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3 things about Gordon Douglas’s LADY IN CEMENT

Lady in Cement [1968] 1. A queen in motorcycle glasses and tight pants, whose bodyguard/lover is a former Green Bay Packer. 2. He asks the drug dealer how he likes his meat. 3. “Daniel Boone” playing on a TV set … Continue reading

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3 things about Gordon Douglas’s TONY ROME

Tony Rome [1967] 1. Snoozing with a Yiddish newspaper draped over his face. 2. “You shouldn’t have gotten mixed up with a family like ours.” “This is not a family. Just a bunch of people living at the same address.” … Continue reading

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3 things about Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

If Beale Street Could Talk [2018] 1. Corelle coffee cup. 2. Coltrane, as ever, the music of tenderness. 3. Customers and her hand.

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3 things about Kelly Reichardt’s FIRST COW

First Cow [2019] 1. He gently flips over the newt and continues foraging. 2. A drizzle of honey and a dusting of cinnamon. Chief Factor takes possession of the pastry with a handkerchief. 3. Lying side by side.

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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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