REEL 13 BLOG

Best Movies by Farr: Notorious

June 25, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of his favorite Ingrid Bergman films. Notorious (1946) What It's About: At the end of World War 2, American intelligence officers are busy tracking Nazis who've escaped to South America. They approach Alicia Hubermann (Ingrid Bergman), daughter of a condemned Nazi spy, to use her feminine wiles ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Awful Truth

June 18, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Cary Grant's finest comedies. The Awful Truth (1937) What It's About: (Cary) Grant and (Irene) Dunne play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, an affluent, attractive young couple who temporarily drift apart and initiate divorce proceedings. Both are unwilling to admit the obvious fact that they're still in ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The French Connection

June 10, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr What is the best chase scene ever? John Farr gives you the answer. The French Connection (1971) What It's About: "Connection" relates the fact-based story of narcotics detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), who use unorthodox means to track down the source of an ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Big Sleep

May 11, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr explains why The Big Sleep could be his favorite of the four Bogart-Bacall films. The Big Sleep (1946) What It's About: Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) gets tangled in a seedy web of murder and vice when he's hired by wealthy scion General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) to investigate ...

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Best Movies by Farr: How about Howard Hawks?

April 13, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr Howard Hawks is certainly known for his comedies, but he's just at the helm of adventure stories with plenty of intrique. Only Angels Have Wings (1939) What It's About: Classic Howard Hawks picture concerns Geoff Carter (Cary Grant), operator of an air freight service in South America's fog-enshrouded Andes Mountains. Confronting ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Super Sixties Musicals

March 30, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr considers three of the sixties' superb musicals. Mary Poppins (1964) What It's About: Based on P.L. Travers's books set in early twentieth century London, the story tells of the unruly Banks children, Michael and Jane (Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber). The mischievous pair have run through a succession of nannies, ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Classic Clark Gable

February 16, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr There's more to the star of this week's Reel 13 Classic, Run Silent, Run Deep, than "Gone with the Wind." John Farr lists three of The King of Hollywood's best roles. It Happened One Night (1934) What It's About: Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert), a mixed-up heiress, hits the road incognito to ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Jack Nicholson – Best Actor Losses

February 8, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr Jack Nicholson was nominated thrice for Best Actor before finally winning for this week's Reel 13 Classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. What were they? John Farr has the answers. Five Easy Pieces (1970) What It's About: Disaffected, hard-drinking oil rigger Bobby Dupea (Jack Nicholson) is not what he appears ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Don’t Miss Dean Martin

February 3, 2012 | John Farr

Dean Martin, co-star of this week's Reel 13 Classic, Ocean's Eleven, achieved fame with his smooth singing and straight-man partnership with Jerry Lewis, but the reason he enjoyed a such an enduring career is that he could really act. The Young Lions (1958) What It's About: During WWII, singer Michael Whiteacre (Dean Martin) ...

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