Monthly Archives: March 2016

3 things about Henry Hathaway’s CALL NORTHSIDE 777

Call Northside 777 [1948] 1. Opening narration: “In 1932 there were 365 murders in Chicago, one for each day of the year. Eight policemen were shot down in the line of duty.” In 2015, there were 488 homicides in Chicago. … Continue reading

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My next film: ROY’S WORLD.

I’d like to tell you about my new project, a documentary. ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO Barry Gifford is one of America’s greatest storytellers. His work includes the novel Wild at Heart, which was adapted by David Lynch into a … Continue reading

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3 things about Kelly Reichardt’s RIVER OF GRASS

River of Grass [1994] 1. His drink resting on top of the bass drum. 2. Random merchandise at the convenience store: sundry canned goods, Quik, women’s wigs. 3. While still behind the wheel of the moving car she nonchalantly closes … Continue reading

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3 things about Terence Davies’ OF TIME AND THE CITY

Of Time and the City [2008] 1. Deconsecrated churches turned into gourmet restaurants. 2. “‘You meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it,’ Carl Jung.” 3. The beach so full of people you can barely see any … Continue reading

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3 things about Ang Lee’s HULK

Hulk [2003] 1. A succession of conveniently stretchy pants. 2. “Bingo, your parking lot is ready.” 3. Hand becoming metal.

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3 things about John Lee’s PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday [2016] 1. Hair map. 2. “Jingle Bells” on balloon. 3. From his jacket he removes two tiny straws.

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3 things about Lucrecia Martel’s THE HOLY GIRL

The Holy Girl [2004] 1. Streetcorner theremin. 2. Jose tries to comfort Helena, who is weeping. “You’re filling your eyes with microbes.” 3. For a moment, he stands behind the curtain and watches her. Sitting alone in a chair in … Continue reading

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3 things about Steven Knight’s LOCKE

Locke [2013] 1. “You don’t trust God when it comes to concrete.” 2. A few swigs of cold medicine. 3. The sound of a baby.

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3 things about Lewis Seiler’s IF I’M LUCKY

If I’m Lucky [1946] 1. Harry James in Brazilian garb. 2. “How can a guy so tight be so loose?” 3. Fast motion bus chase = red herring. Not as blah as Doll Face but still pretty blah.

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3 things about Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ CLEOPATRA

Cleopatra [1963] 1. “I’m not sure I want to be rubbed by you at all.” 2. Platform-bearers in black and gold bodypaint. 3. “I asked it of Caesar. I demand it of you!” 3 other things.

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