REEL 13 BLOG

Best Movies by Farr: Masterful Muni

July 26, 2011 | 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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Best Movies by Farr: Power & Tierney

July 20, 2011 | John Farr

This week's Reel 13 Classic, The Razor's Edge, features a pair of stars in Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney destined to share the screen, but don't stop there. John Farr has three other films for fans of Power and Tierney. The Mark of Zorro (1940) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Disillusioned by his experiences as ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Bette Davis’ Brilliance

July 13, 2011 | John Farr

This week's Reel 13 Classic, All About Eve, marked the high point in the illustrious career of Bette Davis, but here John Farr reminds us of three other unforgettable films she made. The Petrified Forest (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Alan Squier (Leslie Howard), a penniless, drifting writer in despair over his lack of ...

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Best Movies by Farr: How about Hackman?

July 8, 2011 | John Farr

John Farr indulges in three films from one of his favorite actors, Gene Hackman, star of this week's Reel 13 Classic, Mississippi Burning. The Conversation (1974) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Detached and distrustful of others, surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a deeply private, virtually friendless man whose life is consumed by his ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Ernst Lubitsch Love Stories

April 12, 2011 | John Farr

Ernst Lubitsch, director of this week's Reel 13 Classic Heaven Can Wait, previously helmed two other pictures that set the standard for romcom dialogue. Trouble in Paradise (1932) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Parisian jewel thieves Gaston (Herbert Marshall) and Lily (Miriam Hopkins) fall in love over dinner-trying to pick each other's pockets. With a ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Early Olivier

April 5, 2011 | John Farr

Chances are you're familiar with these two Laurence Olivier classics, but if you haven't seen them, or just haven't in a while, go back and revisit a pair of 1940 pictures that put Olivier (star of this week's Reel 13 Classic The Entertainer) on the movie map. Rebecca (1940) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: After ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Leaner David Lean

March 30, 2011 | John Farr

David Lean is known for his sprawling epics, like this week's Reel 13 classic Doctor Zhivago, but here John Farr recommends a few of his earlier, tighter works. Brief Encounter (1945) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Based on a play by Noel Coward, this is the simple, wrenching tale of two people married, but not ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Stellar Peter Sellers

February 2, 2011 | John Farr

Peter Sellers was one of the 20th Century's most gifted comedic actors. This week, he appears in the Reel 13 Classic, The Pink Panther. John Farr's got three other stellar Sellers pictures you should check out for the first time or watch again. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Carole Lombard, Comedienne

January 25, 2011 | John Farr

The star of this week's Reel 13 Classic, Carole Lombard, left us tragically, but she made her mark with comic genius. Twentieth Century (1934) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) creates a star in the beautiful Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), then alienates her, causing a decline in his own fortunes. ...

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