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3 things about Ranald MacDougall’s THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL

The World, The Flesh and the Devil [1959] 1. Model train winding through the apartment. 2. Arranging the dropcloth, he draws his arm across her throat. 3. Tied to the helm. 3 other things.

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3 things about Simon Wincer’s D.A.R.Y.L.

D.A.R.Y.L. [1985] 1. Mom hair, mom shorts, doing mom things in the kitchen. 2. On the computer monitor: “I’m scared.” 3. Pole Position for real.

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3 things about Joe Cornish’s ATTACK THE BLOCK

Attack the Block [2011] 1. Ron’s weed room. 2. “Rest in Peace, doggie.” 3. Hanging off the balcony from a Union Jack.

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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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