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3 things about Chris Bolan’s A SECRET LOVE

A Secret Love [2020] 1. “I’ve thrown out 110 books.” 2. Marriage vows which include e.e. cummings. 3. A supply of autographed baseball cards.

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK

Small Axe: Lovers Rock [2020] 1. Flicking her cigarette at his backside. 2. “This is tea?” “Jamaican tea.” 3. Time to wake up for church.

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3 things about Mike Leigh’s PETERLOO

Peterloo [2018] 1. He’s crestfallen at not getting assigned to Ireland. 2. Sharing bread with strangers. 3. A horse tramples the infant.

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3 things about Wesley Ruggles’ I’M NO ANGEL

I’m No Angel [1933] 1. The judge discreetly conveys a “don’t push it” message. 2. Beulah brings in a small tray with two tiny drinks on it and sets it on the edge of the piano. 3. “It’s not the … Continue reading

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s SMALL AXE: MANGROVE

Small Axe: Mangrove [2020] 1. A small hole in the toe of his sock. 2. Her unborn child. 3. She sings a few bars of “The Tennessee Waltz.”

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3 things about Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR

The Last Emperor [1987] 1. “I told you, I hate you.” The disengaged look on her face as the spy sucks her toes. 2. Beneath the sheets. 3. A cricket cage still hidden under the cushion.

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3 things about Howard Hawks’s BRINGING UP BABY

Bringing Up Baby [1938] 1. The way she laughs. 2. Backless dress. 3. “Did we get across?” “No, we’re right back where we started, only we’re wet.”

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A selected inventory of 2020.

By the numbers … 207: feature films I watched in 2020 (10 of which I viewed in a theater) 47: books I read in 2020 29: pizzas we ordered from The Art of Pizza 86: mystery green statistic Happy New … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

Where’d You Go, Bernadette [2019] 1. Star-shaped opening in the carpet revealing the green shoot of a houseplant. 2. Microsoft money. 3. “Interventions are above my paygrade.”

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Best films I watched for the first time in 2020.

Years don’t matter any more, if they ever did. True is true. CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson) DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK’N’ROLL (John Pirozzi) FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt) I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Charlie Kaufman) JASPER MALL (Brett Whitcomb & … Continue reading

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