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3 things about Joe Dante’s GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

Gremlins 2: The New Batch [1990] 1. Jerry Goldsmith as a frozen yogurt customer. 2. Gremlin on hold. 3. “Incredible as it seems, ladies and gentlemen, after their bizarre, bloodcurdling rampage of destruction, these strange creatures now appear to be … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Donner’s SCROOGED

Scrooged [1988] 1. Miles Davis. 2. Goosey and blubbery. 3. “I know it’s been … fifteen years, but—”

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3 things about Samuel Fuller’s PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

Pickup on South Street [1953] 1. “I have to go on making a living so I can die.” 2. Surreptitious microfilm at the New York Public Library. 3. The dumb waiter shaft. The black cat in the garbage room of … Continue reading

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3 things about William Wyler’s DETECTIVE STORY

Detective Story [1951] 1. On his farm he grows lettuce, cabbage, and kale. 2. She stays behind in the records room, powdering her nose. 3. Lee Grant’s pungent Bronx accent.

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3 things about William Greaves’s SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One [1968] 1. Showing the location permits to the cop. 2. He could be just offscreen, directing the whole thing. 3. His favorite is 69th.

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3 things about Nicole Holofcener’s WALKING AND TALKING

Walking and Talking [1996] 1. “Are we going to listen to this vagina music all the way there?” 2. She shows up at her office and almost immediately sits down in the client’s chair. 3. Dwarf bowling.

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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 Claudia Weill’s GIRLFRIENDS

Girlfriends [1978] 1. “What’s a wrench?” 2. Rather than unpack the boxes, she balances various things on top of them. 3. Fuzzy duck.

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3 things about Peter Yates’ THE HOT ROCK

The Hot Rock [1972] 1. Dortmunder’s good/bad monolog. Brilliant. 2. Essentially, his locksmith business is booming because NYC is falling apart. 3. Red herring reaction shots of the bank guards noticing Dortmunder.

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3 things about Ted Post’s BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES

Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970] 1. She’s a vet. 2. Using a subway rail as a battering ram. 3. The crystal controls are very Fortress of Solitude. 3 other things.

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