Monthly Archives: November 2010

3 things about George Marshall’s DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

Destry Rides Again [1939] 1. “I set ’em up, you drink ’em down. I set ’em up, you drink ’em down. I set ’em up, you drink ’em down. This is becoming monotonous!” 2. She examines her face in the … Continue reading

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3 things about Todd Phillips’ THE HANGOVER

The Hangover [2009] 1. He bends at the knees and makes an adjustment. 2. “Hey. You guys ready to let the dogs out?” 3. “Yes I do believe that, because she’s grossed out by semen.”

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3 things about Charles Ferguson’s INSIDE JOB

Inside Job [2010] 1. In some cases, 33:1 leverage. 2. “You’ve got three minutes left. Give it your best shot.” His face: a mixture of arrogant superiority, fury, and redhanded guilt. 3. When an interview subject nods vigorously while being … Continue reading

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3 things about Samuel Fuller’s UNDERWORLD U.S.A.

Underworld U.S.A. [1961] 1. He clenches the bedsheet in his fist. Dissolve to his hand slowly working the combination on the safe. 2. “Now. The most vicious increase in vice is the teenage dope addict. And the recruitment of schoolgirls … Continue reading

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s THE MATING SEASON

The Mating Season [1951] 1. He looks at her with a dreamy expression. “Where did you steal that hair of yours? From a lilac bush?” 2. She screams and leaps backward off the scale. “112! I have never weighed more … Continue reading

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A poem I wrote on Thanksgiving Day, 2001

HOLY CORNER Edinburgh. The quality of light—the four o’clock honeycomb candle wax tissue paper beam saturating every pore in the street, every rivulet of every brick, that four o’clock perpetual sunset each hour. Light falling on jet black hair. Stepping … Continue reading

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3 things about Woody Allen’s HUSBANDS AND WIVES

Husbands and Wives [1992] 1. He calls her an infant, commands her to get in the fucking car. 2. A scale on their kitchen counter. The kitchen is red. 3. “I’d hate to be your boyfriend.” She smiles enigmatically, pushes … Continue reading

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3 things about Peter Duffell’s THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD

The House That Dripped Blood [1971] 1. The garb of a mystery writer is apparently a pink collared shirt and a bulky white cardigan. 2. A rather unconvincing wax replica of Peter Cushing’s head. 3. He puts on the cloak … Continue reading

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3 things about Joel Schumacher’s THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN

The Incredible Shrinking Woman [1981] 1. Cheese Tease. 2. Sexpot. 3. Galaxy Glue. 3 other things.

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3 things about Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET

Before Sunset [2004] 1. He mostly keeps his left hand under the table. The hand with his wedding ring. 2. “Memories are wonderful things if you don’t have to deal with the past.” 3. Nina Simone is singing. He looks … Continue reading

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