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3 things about Curtis Hanson’s BAD INFLUENCE

Bad Influence [1990] 1. An ingenious cut: Michael throws back the shot of tequila, Alex swallows it. 2. Glass bricks everywhere. 3. Don’t step on the brake pedal.

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3 things about Stuart Rosenberg’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR

The Amityville Horror [1979] 1. What’s with the blueprint he retrieves from the Town Hall? 2. The house sits atop a massive oil deposit? 3. Why doesn’t he simply use his library card?

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3 things about Ken Russell’s CRIMES OF PASSION

Crimes of Passion [1984] 1. Years before Leland Palmer, “Get Happy” with Anthony Perkins. 2. A roasting pan placed on the floor at each viewing station to catch the drippings. 3. Neon silhouette fornication.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s BOOM!

Boom! [1968] 1. “Shit on your mother!” 2. “I don’t go in for hand-kissing.” 3. “There are many art treasures in my bedroom, including me.” Intoxicating.

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3 things about Leo McCarey’s MY SON JOHN

My Son John [1952] 1. Bops him on the head with her Bible. 2. Helen Hayes and the look on her face when she says to him, “You take over whenever you want to.” 3. A shaft of light illuminates … Continue reading

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3 things about Burt Reynolds’ SHARKY’S MACHINE

Sharky’s Machine [1981] 1. The rare 80s film where the focus is on white characters doing drugs. 2. “How does it feel?” “It feels like you’re a lump of shit.” 3. “Love Theme from Sharky’s Machine“: Sarah Vaughan does Shirley … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s THE ‘HUMAN’ FACTOR

The ‘Human’ Factor [1975] 1. The rare film where “It picks up when Barry Sullivan shows up” is accurate. 2.  Hacking an Air India computer. 3. A terrified shopper takes a machine gun into her own hands. A little girl … Continue reading

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s HOLLOW MAN

Hollow Man [2000] 1. She delicately cuts out eye-holes. 2. A brutal rape, the repercussions of which are never addressed. 3. Set on fire, electrocuted, brained with a crowbar, engulfed by an explosion—and still able to climb up an elevator … Continue reading

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3 things about David Lowell Rich’s MADAME X

Madame X [1966] 1. Painted on eyebags. 2. Ricardo Montalban plays a character named … Phil Benton. And lives in a fabulous split-level bachelor pad in Manhattan. 3. Spanish Inquisition-themed nightclub.

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3 things about Nicholas Roeg’s SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

Sweet Bird of Youth [1989] 1. She wants him now and she means now, not later. 2. “Don’t call me ‘honey.’ I can’t stand being called ‘honey’ by unknown persons of the same gender.” “What’s gender, honey?” 3. A nautically … Continue reading

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