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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:21 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 | 5:02 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 | 4:26 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 | 3:29 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 | 10:36 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 | 11:59 AM

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 | 4:54 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 | 1:30 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 | 1:28 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 | 3:25 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 | 12:28 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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De Niro at 70

(41) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 1:00 PM

This Saturday marks a milestone for perhaps the finest screen actor of our times. Robert De Niro is turning 70.

No longer is he the wiry, squinty-eyed actor with the crooked smile I vividly recall burning up the screen in 1973's Bang The Drum Slowly. Inevitably with...

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For Mick Jagger's 70th Birthday, The Ten Best Rock Movies Ever

(59) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Thank you, Mick, or er, Sir Mick, or, uh, Mr. Jagger. Or whatever it is you'd have me call you.

Thank you for a virtual lifetime of great music. I've been listening now on a pretty regular basis for oh -- about half a century.

What was the first...

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On His Birthday, Giving Thanks for Hanks

(53) Comments | Posted July 13, 2013 | 1:56 PM

With nary a ripple, Tom Hanks turned 57 this past week.

And though he hasn't made a truly great film other than Toy Story 3 in quite a few years (we can debate Cloud Atlas), he is still eminently bankable and his star shines bright.

Did...

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Thank God for the Coen Brothers!

(77) Comments | Posted June 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM

At a time when most every big Hollywood release is a re-make, or has a number after it, or involves superheroes out of comic books, or comes from the inside of a computer, I'm grateful for the Coen Brothers.

At a time when a movie like Django Unchained can earn...

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Johnny Depp Turns 50

(134) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Tomorrow, the thoroughly original, impossibly talented Johnny Depp hits the milestone age of 50.

Does this mean he's actually middle-aged? No, it can't be.

After all, part of this unique actor's enduring charm is his child-like quality, his willingness to dress up and be silly.

But behind that, there's...

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11 Essential New York City Movies

(153) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Reviewing my Huffington Post archive recently, I was reminded that my very first piece, published on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, concerned New York City movies that brought back the city of my youth, which (to age myself) was during the seventies and eighties.

A decidedly grittier town back then,...

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Forced Exposure: Overdosing on Media Stimuli

(31) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Each morning, I go to the AOL home page to retrieve my email, and way too often I'm greeted with moronic headlines like: "Mother finds lost son alive after five years living in her attic!" I then wonder just when AOL merged with The National Enquirer.

I pivot quickly to...

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Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies

(39) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 11:01 AM

One of the singular joys of living in New York City is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently situated right across the Park from us.

I was reminded of this on Wednesday when I attended their "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibition.

Combining artwork and costumes, it showed how...

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Honoring Roger Ebert's Memory in the Movies We Watch

(17) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Witnessing the outpouring of sentiment on Roger Ebert's death has been revelatory -- both a stunning testament to one man's outsize influence on film criticism over five decades, and more broadly, a timely reminder of the enduring importance of film in our society.

Ebert certainly was on to something when...

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