Monthly Archives: October 2011

3 things about Buster Keaton’s SEVEN CHANCES

Seven Chances [1925] 1. Dressed for the wedding, he takes two train tickets out of his pocket: one for Niagra Falls, one for Reno. 2. He emerges from the water with a turtle hanging from his necktie. 3. The dog … Continue reading

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3 things about Woody Allen’s BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Bullets Over Broadway [1994] 1. “Don’t speak!” 2. He takes a swig from her flask and coughs violently. “What is this stuff?” “Paint remover,” she answers. “You can cut it with some club soda.” 3. “For me, love is very … Continue reading

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3 things about Jacques Tourneur’s I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE

I Walked with a Zombie [1943] 1. The space is totally dark. Except for the staircase, glowing in the moonlight. 2. The wooden figurehead of the old slave ship is now part of the fountain. St. Sebastian, still pierced with … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE BODY SNATCHER

The Body Snatcher [1945] 1. Euphemism: “resurrectionalist.” 2. The corpse keeps falling forward and Fettes has to make adjustments. 3. “We medicals have a better way than that. When we dislike a friend of ours, we dissect him.” Karloff smiles.

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3 things about Ivan Reitman’s GHOSTBUSTERS

Ghostbusters [1984] 1. Open mouth. The cigarette dangles from his lower lip as he backs away. 2. He’s been slimed. “I feel so funky.” 3. Dana, heavily sedated, hyperventilating on the bed.

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s HURRY SUNDOWN

Hurry Sundown [1967] 1. The only movie in existence where Mike Brady (Robert Reed) and Mr. Magoo (Jim Backus) face off in a courtroom battle presided over by The Penguin (Burgess Meredith). 2. He walks through the door intending to … Continue reading

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3 things about William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist [1973] 1. The planchette jerks away from her. “Captain Howdy said no,” explains Regan. 2. The whites of her eyes are her eyes. 3. Oozing green vomit stains the stole.

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Jazz.

When Jason Adasiewicz plays the vibes, his music dances on the thin line between way, way out and completely in the pocket. Even while assaulting the listener with intense clusters of sound, he swings like mad. He’s got a new … Continue reading

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3 things about Nichols Roeg’s INSIGNIFICANCE

Insignificance [1985] 1. The Professor picks up a sheet of equations using his toes. 2. “Ever notice how ‘What the hell?’ is always the right decision?” 3. Twirling, flaming dress.

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3 things about James Whale’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

The Bride of Frankenstein [1935] 1. Dr. Pretorius proposes a toast: “To a new world of gods and monsters.” 2. The monster grooves to the sound of the violin while smoking his cigar. 3. “You go! Live! You stay. We … Continue reading

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