Monthly Archives: September 2017

Waking life.

“One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.” ― Salvador Dalí

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3 things about Luis Buñuel’s THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE

That Obscure Object of Desire [1977] 1. The judge ponders his question for a moment and answers, “Probably.” 2. After they pass from one bedroom to the other, their clothing is different. 3. Eyes fastened on the needle of the … Continue reading

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3 things about Billy Ray’s SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Secret in Their Eyes [2015] 1. She rips off her forensic gloves and clutches her daughter’s body even closer. 2. The same booth day after day. 3. “You look a million years old.”

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3 things about James Fanizza’s SEBASTIAN

Sebastian [2017] 1. They don’t bother to close the front door. 2. “I’m Meryl!” 3. An interesting mystery: why is the dead man’s wife at a gay bar? This film screens at REELING 35 on September 27.

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3 things about Ken Russell’s THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM

The Lair of the White Worm [1988] 1. Pickled earthworms in aspic. 2. She submerges his head beneath the suds with the sole of her boot. 3. Citizen Kane reference.

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3 things about Colin Hanks’ ALL THINGS MUST PASS: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOWER RECORDS

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records [2015] 1. The first record Russ ever bought was “San Antonio Rose,” by Bob Wills. 35 cents. 2. A display: Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First next to A Taste … Continue reading

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3 things about Bertrand Bonello’s NOCTURAMA

Nocturama [2016] 1. It opens like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. 2. Mannequins of themselves. 3. The police never say a word and are not interested in making arrests.

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3 things about Mark Robson’s ROUGHSHOD

Roughshod [1949] 1. An Irish miner. 2. Thanks to the echo in the valley, he dies before his dying words die out. 3. Closing line: “Is there any place in town a man could buy some gingham?”

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El Diablo punch.

Tasked with creating a refreshing beverage for my brother’s wedding reception recently, I did the sensible thing and made some punch. I adapted the well known and dependably delicious original recipe (which possibly originated at Trader Vic’s, c. 1946). Pretty … Continue reading

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3 things about Luis Buñuel’s THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie [1972] 1. “Did you see that? That was precisely not the way to drink a dry martini.” “You’re being hard on Maurice,” she protests. “He’s a commoner. He’s uneducated.” Then Don Rafael injects, “No … Continue reading

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