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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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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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