Monthly Archives: October 2021

3 things about James Wan’s THE CONJURING

The Conjuring [2013] 1. On the piano, the same three notes. 2. The intake interview is conducted on November 1, All Hallows’ Day. 3. “She’s already gone. And now you’re all going to die.” The look on her face.

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3 things about Bryan Forbes’s SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON

Séance on a Wet Afternoon [1964] 1. The group gradually disbands, each member leaving the house without speaking to one another. 2. A crock labelled RAISINS in the kitchen. 3. “Did I do it well?” Echoes of how Sunset Blvd. … Continue reading

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3 things about Theo Anthony’s ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

All Light, Everywhere [2021] 1. “The eye only sees in each thing that for which it looks, and it only looks for that of which it already has an idea.” — Alphonse Bertillon 2. The plentiful trees and foliage in … Continue reading

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3 things about George A. Romero’s THE AMUSEMENT PARK

The Amusement Park [1973] 1. “There’s nothing out there.” 2. Kind words while pickpocketing. 3. Chicken in the foreground.

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3 things about Stuart Rosenberg’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR

The Amityville Horror [1979] 1. What’s with the blueprint he retrieves from the Town Hall? 2. The house sits atop a massive oil deposit? 3. Why doesn’t he simply use his library card?

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3 things about Lew Landers’ THE RAVEN

The Raven [1935] 1. Poe interpretive dance. 2. “You are saying something profound.” 3. The whole bedroom is an elevator.

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Our Chicago Premiere! November 13 at the Music Box Theatre.

Originally we meant to screen at the Music Box back in May 2020. But we all know what happened. I am so grateful to the Chicago Critics Film Festival for persevering despite some truly daunting circumstances and rescheduling the event. … Continue reading

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3 things about Erle C. Kenton’s ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

Island of Lost Souls [1932] 1. Vegetarian because of the natives. 2. All coming right at you. 3. The mob smashes into a case of surgical instruments and begins the vivisection.

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3 things about Hirokazu Kore-eda’s AFTER LIFE

After Life [1998] 1. A plastic bag filled with flower petals. 2. The cool breeze coming through the open window of the tram. 3. When the lights in the theater come up, his seat is empty.

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3 things about Cary Joji Fukunaga’s NO TIME TO DIE

No Time to Die [2021] 1. “My sense of timing.” 2. Logan Ash is described by Felix as a political appointee. Nice touch. 3. Poison garden.

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