Monthly Archives: May 2021

3 things about George Marshall’s THE BLUE DAHLIA

The Blue Dahlia [1946] 1. Monkey music. 2. “Am I under suspicion?” “I don’t know. How do you feel about it?” 3. The glow of the glistening street under the nightclub’s enormous neon sign. Fantastic. Not because the convoluted plot … Continue reading

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3 things about Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR

The Souvenir [2019] 1. Dividing the bed with stuffed animals. 2. Awkward directing sequence. 3. She looks her steadily in the face and says, “The worst.”

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3 things about Nagisa Ôshima’s TABOO

Taboo [1999] 1. Obscure reasons for not cutting off his locks. 2. Chopping down the tree in a single stroke. 3. “I’m more inclined to incline towards those who are inclined.”

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3 things about Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS

Breathless [1960] 1. Making out during a Western. 2. “Sleeping’s so sad. You say ‘sleeping together’ but you never do.” 3. He berates him for wearing silk socks with a tweed suit.

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK

Black Book [2006] 1. A sensitive whistler. 2. He pulls down her panties and says, “You’re a perfectionist, aren’t you?” 3. Screwing down the lid of the casket using her locket.

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3 things about Errol Morris’s STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Standard Operating Procedure [2008] 1. He outlines the subtle differences between “Criminal Act” and “S.O.P.” 2. If she could take it back, she wouldn’t have joined the army. 3. Upset that the “No Photographs Allowed” sign was violated. 3 other … Continue reading

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3 things about Tay Garnett’s THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946] 1. Short shorts and lots of legs. 2. She signs her statement and then he stamps and countersigns it. 3. “The less you know, the better. I’m handling it. You don’t count now.”

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3 things about Quentin Dupieux’s KEEP AN EYE OUT

Keep an Eye Out [2018] 1. Actually. 2. Smoking hole. 3. A discussion on the fine art of eating on stage.

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3 things about Leo McCarey’s MY SON JOHN

My Son John [1952] 1. Bops him on the head with her Bible. 2. Helen Hayes and the look on her face when she says to him, “You take over whenever you want to.” 3. A shaft of light illuminates … Continue reading

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3 things about Roy Andersson’s ABOUT ENDLESSNESS

About Endlessness [2019] 1. We end on a road to nowhere. 2. They firmly push the man out of the office. 3. “I would rather be a tomato.”

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