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3 things about Chris Carter’s THE X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

The X Files: I Want to Believe [2008] 1. Dirty glass. 2. Another chase scene at a construction site. 3. Severed head in a cooler bag.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s HEAT LIGHTNING

Heat Lightning [1934] 1. “You go your way, and we’ll go the way of all flesh.” 2. She proffers her face for a kiss and he complies unenthusiastically. 3. A guitar and a voice and the heat lightning in the … Continue reading

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3 things about Christopher St. John’s TOP OF THE HEAP

Top of the Heap [1972] 1. Racist taxi driver played by Allen Garfield. 2. Moon landing rehearsal. 3. Spiro T. Agnew, golfing giant.

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3 things about Preston Sturges’s THE GREAT McGINTY

The Great McGinty [1940] 1. A crowd of 75,000 at the baseball game. 2. “Got a new suit.” “It looks more like the suit got you.” 3. Destroying dishes in the dark. 3 other things.

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3 things about Isaac Halasima’s WATERMAN

Waterman [2021] 1. When Duke Paoa Kahanamoku arrived in Australia, he didn’t have a board with him. So he carved a new one himself. 2. He was the best … until Johnny Weissmuller came along. 3. Taking a nap under … Continue reading

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3 things about Hayao Miyazaki’s PORCO ROSSO

Porco Rosso [1992] 1. Secret meeting in a movie theatre. 2. “I’d rather be a pig than a fascist.” 3. The graceful way in which we are shown that his curse has been lifted.

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3 things about Terry Gilliam’s JABBERWOCKY

Jabberwocky [1977] 1. The most gruesome PG-rated film ever? 2. Herald’s tuneless trumpet. 3. Destroying the production line.

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3 things about Terrence Davies’ BENEDICTION

Benediction [2021] 1. His mother asks him, “Is he another of your pretty young men?” 2. A lifeless battlefield intrudes upon the hearth. 3. Distinctive purple scarf.

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3 things about James Ivory’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW

A Room with a View [1985] 1. After inhaling the Florentine scent, she lifts her handkerchief to her nose. 2. Mr. Beebe’s balls. 3. “My father says there is only one perfect view, and that’s the view of the sky … Continue reading

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3 things about Michelangelo Antonioni’s RED DESERT

Red Desert [1964] 1. “There’s something terrible about reality, and I don’t know what it is. And nobody will tell me.” 2. She wants to sell ceramics, though she doesn’t know a thing about them. 3. Poisonous yellow smoke.

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