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3 things about Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS

Holy Motors [2012] 1. Gravestones as social media prompts. 2. When there’s no more beholder. 3. Brakelight dialogue. 3 other things.

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ROY’S WORLD receives an Illinois Arts Council Agency grant!

I am honored to announce that I’ve been awarded a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This follows an earlier City of Chicago DCASE grant. … Continue reading

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3 things about Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN

Days of Heaven [1978] 1. Making paper flowers. 2. Shoveling the insects by the basketful into the bonfire. 3. “Do you want me to pull it out?”

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3 things about Don Siegel’s THE LINEUP

The Lineup [1958] 1. Dipso. 2. Another film appearance of the Brocklebank Apartments—and the same year as Vertigo! 3. “You’re dead.”

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3 things about Khalik Allah’s BLACK MOTHER

Black Mother [2018] 1. Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other country. 2. Kool-Aid hypothesis. 3. Fire in the water. The adjective “visceral” was coined in order to describe the experience of watching this film.

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3 things about the Coen Bros.’ MILLER’S CROSSING

Miller’s Crossing [1990] 1. Wisps of smoke rising from the floor. 2. “It’s not so easy, is it Verna?” 3. Sam Raimi cameo.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s FAMILY PLOT

Family Plot [1976] 1. Street sign for Bates Avenue. 2. High heel wedge on his face. 3. William Devane’s toothy grimace. Underrated! Barbara Harris is a national treasure.

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