Monthly Archives: May 2016

3 things about Dick Powell’s THE ENEMY BELOW

The Enemy Below [1957] 1. Navy-branded cup and saucer, white china with a blue anchor. 2. One sailor is reading Gibbons, and the other’s reading Little Orphan Annie. 3. Oil coursing down the depth gauge.

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3 things about Mark Robson’s PEYTON PLACE

Peyton Place [1957] 1. His lies down next to her on the rock crotch first. 2. A giant “frankfurt” and two bottles of Coca-Cola. 3. Delivering Christmas presents in a flaming red dress.

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Majority Holder’s Punch.

The name of this punch comes from Sid Sackson’s classic game Acquire. In the game, when two hotel chains are merged by placement of a connecting tile, the majority share holder of the liquidated hotel receives a bonus based on … Continue reading

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3 things about Delmer Daves’ A SUMMER PLACE

A Summer Place [1959] 1. She returns from being rescued to discover that her mother has hired a physician to inspect her body and confirm the state of her virginity. 2. An all-plastic Christmas tree. “The tree should last at … Continue reading

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3 things about Bent Hamer’s FACTOTUM

Factotum [2005] 1. “The big trick with that car was how to turn on the headlights.” 2. A wall painting which depicts an iguana mariachi band. 3. He pukes, then slams a beer as if his life depended on it. … Continue reading

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3 things about Sam Mendes’ SPECTRE

Spectre [2015] 1. 009’s taste in music. 2. “Do me a favor, will you? Throw that down the toilet. Cut out the middleman.” 3. He sits down and picks cat hair off his jacket. 3 other things.

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3 things about Henry Levin’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Journey to the Center of the Earth [1959] 1. Morse code duck. 2. Shirtless Hans. 3. Red lizard, red lava.

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3 things about Kurt Neumann’s THE FLY

The Fly [1958] 1. “Where’s she gone?” “Into space? A stream of cat atoms.” 2. A clear plastic evidence pouch, containing a dead fly. 3. He bends over her unconscious body, as if to kiss her.

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3 things about Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE

High-Rise [2015] 1. The group humiliates him and walks away. Between his lips he inserts a bent cigarette. 2. Slow pan of progressively rotting fruit. 3. “I was talking to the building.” An exquisitely nasty distillation of J. G. Ballard … Continue reading

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY

Gravity [2013] 1. Parachute like a jellyfish. 2. A tiny flame floats away. 3. She taps the gauge and the needle descends. 3 other things.

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