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3 things about John Badham’s WARGAMES

WarGames [1983] 1. “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” 2. A kiss on the ferry. 3. He ruffles David’s hair, smiles at the group, awkwardly walks away. And then immediately gets fired offscreen?

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3 things about Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON

Cameraperson [2016] 1. He needs oxygen. There is no oxygen. 2. Cut from the receptacle of ashes to her mother, still living. 3. She asks about the woman’s sense of personal style.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR

The Boy with Green Hair [1948] 1. Passed around from household to household. 2. Cro-Magnon emo: a tear on his cheek, half shaved head, tufts of his shorn green hair. 3. “Remember us as having died with millions of other … Continue reading

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3 things about Sam Mandes’ 1917

1917 [2019] 1. Hanging bags and climbing rats. 2. German soldiers with knives. 3. Contrived lone tree.

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3 things about Lewis Gilbert’s DAMN THE DEFIANT!

Damn the Defiant! [1962] 1. “Get those wretched women off the ship!” 2. Bread with maggots and worms. 3. Passing by, he cuts the rope and causes the body to plunge into the sea.

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3 things about Tim Whelan’s Q PLANES

Q Planes [1939] 1. Nonsensical compacts. 2. Cooking stew as a catalyst for deep thinking. 3. A closet entirely filled with identical umbrellas and bowler hats.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s SABOTEUR

Saboteur [1942] 1. Running into the bebop cat at the charity ball. “Beat it out, son. Beat it out.” 2. Curlers in her beard. 3. Perfect choice: a nasty soliloquy captured in a long shot. You don’t hear many folks … Continue reading

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3 things about Preston Sturges’ THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek [1943] 1. Walking through the screen door. 2. Zipperpuss. 3. She replies at lightning speed, while stuttering: “K-O-C-K-E-N-L-O-C-K-E-R.”

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s STALAG 17

Stalag 17 [1953] 1. Delousing for Christmas. 2. Betty Grable on the dancefloor. 3. “I like the odds this time.”

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3 things about Mick Jackson’s THREADS

Threads [1984] 1. All the fingers are on fire. 2. The sound of swarms of flies coming from the cellar. 3. Britain’s population returning to medieval levels. Genuinely terrifying.

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