Monthly Archives: May 2020

3 things about Charlie Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS

The Circus [1928] 1. A sudden menagerie. 2. Rapidly ascending the rope. 3. Heading back out into the world, alone. 3 other things.

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3 things about Sam Mandes’ 1917

1917 [2019] 1. Hanging bags and climbing rats. 2. German soldiers with knives. 3. Contrived lone tree.

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3 things about Joseph H. Lewis’s GUN CRAZY

Gun Crazy [1950] 1. Russ Tamblyn, completely rain-drenched, lying in the street, looking up at the policeman. 2. Thick fog. Splashes. Voices. 3. Wearing a fur coat on a roller coaster. 3 other things.

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE

5 Against the House [1955] 1. Cutting edge parking garage. 2. A $5 bet he’ll never collect. 3. Heavy petting while driving.

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3 things about Todd Haynes’ DARK WATERS

Dark Waters [2019] 1. A field of mounds. 2. Christmas card from 1957. 3. “The system is rigged. They want us to believe that it’ll protect us, but that’s a lie. We protect us. We do. Nobody else. Not the … Continue reading

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3 things about Jean-Pierre Melville’s UN FLIC

Un Flic [1972] 1. A seemingly deserted block of highrise apartment buildings with a bank on the corner. Wind, rain, seaspray. 2. Jawdroppingly unconvincing miniatures: a toy train pursued by a toy helicopter. 3. Delon and Deneuve are two of … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Aldrich’s THE BIG KNIFE

The Big Knife [1955] 1. “Never underestimate a man just because you don’t like him.” 2. Backscratcher as seduction tool. 3. Fake hearing-aid.

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3 things about Noel Marshall’s ROAR

Roar [1981] 1. Davey doesn’t want to leave the house. 2. “Oh God, look what the cat dragged in.” 3. The unexpectedly sensual image of an unconscious ‘Tippi’ Hedren in closeup as liquid honey pours onto her head and coats … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE

The Double [2013] 1. “Sukiyaki” on the jukebox. 2. Bent over to spy through a hole in the kitchen’s service door. 3. “Give Rudolf his arm back!”

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3 things about Norman Jewison’s MOONSTRUCK

Moonstruck [1987] 1. Vicki Carr. 2. Kiss. “Wait a minute, wait a minute!” Kiss. 3. Sharing oatmeal in the kitchen.

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