Monthly Archives: August 2017

3 things about Don Siegel’s CHARLEY VARRICK

Charley Varrick [1973] 1. Poster at the whorehouse which reads “SIN BIN.” 2. He shoves the wheelchair towards the wall, where it slams into a pile of boxes. 3. The car almost doesn’t start but he never looks perturbed. 3 … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Zemeckis’s DEATH BECOMES HER

Death Becomes Her [1992] 1. Mad and Hel. 2. The way Isabella Rossellini says, “But keep your ass handy.” 3. Visual quotation of The Wizard of Oz.

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3 things about Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO SPAIN

The Trip to Spain [2017] 1. Life-affirming butter (LAB). 2. “My name isn’t Roger Muslim. It’s Roger Moor.” 3. Missing his own son, he asks the owner’s son how old he is.

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November 4. Write it in your diary.

Be there or be square! Saturday, November 4 at 8:30pm Barry Gifford & Jason Adasiewicz Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago “[Barry Gifford’s book The Up-Down is] right next door to perfection.” —David Lynch To celebrate the publication of his … Continue reading

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3 things about Alan Arkin’s LITTLE MURDERS

Little Murders [1971] 1. Her hand gesture as she says, “It’s in the vermouth.” 2. One phone booth is smashed so, without missing a beat, she tries another one. 3. The hum of the subway car as it sits in … Continue reading

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3 things about Mark Robson’s EARTHQUAKE

Earthquake [1974] 1. He makes a left turn off of Deep Dell Place, a street referenced in Lost Highway. 2. She grabs a few donuts and gets arrested for looting. 3. A man’s shoe crunches down on her fingers. Her … Continue reading

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3 things about Sam Wood’s A DAY AT THE RACES

A Day at the Races [1937] 1. The brothers form a chain. Circular handwashing routine. 2. “Are you a man or a mouse?” “You put a piece of cheese down there and you’ll find out.” 3. Disintegrating piano.

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3 things about Terence Young’s THUNDERBALL

Thunderball [1965] 1. The scorched chair, minus its former occupant, is maneuvered back into place. 2. HANDLE LIKE EGGS is stenciled on the side of the bomb. 3. The rogue Polish nuclear scientist recants, is tossed overboard with a life … Continue reading

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s STAGE FRIGHT

Stage Fright [1950] 1. As he descends the stairs, a very smooth crane shot. 2. Smoking a cigarette through the veil. 3. Lovely Ducks has trouble opening the breach of the gun.

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3 things about Mario Bava’s LISA AND THE DEVIL

Lisa and the Devil [1973] 1. Squashing the ankles so the body fits in the casket. 2. He plates a slice of cake and says, “It’s with chocolate sprinkles.” 3. Luxurious, empty airplane.

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