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3 things about Sidney Lumet's FAIL-SAFE

Fail-Safe [1964] 1. He slaps her and then says, “I’m not your kind.” 2. Tight shot of the back of Henry Fonda’s neck. 3. Matador. The roar of the engines, the roar of the crowd.

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3 things about L.Q. Jones’s A BOY AND HIS DOG

A Boy and His Dog [1975] 1. “Let’s get another Michael out of the warehouse. This time make sure the engineering department wipes that smile off his face.” 2. Being milked. 3. Charles McGraw in makeup.

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3 things about Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM

In My Room [2018] 1. A bedside table upon which stands a sippy cup and a pair of dentures in a waterglass. 2. Ivy-covered video store. 3. Techno “Adagio for Strings.”

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3 things about Mick Jackson’s THREADS

Threads [1984] 1. All the fingers are on fire. 2. The sound of swarms of flies coming from the cellar. 3. Britain’s population returning to medieval levels. Genuinely terrifying.

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3 things about Richard Compton’s RAVAGERS

Ravagers [1979] 1. At first he’s not sure what to do with the fork. 2. Art Carney playing “Tea for Two” on a piano. 3. A bullet to the gut finishes off Ernest Borgnine.

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3 things about Susanne Bier’s BIRD BOX

Bird Box [2018] 1. The woman calmly sits down in the driver’s seat of the burning car. 2. He gently pries her eyes open. 3. “No one’s looking,” she announces to the children.

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3 things about Lynne Littman’s TESTAMENT

Testament [1983] 1. Teasingly, he plucks at her nightshirt. 2. “Larry left us today. He just crawled into a ball and died.” 3. She gently lifts him out of the sink; the water has turned brown. She swaddles him in … Continue reading

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3 things about Jayne Loader & Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty’s THE ATOMIC CAFE

The Atomic Cafe [1982] 1. Sign: “If you wouldn’t tell Stalin, don’t say it!” 2. James Gregory (Senator Iselin from The Manchurian Candidate) as a patriotic army man warning of the dangers of enemy propaganda. 3. Recommended: an ample supply … Continue reading

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3 things about Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE

High-Rise [2015] 1. The pool becomes at first a place for clothes-washing and then a corpse disposal site. 2. “The walls have ears,” she says, and then nibbles his ear. 3. A plan to colonize the lower floors. 3 other … Continue reading

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3 things about John Hillcoat’s THE ROAD

The Road [2009] 1. A sediment of grime near the drain. 2. “I can’t talk about it. Not with you.” 3. A pink fire burning in the center of his chest. 3 other things.

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