REEL 13 BLOG

Best Movies by Farr: Have You Seen McQueen?

January 27, 2012 | John Farr

Steve McQueen, star of this week's Reel 13 Classic "The Thomas Crown Affair" endures as an antihero thirty years after his premature death. John Farr will show you why. The Great Escape (1963) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: During World War 2, a team of Allied prisoners in a high security German POW camp work ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Cagney the Classic Bad Guy

January 19, 2012 | John Farr

In his day James Cagney became the quintessential movie bad guy. Here are three of his best baddies. The Public Enemy (1931) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This landmark film concerns Tom Powers (James Cagney), a wayward Irish youth from Chicago's gritty South Side who becomes a big-time mobster during Prohibition, while his stable older ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Yves Montand Cubed

January 13, 2012 | John Farr

Yves Montand, who stars opposite Ingrid Bergman in this week's Reel 13 Classic "Goodbye Again" deserves a closer look. The Wages of Fear (1953) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Four down-on-their-luck men in a remote South American town are hired for about the most dangerous mission imaginable: dividing into pairs, they must each transport a ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Early Shirley Jones

December 20, 2011 | John Farr

Shirley Jones was a star long before her 'Partridge Family' days. Oklahoma! (1955) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Fox introduced the new singing team of MacRae and Jones in this buoyant musical, adapted from the hit play that launched Rodgers and Hammerstein as a songwriting team .The movie follows the round-about romance of a young ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Darker Jimmy Stewart

December 15, 2011 | John Farr

Following World War II, James Stewart decided he needed to pursue roles that reflected the darker atmosphere of the Atomic Age. He found them in westerns. Winchester '73 (1950) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Lin McAdam (James Stewart) is roaming the prairies, looking to settle an old score with one Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally). ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Berlin + Astaire

November 21, 2011 | John Farr

The music of Irving Berlin and the fancy footwork of Fred Astaire combined for some of the finest musical cinema of the century. John Farr selects his favorite three. Top Hat (1935) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's love at first dance for performer Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) and the stunning Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Serious Slasher Cinema

November 11, 2011 | John Farr

Follow-up this week's suspenseful Reel 13 Classic, Dressed to Kill, with three of the greatest slasher films ever made. Psycho (1960) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) wants to make a new life for herself, and flees hometown Phoenix with a stolen bag of cash from her employer. She then makes a ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Robert Aldrich Revisited

November 4, 2011 | John Farr

John Farr selects three great pictures from the oft-overlooked Robert Aldrich. Attack! (1956) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Ordering his men to attack a well-guarded German pillbox, Lieutenant Joe Costa (Jack Palance) expects backup from his senior commander, Captain Cooney (Eddie Albert). The captain balks out of fear, and a squadron of Costa's men die ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Blake Edwards’ Best

October 27, 2011 | John Farr

John Farr selects three of A Shot in the Dark director Black Edwards' best efforts, including his only non-Pink Panther picture with Peter Sellers. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Charming, bubbly Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) leads a peripatetic life in Manhattan, attending swanky parties and living off the largesse of her ...

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