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3 things about Gary Sherman’s DEATH LINE

Death Line [1972] 1. Fixation on teabags. 2. Handy oil dispenser. 3. Biting off a rat’s head. A few bravura sequences (opening title, lengthy tracking shot of the hidden lair) but this mostly plods along.

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD

There Will Be Blood [2007] 1. “I should have known that under this, all these years you’ve been building your hate for me piece by piece.” 2. A plate of cold spare ribs. 3. Filthy will oil and dirt, lying … Continue reading

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3 things about Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT

Knives Out [2019] 1. Dust bunnies on the floor of the abandoned laundromat. 2. Fruit magnet scrambling the videotape. 3. Jolly sailor at the foot of the staircase; an allusion to Sleuth? 3 other things.

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3 things about Harry Kümel’s DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS

Daughters of Darkness [1971] 1. “She’s leaving tomorrow.” “By that time, many things can happen.” 2. Nails painted blood red. 3. Shiny black raincoat as cape, shroud.

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3 things about John ‘Bud’ Cardos’s KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

Kingdom of the Spiders [1977] 1. Nervous horses. 2. Are they swingers? 3. Coffee time.

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3 things about George A. Romero’s SEASON OF THE WITCH

Season of the Witch [1972] 1. Snapping tree branches slashing her face. Somehow the opening scene reminds me of the opening scene of Belle de Jour. 2. Momentary cat. Just a stray that wandered in? 3. New, towering hairdo.

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3 things about Gordon Douglas’s THEM!

Them! [1954] 1. Their first view is of her legs. 2. Flame shadows. 3. Numbered drain pipes. 3 other things.

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3 things about Alfonso Cuarón’s HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004] 1. Chorus with toads. 2. “You may be young in years but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid’s, your soul as dry as the … Continue reading

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3 things about Jeannot Szwarc’s BUG

Bug [1975] 1. About five minutes after telling her he’ll wait for her outside, he gets in the truck and leaves. 2. Eureka moment triggered by opening a cold can of Schlitz. 3. Clunky homage to The Birds.

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3 things about Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW

Shadow [2018] 1. Prideful of his calligraphy. 2. Bamboo point stuck in the small of his back. 3. Snapping the faceplate back into place.

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