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Ten Things I've Learned at the Movies, From Slicing Garlic with a Razorblade to Applying Lipstick

Thompson on Hollywood By Carrie Rickey | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2013 at 12:37PM

Who says movies aren’t educational? I’ve learned a lot, frivolous and otherwise, while watching the big screen.
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Jean Seberg in "Bonjour Tristesse"
Jean Seberg in "Bonjour Tristesse"

Who says movies aren’t educational? I’ve learned a lot, frivolous and otherwise, while watching the big screen:

1) That everyone should have his/her own theme music ("Dr. Zhivago," "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka")

2) How to brown mushrooms, (do not crowd skillet), brown meat (pat it dry first) and chop onions ("Julie & Julia")

3) How to crack an egg (decisive wrist action) ("Sabrina")

4) How to make gnocchi  ("The Godfather," "Part III")

5) How best to slice garlic (with a razor blade) ("GoodFellas")

6) How to modernize a frock by ripping off frou-frou ("A Letter to Three Wives," "Bells Are Ringing")

7) How to apply lipstick ("Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," "Bonjour Tristesse," "Lost in Translation")

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.