Monthly Archives: November 2016

3 things about David Mackenzie’s HELL OR HIGH WATER

Hell or High Water [2016] 1. “Do you want to read about these bank robberies, or just sit there and let Alzheimer’s take its course?” 2. He’s stripped off his disguise except for the powder blue latex gloves. His hands … Continue reading

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Carrying on.

I’d like to share a moment from an interview I did with Barry Gifford earlier this year that will be used in my upcoming film Roy’s World: One thing I have to say is that neither my mother nor my … Continue reading

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3 things about Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS

Advantageous [2015] 1. The sound of rain gently tapping on the windows. 2. Sitting beside the Christmas tree, eating a pecan pie straight from the pie tin. 3. Holographic ID card.

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3 things about William Wyler’s HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

How to Steal a Million [1966] 1. She tells him the bad news. He drags the bar cart with him over to his chair. 2. “Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off.” 3. Sweat pours onto his … Continue reading

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Not worth reading.

“Every book has sentences in it the writer hates, that the writer cannot get rid of, that the writer cannot live without. Any writer who cuts out every sentence that he hates is a writer not worth reading.” — Daniel … Continue reading

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3 things about Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF

Meek’s Cutoff [2010] 1. The woman wades across the river, holding the birdcage above her head. 2. Spiderwebs trembling in the breeze. 3. “I’ll leave the wagerin’ to men like you.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Terence Young’s DR. NO

Dr. No [1962] 1. Holding the spider cage at arm’s length, he leaves the room. 2. “I wouldn’t want you to get dishpan hands.” 3. So, basically 007 gets of a jam by deliberately causing a nuclear meltdown. And it’s … Continue reading

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3 things about René Cardona Jr.’s CYCLONE

Cyclone [1978] 1. 20 minutes before landing, the flight attendant serves everyone coffee, including the children. 2. They pass the newborn child around the boat. 3. Arthur Kennedy seems to have been dubbed by two or three different people. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The most important thing to remember today.

Progress always arises out of conflict.

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3 things about Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

Django Unchained [2012] 1. “Kill white people and get paid for it? What’s not to like?” 2. Russ Tamblyn as a doctor. 3. He lets his cane fall to the floor and then straightens his back. If Tarantino ever makes … Continue reading

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