Monthly Archives: December 2015

3 things about Shirley Clarke’s THE CONNECTION

The Connection [1962] 1. On the floor against the wall, a reel to reel tape recorder silently running. 2. “It’s not the shit that does you in, it’s the lack of it.” 3. He clears away the broken cup and … Continue reading

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3 things about Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT (70mm Roadshow)

The Hateful Eight [2015] 1. Bruce Dern sits in the same chair for the entire film. Until he finally stands up. 2. Missing front teeth. 3. They let the rope go taut, wrenching the bedframe.

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3 things about J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens [2015] 1. “Okay, stay calm, stay calm.” “I am calm.” “I’m talking to myself.” 2. Just like Golem. 3. Leia’s giant belt buckle.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. $17.50. 2. The miniature skull-and-chain desk ornament in Potter’s office. 3. The newspaper weather report is accurate. Merry Christmas! 3 other things.

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT

The Apartment [1960] 1. “The mirror, it’s broken.” “I know. I like it this way. Makes me look the way I feel.” 2. An Ella Fitzgerald LP in Baxter’s apartment. 3. Their lovers’ hideaway is Rickshaw, a tiki bar/restaurant. From … Continue reading

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3 things about William Keighley’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

The Man Who Came to Dinner [1942] 1. Fake octopus. 2. “Oh, it’s snowing. Isn’t that wonderful? I’ve never felt so much like Christmas in all my life. Don’t you, Sherry?” “Shut your nasty little face!” 3. He throws his … Continue reading

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Winter Sequence.

Every December I try to freshen up my holiday listening by adding some new music to the rotation. This year it’s a piece by Leonard Feather and Ralph Burns, “Winter Sequence, A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer.” Dating from 1954, … Continue reading

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