3 things about Mercedes Kane’s BREAKFAST AT INA’S

Breakfast at Ina’s [2015]

1. His job was to chop the chocolate.
2. “You’re too stupid to eat here.”
3. No Christmas decorations.

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3 things about Michael Radford’s NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR

Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

1. The smell of dead insects and cheap perfume.
2. He cradles Winston in a half-embrace.
3. Teeth, snout, whiskers.

Watch this now.

This viewing was of the version of the film that features only Dominic Muldowney’s score. It is a wonderful score. But I also appreciate the version that uses Eurythmics’ soundtrack, which was the first version I ever watched. It’s kind of interesting that, just like Brazil, this is a film that exists in multiple versions that each has its own merits.

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3 things about Werner Herzog’s LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World [2016]

1. The historic computer has its own scent.
2. Werner volunteers himself for a one-way ticket to Mars.
3. “Have the monks stopped meditating? They all seem to be tweeting.”

It’s easy to take for granted that Warner Herzog, now past the age of 70, is still making films every bit as vibrant and engaging as a youngster. Here we have a documentary about the internet. And he doesn’t feel to need to resort to visual tricks or gimmicks to tell his story. He combines an open-eyed curiosity about the world and technology with the wisdom of a disciplined filmmaking that prioritizes people over things. It’s the only way to explore what the internet means for our species.

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3 things about Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH

Youth [2015]

1. “They’re mute.”
2. Close. Then, faraway.
3. Offscreen, stepping into air. Silence. Far below, horrified commotion.

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3 things about Mike Mills’ 20th CENTURY WOMEN

20th Century Women [2016]

1. “Wondering if you’re happy is just a shortcut to being depressed.”
2. Goof: “The Big Country” is not the first song on the second side of More Songs about Buildings and Food.
3. As part of her Y2K plan, $16,000 in gold coins in a safety deposit box at the Bank of Montecito.

Thoroughly wonderful.

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Kenny Burrell cocktail.

I’ve been entranced by the guitar stylings of Kenny Burrell at least as far back as the first time I heard his masterpiece Midnight Blue. So I offer up this libation in his honor. It spotlights (albeit subtly) Plantation’s newest rum.

KENNY BURRELL COCKTAIL

2 oz. Hamilton Guyana Rum
.5 oz. Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
2 teaspoons honey syrup
5 drops ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Add ingredients to a small tumbler. Add a jumbo cube of ice and stir for five seconds. Garnish with an orange peel, press play on “Chitlins Con Carne,” and serve.

(Thanks Anthony for the bitters!)

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3 things about Philip Kaufman’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

1. Why the name change from Miles to Matthew?
2. He’s only able to destroy his own pod.
3. Her left cheek caves in, begins to crumble.

3 other things.

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