3 things about Arthur Dong’s COMING OUT UNDER FIRE

Coming Out Under Fire [1994]

1. Incompatible.
2. Using the word “darling” in a letter was a giveaway.
3. Mimeographed bulletin, “The Myrtle Bitch Beach.”

Invaluable.

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3 things about William Greaves’s SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One [1968]

1. Showing the location permits to the cop.
2. He could be just offscreen, directing the whole thing.
3. His favorite is 69th.

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3 things about Lynn Hershman-Leeson’s CONCEIVING ADA

Conceiving Ada [1997]

1. Draped bathtub.
2. Unconvincing mouse controls.
3. Karen Black with an English accent.

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3 things about Jonathan Davies’ TOPOLOGY OF SIRENS

Topology of Sirens [2021]

1. A sudden rain shower.
2. Hurdy-gurdy trade.
3. The beginning of a long baseball game.

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One week from today: our Chicago Premiere at the Music Box Theatre!

ROYS WORLD chi premiere 2I do hope you’ll join me. Buy tix now—it’s going to be a fantastic afternoon. We’ll have a special, limited edition movie poster for sale, as well as copies of some of Barry’s books, all of which you can get autographed!

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3 things about Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER

The Shape of Water [2017]

1. He wants to add an extra S to GRAS.
2. “I think it’s some of my best work.”
3. Fingers bouncing across the carpet.

3 other things.

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3 things about Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE

Dune [2021]

1. Grains of spice sparkling in the sand.
2. Hunter-seeker emerging from a tiny hole in the sandworm wall mural.
3. Evil black and yellow goo.

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3 things about James Wan’s THE CONJURING

The Conjuring [2013]

1. On the piano, the same three notes.
2. The intake interview is conducted on November 1, All Hallows’ Day.
3. “She’s already gone. And now you’re all going to die.” The look on her face.

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3 things about Bryan Forbes’s SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON

Séance on a Wet Afternoon [1964]

1. The group gradually disbands, each member leaving the house without speaking to one another.
2. A crock labelled RAISINS in the kitchen.
3. “Did I do it well?” Echoes of how Sunset Blvd. ends.

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3 things about Theo Anthony’s ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

All Light, Everywhere [2021]

1. “The eye only sees in each thing that for which it looks, and it only looks for that of which it already has an idea.” — Alphonse Bertillon
2. The plentiful trees and foliage in suburban areas conceal activity from surveillance drones, whereas historically high crime areas offer no such cover.
3. Always a 30-second buffer.

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