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Best Movies by Farr: Can’t Get Enough Astaire

October 19, 2009 | John Farr

Fred Astaire made films you can watch over and over again. Easter Parade (1948) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Dumped on Easter by longstanding dance partner Nadine (Ann Miller), Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) rashly wagers he can still draw crowds even teamed with the greenest of chorus girls. Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) is his pick, ...

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Best Movies by Farr: In the Face of Dying

October 19, 2009 | John Farr

Movies about the way we cope with dying. The Seventh Seal (1957) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Returning home from the Crusades to find his country wracked with plague and misery, 14th-century knight Antonius (Max Von Sydow) concludes that God does not exist. At the height of his despair, the wandering Antonius is visited by ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Other Edwards

October 13, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr explores the serious side of "Pink Panther" director Blake Edwards. Breakfast at Tiffany's 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 gentleman acquaintances, who keep her attired in the very best designer outfits. Intrigued ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Killer Cage

October 13, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr serves up some killer Nic Cage. Moonstruck WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Loretta (Cher) is a young Italian-American widow set to marry Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). Only problem: while Johnny's away, Loretta falls for Johnny's younger brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage). Meanwhile, mother Rose (Olympia Dukakis) has her own romantic troubles keeping the embers ...

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A Scouting Life: So Long, New Orleans

October 7, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I’ve always thought of New Orleans as a whore you could take to Church.  It’s a dirty old city that gladly seduces the willing. She’ll take you as dark and deep as you’re predisposed to go.  There’s also a deep strain of faith present.  There was many a Sunday that ...

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A Scouting Life: New Orleans After Dark

September 28, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

My disappointment at bailing early on Cajun Country was tempered by the anticipation of a night out in New Orleans.  Stephane took the wheel and put it on the floor headed east on Highway 10.  My companions didn’t do a lot of driving, but when needed Stephane was great at ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Prime Kazan

September 23, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr on one of the greats, director Elia Kazan, and three of his less-celebrated pictures. Panic in the Streets (1950) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Early Elia Kazan suspenser centers around an increasingly desperate search for two criminals on the lam in New Orleans (played by Jack Palance and Zero Mostel), who, unbeknownst to ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Lesser-Known Coen + The Big Lebowski

September 23, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr's salute to the Coen Brothers. Blood Simple (1985) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Suspecting his wife Abby (Frances McDormand) of cheating on him, Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) hires shlumpy, unscrupulous private dick Visser (C. Emmett Walsh) to murder Abby and her lover Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Teachers We’ve Known

September 16, 2009 | John Farr

If you ever had a special teacher these films are for you. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Told mainly in flashbacks, "Chips" traces the life of a beloved schoolmaster who serves over fifty years in an English public school. Reminiscing about his personal life and long career, the shy, unassuming Mr. ...

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