Monthly Archives: July 2019

3 things about Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood [2019] 1. Across the street from the theater is a shop featuring a sign for Stan’s Donuts. 2. Goosing the blender. 3. He laughs to himself, adding, “That train has left the station.”

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3 things about Richard Lester’s CUBA

Cuba [1979] 1. The soldier has sliced off an ear of the dead rebel and added it to his collection. Cut to Brooke Adams adjusting her earrings. 2. “Jingle Bell Rock” strip-tease number. 3. Fidel laughs heartily at the Americans … Continue reading

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s STRANGE IMPERSONATION

Strange Impersonation [1946] 1. No more than 10cc’s. 2. Kindly plastic surgeon. 3. “But I couldn’t have murdered Nora Goodrich! I am Nora Goodrich!”

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3 things about Joshua Marston’s COME SUNDAY

Come Sunday [2018] 1. He flies first class. 2. “I can’t believe he turned on you like that.” “He’s been waiting for the chance for 25 years.” 3. He gently dips his hand into the river.

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3 things about Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER

Baby Driver [2017] 1. Delicate facial scars. 2. Listening by vibration. 3. When they enter the room he’s packing up his collection of toy cars.

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3 things about Shawn Convey’s AMONG WOLVES

Among Wolves [2016] 1. Massive gut, tight plaid pants. 2. A lightning storm and the clack of heels on pavement. 3. Surveying the valley where there was heavy fighting.

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My Director’s Statement for ROY’S WORLD.

For many years I’ve been captivated by the Roy stories of Barry Gifford, which use a very spare and direct prose style to trace a boy’s childhood. Unlike a lot of autobiographical fiction, they’re not sentimental at all. But what … Continue reading

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3 things about Judith Helfand’s COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code [2019] 1. They finally get the air conditioning they needed. 2. On the cover of the report: a snowflake. 3. A seemingly all white disaster preparedness conference. Urgent! There’s a story I sometimes tell about … Continue reading

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3 things about Chang-dong Lee’s BURNING

Burning [2018] 1. He brings up the concept of metaphor. 2. Sunset dance. 3. He caresses Faulkner’s face on the book cover.

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3 things about Luchino Visconti’s DEATH IN VENICE

Death in Venice [1971] 1. Altmanesque style throughout: gliding camera moves combined with zooms. Unexpected! 2. Meticulously, the barber paints Gustav’s hair black. 3. A thorough history of the spread of cholera from Asia.

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