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3 things about Jules Dassin’s UPTIGHT

Uptight [1968] 1. Carnival: a fake gun and funhouse mirrors. 2. Daisy/Clarence and the “decadent oriental” interior design of his apartment. 3. The story ends with his burial. A truly fascinating film, especially the ways in which it both has … Continue reading

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3 things about Alain Resnais’ LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD

Last Year at Marienbad [1961] 1.  Tall glass display case in the lobby. 2.  Offscreen, the balustrade crumbles. 3.  “… His gray eyes … his gray form …” 3 other things.

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3 things about Michael Radford’s NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR

Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984] 1. Scratching out one of the faces on the gin bottle’s label. 2. Expressionless, he replies, “They got me a long time ago.” 3. When the ultimate betrayal means saying “I love you.” 3 other things.

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Recipe: Brown Butter Cashew Cookies

BROWN BUTTER CASHEW COOKIES 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups unsalted cashews (or a mixture of any nuts you like) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda … Continue reading

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3 things about Amy Seimetz’s SHE DIES TOMORROW

She Dies Tomorrow [2020] 1. A rather faster tempo for the Lacrimosa than I’m used to hearing. 2. They agree not to wake her up. 3. Bloody rivers.

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3 things about Seijun Suzuki’s TAKE AIM AT THE POLICE VAN

Take Aim at the Police Van [1960] 1. Burma Shave-style road signs warning of danger. 2. Group of teens hanging around the jukebox. 3. He replies that he prefers Japanese mystery novels.

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3 things about Steve Buscemi’s TREES LOUNGE

Trees Lounge [1996] 1. He takes a bite of the ice cream sandwich and says, “Too much? Want me to put it back?” 2. Almost falling asleep while kneeling in front of the casket. 3. Little boy with a sheriff’s … Continue reading

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3 things about Roberto Rossellini’s JOURNEY TO ITALY

Journey to Italy [1954] 1. She seems to notice expectant mothers everywhere. 2. The look on his face when he hears that the girl’s husband is returning home. 3. “You’ve never tried to understand me.” 3 other things.

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3 things about W.S. Van Dyke’s MANHATTAN MELODRAMA

Manhattan Melodrama [1934] 1. Torches and waterlogged corpses. 2. Over-the-shoulder shot, looking at Snow, then Wade socks him in the jaw. 3. He bends towards her and says, “Every now and then.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI

Minari [2020] 1. He notices the sky is green. 2. “Ding-dong broken.” 3. When it’s hiding, it’s more dangerous.

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