Monthly Archives: September 2019

3 things about Ida Lupino’s THE BIGAMIST

The Bigamist [1953] 1. On the bus tour of Hollywood, the guide points out the house of Edmund Gwenn. 2. She extols the virtues of the deep freeze. 3. “I don’t even want to shake your hand. Yet I almost … Continue reading

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3 things about Ramin Bahrani’s FAHRENHEIT 451

Fahrenheit 451 [2018] 1. Cigarette papers. 2. Contraband turntable. 3. Why does there happen to be a hole in the roof of the barn? A valiant effort, but …

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO

Psycho [1960] 1. Photo on the wall in Marion’s bedroom: her parents? 2. Among the junk piled up behind the motel is a mop. 3. Shower curtain hooks. 3 other things.

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3 things about William Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE

Night Nurse [1931] 1. Chewing gum during the recitation of the oath. 2. “I’m a dipsomaniac and I’m proud of it! You hear? I’m a dipsomaniac and I like it!” 3. An offscreen murder, and everyone lives happily every after. … Continue reading

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3 things about Jim Henson & Frank Oz’s THE DARK CRYSTAL

The Dark Crystal [1982] 1. Surveillance drones. 2. Short-lived beauty treatment. 3. At the finale, a new castle. 3 other things.

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3 things about Howard Hawks’ HATARI!

Hatari! [1962] 1. A film set in Africa without an African in a speaking role. 2. “Who does she belong to?” 3. Muddy waterhole with three elephants. Unexpectedly disquieting. It’s colorful but so shapeless, and while not exactly racist it’s … Continue reading

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3 things about Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON

Paterson [2016] 1. Doc looks down at the chessboard. “I’m gettin’ my ass kicked today.” “Who are you playing?” “Myself.” 2. A one-on-one conversation at the other end of the room. A woman flipping through the jukebox. Sitting alone, he … Continue reading

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