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Best Movies by Farr: Early Woody

July 27, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Annie Hall, you might also enjoy these great early Woody Allen films: Take The Money and Run (1969) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Ever since he was a boy, wimpy milquetoast Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) has had a compulsion to steal, only to bungle it horribly at the crucial moment. Now grown, ...

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A Scouting Life: A Healthy Appetite for Debauchery

July 19, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Being a longtime bachelor (at the time) with a bit of money and a healthy appetite for debauchery, I have spent a lot of time in Vegas. Not only does it offer all the pleasure you like, it’s an incredibly easy weekend getaway. Two phone calls are all ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Lolita

July 19, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Lolita, you might also enjoy these great films: Baby Doll WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In the Deep South, glum-faced cotton-gin proprietor Archie (Karl Malden) is married to coy, dim-witted teenage nymph Baby Doll (Carroll Baker), who sleeps in a crib, sucks her thumb, and refuses to yield her virginity to her ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Sylvia

July 19, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Sylvia, you might also enjoy these great films: Hard Eight WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Down and out after blowing it all at the casinos, doltish amateur John (John C. Reilly) is slumped outside a Reno coffee shop counting his last dimes when Sydney (Philip Baker Hall), a long-faced veteran card sharp, ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Billy Elliot

July 13, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Billy Elliot, you might also enjoy these great films: Gregory's Girl WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is hitting that awkward stage of adolescence. Tall and gangly, he finds his soccer skills are suffering. Worse yet, he may lose his position on the team to a girl, Dorothy (Dee ...

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Best Movies by Farr: How I Won the War

July 13, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed How I Won the War, you might also enjoy these great films: A Hard Day's Night WHAT IT'S ABOUT: With "A Hard Day's Night", director Richard Lester not only unveils the inner workings of a rock n’ roll band experiencing a virtually unprecedented super-stardom, he also breathes new life into ...

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A Scouting Life: On the Edge of Vegas

July 7, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

That same first day we saw Roy’s, a spectacular old half-abandoned gas station in the desert.  It’s the place my friend Jesse had hipped me to, and he was right: it was a great location.  Roy’s had a googie-style sign and an attached café.  Only one bullet hole in the ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Triplets of Belleville

July 6, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed The Triplets of Belleville, you might also enjoy these great films: M. Hulot's Holiday WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Before Inspector Clouseau, there was the gifted actor/director Jacques Tati and his creation, Monsieur Hulot: a kind eccentric who, in his physical interactions, appears out of step with the modern world. This first ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Gigot

July 6, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Gigot, you might also enjoy these great films: The Hustler WHAT IT'S ABOUT: "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) is a charismatic California pool shark with a wide streak of arrogance to match his considerable skill. After he loses big to the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), Eddie hits the skids ...

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