Monthly Archives: November 2018

3 things about Paul Henreid’s DEAD RINGER

Dead Ringer [1964] 1. Still wearing her shoes, she steps out of her panties. 2. The look on her face as she watches him being mauled to death. 3. Henry’s known all along. RIP FilmStruck 😦

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3 things about Compton Bennett’s THE SEVENTH VEIL

The Seventh Veil [1945] 1. “If you can’t think anything better, play chromatic scales or a five fingers exercise. But spare me that suburban shopgirl trash!” 2. Hugh McDermott’s murky American accent. 3. Those last two shots nearly ruin the … Continue reading

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3 things about David Lean’s THIS HAPPY BREED

This Happy Breed [1944] 1. The first order of business when moving in is to put the kettle on. 2. Numerous parallels to It’s a Wonderful Life, including a Charleston scene! 3. “So you’ve come back, have you? You bad … Continue reading

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3 things about Basil Dearden’s ALL NIGHT LONG

All Night Long [1962] 1. Dave Brubeck and “It’s a Raggy Waltz” with an unaccompanied cigarette burning in an ashtray on top of the piano. 2. Using a China marker on the tape. 3. Drumming alone to a band that … Continue reading

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS

Widows [2018] 1. The house is located one block inside the boundary of the ward. 2. “What I’ve learned from watching people like my father is, you reap what you sow.” “Let’s hope so.” 3. Inside the Golden House restaurant, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving! Aperitif cocktail recipe: 2 O’CLOCK WHISTLE

Here’s what we’ll be serving as a “welcome” cocktail to our dinner guests. I tried to design a drink that was decidedly simple to make, bittersweet enough to stimulate the palate, and had a relatively low ABV (so that no … Continue reading

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3 things about Djibril Diop Mambéty’s TOUKI BOUKI

Touki Bouki [1973] 1. She tries to join them on the paddleboat but he waves her away. “Go over with the other women,” he says. 2. Red blood on a yellow cardoor. 3. “Excuse me, miss, haven’t I seen you … Continue reading

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3 things about Vincent Sherman’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

All Through the Night [1942] 1. “You’re not a bad-looking character. I’d hate to see that fine nose of yours smeared all over your pan.” 2. Fire axe through Hitler’s portrait. 3. A Chinese man clobbers a Nazi.

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3 things about Steven Soderbergh’s AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE

And Everything Is Going Fine [2010] 1. Rubber garden hose. 2. Liking telling stories about life more than living life. 3. A veterinarian’s van.

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3 things about Lynne Littman’s TESTAMENT

Testament [1983] 1. Teasingly, he plucks at her nightshirt. 2. “Larry left us today. He just crawled into a ball and died.” 3. She gently lifts him out of the sink; the water has turned brown. She swaddles him in … Continue reading

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