Malick Time Again

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Terrence Malick. That reclusive man from Texas has returned. And so soon! Does the trailer look and feel almost exactly like the Tree of Life trailer? Well, yeah, but I just can’t get enough. Olga Kurylenko crying underwater? Javier Bardem as a priest? I am very excited about these things. I love this trailer because it’s lovely and all but I think the best part is the soothing voice of Javier Bardem. If I could I’d buy an advance ticket for this now, four months in advance.

Two Jeannes Singing

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Once I lived with three girls, one French, one Italian, and one Swiss. This is a true story! They were fantastic roommates and all very sweet girls. One time I was watching Jules et Jim with the French girl, Jeanne. She was nice enough to have the English subtitles on; what a nice gesture! Well, when we were watching the movie something happened that I’ll never forget. When Jeanne Moreau began singing “Le Tourbillon” little Jeanne my roommate began singing along. Maybe it was a big deal because I’d never been so close to anybody singing in French in person like that, or maybe what made it special was that both girls were named Jeanne. I don’t know what it was, but it was a special moment that I’ll always cherish in my memory.

Three Reasons: The Music Room

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I’ve never seen this movie from Satyajit Ray, but after watching this, I REALLY want to. I guess that’s the point. It looks really good and I cannot wait to watch it. I mean, one of the reasons to watch this is PRIDE vs. ARROGANCE! That is so awesome. I like the music, I like the lights and the dancing, and I’m fairly certain I will love this movie. Gotta see it. Soon.

Three Reasons: Anatomy of a Murder

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This movie has such an awesome cast. It always helps to have a legend in your movie, so for that we have James Stewart (apparently he didn’t like the nickname Jimmy!). There’s a super young Ben Gazzara (one of my very favorites, and my grandmother adored him, too) and lovely Lee Remick as the young couple in the middle of this crazy mess. And as the prosecutor, the man whose voice was powerful enough to reduce Everest to rubble, with a presence both chilling and irresistible, the great George C. Scott. It cannot get better than this. Add to that the fact that this movie is surprisingly grown-up and frank, the soundtrack is Duke Ellington, and what am I even making this list for? James Stewart! Now, go! Watch!

Three Reasons: In the Mood for Love

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I really like the Criterion Collection. I love the movies, and I love how classy everything they do turns out. They make these videos for upcoming releases called “three reasons” that are kind of like poetic little trailers. They’re great. Here’s one for an all-time favorite of mine, In the Mood for Love. I don’t have anything to say about these videos, really. They’re really great and I have to tip my hat to Criterion. Man, I love this movie; if you haven’t seen it, you’re a nobody. Sorry.

For Laughs: The Hearty Handclasp

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This is from the movie The Bank Dick with W.C. (War Child) Fields. I remember seeing the hearty handclasp, shitting myself laughing, then praying with all the faith I could muster that it was on youtube so I could show my friends. Well, my friends, it’s on youtube. The whole movie is insane and funny, but the handclasp is just unbelievably bizarre. Whenever my friends and I have enjoyed some good fortune or really comported ourselves admirably, we offer up the hearty handclasp for congratulations. There is no finer expression of respect.