Monthly Archives: December 2011

3 things about Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [2011] 1. The headboard of Smiley’s bed is divided into three compartments. 2. “That’s how I know he can be beaten. He’s a fanatic. Fanatics always conceal a grave doubt.” 3. Extreme telephoto. They stand on … Continue reading

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3 things about Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND

Weekend [2011] 1. “I’m trying to redraw myself … People keep hiding my pencil.” 2. Cum on his chest. Glen hands him back his own t-shirt and he mops it up. 3. That moment when you’ve stayed up all night … Continue reading

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3 things about Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. He lights a cigarette, takes a puff. He hears a train whistle, then looks down at the travel brochures in his hands and throws them on the ground. 2. “It’s all over town that … Continue reading

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3 things about Michael Apted’s THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [2010] 1. Water begins to pour out of the picture frame. 2. Rhetorical question: will filmmakers never learn that CGI breath always looks cheesy? 3. He jumps into a tiny … Continue reading

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My favorite movies of 2011.

(cross-posted from Chicagoist) Even before I finished drawing up this list, I knew that including movies not released this year would annoy lots of people. “That’s cheating!” they’d say. “How can you say a movie from 1951 is one of … Continue reading

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3 things about Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET

Night of the Comet [1984] 1.White shoe full of red dust. 2. Doesn’t Mary Woronov resemble Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth? 3. Neon, neon, neon, and a curvy leather sofa. It’s a Christmas movie! 3 other things.

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3 things about Joe Dante’s GREMLINS

Gremlins [1984] 1. Chuck Jones encourages him to keep drawing. 2. Great metaphor: she’s assaulted by a Christmas tree. 3. Snowshovel as car ramp.

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3 things about Johan Grimonprez’s DOUBLE TAKE

Double Take [2009] 1. A plane crashes into the Empire State Building. Everyone looks up. 2. Folgers is mountain-grown. 3. The two elderly Hitchcock look-alikes, arms linked, walk slowly away.

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3 things about Martin Scorsese’s HUGO

Hugo [2011] 1. Is Django the guitar player? 2. The cracked red leather of the ancient armchair. 3. He attempts his best smile. She winces.

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3 things about Gillo Pontecorvo’s BURN!

Burn! [1969] 1. A group of children help carry the headless corpse to the wagon. 2. The soldiers set the field of sugar cane on fire, and shoot the rebels as they emerge from the flames. 3. Jodhpurs. A straw … Continue reading

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