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Best Movies by Farr: Tougher Tony

November 9, 2009 | John Farr

Tony Leung Chu Wai often portrays broken-hearted loners... but not in these roles. Hard-Boiled (1992) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Renegade Hong Kong cop Tequila (Chow Yun-Fat) is relentless in his pursuit of a brutal gang of gun smugglers, but he has a softer side, too, especially for co-worker Teresa. When his partner is killed ...

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Best Movies by Farr: All You Can View: Busby Berkeley

November 9, 2009 | John Farr

Five films featuring epic set pieces and choreography. The Busby Berkeley Collection Volume 1 What It's About The plots of these five early “backstage” musicals are all variations on a theme: in tough times, the (musical) show must go on, even if the leading lady falls ill, or the funding isn’t there, ...

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A Scouting Life: Under the Bridge

November 9, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We left Chicago and started making our way East to Detroit. Kar Wai liked a lot that he had seen in the Second City, which was a relief. There was still only a vague plotline for us to work with, and we were scouting based on hints and ...

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A Scouting Life: Close Call at the Pool Hall

November 4, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

There are many elements that make you a good location manager. You need to have a knowledge of history and architecture, an eye for composition, a great sense of direction, and the ability to gain people’s confidence easily, among other things. That last one goes both for the ...

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A Scouting Life: Wong Kar Wai in the Windy City

October 27, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Kar Wai caught an early flight out of New York. It was all I could do to wrangle the Frenchmen into the truck in time to meet his flight. Hopefully having the boss around would light a fire under some asses. Time would have to tell on ...

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Halloween-a-Thon

October 22, 2009

Airs Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 9pm on THIRTEEN Night of the Living Dead (1968) Chaos descends upon the world as the brains of the recently deceased become inexplicably reanimated, causing the dead to rise and feed on human flesh. Speculation rests on a radiation-covered NASA satellite returning from Venus, but it ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Flick-or-Treat

October 22, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr goes flick-or-treating for Halloween's most haunting flicks. Freaks (1932) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In a traveling circus, beautiful but treacherous trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) learns that fellow worker Hans (Harry Earles), a midget, has money, and plots to marry him, then bump him off to get it. She doesn't count on ...

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A Scouting Life: Highway 61 Visited

October 22, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

The next week was spent slowly making our way up Highway 61.  Traditionally it was known as the blues highway, the road leading from the plantations of the South to new life and opportunity in Chicago and the northern cities.  Much like the ghosts of the musicians whose paths we ...

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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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