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3 things about David Swift’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [1967] 1. In the mailroom, a 3M box. (3M also provided the office machines seen in the film.) 2. Pom pom stitch. 3. On a shelf in his office: a Pyrex catalog. … Continue reading

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3 things about John Badham’s WARGAMES

WarGames [1983] 1. “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” 2. A kiss on the ferry. 3. He ruffles David’s hair, smiles at the group, awkwardly walks away. And then immediately gets fired offscreen?

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3 things about Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON

Cameraperson [2016] 1. He needs oxygen. There is no oxygen. 2. Cut from the receptacle of ashes to her mother, still living. 3. She asks about the woman’s sense of personal style.

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3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS

In a Year with 13 Moons [1978] 1. A beer and a shot of bitters. 2. The A1 password is Bergen-Belsen. 3. Spitting three times over her left shoulder.

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3 things about James Gray’s AD ASTRA

Ad Astra [2019] 1. Freaking out in the Comfort Room. 2. Wispy purple rings. 3. Okay, I can buy someone resorting to hand-to-hand combat with a knife. But no professional astronaut would fire a gun at someone from long range … Continue reading

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3 things about Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE SACRIFICE

The Sacrifice [1986] 1. The candles, the plates, the wine. 2. A coin falls out of his pocket and rolls along the hardwood floor. 3. Finally, a collapse.

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3 things about Claude Chabrol’s LE BOUCHER

Le Boucher [1970] 1. Serene yoga. 2. “I would say nothing. But please don’t.” 3. Expressionlessly she watches the flashing red elevator signal.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR

The Boy with Green Hair [1948] 1. Passed around from household to household. 2. Cro-Magnon emo: a tear on his cheek, half shaved head, tufts of his shorn green hair. 3. “Remember us as having died with millions of other … Continue reading

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3 things about Jeffrey McHale’s YOU DON’T NOMI

You Don’t Nomi [2019] 1. Twin totems of chips and nails. 2. “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so–scared.” 3. Gina Gershon played it like a drag queen.

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS

Showgirls [1995] 1. Porpoise orgasm. 2. “I have a pussy problem.” 3. Last chance for ice. Utter garbage that accurately conveys what it’s like to spend an extended period of time in Las Vegas.

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