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A Scouting Life: Thanks for nothing, Texas

August 26, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Okay, I’ll say this in the nicest way possible: f*ck Texas. F*ck that entire godforsaken excuse for a state. If it weren’t for the abundant natural resources I would mount a one man campaign to give it back to Mexico. Actually, Mexico probably should still govern Texas ...


Best Movies by Farr: Other Orson

August 24, 2009 | John Farr

Citizen Kane casts the longest shadow, but Orson Welles' other work proves his genius: The Stranger (1946) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Unbeknownst to his comely young bride Mary (Young), East Coast prep-school teacher Charles Rankin (Orson Welles) is actually Franz Kindler, a Nazi war criminal in hiding. When a German visitor to their sleepy ...


Best Movies by Farr: More Sam Shepard

August 24, 2009 | John Farr

Get your Sam Shepard fix from these recommendations: Days of Heaven (1978) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: After fatally injuring his boss in a fit of rage, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere) flees to Texas in 1916 with girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and his younger sister, Linda (Linda Manz), where the three find work laboring ...


Best Movies by Farr: Comedies about Eccentrics

August 17, 2009 | John Farr

Feeling like an oddball? John Farr suggests you watch these comedies. Harold and Maude (1972) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A comedy about the unlikeliest of May-December romances: Harold (Bud Cort) is a bright, eccentric nineteen year old fixated on death, Maude a 79 year old free spirit whose singular obsession remains the wonder of ...


Best Movies by Farr: Gary Cooper = American

August 10, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Meet John Doe, you might also enjoy these great films featuring Gary Cooper: Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Simple country boy Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) inherits an immense fortune from a wealthy distant relative he doesn't even know, and must then navigate a sea of handlers ...


Best Movies by Farr: John Sayles’ Best

August 3, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Lone Star, you might also enjoy these great John Sayles' films: Matewan (1987) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: United Mine Workers union rep Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper) has his hands full organizing a cohesive group in the small West Virginia town of Matewan, as they comprise white, black, and Italian factions unaccustomed ...


A Scouting Life: Terror Suspects

July 29, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

As much as I loved Vegas, leaving it always left me feeling empty. Going there is a conscious choice to avoid reality; departing is a forced reconciliation with it. This time was different, however, as we had forged such a bond the night before. We arrived as ...


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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