Monthly Archives: April 2017

3 things about Basil Dearden’s KHARTOUM

Khartoum [1966] 1. A fondness for B & S. 2. Pistol-in-a-tinderbox device. 3. He reaches into the jar and lifts up the severed head by its hair.

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“David Lynch: A Complete Retrospective” at the Music Box.

This week’s list at CINE-FILE includes a few words I wrote about David Lynch. Well, several words. There’s no use denying it, I’ve got Twin Peaks fever. I’ve been rewatching the entire series in anticipation of May 21.

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3 things about Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS

Prisoners [2013] 1. Passed out on the floor. A war movie on TV. 2. “We’re not going to help him, we’re not going to stop him either. Let him do what he thinks he needs to.” 3. Continuous drawings on … Continue reading

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3 things about Mark Rucker’s DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!

Die, Mommie, Die! [2003] 1. She stirs the poisoned milk with the suppository. 2. “I told you there wouldn’t be much blood. The chlorine dissolves it, you see.” 3. Belting “Spinning Wheel” after the funeral, empty cocktail glasses lined up … Continue reading

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3 things about Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER

The Lobster [2015] 1. Camel in the forest. 2. The waiter discreetly places a toaster on the edge of the table. 3. Before proceeding, he stuffs his mouth with paper towels.

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3 things about Maximilian Schell’s MARLENE

Marlene [1984] 1. Kitsch and rubbish. 2. “It’s the best film because … it’s the best film.” 3. Her constant needling: 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes. And the film is actually 90 minutes.

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3 things about Busby Berkeley’s THE GANG’S ALL HERE

The Gang’s All Here [1943] 1. “How are you?” “I’m very well to do, thank you.” “Ah, you do very well, what you do do.” 2. Ketchup from a Brazilian tomato. 3. Neon-like curtain of water foreshadows the neon hoops. … Continue reading

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