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Viewer Guide: In Cold Blood and Beast

October 30, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | IN COLD BLOOD Tonight’s classic is In Cold Blood, the 1967 crime drama written and directed by Richard Brooks. A groundbreaking film of the “true crime” genre, In Cold Blood riveted audiences of the day with its documentary-like approach to Truman Capote’s best-selling nonfiction account of the shocking murders ...


Viewer Guide: The Way We Were and Stronger

October 23, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE WAY WE WERE This week’s classic is The Way We Were, the 1973 romantic drama written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Sydney Pollack. The Hollywood blacklist era, dominated by the House Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-communist “witch hunt,” was the most devastating political crisis in the history of ...


Viewer Guide: Dr. Strangelove and The Company Men

October 16, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | DR. STRANGELOVE Tonight’s classic is Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the legendary satirical black comedy from 1964 directed by Stanley Kubrick. Released at the height of the Cold War, just fifteen months after the Cuban Missile Crisis and two months ...


Viewer Guide: Absence of Malice and The Conspirator

October 9, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ABSENCE OF MALICE This week’s classic is Absence of Malice, the 1981 romantic drama directed by Sydney Pollack. Taking its title from a legal term for a defense against libel, Absence of Malice opens with an unsolved mystery: what happened to Miami union boss Joey Diaz?  Missing for ...


Viewer Guide: Brian’s Song and Wah-Wah

September 18, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | BRIAN'S SONG This week’s classic is Brian’s Song, the 1971 biographical sports drama adapted from Gale Sayers’ autobiography I AM THIRD, directed by Buzz Kulik. Still ranking as one of the top “male weepies” or “guy cry” movies of all time, Brian’s Song dramatizes the true story of ...


Viewer Guide: Five Easy Pieces and The Ghost Writer

September 11, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FIVE EASY PIECES Tonight’s classic is Five Easy Pieces, the seminal 1970 drama directed by Bob Rafelson. In one of his career-defining early performances, Jack Nicholson stars as Bobby Dupea, a restless malcontent seemingly trapped in a dead-end job on a California oil field. Bobby’s leisure hours are ...


Viewer Guide: Tender Mercies and The Carer

August 21, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | TENDER MERCIES Tonight’s classic is Tender Mercies, the 1983 drama from a screenplay by Horton Foote, and directed by Bruce Beresford. In his first Oscar-winning performance—after three prior nominations—Robert Duvall stars as Mac Sledge, a man who seems to be in the final stage of losing his battle ...


Viewer Guide: Fearless and Philomena

August 14, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FEARLESS This week’s classic is Fearless, a 1993 drama adapted by Rafael Yglesias from his own novel and directed by Peter Weir. Jeff Bridges stars as Max Klein, a San Francisco-based architect who experiences a horrific event that most of us try to never even think about: surviving ...


Viewer Guide: The Man in the White Suit and The Company Men

August 7, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT This week’s classic is The Man in the White Suit, the 1951 film noir satire directed by Alexander Mackendrick. The Man in the White Suit takes its inspiration from the postwar era’s boom in scientific invention, as the vast gains made from ...


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