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3 things about S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR

RRR [2022] 1. Dance-off. 2. Snake-fling. “No animals were harmed in the making of this film” disclaimer. 3. Blocks-of-stone-stretch.

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3 things about Mark Sandrich’s SHALL WE DANCE

Shall We Dance [1937] 1. “You only had one drink.” “Yes, but you kept filling it.” 2. Tripping over the curb in their roller skates. 3. Eric Blore’s spelling bee.

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3 things about Walter Lang’s GREENWICH VILLAGE

Greenwich Village [1944] 1. “Would you like to take advantage of me?” 2. Gayish dance interlude. 3. Triple pianists. 3 other things.

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Meet Me in St. Louis [1944] 1. Technicolor ketchup. 2.  “If we can create a breathtaking effect, it’ll be simple to monopolize all the worthwhile men.” 3. Outlines on the wallpaper indicate where pictures had been hanging. 3 other things.

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s BELLS ARE RINGING

Bells Are Ringing [1960] 1. Threadbare carpet. 2. No tenth symphony. 3. Her do-do-do-do-dos.

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s MURDER AT THE VANITIES

Murder at the Vanities [1934] 1. All-too-brief ode to marijuana that ends with blood dripping onto the bare shoulders of a chorus girl. 2. Arpeggio, arpeggio, arpeggio! Ellington hams it up at the piano. 3. “Cocktails for Two” is a … Continue reading

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3 things about Josh Greenbaum’s BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar [2021] 1. She’s thinking about Kermit on his bicycle. 2. Three pills in the treasure chest. They float away from the bar. 3. Headshake, ringtone. When Grace Jones’s cover of “Tomorrow” from … Continue reading

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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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