Monthly Archives: August 2022

3 things about E. A. Dupont’s PICCADILLY

Piccadilly [1929] 1. Neon sign for Gordon’s Gin: THE HEART OF A GOOD COCKTAIL. 2. The knowing look on her face as Mabel leaves the office. 3. With inebriated slowness, he butters the bread and then devours it.

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3 things about Ronald Neame’s THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

The Poseidon Adventure [1972] 1. Suppository. 2. When Arthur O’Connell says, “I have no choice.” 3. Strand of drool from his mouth as he mourns Mrs. Rosen.

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3 things about Steven Spielberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial [1982] 1. “This is reality, Greg.” 2. A fleeting red glow before he closes the lid. 3. They just abandon the pizza and leave it lying on the ground.

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3 things about Costa-Gavras’s Z

Z [1969] 1. A family portrait and a clean white shirt. 2. He does a little jig in the street and then walks into a bar, where he sexually harasses a boy who’s playing the pinball machine. 3. “Lithe and … Continue reading

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A One Night Tribute to Barry Gifford in LA

American Cinematheque is throwing a One Night Tribute to Barry Gifford on September 3! The lineup features the LA premiere of ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO + WILD AT HEART + LOST HIGHWAY. It’s a triple feature for the ages … Continue reading

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3 things about Preston Sturges’ CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July [1940] 1. It’s Bred in the Bean. 2. “Two can live as cheaply as one.” “Who wants to live cheaply?” 3. “Kindly cut a groove, will you?” 3 other things.

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3 things about David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY

Lost Highway [1997] 1. Slowly removing her eye makeup. 2. Plastic-covered sofa in the desert shack. 3. Brain matter strewn across the sand. 3 other things.

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3 things about Luis Buñuel’s THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY

The Phantom of Liberty [1974] 1. “Why the sea? The sea’s no longer the sea.” 2. “One thing. I’d like to make a small incision. Sheer medical curiosity.” 3. Two police commissioners equal one police commissioner. 3 other things.

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3 things about Dash Shaw’s CRYPTOZOO

Cryptozoo [2021] 1. Recovering in a Russian hospital. 2. Special contact lenses. 3. Tempest-tossed in the tumbling tower.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s MR. KLEIN

Mr. Klein [1976] 1. “It’s nothing to do with me.” His fatal blindspot. 2. The deep green of the trees in the square across the street from his apartment. 3. Red robe on dark snow.

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