Monthly Archives: February 2013

3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS

Boogie Nights [1997] 1. “What’s your look?” “Chocolate love.” 2. He cuts a slice of wedding cake for himself, only the slice is slightly too large for the plate. He trims it with his mouth. 3. “We’re about to make … Continue reading

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER

The Master [2012] 1. He shakes her hand, then fingers her pearls. 2. “This is something you do for a billion years, or not at all.” 3. He stirs the mixture with tongs, then licks the tongs. 3 other things.

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3 things about Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME

Playtime [1967] 1. Nasal spray. 2. Green neon. 3. A sponge becomes a block of cheese.

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3 things about Godfrey Reggio’s KOYAANISQATSI

Koyaanisqatsi [1983] 1. The tourists look up in wonder. A massive skyscraper. 2. Casino ladies. 3. Trouble lighting a cigarette. 3 other things.

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3 things about Michael Haneke’s THE PIANO TEACHER

The Piano Teacher [2001] 1. A sequence of “representative” vignettes as part of the opening credits. 2. She waits patiently at the snack bar, drinking from a styrofoam cup. 3. “Are you trying to say I should leave?”

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My book is at MoMa!

Well, okay, in their bookstore anyway: Thanks to Dylan Lorenz for taking this snap!

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3 things about Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] 1. Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room. 2. LIFE FUNCTIONS TERMINATED flashing silently. 3. Wickerwork on the side of the bathtub.

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