3 things about Greta Gerwig’s LADY BIRD

Lady Bird [2017]

1. A star named Bruce.
2. “I haven’t lied in two years.”
3. Mother and daughter driving over the same bridges at different points in time.

Lovely. It would make a wonderful double feature with 20th Century Women.

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3 things about Gordon Douglas’s IN LIKE FLINT

In Like Flint [1967]

1. Dolphin talk.
2. “Brain and hair washing at the same time.”
3. Operation Smooch.

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3 things about Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT

The Florida Project [2017]

1. “No harm, no foul? No fowl. There’s a joke in there somewhere.”
2. She carefully washes the pony’s mane.
3. “I wish they made forks out of candy. Then you could eat the fork after your meal.”

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3 things about Jules Dassin’s THE NAKED CITY

The Naked City [1948]

1. She fetches a cup of cold tea from the kitchen.
2. J.P. McGillicuddy.
3. We hear traffic noise drifting into the room. Foreshadowing the moment when he makes a dash for the open window.

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3 things about Peter Yates’s EYEWITNESS

Eyewitness [1981]

1. Floor polish foreplay.
2. Morgan Freeman’s pipe-smoking detective seems to have wandered in from a better, more interesting movie.
3. Kenneth McMillan’s piggyback ride up a flight of stairs.

Ugh. Pretty bad.

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3 things about Ishirô Honda’s GODZILLA (GOJIRA)

Godzilla [1954]

1. Budapest String Quartet.
2. He sheepishly tucks his tie into his jacket before continuing.
3. Radioactive trilobite.

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ROY’S WORLD co-producer Michael Glover Smith’s newest film screens in Chicago!

Three couples from Chicago vacation for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. And a lot can happen over the course of three days …

I like to joke that Michael Glover Smith is the Robert Altman to my Alan Rudolph. In addition to (and at the same time as!) co-producing Roy’s World: Barry Gifford & Chicago, somehow Michael also finds time to direct his own projects. I am so excited to finally have the chance to see Mercury in Retrograde, his latest, at the at the Gene Siskel Film Center: Friday, February 16 at 8:15pm, Monday, February 19 at 7:45pm and Wednesday, February 21 at 7:45pm.

He’ll be attending, along with producer/actor Shane Simmons and other members of the cast and crew, for post-screening Q&As on all three nights. But that’s not the only reason you should go. He’s had a gorgeous-looking DCP made just for this occasion. Michael adds, “The film was shot in the CinemaScope ratio with Anamorphic lenses and will probably never again look or sound as good as it does projected in its native 2K resolution in the acoustically perfect Siskel Center!” So watch the trailer below, RSVP at the Facebook page, and buy your tickets in advance!

Mercury in Retrograde – Trailer from Shane Simmons on Vimeo.

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