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3 things about Robert Kenner’s COMMAND AND CONTROL

Command and Control [2016] 1. “Anytime I want to I can close my eyes and see it.” 2. After receiving the phone call, he looked out the window at the street outside. Wondering what to do. 3. Even when asked … Continue reading

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3 things about Lorene Scafaria’s SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [2012] 1. Every line on his phone is blinking. He politely hangs up and vomits. 2. “That’s my Cale!” 3. A line of people waiting to get married at the edge … Continue reading

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3 things about Irwin Allen’s VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea [1961] 1. There’s something wrong with any movie where Frankie Avalon gives the most naturalistic performance. 2. Shark walking with Peter Lorre. 3. Rubber octopi which make a giant sucking noise.

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3 things about Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE

High-Rise [2015] 1. The group humiliates him and walks away. Between his lips he inserts a bent cigarette. 2. Slow pan of progressively rotting fruit. 3. “I was talking to the building.” An exquisitely nasty distillation of J. G. Ballard … Continue reading

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3 things about Jan Schmidt’s LATE AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE

Late August at the Hotel Ozone [1966] 1. After bludgeoning the dog, she wipes the butt of her rifle on the grass. 2. Her first glass of milk in 15 years. She’s too overwhelmed to drink it. 3. She stares … Continue reading

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3 things about John Hillcoat’s THE ROAD

The Road [2009] 1. A forest of crooked telephone poles. 2. Naked, dirty, bleeding bodies suddenly shamble to life. 3. On top of the pile of clothes, he carefully places a single can of food.

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3 things about Stephen Frears’ FAIL SAFE

Fail Safe [2000] 1. Introduced by Walter Cronkite. Walter Cronkite. 2. Secretary of Defense: “We do not engage in sneak attacks!” 3. Black unzips a small pocket on the sleeve of his flightsuit and removes the vial of poison. His hand … Continue reading

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