Monthly Archives: October 2022

3 things about Edgar G. Ulmer’s THE BLACK CAT

The Black Cat [1934] 1. Abstract radio dial. 2. Narcotic sleepwalking. 3. Intact chartroom. 3 other things.

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3 things about Curtis Harrington’s WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?

What’s the Matter with Helen? [1971] 1. Congenitally unable to close the front door. 2. Nauseating kiddie Mae West. 3. She ends up in the spotlight.

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3 things about Blake Edwards’ VICTOR VICTORIA

Victor Victoria [1982] 1. An entirely gay dancefloor, except for the two of them. 2. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” “Shame is an unhappy emotion invented by pietists in order to exploit the human race.” 3. Trio of … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Franklin’s ROADGAMES

Roadgames [1981] 1. Bounty for dingoes. 2. “You go to Disneyland for a little adventure. What I’m looking for is a little excitement.” 3. 360-degree pan of the roadhouse interior.

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3 things about Karl Freund’s THE MUMMY

The Mummy [1932] 1. An elegant nightclub in Cairo. 2. “Excuse me, I dislike being touched. An Eastern prejudice.” 3. Offscreen disintegration. 3 other things.

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ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO is now streaming on Fandor—and elsewhere!

Hard to believe, but about six years after I started this odyssey the film is finally available to watch on a screen near you! Roy’s World is streaming in North America via Fandor, Vudu, Hoopla, YouTube, iTunes, and a bunch … Continue reading

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3 things about George Waggner’s THE WOLF MAN

The Wolf Man [1941] 1. Telescope voyeur. 2. Bouquet of wolfbane. 3. “Now others of us find that good, bad, right, wrong, are many-sided, complex things. We try to see every side but the more we see, the less sure … Continue reading

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3 things about Alex Thompson’s ROUNDING

Rounding [2022] 1. A reference to poisoned Bisquick. 2. Shoehorn. 3. A grid of fireworks.

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3 things about Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO

EO [2022] 1. EO helps himself to a carrot from the garland around his neck. 2. Reverse waterfall. 3. Offscreen zaps, offscreen bolt gun.

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3 things about Céline Sciamma’s PETITE MAMAN

Petite Maman [2021] 1. Carefully cutting lengths of twine with which to bind the twigs together. 2. “Is this music from the future?” 3. When, at the end, she calls her Marion.

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