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Boasting a half-century love of great film, John Farr is an independent viewer’s advocate and film curator for the discerning crowd, guiding smart audiences to smart films.

Answering the age-old question, “what do we watch tonight” in a time-saving manner, his website - Best Movies By Farr - revolutionizes the movie selection process, touting a curated database of more than 2,500 outstanding films, eight years in development. While Hollywood pushes viewers and critics to go see what’s new, Farr is concerned solely with what’s great, in particular, intelligent, story-driven films that reward both head and heart.

After graduating from Princeton and pursuing a long career in advertising, Farr set out to follow his dream: researching, cataloging and promoting the best films available, with a special emphasis on finding those hidden gems which even the most passionate movie lover may have missed or forgotten about.

In addition to his continuing work on Best Movies by Farr, Farr writes regularly for the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Huffpo Live, CNN and NBC and has an active speaking schedule of film-related talks around festivals, events and gatherings, where he strives to help fellow viewers discover, or re-discover, the best films available, in a fun, accessible manner.

Entries by John Farr

1, 2, 3 Hike: Five Top Football Movies

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 3:49 PM

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The season is short, the mania extreme. On any given Sunday in the fall, a sizable share of the nation is binging on football, mostly on television, getting its fill before the window closes in January.

But football is just as watchable on...

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9 Top Movies to Put You in That Autumn Mood

(18) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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Turning leaves, the appearance of tweed, and the visceral thrill of a cool nip in the air all evoke a seasonal tide turning. Autumn on film is one of the medium's richest commodities, and a visual feast to mirror the one that rolls...

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Bill Murray and the Roles That Got Away

(48) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:41 PM

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Bill Murray has been doing things his own way since the beginning of his career. Not only does he operate without an agent or manager, but he seems to make it virtually impossible to contact him. He has a PO box somewhere in...

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Turning 55, Kevin Spacey's on Fire

(17) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:04 PM

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When Kevin Spacey made a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host came up with the perfect skit to highlight the actor's many talents: Spacey headed up a barbershop quartet that put a doo-wop twist on the Jason...

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4 Gay-Themed Movies You May Not Know, But Should

(17) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 6:10 PM

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Though the struggle to legalize gay marriage continues across the country, there's some cause for celebration. Today, in 19 states (and D.C.), same-sex couples have the freedom to marry. Advances in gay rights have been hard-won, and there's still much work ahead, but...

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Can Better, Smarter Movies Make Better, Smarter Children?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Here's a bold statement: Giving your children the chance to watch classic films can be just as vital as anything they learn in school.

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Facilitating film literacy early on is a precious gift to your kids -- one that...

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For Father's Day - The 10 Best Movie Dads

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:47 PM

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Dads are sometimes manhandled in movies -- depicted as absent, neglectful, or comically inept. They can be relegated to grim portrayals in films like The Great Santini (1979) or This Boy's Life (1993), where fatherhood is all about intimidation. Life with these...

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70 Years Later, Which D-Day Movie Wins the Battle?

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

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In preparation for this, the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, I revisited what I feel are the two finest cinematic representations of this pivotal confrontation in the Second World War. Both moving tributes to the heroic men who...

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On His Birthday -- Why John Wayne Endures

(86) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 4:20 PM

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Given all the heroes and soldiers he played over his half century in film, this year, it's only fitting that John Wayne's birthday should fall on Memorial Day.

Around the world he still enjoys steady popularity like no other long-deceased movie...

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A Conversation With Bertrand Tavernier: On Politics, His Favorite Star, Early Influences, and His New Film

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:21 PM

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It was a delight to chat with the legendary director, Bertrand Tavernier. Nominated for two BAFTAs, 14 Cesar Awards (taking home four), and winner of the Best Director award at Cannes (for "A Sunday in the Country"), the 72-year-old filmmaker has helmed some...

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It Happened Last Night... Surprises and Yawns at the Oscars 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Another over-long, self-aggrandizing paean to itself is over, and today we're blearily cleaning up after last night's party, washing dishes still thick with themed leftovers (12 Years a Beer, Filotomena, Star Trek into Meatloaf), wondering what actually happened. And why.

More people thanked God than usual, Lupita Nyong'o gave the...

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Pete Seeger Passes

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Pete Seeger, folk legend and social activist, died on Monday. We miss him already.

Though he remained a force for positive change throughout his life -- you could see him on the streets protesting the Iraq War, or marching alongside the Occupy Wall Street protesters into his 90s --...

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A Mighty Oak Falls: A Tribute to Peter O'Toole and His Best Films

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Today every classic movie fan mourns the death of Peter O'Toole at 81.

The spirit of mischievous exuberance he brought to his life -- and all his roles -- somehow made me believe he could never die, even when you could see the smoking and drinking had taken its toll...

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Honoring Nelson Mandela Through Film

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Nelson Mandela, who rallied his country to end apartheid, became the country's first black president, and won the Nobel Peace Prize, died yesterday. The man lived nearly a century, yet his death came as a shock.

Though none of us could ever truly imagine the trials...

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This Week, Don't Forget the Side Dishes: Giving Thanks For Actor Ed Harris

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:59 PM

In addition to its reputation for causing gastric excess and its emerging role as Black Friday-eve, Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of remembrance, an opportunity to honor the people and things we might take for granted the rest of the year, when we aren't gripping a grease-laden turkey...

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The Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why About Time Isn't One of Them

(30) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:54 PM

I just popped in to an advance screening of Richard Curtis's upcoming time-travel rom-com, About Time and left over two hours later wishing I could go back in time to pick another film.

For some reason, thinking about Mr. Curtis's work, including this latest effort, a whole bunch of words...

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Catherine Deneuve at 70 -- Still as Cool as They Come

(11) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Sure, I'm tough on movies, but sometimes I'm just another gushing, adoring fan.

Such is the case with actress Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress who turns 70 today.

Why do I love her so? Let me count the ways.

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Yes,...

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The Thin Man and More: The Best William Powell Movies

(28) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:28 PM

The Warner Archives Collection has just released an item well worth celebrating: a William Powell collection featuring four early, virtually unknown films he made at the Warner's studio during his brief stint there from 1931-34.

The set includes The Road To Singapore, a surprisingly racy feature where Powell...

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Ron Howard's Rush Lives Up to Its Title

(17) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:25 PM

The much anticipated Rush, Ron Howard's first film since the embarrassing comedy The Dilemma (2011), shows a return to decent form, and again demonstrates why the former child actor remains one of Hollywood's most bankable directors.

Based on the true story of Formula One racer James Hunt, and his on-track...

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Blue Jasmine, and Sixteen Other Top Films About Losing Your Mind

(45) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:28 PM

I was thrilled to love Blue Jasmine, since my stubborn refusal to adore the Woodman's most recent works has made me feel a tad isolated (Uh-oh).

Yes, it may be said that Cate Blanchett rips a page out of her stage portrayal of Blanche Du Bois to animate the central...

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