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Best films I watched for the first time in 2020.

Years don’t matter any more, if they ever did. True is true. CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson) DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK’N’ROLL (John Pirozzi) FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt) I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Charlie Kaufman) JASPER MALL (Brett Whitcomb & … Continue reading

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

Inherent Vice [2014] 1. “Molto panacako!” 2. A bare patch on the sofa cushion’s vinyl cover. 3. “So, justice was served?” 3 other things.

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3 things about Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 [2020] 1. Fanny pack. 2. “Mind your business.” 3. Unwanted cows.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. Mr. Gower’s voice is the first we hear. 2. Fifty cents on the dollar. 3. “Yeah, yeah yeah, soybeans, yeah.” 3 other things.

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3 things about John McTiernan’s DIE HARD

Die Hard [1988] 1. Japanese artifacts in the vault. 2. Is the nerd the only bad guy who doesn’t die? 3. “Now I know how a TV dinner feels.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL

The Farewell [2019] 1. Professional crier. 2. She pulls up her shirt, revealing the cupping marks on her back. 3. Outside the window of her hotel room, a plume of cigarette smoke dissolves in the air.

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT

The Apartment [1960] 1. Strand of leftover spaghetti on the tennis racket. He wraps it around his finger. 2. On her way out, she deposits a dime on the desk. 3. Key to the executive washroom. 3 other things.

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3 things about George Cukor’s HOLIDAY

Holiday [1938] 1. Drinking champagne out of a trophy. 2. The way Lew Ayers says, “I’ll be–here.” 3. She closes her eyes and presses an elevator button.

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3 things about Chantal Akerman’s GOLDEN EIGHTIES

Golden Eighties [1986] 1. Scissors as rhythm track. 2. Screwing on the stairs. 3. We finally get outside at the very end.

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3 things about Leo McCarey’s THE AWFUL TRUTH

The Awful Truth [1937] 1. A ready-to-go eggnog cart. 2. “I don’t know what to say.” “If you leave now, you won’t have to say anything.” 3. Cuckoo clock.

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