Monthly Archives: January 2011

3 things about Claude Lanzmann’s SHOAH (PART II)

Shoah (Part II) [1985] 1. He cannot speak. He continues cutting hair. 2. “It was pointless to tell the truth to anyone who had crossed the threshold of the crematorium.” 3. He told himself, “I’m the last Jew on earth. … Continue reading

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3 things about Desmond Davis’ CLASH OF THE TITANS

Clash of the Titans [1981] 1. “Let loose the Kraken.” 2. Blood, maggots, scorpions. 3. He nonchalantly puts Perseus back on his feet.

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3 things about Duncan Jones’ MOON

Moon [2009] 1. GERTY cuts his hair, vacuuming it up simultaneously. 2. He unzips the top of his jumpsuit, ties the sleeves around his waist so it won’t fall down. 3. Traces of the erased smiley faces are still visible … Continue reading

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3 things about Wim Wenders’ TOKYO-GA

Tokyo-Ga [1985] 1. The movie showing on the plane is On Golden Pond. 2. There is no name on Ozu’s grave. Just an old Chinese character, mu, which means “nothingness.” 3. Life-sized Colonel Sanders in wax.

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3 things about David Mackenzie’s SPREAD

Spread [2009] 1. She shows him the house. “Peter Bogdanovich used to live here.” “Yeah. I bet he did.” 2. Creases in the brown paper bags so crisp they look ironed. 3. The mouse’s tail hangs over the frog’s lips.

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3 things about Spike Lee’s MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA

Miracle at St. Anna [2008] 1. On the shell is written: HARLEM SPECIAL. 2. “Arriva-damn-derci.” 3. The German officer bends down and says, in English, “Defend yourself.” He places a gun in his hands.

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3 things about Claude Lanzmann’s SHOAH, PART I

Shoah (Part I) [1985] 1. A line of small stones on a railroad tie. 2. Under the pile of bodies was a cesspool, three inches deep, of blood, worms, and shit. Jews preferred to be shot rather than have to … Continue reading

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3 things about Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [1947] 1. Darkness. She lights the candle and all at once his ghost is standing there. 2. She says, “My husband is dead.” “Oh.” He leans back in his seat. Then reconsiders, leans forwards. “Oh?” … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson [1976] 1. “Remember: the last thing a man wants to do is the last thing he does.” 2. He wipes off his mustache with the piece of bread and then … Continue reading

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Imitation is the sincerest form …

Is Criterion appropriating my 3 Things project for their new campaign? If so, I’m honored! And SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is such a brilliant movie that it seems unthinkable that I haven’t really written about it before. That will have … Continue reading

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