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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s NO MAN OF HER OWN

No Man of Her Own [1950] 1. Has Barbara Stanwyck ever looked so exhausted on film? 2. A few seconds after she slips the ring on her finger, her reflection in the mirror shatters. 3. The telegram reads: WHO ARE … Continue reading

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s CHILDREN OF MEN

Children of Men [2006] 1. “I just don’t think about it.” 2. Prescient: everyone at work, no one working; watching the media coverage of the death. 3. Smashed in the face with a cinder block. 3 other things.

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3 things about Franklin J. Schaffner’s PLANET OF THE APES

Planet of the Apes [1968] 1. Scratching out the message in the dirt. 2. Interspecies kiss. 3. “His destiny.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE

High Life [2018] 1. Her body slowly moving further away. 2. Rivulet of fluid draining from the box. 3. A handful of earth in the bodybag. 3 other things.

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3 things about Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI

Flowers of Shanghai [1998] 1. Wine and hot towels. 2. Ham congee. 3. We catch two glimpses of the outside world, both through open windows.

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3 things about Joe Dante’s MATINEE

Matinee [1993] 1. Movie poster for Panic in Year Zero! 2. Tiny role for Naomi Watts in the film-within-the-film The Shook Up Shopping Cart. 3. He unthinkingly feeds popcorn to his goldfish.

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3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS

The Merchant of Four Seasons [1972] 1. She calmly steps past his body and calls an ambulance. 2. Paper cones for fruit. 3. Shot after shot after shot after shot.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s TOPAZ

Topaz [1969] 1. Private conversation in a walk-in cooler. 2. An important document lies beneath a half-eaten hamburger. 3. Two boarding ramps; one plane is heading to Washington, the other to Moscow.

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3 things about George Marshall’s THE BLUE DAHLIA

The Blue Dahlia [1946] 1. Monkey music. 2. “Am I under suspicion?” “I don’t know. How do you feel about it?” 3. The glow of the glistening street under the nightclub’s enormous neon sign. Fantastic. Not because the convoluted plot … Continue reading

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3 things about Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR

The Souvenir [2019] 1. Dividing the bed with stuffed animals. 2. Awkward directing sequence. 3. She looks her steadily in the face and says, “The worst.”

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