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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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3 things about Elem Klimov’s COME AND SEE

Come and See [1985] 1. A single backwards glance at the back of the barn. 2. Scrubbing out the cauldron with pine branches. 3. Sign on a corpse: I INSULTED A GERMAN OFFICER THIS MORNING.

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3 things about Errol Morris’s THE FOG OF WAR

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara [2003] 1. On the roof of a trolley, a crowd of people wearing masks and cheering the end of the Great War. 2. Telegram to his fiancée: … Continue reading

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3 things about Spike Lee’s DA 5 BLOODS

Da 5 Bloods [2020] 1. Rusted-through bottom. 2. Hedy. 3. “You’re gonna fly.”

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3 things about Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE

A Hidden Life [2019] 1. She tries to comfort her. Mud-caked fingers on her head. 2. “Sign this, you’ll be free.” “I am free now.” “Then why am I here?” 3. A room entirely in black with a wet floor.

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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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