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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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A Scouting Life: Suffering a Fool

February 11, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

As we put Albequerque behind us we found ourselves stopping frequently to take pictures.  Nothing that was particularly relevant to the film, but great subject material still.  Strange stuff, too.  What possesses someone to live in a trailer next to the railroad tracks in the middle of nowhere?  Perhaps the ...

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A Scouting Life: Go West, Young Man

February 9, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

It was time to head out west. So far our film had some good elements lining up. We knew Norah’s character would start in New York, work west to either Cleveland or Detroit, then down to Memphis. These were all good, distinct locations. Each offered a ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Valentines Viewing

February 8, 2010 | John Farr

Be John's Valentine and revisit his great date picks. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: When Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) uses her wily sales technique to impress Hugo (Frank Morgan), a Budapest gift-store owner, she is hired to work alongside clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart), but the two don't hit ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Frears’s Films

February 8, 2010 | John Farr

Two sleepers and a hit from British director Stephen Frears. My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Omar (Gordon Warnecke) is a young Pakistani Londoner who gets a shot at living the capitalist dream when his mob-connected Uncle Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey) asks him to manage a ramshackle laundromat-and turn a profit. Soon after ...

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A Scouting Life: Cross Road Blues

February 4, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Clarksdale, Mississippi was easy enough to find.  It sat just a short drive further south on Highway 61.  We pulled over at the famous crossroads, where Highway 49 crosses Highway 61.  I related the story of Robert Johnson to my companions and they were impressed by the significance of the ...

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