3 things about Steve Carver’s THE ARENA

The Arena [1974]

1. Priscium: “I won’t handle them at all!”
2. She holds a pottery shard to his throat.
3. Hidden female archers.

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3 things about Jack Hill’s FOXY BROWN

Foxy Brown [1974]

1. Hospital room sponge bath.
2. Miss Catherine’s enormous owl necklace.
3. “It looks like a pickle jar.”

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s BASIC INSTINCT

Basic Instinct [1992]

1. What an utter waste of Dorothy Malone.
2. Diner under the overpass.
3. Fuck like minks.

3 other things.

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3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s FOX AND HIS FRIENDS

Fox and His Friends [1975]

1. In this film from 1975, one guy asks another guy, “What are you into?” So basically, cruising hasn’t changed in 45 years.
2. A gay bar named The Black Orchid.
3. The car salesman says, “Do I look like a Jew?”

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Must be something in the water

Folks in the UK have really been connecting to my film Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago! I was really blown away to read this new review, “A Beautiful City Symphony,” on The Film Stage, written by Logan Kenny, who saw the film in Glasgow. Here’s a quote:

It’s a documentary less interested in the historical beats as much as it is the people affected by them. Gifford’s work is used as a conduit to discuss the prominence of racism, crime, and poverty throughout Chicago’s history, in a way that always feels invigorating and not didactic … So much of the film seems to be about the ability of art and design to transcend its original intentions, becoming special and preserved in the hearts and souls of millions of different citizens. It’s a film not about the nature of creation, but about the wonderful aftermath that the work brings, and the deep satisfaction of knowing that you’re a part of that continuation in any small way. It’s beautiful and more in spirit with the work of its subject than any potential talking heads documentary could have ever been.

And just before the film’s “virtual screening” as part of the Cheltenham International Film Festival (beginning this Friday, June 12), I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennie Kermode at Eye for Film.

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3 things about Josephine Decker’s SHIRLEY

Shirley [2020]

1. “I don’t smote.”
2. Fire sparks become snowflakes.
3. Personal tureen of mashed potatoes.

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3 things about Jacques Tati’s MON ONCLE

Mon Oncle [1958]

1. Sunlight-activated canary.
2. Bouncing pitcher.
3. He hands the man his hat, overcoat, and umbrella before punching him in the face.

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3 things about John Waters’ PECKER

Pecker [1998]

1. “My Liza Minnelli CDs are gone!”
2. Cindy Sherman offers the child a Valium.
3. Sex in the voting booth.

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3 things about Jafar Panahi’s TAXI

Taxi [2015]

1. “Those films have already been made, those books have already been written. You must look elsewhere.”
2. Goldfish in a plastic bag.
3. A final theft.

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3 things about Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET

Night of the Comet [1984]

1. “Reggie, I’m not giving you $15 for making it with me.”
2. Carsick without her bunny.
3. Throwing all the guns away.

3 other things.

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