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On Being Inspired by Classic Movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival

Govindini Murty | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

What makes something a classic? It's a question worth asking as Hollywood devotes ever more of its resources to remaking movies, TV shows, and comic books from the past as the majority of our movie content today.

Memorial Day, Father's Day and Getting Dad to Talk World War II

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 07.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Mankiewicz

This time of year, as Memorial Day runs into Father's Day, I always try to coax my dad into talking about World War II. It's not as if he won't answer my questions, but he's never started a dinner table conversation with "Did I ever tell you about the time I killed two Nazis with my canteen?"

Mitchell Page: What to Do When Your Boyhood Hero Dies

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Ben Mankiewicz

I'd met him only once, in passing. He didn't know my name or anything about me. He was a 59-year-old alcoholic who'd been battling those demons for years. But Mitchell Page was a huge part of my life.

The 10 Best Non-Independent Movies of 2010

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Mankiewicz

You will find no independent films here, no brilliant art house dramas, no documentaries. I'm dismissing all "small" movies that deliver a "big" message.

Born to Rank: The Top 25 Bruce Springsteen Songs

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Mankiewicz

2010-09-22-bruce.jpgThe criteria are flexible. They're a combination of songwriting, listening pleasure, live performance and at what point in the song I begin to cry like an 11-year-old girl.

A Nightmare on Elm Street -- Wildly Inappropriate (And Also Bad)

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Mankiewicz

There's really no comparing the latest rendition of A Nightmare on Elm Street to Wes Craven's now-iconic 1984 slasher film. The original is far better and mind you, I say this having never actually seen the original.

Scorsese vs. Polanski: Finally Some Real Movies, Shutter Island and Ghost Writer

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Mankiewicz

Martin Scorsese one night. Roman Polanski the next. It isn't often you get to see fresh work by a couple of Oscar winning directors on back to back evenings.

Top 11 -- Yes, 11 -- Movies of 2009

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Mankiewicz

Because there's no place for number bigotry in a free society and because I couldn't figure out which movie to drop -- to paraphrase Nigel from Spinal Tap -- this list goes to 11.

New Moon Hits New Low In Boredom

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Mankiewicz

Here's what happens in New Moon. Three teenagers spend nearly two hours frowning and moping and not screwing. Also, there's a tremendous amount of male shirt removal.

Amy Adams, Michael Cera and Why Movies Suck in January

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Mankiewicz

Movies suck in January, a time Hollywood commonly refers to as a "dumping ground" for films that don't match the high quality of 2012 and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

In Defense of Ben Lyons

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cenk Uygur

The whole entertainment industry is built around sucking up to celebrities. You think Ben Lyons is uniquely responsible for this? Have you watched any entertainment "news" in your life?

Two White Guys "At the Movies"

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

It's 2008 and some black dude is running for president, but the movie review show based in Chicago - which has one of the largest black and Latino populations in America--couldn't find one single movie writer, reviewer, or blogger "of color" to fill one of the seats?