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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