Duane Swierczynski

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Novelist, screenwriter, comic book writer. "The Pole With Soul."

Favorite films

  • The Thin Man
  • Blast of Silence
  • Body Double
  • The Limey

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★★

  • An Accidental Studio

    ★★★★

  • Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★

  • Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★½

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  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★½

    Somehow I never got around to watching this Rat Pack heist movie until... tonight. I liked it much better than I thought I would, and was blown away by the Shirley MacLaine cameo (shot during a break while filming THE APARTMENT).

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    When I first watched this movie as a 20something back in 1994, I heavily identified with C.C. Baxter. Now that I'm 30 years older, I heavily identify with Dr. Dreyfuss. ("Mildred! He's at it again!") I watch this every year, usually during the holidays. Today I watched it on 35mm at the New Beverly, with an enthusiastic crowd, which made it come back to life for me. Every little detail, no matter how quirky or minor, is paid off at some other point in the movie. It's a masterwork.

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    I've now watched this for the second time, and I love it even more. I'm stunned by Edgar Wright's beautiful slight-of-hand, in both visuals and storytelling (with Krysty Wilson-Cairns). Go see it on the biggest screen you can find.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Watched this on the big screen for first time last night... and was happily stunned to learn that Nancy Olson was in the audience with us.