Monthly Archives: August 2020

3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [1972] 1. “When you have understanding, there’s no need for pity.” 2. Mannequin sex tableau. 3. White, deep shag carpet.

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3 things about Colm McCarthy’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

The Girl with All the Gifts [2016] 1. Glug-glug-glug of the canteens being filled. 2. Eating a cat. Eating a bird. 3. Teacher in a cage.

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A Q & A featuring Lili Taylor.

Wow! Immediately following the livestream of Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago on Sunday, September 6 at Dances With Films, stick around for a live Q & A featuring yours truly, Barry Gifford, and Lili Taylor. Lili is part of the … Continue reading

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3 things about Inon Shampanier’s PAPER SPIDERS

Paper Spiders [2020] 1. She suddenly notices the security cameras. Her mood changes instantly. 2. Everything converges the night the electricity is shut off. 3. “I haven’t had a drink all day. I’m 100% here for you.”

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3 things about Robert Siodmak’s PHANTOM LADY

Phantom Lady [1944] 1. “You like jive? “You bet! I’m a hep kitten!” 2. The court proceedings are depicted using stenographer’s notes. 3. On a cabinet against the wall in his bedroom, a large white sculpture of two hands reaching … Continue reading

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3 things about Mike Leigh’s ANOTHER YEAR

Another Year [2010] 1. During a cloudburst they share a thermos of hot tea underneath the lean-to in the garden. 2. Bad parking. 3. We open on Imelda Staunton’s face, we end on Lesley Manvile’s face. A powerful rhyme.

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3 things about David Farrier & Dylan Reeve’s TICKLED

Tickled [2016] 1. “We heard laughter coming through the vents.” 2. Tickle cells. 3. A trove of documents accidentally posted to the public web.

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3 things about Matt Wolf’s SPACESHIP EARTH

Spaceship Earth [2020] 1. “Biosphere 2 isn’t a cautionary tale. We don’t need cautionary tales anymore.” 2. Trouble closing the airlock. 3. Banana wine.

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3 things about Simon Wincer’s D.A.R.Y.L.

D.A.R.Y.L. [1985] 1. Mom hair, mom shorts, doing mom things in the kitchen. 2. On the computer monitor: “I’m scared.” 3. Pole Position for real.

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3 things about Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb’s JASPER MALL

Jasper Mall [2020] 1. Starting pay for a maintenance job at the mall: $8/hour. 2. Terrified little girl on the merry-go-round: “I’m going to die!” 3. Ghostly light trails in the vacated J.C. Penney.

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