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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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3 things about John Sturges’s BY LOVE POSSESSED

By Love Possessed [1961] 1. He reaches for his drink. She puts her hand over the glass and says, “If I get drunk and pass out, it won’t be fun for me. If you get drunk and pass out, it … Continue reading

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3 things about Stephanie Rothman’s THE VELVET VAMPIRE

The Velvet Vampire [1971] 1. She’s still waiting for that drink. 2. “She’s a desert freak. I’m a Susie freak!” 3. Helpful mob armed with crucifixes.

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3 things about Todd Phillips’s JOKER

Joker [2019] 1. Climbing inside the refrigerator. 2. Oversized white briefs. 3. So now we know: Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered after a screening of Zorro, the Gay Blade. A film so bereft of originality, insight, and surprise it almost … Continue reading

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3 things about Jeannot Szwarc’s BUG

Bug [1975] 1. About five minutes after telling her he’ll wait for her outside, he gets in the truck and leaves. 2. Eureka moment triggered by opening a cold can of Schlitz. 3. Clunky homage to The Birds.

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