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3 things about Joseph Newman’s THIS ISLAND EARTH

This Island Earth [1955] 1. Catalog with pages made of metal. 2. Pulsing neon green. 3. Cat lapping up milk while perched on a lead slab.

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3 things about Christopher Nolan’s INSOMNIA

Insomnia [2002] 1. It’s 10 PM, not 10 AM. 2. “There are two kinds of people who live in Alaska: the ones who are born here and the ones who come here to escape something else. I wasn’t born here.” … Continue reading

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3 things about John Hancock’s LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death [1971] 1. Getting back to the land includes spraying your apple orchard with poisonous pesticide. 2. Evil flowers lamp. 3. Rowing, motionless.

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3 things about Spike Lee’s DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA

David Byrne’s American Utopia [2020] 1. Tracing the longitudinal fissure with his index finger. 2. Pant leg dance moves. 3. Congratulating an audience member on his age.

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3 things about Jack Arnold’s TARANTULA

Tarantula [1955] 1. “The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!” 2. Pools of goo. 3. Leo G. Carroll’s monstrous brow.

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3 things about William Castle’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

House on Haunted Hill [1959] 1. “Don’t you see a little touch of greed around the mouth and eyes?” 2. Blood on the ceiling. 3. Marionette contraption.

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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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