REEL 13 BLOG

Viewer Guide: A Passage to India and The Young Victoria

May 24, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | A PASSAGE TO INDIA This week’s classic is A Passage to India, the 1984 film adaptation of the acclaimed novel by E.M. Forster, directed by David Lean. Set in the early-1920s, A Passage to India opens with Adela Quested doing just that—booking a steamship passage to India. Played ...

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Viewer Guide: Ali and Jane Austen Book Club

May 17, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ALI This week’s classic is Ali, the 2001 biopic on the early career of Muhammad Ali, directed by Michael Mann. One of the most popular yet polarizing figures in the arena of mid-century American sports, Muhammad Ali simultaneously delighted and divided a nation that was convulsing from the ...

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Viewer Guide: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Robot & Frank

May 8, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON This week’s classic is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the martial arts adventure fantasy from 2000 directed by Ang Lee. Based on the fourth novel from the five-part “Crane-Iron” series by Chinese author Wang Dulu, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon created an international sensation upon its ...

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Viewer Guide: The Natural and The Guard

April 26, 2019 | Richard Peña

Your weekly peek into what’s coming up next on REEL 13, written by host Richard Peña. REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE NATURAL This week’s classic is The Natural, a 1984 baseball drama directed by Barry Levinson. Looking like he stepped out of a Depression era photograph by Walker Evans, Robert Redford stars ...

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Viewer Guide: The King and I and Darling Companion

April 19, 2019 | Richard Peña

Your weekly peek into what’s coming up next on REEL 13, written by host Richard Peña. REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE KING AND I This week’s classic is The King and I, the 1956 movie adaptation of the blockbuster Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical, directed by Walter Lang. A fictionalized version of ...

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Viewer Guide: As Good as it Gets and Tamara Drewe

April 12, 2019 | Richard Peña

Your weekly peek into what’s coming up next on REEL 13, written by host Richard Peña.  REEL 13 CLASSIC | AS GOOD AS IT GETS This week’s classic is As Good as It Gets, a 1997 comedy-drama directed by James L. Brooks. A partnership seemingly made in movie heaven, James L. Brooks ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Masterful Muni

March 29, 2019 | John Farr

This week's Reel 13 Classic, Angel on My Shoulder, stars the inimitable Paul Muni, an actor whose brilliant chops shone particularly bright in the three films John Farr highlights here. Scarface (1932) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In Prohibition-era Chicago, a power struggle is underway: mobster Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) is charged with killing the ...

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Viewer Guide: Meet John Doe and Fireflies in the Garden

March 22, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | MEET JOHN DOE This week’s classic is the 1941 romantic drama Meet John Doe starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, directed by Frank Capra. In Meet John Doe, Barbara Stanwyck plays Ann Mitchell, a nervy columnist faced with losing her job when her newspaper “The Bulletin” is taken ...

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Viewer Guide: Hollow Triumph and Keep in Touch

March 14, 2019 | Richard Peña

Your weekly peek into what’s coming up next on REEL 13, written by host Richard Peña.  REEL 13 CLASSIC | HOLLOW TRIUMPH This week’s classic is Hollow Triumph, the 1948 film noir directed by Steve Sekely. After his back to back successes in 1942 with Now, Voyager and Casablanca, Austrian-born actor Paul ...

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