Monthly Archives: November 2021

3 things about Wendy Toye & David Eady & George More O’Ferrall’s THREE CASES OF MURDER

Three Cases of Murder [1955] 1. Moving into the painting. Closer to the house. The door swings open. 2. Without asking, he plucks a carnation from the bouquet for his buttonhole. 3. “Brilliant, but insufferable.”

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3 things about Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

My Neighbor Totoro [1988] 1. Soft and furry bus benches. 2. A message scratched into the cornhusk. 3. Disquieting family tub scene.

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Snapshots from the Chicago premiere of ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO

Check out some photos from the afternoon of November 13 at the Music Box!

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3 things about Christopher Nolan’s FOLLOWING

Following [1998] 1. “Say something to me.” He does, and then she slaps him. 2. Marilyn Monroe picture tacked on the wall near his writing desk. 3. Earring in a plastic evidence envelope.

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3 things about Robert Altman’s 3 WOMEN

3 Women [1977] 1. “She’ll show you just how easy it really is.” 2. “We don’t like the twins.” 3. “Ever since you moved in here you’ve been causing me grief. Nobody wants to hang around you. You don’t drink, … Continue reading

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3 things about Arthur Dong’s HOLLYWOOD CHINESE

Hollywood Chinese [2007] 1. Christopher Lee explains eye makeup and prosthetics. 2. Notes on Anna May Wong’s screen test for The Good Earth: “disappointing.” 3. Roger Ebert defending Better Luck Tomorrow at Sundance.

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3 things about Curtis Hanson’s BAD INFLUENCE

Bad Influence [1990] 1. An ingenious cut: Michael throws back the shot of tequila, Alex swallows it. 2. Glass bricks everywhere. 3. Don’t step on the brake pedal.

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3 things about Nunnally Johnson’s BLACK WIDOW

Black Widow [1954] 1. His sits at home at his bar. Glowing pink light behind frosted glass. 2. Upon discovering the body, she doesn’t scream. She merely leaves the room and pauses at the doorway. 3. Shopping list with doodles.

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3 things about Arthur Dong’s COMING OUT UNDER FIRE

Coming Out Under Fire [1994] 1. Incompatible. 2. Using the word “darling” in a letter was a giveaway. 3. Mimeographed bulletin, “The Myrtle Bitch Beach.” Invaluable.

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3 things about William Greaves’s SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One [1968] 1. Showing the location permits to the cop. 2. He could be just offscreen, directing the whole thing. 3. His favorite is 69th.

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