Best Movies by Farr: Movies about Music

December 7, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends movies about music and musicians. Amadeus (1984) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Told in flashback by aged 18th-century Viennese composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), now confined to an asylum, this drama unveils the rivalry that developed 30 years before between Salieri and 26-year-old music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), who quickly ...


A Scouting Life: A Private Movie

December 4, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We woke up the next morning to find Cleveland absolutely buried in snow. We returned to the flats, exploring some more of the areas immediately around the old factories. Kar Wai really did love the visuals the area offered us. This made me quite happy, as we ...


A Scouting Life: Emotional Resonance

November 30, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Shortly thereafter Darius and Kar Wai exited the hotel and hopped in the truck. I was relieved to see them both emerge sans suitcases. Clearly there were problems getting the picture off the ground. Most of my experience was working for the major studios; what I did ...


Best Movies by Farr: Extra-Marital Movies

November 30, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends three films for all you philanderers out there. Double Indemnity (1944) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Gorgeous schemer Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) enlists a besotted insurance salesman, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), to draw up a life-insurance policy on her husband without his knowledge - and then kill him. The murder goes as ...


A Scouting Life: Homecoming, then Bad News

November 24, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We finished the day in Detroit seeing the rest of what it had to offer us. I had hoped to spend another night there and spend the next day scouting the countryside as we headed east, but I was overridden on that. Kar Wai had no interest in ...


Best Movies by Farr: Deborah Kerr Films to Remember

November 23, 2009 | John Farr

This week, Reel 13 airs An Affair to Remember, but don't forget to watch these classic Deborah Kerr films. Black Narcissus (1947) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: When young Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) is asked to open a convent-hospital in a former brothel perched high above a small village in India, she readily agrees, despite ...


A Scouting Life: Peaks and Valleys

November 20, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

After we finished at the pizzeria we pushed a little further out of downtown Detroit. We really were in some impoverished areas. I felt a great sense of responsibility for my companions. Everywhere they went was someplace I took them and they were the farthest thing from ...


Best Movies by Farr: Brilliant Brenda Blethyn

November 16, 2009 | John Farr

One of John Farr's favorite actresses in three British films. Grown Ups (1980) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Working-class newlyweds Dick (Philip Davis) and Mandy (Lesley Manville) move into their threadbare new row house in Canterbury with humble plans to perk it up but little motivation to do anything but smoke fags and have a ...


Best Movies by Farr: Tony Richardson Times Three

November 16, 2009 | John Farr

Three early 60s gems from director Tony Richardson. The Entertainer (1960) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Fading vaudeville comic Archie Rice (Laurence Olivier) plays to virtually empty music halls in Britain's seaside provinces, limping through the same stale routines in garish make-up, but side-steps his failure through pathetic flings with younger women. Selfish, arrogant, and ...


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