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A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

Can Better, Smarter Movies Make Better, Smarter Children?

John Farr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

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.

Pete Seeger Passes

John Farr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Seeger's influence can be seen in movies and television throughout his almost seven-decade career as a musician, and will likely continue on for countless more generations of cinema. You'll find his music in great movies from our database, in titles as varied as Malcolm X, The Damned United, and Temple Grandin.

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

John Farr | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

This Turkey Day happens to land on a criminally and perennially underappreciated actor's birthday: Ed Harris. Main course or side dish, first billing or second fiddle, Ed Harris is a truly gifted actor deserving of more recognition. So let's give it to him.

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

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Movies that somehow play with the manipulation of time are surprisingly plentiful, as they tap into a fundamental fantasy we all share. It really is not worth trekking out to catch About Time. Here then are a few time-travel films worth staying home for.

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

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

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.

The Thin Man and More: The Best William Powell Movies

John Farr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This actor, who'd earn screen immortality playing detective Nick Charles in 1934's The Thin Man, is someone I'd watch in most anything. What set him apart?

Ron Howard's Rush Lives Up to Its Title

John Farr | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

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.

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

John Farr | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For the most part, I've avoided the psycho killer sub-genre as that would merit its own piece. Instead, I've focused on films that betray mental illness in somewhat subtler, but no less striking, ways.

De Niro at 70

John Farr | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

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

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

John Farr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

You, Sir Mick Jagger, are turning 70 tomorrow, which -- to use the rock vernacular -- blows my mind. To mark your milestone, I'm picking my favorite movies with rock 'n' roll themes.

On His Birthday, Giving Thanks for Hanks

John Farr | Posted 09.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

When his many legions of fans consider his success, I'm certain there's a consistent thought running through their heads: it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Happy Birthday, Tom. Now, here's my personal Hanks list.

11 Essential New York City Movies

John Farr | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here.

For St. Patrick's Day, the Best Drinking Movies Ever Made

John Farr | Posted 05.16.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.

The Ten Best Audrey Hepburn Movies by Farr

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

2012-05-10-Screenshot20120510at1.50.52PM.jpgLast Friday, iconic star Audrey Hepburn would have turned 83. Sixty years after she won an Academy Award, she still represents something important and aspirational to the young women today.

On His 75th Birthday, The Best Jack Nicholson Movies of All Time

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It does not seem quite possible that Jack Nicholson could be turning 75 today. He seems ageless, particularly when you revisit his best films. And that's just what we should all do to mark the occasion.

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Clark Gable: King of Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we kick off Oscar month tomorrow, we also honor the birthday of Clark Gable, who picked up a statuette at the seventh Academy Awards ceremony in 1935.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

Actor's Actor: A Birthday Salute to Robert Duvall

John Farr | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Duvall can look back with pride on a rich and colorful life, and his contributions to film should never be underestimated, as the following ten titles demonstrate.

DVDs Worth Owning - and Giving - for Christmas

John Farr | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I just know many of you out there are scrambling to catch up on your holiday gift giving. This article's for you.

Kirk Douglas Turns 95!

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Should we call him "Spartacus"? Or "Champion"? Both names certainly fit the man. Kirk Douglas turns 95 tomorrow, and he is still very much with us.

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Inspiration Over Perspiration: The Best Almodovar by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

A tale of a scientist who exacts a most unusual form of revenge on the young man that victimized his daughter, The Skin I Live In is gorgeously shot, paced, and acted.

She Who Dares: The Astonishing Work Of Tilda Swinton

John Farr | Posted 05.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Believe it or not, in a pop culture filled with mindless reality shows and slick formula franchises, there are still a few players out there whose work offers a glimmer of hope that originality and intelligence can prevail. Tilda Swinton is one such player.