REEL 13 BLOG

Best Movies by Farr: Killer Cruise

September 28, 2010 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs the Tom Cruise classic, Rain Man. And just in case you can't get enough of Tom, John Farr recommends three of his favorite Cruise vehicles. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This riveting biopic of Vietnam protester Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) opens with his ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Special Spencer

August 24, 2010 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs the Spencer Tracy classic, Father's Little Dividend. To mark the occasion, John Farr suggests a trio of pictures from his all-time favorite screen actor, the very special Spencer Tracy. Libeled Lady (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The ever-smooth Powell plays Bill Chandler, a freelance journalist hired by his old ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Late Kate

August 17, 2010 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn classic, Bringing Up Baby. To mark the occasion, John Farr suggests a trio of late, great Katharine Hepburn pictures. Adam's Rib (1949) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Adam and Amanda Bonner (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn), an otherwise happily married pair of lawyers, find their relationship ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Vintage Coop

August 10, 2010 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs the Gary Cooper classic, Meet John Doe. To mark the occasion, John Farr suggests a trio of classic Cooper vehicles. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Simple country boy Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) inherits an immense fortune from a wealthy distant relative he doesn't even ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Poisonous Pictures

July 27, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr ponders poisonous pictures to play after this week's Reel 13 Classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. The Court Jester (1956) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In merrie old medieval England, an obscure entertainer named Hawkins (Danny Kaye) ends up masquerading as the King's new jester, and in this influential position, finds himself mixed up ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Not-to-Miss Noir

July 20, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr ventures into darkness with three gritty noirs you may have overlooked. Raw Deal (1948) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Framed for a crime he didn't commit by mob boss Rick Coyle (Raymond Burr), tough-talking gangster Joe Sullivan (Dennis O'Keefe) breaks out of prison with the help of his gutsy gal, Pat (Claire Trevor). ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Honoring Anthony

July 12, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr reviews three oft-overlooked Anthony Hopkins performances. The Elephant Man (1980) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Hideously deformed by a rare disease, John Merrick (John Hurt) makes a meager living in Victorian England as a circus sideshow freak, but is routinely mistreated by his cruel employer. Rescued from this despairing existence by Frederick Treves ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Courtroom Thrillers

July 6, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr presents a voir dire of must-see courtroom classics. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Paul Biegler (James Stewart) is a former prosecutor who's at a professional turning point. Now out of the district attorney's office, he's a defense lawyer, and needs a high-profile assignment to establish himself. He finds ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Vintage Family Classics

June 28, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr offers three family friendly films to accompany this week's Reel 13 Classic, "The Little Princess." March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This musical fantasy based on a Victor Herbert operetta features a variety of familiar nursery rhyme characters joining Stannie-Dum (Stan Laurel) and Ollie-Dee (Oliver Hardy) in Toyland. ...

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