Monthly Archives: December 2021

11 Favorites from 2021

More than most years, in 2021 I found myself quoting Laurie Anderson an awful lot. Probably that was because of the six lectures she presented virtually over the course of the year, courtesy Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center; they’re all available via YouTube now and I … Continue reading

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3 things about Walt Disney’s CINDERELLA

Cinderella [1950] 1. Corn kernel stack. 2. A line of disdainful butlers. 3. Does the king have a shoe fetish?

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3 things about Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy [2021] 1. “I feel like a defective product.” 2. Blu-ray; VOD is no longer viable. 3. “My own stupidity makes me want to cry.”

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Certainly uncertain.

On Tuesday, December 21 Andy noticed his throat was scratchy. Wednesday morning he woke up and knew at once he was definitely coming down with something, so shortly after 9 o’clock we walked a few blocks to a pop-up COVID … Continue reading

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3 things about Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG

The Power of the Dog [2021] 1. Two bodies in one bedroll. 2. Wearing gloves, he carefully coils the rope and sets it on the floor, then pushes it under his bed. 3. She kicks off her shoes and runs … Continue reading

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3 things about Joe Dante’s GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

Gremlins 2: The New Batch [1990] 1. Jerry Goldsmith as a frozen yogurt customer. 2. Gremlin on hold. 3. “Incredible as it seems, ladies and gentlemen, after their bizarre, bloodcurdling rampage of destruction, these strange creatures now appear to be … Continue reading

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3 things about Walter Lang’s GREENWICH VILLAGE

Greenwich Village [1944] 1. “Would you like to take advantage of me?” 2. Gayish dance interlude. 3. Triple pianists. 3 other things.

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Meet Me in St. Louis [1944] 1. Technicolor ketchup. 2.  “If we can create a breathtaking effect, it’ll be simple to monopolize all the worthwhile men.” 3. Outlines on the wallpaper indicate where pictures had been hanging. 3 other things.

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3 things about Stanley Kurbrick’s THE SHINING

The Shining [1980] 1. “See? It’s okay, he saw it on the television.” 2. She empties an absurdly large can of fruit into a bowl. 3. “It’s not a matter that concerns you, Mr. Torrance. At least not at this … Continue reading

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3 things about Walt Disney’s MELODY TIME

Melody Time [1948] 1. After a kiss, a rapid thaw. 2. Spinning organ. 3. A bustle that bounces.

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