Monthly Archives: January 2019

3 things about Charlie McDowell’s THE ONE I LOVE

The One I Love [2014] 1. “That’s my grape.” 2. Mary Steenburgen’s voice on the phone. 3. He processes her offer of bacon for breakfast.

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Cocktail: Cheerful Little Earful

A concoction I put together as an experiment, it’s modestly sized but full of flavor. CHEERFUL LITTLE EARFUL 1 oz. Damoiseau Cane Rhum .5 oz. Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Dark Pineapple Rum .5 oz. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum .5 … Continue reading

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3 things about David Zucker’s THE NAKED GUN 2½: THE SMELL OF FEAR

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear [1991] 1. “I’m sure we can handle the situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn’t that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?” 2. Random Mel Tormé cameo. 3. Electric toothbrush … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s CROSSFIRE

Crossfire [1947] 1. “Some of them are named Samuels. Some of them got funnier names.” 2. Empty moonlit patio. 3. “Where were you when he needed you? Maybe you were someplace having beautiful thoughts. Well, I wasn’t. I was in … Continue reading

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA

Roma [2018] 1. Shower curtain rod. 2. Picking out a crib. 3. Silently eating ice cream together.

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3 things about Paul Schrader’s FIRST REFORMED

First Reformed [2017] 1. Martin Luther in the outhouse. 2. They slowly lift off. 3. “Despair is a development of pride so great that it chooses one’s certitude rather than admit God is more creative than we are. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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3 things about Susanne Bier’s BIRD BOX

Bird Box [2018] 1. The woman calmly sits down in the driver’s seat of the burning car. 2. He gently pries her eyes open. 3. “No one’s looking,” she announces to the children.

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