A Scouting Life: Mojave

June 3, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

I awoke the next morning in a room I didn’t recognize, with a hangover and no idea how I got there. The same could be said for a good part of my adult life. Some mornings were of course much harder than others. Waking up in Vegas ...


Best Movies by Farr: Working-Class London

May 31, 2010 | John Farr

A glimpse of London's less-glamorous side. Alfie (1966) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Self-styled English playboy Alfie (Michael Caine) is crazy about women and guiltlessly indulges himself without an ounce of shame or sense of responsibility. Upbeat but completely lacking in self-awareness, Alfie behaves like a cad when he learns his live-in girlfriend, Gilda (Julia ...


A Scouting Life: The Cinema Justifies the Means?

May 25, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Working with Wong Kar Wai was taxing physically and emotionally. He liked it that way, and often created artificial tension as a means of controlling people. Just as often it was unintentional; either situation had the same net effect. That morning being a perfect example. Our ...


Best Movies by Farr: The Screwball

May 24, 2010 | John Farr

If you enjoyed My Man Godfrey, you might also enjoy these classic screwball comedies. Libeled Lady (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The ever-smooth Powell plays Bill Chandler, a freelance journalist hired by his old newspaper to squelch a libel suit brought by society heiress Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy). To do this, Bill must make ...


A Scouting Life: A Wasted Day

May 18, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The film business has undergone major changes in the time I have been part of it. It has always been just that, a business, of course. Still, it started out as much more of a creative, maverick endeavor, at least as compared to traditional corporate environments. People ...


Best Movies by Farr: Glamorous Gene Tierney

May 17, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr pays tribute to the sad life of one of noir's forgotten stars. Heaven Can Wait (1943) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: On the day of his death, assured that he'll be rebuffed in Paradise, aristocratic New Yorker Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) pays a visit to His Excellency (Laird Cregar), a highly courteous ...


A Scouting Life: Pacific Coast Hellway

May 13, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The last sunlight was creeping below the horizon, off to warm the distant Pacific islands. I was excited for a night in Carmel. It’s such a lovely little town, and I knew a few great restaurants there. A good meal and a warm bed would cap off ...


A Scouting Life: To the Sea

May 11, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

So I sat back and pouted like a petulant child. Aside from flinching a bit when I threw the map at Stephane, it was as though Kar Wai was unaware of what was happening. Such a tough egg to crack, that fellow. Obviously he saw what was ...


Best Movies by Farr: Penned & Produced by Arthur Freed

May 10, 2010 | John Farr

Three films from legendary lyricist and producer Arthur Freed. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's 1903, and the World's Fair is coming to St. Louis, causing great excitement for the Smiths and their four young daughters. Then, Mr. Smith is offered a position in New York City, causing some ...


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