Monthly Archives: August 2014

3 things about Julian Jarrold’s THE GIRL

The Girl [2012] 1. Her daughter wakes her up and she immediately starts clawing at the air. 2. Hitchcock in an apron and rubber gloves, doing the dishes. 3. The purse is the brightest yellow in the world. We all want … Continue reading

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3 things about Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY

The Trip to Italy [2014] 1. “She has quite a lovely gait.” “Probably padlocked.” 2. Kumquats. 3. He points out a bust. “Look at that hair. George Michael, ‘Careless Whisper’ video.” My only complaint is the scarcity of desserts in … Continue reading

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The editing principle that guides me.

Paraphrased from a 2000 interview between Walter Murch and Anne V. Coates: Don’t cut until you have to.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ FACES

Faces [1968] 1. The tear, poised to fall, remains in place. 2. “So, what have I got after all those years? A big house, a kooky wife, and a kid who wears sneakers.” 3. Smoker’s cough on the stairs.

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3 things about Barry Shear’s ACROSS 110TH STREET

Across 110th Street [1972] 1. “Honey, will ya cover your tits? Come on.” 2. A giant painting of himself on his office wall. 3. Dead on her feet.

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3 things about George Stevens’ SWING TIME

Swing Time [1936] 1. “I’d rather not be wrong than be right!” 2. She makes as if to kiss him and he backs away, alarmed. 3. An empty, star-spangled nightclub.

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3 things about Quentin Tarantino’s JACKIE BROWN

Jackie Brown [1997] 1. “Demi Moore.” 2. Paperbacks in the bottom of the bag. 3. He opens the door. Spatters of blood on his shirt.

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3 things about Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN

A Most Wanted Man [2014] 1. He opens the door, steps outside, tosses the ice from his drink onto the ground. 2. A drunken domestic barroom brawl soundtracked by Roy Orbison. 3. “This is a pen. It looks like a … Continue reading

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3 things about Peter Hyams’ CAPRICORN ONE

Capricorn One [1977] 1. Scope followed by black coffee. 2. Brenda Vaccaro’s tearful recitation of Fox in Socks. 3. Despite his revulsion, he lifts the dead rattlesnake to his lips and begins to suck its blood.

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3 things about Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE

Stop Making Sense [1984] 1. The camera loses him, finds him again. He unbuttons the top button on his shirt. 2. While Byrne goes into a seizure, Alex Weir digs into his guitar. 3. Tina does a nasty dance. I … Continue reading

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