Monthly Archives: December 2020

3 things about Chantal Akerman’s GOLDEN EIGHTIES

Golden Eighties [1986] 1. Scissors as rhythm track. 2. Screwing on the stairs. 3. We finally get outside at the very end.

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3 things about Leo McCarey’s THE AWFUL TRUTH

The Awful Truth [1937] 1. A ready-to-go eggnog cart. 2. “I don’t know what to say.” “If you leave now, you won’t have to say anything.” 3. Cuckoo clock.

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3 things about Michael Curtiz’s WHITE CHRISTMAS

White Christmas [1954] 1. Dashing from Florida to Vermont. And then they get there and there’s no snow. Early global warming musical. 2. “Sisters” is gay enough the first time around; the second time, it’s like gay on top of … Continue reading

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE

Marnie [1964] 1. “Don’t crowd me, lady. I’m fighting a powerful impulse to beat the hell out of you.” 2. She retreats somewhere deep inside herself and offers no resistance. 3. Rolled up newspaper as telescope. 3 other things.

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3 things about David Lynch’s THE STRAIGHT STORY

The Straight Story [1999] 1. Grabber for $10. 2. Unexplained pack of dogs. 3. When he orders a beer, the bartender asks him, “What flavor?” 3 other things.

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3 things about Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE

A Hidden Life [2019] 1. She tries to comfort her. Mud-caked fingers on her head. 2. “Sign this, you’ll be free.” “I am free now.” “Then why am I here?” 3. A room entirely in black with a wet floor.

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3 things about Jonathan Frakes’ STAR TREK: INSURRECTION

Star Trek: Insurrection [1998] 1. Gilbert & Sullivan strategy. 2. The giveaway: a glitchy holodeck. 3. He has 318 days of shore leave coming to him. 3 other things.

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