Monthly Archives: October 2019

3 things about Francis Coppola’s THE COTTON CLUB ENCORE

The Cotton Club Encore [1984/2019] 1. Simulated lightning. 2. Blood-covered candy. 3. Platinum pocketwatch.

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3 things about Robert Young’s VAMPIRE CIRCUS

Vampire Circus [1972] 1. Bat emerging from an eye socket. 2. Puppet panther carnage. 3. Vanquished with a crossbow. (Get it?) This film has a cult reputation and now having seen it I’m very disappointed.

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3 things about Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Brokeback Mountain [2005] 1. Quick spit. 2. Price tag. 3. White farmhouse interior.

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3 things about Howard Bretherton and William Keighley’s LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT

Ladies They Talk About [1933] 1. “For a dumb dick you’ve got a memory like an elephant.” 2. A fascinating scene where a black woman backtalks to an older white woman, without any real reprisal. And the penitentiary is integrated! … Continue reading

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3 things about Errol Morris’s VERNON, FLORIDA

Vernon, Florida [1981] 1. “Smartest bird we got in this country.” 2. Therefore sermon. 3. Holding the possum by its tail.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS

The Birds [1963] 1. A very insincere “I’m awfully sorry.” 2. “I’m still waiting on those Bloody Marys.” 3. “No. No!” 3 other things.

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3 things about Sam Mendes’ SPECTRE

Spectre [2015] 1. Only Blofeld gets his own microphone. 2. A kite dancing in a hurricane. 3. M’s bulldog on his desk. 3 other things.

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“My motto was, ‘Let the stories speak for themselves.’”

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Matt Fagerholm for Indie Outlook. The result is a deep dive into the making of the film. Enjoy!

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3 things about Gillian Armstrong’s MY BRILLIANT CAREER

My Brilliant Career [1979] 1. “You have a wildness of spirit which is going to get you into trouble all of your life.” 2. All the pages of the book pasted on the wall. Reading it by walking around the … Continue reading

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3 things about Ida Lupino’s THE HITCH-HIKER

The Hitch-Hiker [1953] 1. A bum eye that never closes. 2. He likes tomato soup. 3. The handcuffs cause him to panic.

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