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Best Movies by Farr: Parents and (Grown) Children

March 1, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr's picks for films about the relationships between elder parents and their adult children. Tokyo Story (1953) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Frail, elderly couple Tomi and Shukishi (Chieko Higashiyama and Chishu Ryu) set off from their rural village to visit their children in the hustle-bustle world of modern-day Tokyo. But when they arrive, ...

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A Scouting Life: By the Time They Left Phoenix

February 25, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We limped into Phoenix after midnight. Little was said in the time since Kar Wai made the revelations about his past. Even if we were comfortable enough to speak out, when he was in that state it was useless. And if we could get through to him, ...

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A Scouting Life: Out of the Past

February 23, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The four of us returned to the car wordlessly. Sharing that sunset was one of those unforgettable moments in life, and the raw emotion of Darius’s statement settled over us. I learned long ago that you don’t have to like someone to love them, and this is as ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Culture Clash

February 22, 2010 | John Farr

Guess who's coming to dinner? Hester Street (1975) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: After emigrating from Russia in the late 1800s, Jewish immigrant Jake (Steven Keats) has shed all the outer signs of his heritage, including side locks and traditional clothing, and settled into a bustling, profitable life on New York's Lower East Side. So ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Feminist Films

February 22, 2010 | John Farr

John's salute to empowered women characters. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Young widow Alice (Ellen Burstyn) is left to make a new life for herself and her young son, with no prospects and precious little money. With Alice harboring vague hopes of becoming a singer, she and her boy ...

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A Scouting Life: Brothers of the Road

February 18, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

By the time the guys returned to the truck I was itching to go.  The idea of Roswell had amused me but the reality was depressing.  We loaded up and headed west on Main Street.  As we neared the end of the main run things opened up and turned into ...

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A Scouting Life: Roswell, NM

February 16, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

New Mexico is a very odd place.  It has some of the earliest Indian settlements we know of in the States.  The Anaszi people were living there as early as the 1500’s.  This brings only one thought to mind: why?  There are certainly some lovely natural features, but it’s hard ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Weaver’s Winners

February 15, 2010 | John Farr

A look at three of Sigourney Weaver's winning performances. Alien (1979) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: First of a long series, Scott's film succeeds best at mixing genuine chills with a semblance of character development and solid ensemble playing. We first get acquainted with the diverse team manning spaceship "Nostromo", before all hell breaks loose. ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Difficult Women

February 15, 2010 | John Farr

Bette Davis. Ann Blyth. Mary Tyler Moore. Three masterful portrayals of nasty women. The Little Foxes (1941) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Married to husband Horace (Herbert Marshall) for his money, Regina Giddens (Bette Davis) and her leech-like brothers steal from him to invest in a cotton mill while the poor man recuperates from heart ...

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