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3 things about Hayao Miyazaki’s PORCO ROSSO

Porco Rosso [1992] 1. Secret meeting in a movie theatre. 2. “I’d rather be a pig than a fascist.” 3. The graceful way in which we are shown that his curse has been lifted.

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3 things about Terrence Davies’ BENEDICTION

Benediction [2021] 1. His mother asks him, “Is he another of your pretty young men?” 2. A lifeless battlefield intrudes upon the hearth. 3. Distinctive purple scarf.

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3 things about Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s FLEE

Flee [2021] 1. He watches silently as the two cops corner the girl in the police van, and a third cop closes the door. 2. To the customs agent he says a single word, “Refugee.” 3. At the entrance to … Continue reading

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3 things about Frank Launder’s I SEE A DARK STRANGER

I See a Dark Stranger [1946] 1. Ringing casket. 2. “Look down there for instance. Crossing the road to the Tynwald Court. She could easily fit the description. Right height, fawn coat, brown hair. Typically Irish. You meet them at … Continue reading

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3 things about Arthur Dong’s COMING OUT UNDER FIRE

Coming Out Under Fire [1994] 1. Incompatible. 2. Using the word “darling” in a letter was a giveaway. 3. Mimeographed bulletin, “The Myrtle Bitch Beach.” Invaluable.

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3 things about Errol Morris’s THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

The Unknown Known [2013] 1. Safely far away in Brussels while the scandal erupted. 2. He claims he never read the memos. Yet he knows the exact number that were written. 3. “That’s a vicious question.”

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3 things about Jasmila Zbanic’s QUO VADIS, AIDA?

Quo vadis, Aida? [2020] 1. A toy helicopter lies abandoned on the steps. 2. Soldiers toss loaves of bread into the crowd. 3. A couple sitting on a balcony idly watch the condemned being herded into the building.

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3 things about Ingmar Bergman’s SHAME

Shame [1968] 1. He fails to shoot the chicken. He succeeds in shooting the man. 2. “Don’t play tennis for a few weeks.” 3. A sea of soldiers. Genuinely stunning. The last time I felt this way after a film … Continue reading

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK

Black Book [2006] 1. A sensitive whistler. 2. He pulls down her panties and says, “You’re a perfectionist, aren’t you?” 3. Screwing down the lid of the casket using her locket.

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3 things about Errol Morris’s STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Standard Operating Procedure [2008] 1. He outlines the subtle differences between “Criminal Act” and “S.O.P.” 2. If she could take it back, she wouldn’t have joined the army. 3. Upset that the “No Photographs Allowed” sign was violated. 3 other … Continue reading

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