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3 things about Matthew Rankin’s THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The Twentieth Century [2019] 1. Ski lift as subway. 2. “Canada is just one failed orgasm after another.” 3. The fleshpots of Winnipeg.

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3 things about David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS

Scanners [1981] 1. A neatly folded brown blanket on the bed. 2. Melting telephone. 3. An ad in LIFE. 3 other things.

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3 things about Bill Morrison’s DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME

Dawson City: Frozen Time [2016] 1. Shaking hands with an actor who’s no longer there. 2. For the first nine years of its existence, Dawson City’s business district caught on fire and burned. Each and every year. 3. Priceless plate … Continue reading

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3 things about Guy Maddin’s THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

The Saddest Music in the World [2003] 1. “Spats? Would you call his hair slippery?” 2. His favorite song: “Skip to My Lou.” 3. A squeezebox that’s a vintage radio.

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3 things about Sarah Polley’s STORIES WE TELL

Stories We Tell [2012] 1. Talking on the phone, making a stop sign with her hand. 2. He explains why taking out the garbage makes him feel like he’s not in control. It means you’re on someone else’s schedule. 3. … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Altman’s THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK

That Cold Day in the Park [1969] 1. He lies on the floor under the coffee table puffing on a cigar, a glass of wine balanced on his chest. 2. “He has a terrible habit of plucking at the creases … Continue reading

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3 things about Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ

Take This Waltz [2011] 1. He calls at her from across the street. “That’s too bad.” 2. On the patio, a large red wheelbarrow filled with ice and bottles of beer. 3. Sweat on her forehead. She leans her head … Continue reading

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3 things about Sarah Polley’s AWAY FROM HER

Away From Her [2006] 1. She places the pot in the freezer. She realizes she’s done something odd, but she doesn’t realize why it’s odd. 2. “I think people are too demanding. People want to be in love every single … Continue reading

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3 things about Guy Maddin’s MY WINNIPEG

My Winnipeg [2007] 1. Anne Savage’s pronunciation of “tire iron.” 2. Three or four travelers slumped over a table on a train car, continuously falling asleep and then trying to wake up. 3. I’m paraphrasing here but Guy Maddin says, … Continue reading

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3 things about David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS

Scanners [1981] 1. The futuristic food court, with all the signs in French; neon, shiny red plastic wall panels, chrome, hamburger wrappers, escalators with black scuff marks on the treads. This is exactly why I love Canadian movies of the … Continue reading

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