Monthly Archives: March 2010

STORIES FROM THE GRID: Belmont/Sheridan

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. At the front of the line in the convenience store was a young woman in sweats and a tanktop, holding a tiny suede purse. She had two coffees in styrofoam … Continue reading

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3 things about Woody Allen’s ALICE

Alice [1990] 1. “I need to stop, this is getting really interesting.” 2. Mia on a tan leather chair, wrapped in a quilt. 3. They fly over Manhattan, Superman-style.

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3 things about STRAIT-JACKET

Strait-Jacket [1964] 1. “She was very much a woman, and very much aware of the fact.” 2. The living clothesline. 3. He goes to the bathroom to brush his teeth, then completely forgets about it and wanders back to the … Continue reading

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3 things about THE SEVEN-UPS

The Seven-Ups [1973] 1. Sign in the break room: WATCH OUT FOR SNIPERS. PULL SHADES. 2. The car slams into the semi, neatly compacting the top half like a peeled-back candy bar wrapper. 3. “I did it for Rosie and the kid and the bills!”

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3 things about ALL ABOUT EVE

All About Eve [1950] 1. “You’re maudlin and full of self-pity. You’re magnificent.” 2. She begins to tear apart the wig, then stops herself. A moment later she lovingly places it on its holder and smoothes out the curls. 3. … Continue reading

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3 things about YOJIMBO

Yojimbo [1961] 1. “I hate pathetic people! If you cry I’ll kill you!” 2. His voice comes from within the coffin: “Very interesting.” 3. First he casually smashes the empty saki bottle over his friend’s head, then escorts him outside.

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3 things about COUNSELLOR AT LAW

Counsellor at Law [1933] 1. She asks for tongue on rye, extra Russian dressing, and a chocolate malted. 2. “I hope you have a safe trip!” She hangs up the phone. “I hope you fall overboard.” 3. He contemplates the open … Continue reading

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STORIES FROM THE GRID: Orrington/Elgin

Being part of a series involving Chicago and its surroundings. It was twilight and the young woman was walking south on Orrington, alone, wearing a very bulky winter coat. It was quite cold and so she also had on a … Continue reading

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3 things about A SCANNER DARKLY

A Scanner Darkly [2006] 1. He uses the bug spray like deodorant. 2. Sign on the fridge: “TIME TO THAW WALT OUT!” 3. Toilet bowl in the bushes.

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And he came up to me and he said, “Eva Marie, you should not drink your coffee that way in front of all those people. Get Miss Saint a china cup and a china saucer for her coffee!”

A special screening of North by Northwest is coming up here in Chicago, so I was able to interview Eva Marie Saint. What a wonderful lady!

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