Monthly Archives: November 2011

3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE PROWLER

The Prowler [1951] 1. Unconvincingly, he demonstrates a reluctance to leave. Finally  she offers him a cup of coffee. His name is Webb. 2. On his wall is a target practice training poster with a cluster of hits near the … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s POPEYE

Popeye [1980] 1. Bluto sees red. 2. Dennis Franz as a bully. 3. The contents of the treasure chest: several cans of spinach, baby mementos.

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3 things about James Bobin’s THE MUPPETS

The Muppets [2011] 1. She lies on the bed reading Roget’s Thesaurus, looking up synonyms for alone. 2. “Alright everybody, masks on! Except for moi–nothing will ever cover up this beautiful face.” 3. Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe.

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3 things about Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS

The Descendants [2011] 1. “Paradise? Paradise can go fuck itself.” 2. He berates his daughter publicly for doing exactly what he just did privately. 3. Ashes. Plastic liner. Bucket. The gray smudge on the surface of the water slowly sinks, … Continue reading

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3 things about Akira Kurosawa’s DODES’KA-DEN

Dodes’-ka-den [1970] 1. Is the tic a sneeze? 2. When she refuses to close her eyes, he reaches up and puts out the light. 3. Brightly colored drawings of trains cover every inch of the walls.

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3 things about Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY

Rosemary’s Baby [1968] 1. She kills some time looking at a department store’s Christmas windows. Satanic music on the soundtrack. 2. Her reflection in the toaster: she’s devouring a raw chicken liver. 3. Rosemary and Hutch are having coffee at … Continue reading

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3 things about Frank Oz’s THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN

The Muppets Take Manhattan [1984] 1. They occupy the entire bank of bus station lockers. 2. “Do you believe in interspecies dating?” 3. Gates McFadden as a secretary (!)

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3 things about Jim Henson’s THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER

The Great Muppet Caper [1981] 1. “You’re jealous! You are! You are, you are, you are, you are, you are!” 2. Charles Grodin is a tenor. 3. Oscar the Grouch’s very brief cameo. This is still my fave of the … Continue reading

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3 things about Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [2010] 1. Slavko Vorkapich lives! 2. “Let’s make a deal, Bretton. You won’t tell people lies about me, and I won’t tell people the truth about you.” 3. Shia LaBeouf’s eyebrows are disturbing.

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3 things about Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET

Wall Street [1987] 1. “Sleeping with her was like having sex with the Wall Street Journal.” 2. Stapling the fake-brick wallpaper into place. 3. Gekko and Bud have an important meeting at 21, much like J.J. and Falco in Sweet … Continue reading

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