3 things about Mike Mills’ 20th CENTURY WOMEN

20th Century Women [2016]

1. She listens to the punk record for a moment. Then asks, “Can’t things just be pretty?”
2. “These are a bunch of songs that I think my life would have been better if they had been around when I was a teenager. So I’m hoping that if you listen to them now, you’ll be a happier and more realized person than I could ever hope to be.”
3. Menstruation.

3 other things.

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3 things about Charlie McDowell’s THE ONE I LOVE

The One I Love [2014]

1. “That’s my grape.”
2. Mary Steenburgen’s voice on the phone.
3. He processes her offer of bacon for breakfast.

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Cocktail: Cheerful Little Earful

A concoction I put together as an experiment, it’s modestly sized but full of flavor.

CHEERFUL LITTLE EARFUL

  • 1 oz. Damoiseau Cane Rhum
  • .5 oz. Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Dark Pineapple Rum
  • .5 oz. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .25 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • .25 oz. honey syrup

Fill a small tumbler to the top with crushed ice. Add the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake like crazy, and strain into the tumbler. Garnish with a large swath of orange peel.

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3 things about David Zucker’s THE NAKED GUN 2½: THE SMELL OF FEAR

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear [1991]

1. “I’m sure we can handle the situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn’t that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?”
2. Random Mel Tormé cameo.
3. Electric toothbrush vs. blow-dryer.

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s CROSSFIRE

Crossfire [1947]

1. “Some of them are named Samuels. Some of them got funnier names.”
2. Empty moonlit patio.
3. “Where were you when he needed you? Maybe you were someplace having beautiful thoughts. Well, I wasn’t. I was in a gin mill, where all he had to do to see me was walk in and buy me a drink.”

A little preachy? Perhaps. But still relevant as hell.

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA

Roma [2018]

1. Shower curtain rod.
2. Picking out a crib.
3. Silently eating ice cream together.

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3 things about Paul Schrader’s FIRST REFORMED

First Reformed [2017]

1. Martin Luther in the outhouse.
2. They slowly lift off.
3. “Despair is a development of pride so great that it chooses one’s certitude rather than admit God is more creative than we are. Perhaps it’s better I didn’t say that to him.”

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