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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 Michael Curtiz’s WHITE CHRISTMAS

White Christmas [1954] 1. Dashing from Florida to Vermont. And then they get there and there’s no snow. Early global warming musical. 2. “Sisters” is gay enough the first time around; the second time, it’s like gay on top of … Continue reading

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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 Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley’s DAMES

Dames [1934] 1. Canoodling in the moonlight on the Staten Island ferry. 2. Triple strength from Canada. 3. Moving through a tunnel of dames.

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3 things about Jim Henson’s THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER

The Great Muppet Caper [1981] 1. A jar of Carlsford jelly. 2. The glass slipper business. 3. “It’s plot exposition, it has to go somewhere!” 3 other things.

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3 things about David Swift’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [1967] 1. In the mailroom, a 3M box. (3M also provided the office machines seen in the film.) 2. Pom pom stitch. 3. On a shelf in his office: a Pyrex catalog. … Continue reading

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3 things about George Dunning’s YELLOW SUBMARINE

Yellow Submarine [1968] 1. The number 18. 2. Clown alarm system. 3. “If you must shout, shout quietly.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Agnieszka Smoczynska’s THE LURE

The Lure [2015] 1. Donna Summer. 2. A glass with a toothbrush in it. 3. Covered in sea foam.

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3 things about Charles Walters’ SUMMER STOCK

Summer Stock [1950] 1. In the kitchen, an old fashioned stove next to a modern range. 2. Halving the newspaper, again and again. 3. Black fedora, oversized jacket, leotards.

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3 things about John Waters’ CRY-BABY

Cry-Baby [1990] 1. Hysterectomy pants. 2. French kissing. 3. She guzzles her jar of tears.

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