Best Movies by Farr: Winning Walter Huston

January 18, 2011 | John Farr

Walter Huston made so many films, it's hard to pick favorites. But John Farr does it. Dodsworth (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), a business tycoon, decides to retire and take an extended trip to Europe with wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton). Unfortunately, Sam's financial success has only increased Fran's latent vanity ...


Best Movies by Farr: Serious Stanley Kramer

January 10, 2011 | John Farr

As Reel 13 prepares to air the Stanley Kramer Classic, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, John Farr selects three of the late director's most intense works. The Defiant Ones (1958) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: When convicts John "Joker" Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) escape a chain gang manacled together, ...


Best Movies by Farr: Early Billy Wilder

January 4, 2011 | John Farr

Billy Wilder's early films, like this week's Classsic, One, Two, Three, launched a brilliant career. Here are three other gems. The Major and the Minor (1942) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Unable to pay for a train ticket back home to Iowa, big-city office worker Sue Applegate (Rogers) decides to pose as a 12- year-old ...


Best Movies by Farr: Classic Costner Characters

December 28, 2010 | John Farr

As Reel 13 airs what may be Kevin Costner's most celebrated role, John Farr takes a look back at three more memorable Costner performances. Silverado (1985) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The plot of this Western charmer is strictly boilerplate, but it hardly matters. Four unlikely heroes (Kevin Kline and Danny Glover, Scott Glenn and ...


Best Movies by Farr: Laudable Tommy Lee

November 16, 2010 | John Farr

This week, one of John Farr's favorite working actors makes an appearance on Reel 13. Here's John's selection of can't-miss Tommy Lee Jones performances. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Based on the life of country-music star Loretta Lynn, this affecting film traces Lynn's rise from humble beginnings in the coal-mining hills ...


Best Movies by Farr: Great Greta

November 9, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr investigates the mysterious Greta Garbo in three of her best roles. Grand Hotel (1932) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Stars Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and John and Lionel Barrymore play out several interwoven stories, mixing intrigue, romance and murder, all occurring among the various guests at Berlin's posh Grand Hotel. WHY I ...


Best Movies by Farr: Steinbeck on Screen

November 2, 2010 | John Farr

John Steinbeck involved himself in some pretty interesting collaborations with the best filmmakers of his time. Here are three of John Farr's favorites. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Triumphant film adaptation of John Steinbeck's book, tells story of the Joad family, farming Okies who lose everything in the infamous Dust ...


Best Movies by Farr: Later Jack

October 13, 2010 | John Farr

Tim Burton's Batman stars Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader, but Jack Nicholson steals the film. Here are three more Nicholson standouts from later in his career. A Few Good Men (1992) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Assigned to defend two Marines accused of murder at Guantanamo Bay, pampered, insouciant Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) ...


Best Movies by Farr: Deep Depp

October 5, 2010 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp cult hit, Edward Scissorhands. Here's a look, courtesy John Farr, at three of Johnny Depp's unheralded leading performances. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In small-town Endora, young Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is the de facto household head, caring for his retarded ...


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