Reel 13 – February lineup

Air date: 02/04/2012


 “The Ides of March” star and director’s virgin effort behind the camera among the month’s roster of Hollywood classics and independent films


With George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” – which he directed and in which he also stars — receiving critical kudos and film festival acclaim, “Reel 13” will unspool his directorial debut, 2002 “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,”  on February 11 at 11:20 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Clooney was nominated for Best Director at the 2012 Golden Globes (winning for Best Actor in “The Descendants”), and won the Brian Award at the Venice Film Festival. He has also just received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for “The Descendants.” After winning kudos for his feature debut, Clooney went on to direct 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 2008’s “Leatherheads.”

“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” will be paired with the Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson classic, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The month’s films kick off with the original 1960 version of “Ocean’s Eleven” which was remade in 2001 with Clooney playing Frank Sinatra’s role of Danny Ocean.

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Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña.

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February 4


“Ocean’s Eleven” (1960) Dir: Lewis Milestone

The “Rat Pack” classic about a huge casino heist. With Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson.

“Stolen Summer” (2002)  Dir: Pete Jones

A young Catholic boy considers converting to Judaism, ca. mid-1970s. With Amanda Balthrop-Lewis, Kevin Pollak, & Aidan Quinn.


February 11


“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) Dir: Milos Forman

Mental patients follow a social-misfit hero. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Danny DeVito star.

“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002) Dir: George Clooney

The unexpected memoirs of game-show host Chuck Barris. With Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and George Clooney.


February 18


“Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958) Dir: Robert Wise

A U.S. sub commander obsessed with sinking a Japanese ship butts heads with his first officer. With Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Jack Warden.

“Jerry and Tom” (2000) Dir: Saul Rubinek

A dark comedy about hit men starring Joe Mantegna and Sam Rockwell. Based on Rick Cleveland’s 1994 play.


February 25


“Anastasia” (1956) Dir: Anatole Litvak

An expatriate Russian general grooms a refugee to pose as the lost daughter of Czar Nicholas II. With Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner.

 “The Human Resources Manager” (2010) Dir: Eran Riklis

An HR Manager of an industrial bakery in Israel becomes a tragi-comic figure. With Mark Ivanir and Gila Almagor.


Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Rubin Museum of Art. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


David Horn is executive producer.  Bob Morris is senior producer.  Colleen McHugh is associate producer. Kevin Alexander is production assistant.


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