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3 things about Ted Demme’s THE REF

The Ref [1994] 1. “Is it real coffee, or some Scandinavian Christmas potion?” 2. Poodle sweater. 3. Daniel Lanois poster in his bedroom. The kid has taste.

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3 things about Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. $17.50. 2. The miniature skull-and-chain desk ornament in Potter’s office. 3. The newspaper weather report is accurate. Merry Christmas! 3 other things.

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT

The Apartment [1960] 1. “The mirror, it’s broken.” “I know. I like it this way. Makes me look the way I feel.” 2. An Ella Fitzgerald LP in Baxter’s apartment. 3. Their lovers’ hideaway is Rickshaw, a tiki bar/restaurant. From … Continue reading

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3 things about William Keighley’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

The Man Who Came to Dinner [1942] 1. Fake octopus. 2. “Oh, it’s snowing. Isn’t that wonderful? I’ve never felt so much like Christmas in all my life. Don’t you, Sherry?” “Shut your nasty little face!” 3. He throws his … Continue reading

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Winter Sequence.

Every December I try to freshen up my holiday listening by adding some new music to the rotation. This year it’s a piece by Leonard Feather and Ralph Burns, “Winter Sequence, A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer.” Dating from 1954, … Continue reading

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3 things about Frederick Wiseman’s THE STORE

The Store [1983] 1. “The bigger the cereal bowl, the better. And I need a cup and saucer too.” 2. A missing Waterford crystal chandelier. 3. Singing telegram chicken stripper.

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3 things about Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET

Night of the Comet [1984] 1. A game called Scary Noises. 2. Sam does not like country. 3. How will they get his braces off? 3 other things.

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