flower arranging.

Ugh. Michael Winner was behind some of the most mediocre films on the 70s and 80s. Nothing new here at all.

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3 things about Alan Arkin’s LITTLE MURDERS

Little Murders [1971]

1. “I really nearly trust you!”
2. He slowly shuffles to the other end of the subway car and takes a seat. AS he sits down, the man to his right pulls away slightly
3. A monument to Victor Herbert catches his eye.

3 other things.

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3 things about Luca Guadagnino’s A BIGGER SPLASH

A Bigger Splash [2015]

1. She defiantly points out that she’s 22.
2. A detour for ricotta.
3. “Don’t scream, madam! Your voice”

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A selected inventory of 2016.

By the numbers …

175: movies I watched in 2016 (25 of which I viewed in a theater)
30: pizzas we ordered from The Art of Pizza
10: mystery green statistic

Happy New Year!

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