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3 things about James Gray’s AD ASTRA

Ad Astra [2019] 1. Freaking out in the Comfort Room. 2. Wispy purple rings. 3. Okay, I can buy someone resorting to hand-to-hand combat with a knife. But no professional astronaut would fire a gun at someone from long range … Continue reading

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3 things about Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET

Night of the Comet [1984] 1. “Reggie, I’m not giving you $15 for making it with me.” 2. Carsick without her bunny. 3. Throwing all the guns away. 3 other things.

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3 things about John Carpenter’s DARK STAR

Dark Star [1974] 1. Sneakers so worn down they almost have holes. 2. The knife game from Alien. 3. Riding the waves one last time.

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3 things about Saul Bass’ PHASE IV

Phase IV [1974] 1. Triple flesh-tunnels. 2. Combating yellow with adaptation to yellow. 3. Rows of holes, from which dirt is pouring. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

The Andromeda Strain [1971] 1. A sliver of paper between the clapper and the bell. 2. Mass human casualties, a variety of dying animals, and a naked lady in a G-rated movie. 3. Green lasers. 3 other things.

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3 things about John Sturges’ THE SATAN BUG

The Satan Bug [1965] 1. Opening: we transition from veins in a human body to an aerial view of a desert road. 2. Eager beavers trapped in a bootleg kerosene lair. 3. Lonely flask on the edge of the seat. … Continue reading

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3 things about Mattie Do’s THE LONG WALK

The Long Walk [2019] 1. Regardless of specific events, the outcome is always a smashed pane of glass. 2. They need a tractor. The NGO instead installs solar panels. 3. Foil-and=plastic packets of dehydrated noodles. Something special.

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s TOTAL RECALL

Total Recall [1990] 1. Copious cereal spillage. 2. “Get your ass on Mars.” 3. Bugeyes.

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s ROBOCOP

RoboCop [1987] 1. Leeza Gibbons! Along with three Twin Peaks cast members. 2. Baby food jars. 3. Video real estate agent.

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3 things about Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM

Pacific Rim [2013] 1. Chasing rabbits. 2. “You like the name? I took it from my favorite historical character and my second-favorite Szechuan restaurant in Brooklyn.” 3. A stockpile of crisply folded dress shirts.

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