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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 ...


Viewer Guide: All the King’s Men and The Maiden Heist

July 24, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ALL THE KING'S MEN This week’s classic is All the King’s Men, the 1949 political film noir, directed by Robert Rossen. Adapted from Robert Penn Warren’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King’s Men was inspired by the true-life story of Huey Long, whose controversial political career reached ...


PBS Short Film Festival Ends Today

July 24, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Voting for the PBS Short Film Festival voting is almost over! You can still vote for Reel 13’s entry One Way or your favorite film by going to the official website. Two awards will be given out as part of the PBS Short Film Festival. Votes, Facebook and YouTube likes and ...


Viewer Guide: The Big Chill and Breakable You

July 17, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE BIG CHILL This week’s classic is The Big Chill, a 1983 comedy drama directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Making his directorial debut two years earlier with the neo-noir sensation Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan scored a major follow-up hit with The Big Chill, a seminal Baby Boomer tale of seven University of ...


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