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For July 4th, a Dozen Movies That Scream "America!"

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we head into the Independence Day weekend, I wanted to suggest some classic titles scattered over the decades that each in their way evoke our country's unique character.

Hitchcock, In Sinister Shades Of Gray

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Rather than dismiss or rail against the new competitive threat of television, Hitchcock seized the fledgling industry by the throat and created his own mystery series, which he hosted each week.

To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's not enough to revere the best of our film heritage -- we must work to protect and preserve it. With that in mind, I've compiled a short list of public domain titles that I'd like to see brought back to their original glory.

Beyond "The Poseidon Adventure" : A Tribute To Ronald Neame

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We are so collectively mired in the hyper-superficial, materialistic, flashy "moment of now" that we haven't paused to acknowledge a man who helped bring some of the finest British films ever made to the screen.

The Heist Picture

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great heist movies work by tying us to the unfortunate characters who populate them, and investing us in the outcome of their attempts to reach the same pot of gold so many of us chase.

For Father's Day, Dads in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we salute fathers far and wide this Sunday, why not pop in some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how various dads rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.

The Top Father/Son Movie Stars, Bar None

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With advance apologies to Lloyd and Jeff Bridges, Henry and Peter Fonda, Martin and Charlie Sheen, this special designation belongs to Kirk and Michael Douglas.

Message to Hollywood: The Viewer Is Not a Moron

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It seems increasingly evident that Hollywood has been taken over by people who know and care very little about the movies themselves, but who live to target and promote formulaic, forgettable pap.

Recalling "The Lubitsch Touch"

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you have not experienced the German director Ernst Lubitsch's special "touch," well -- here's your chance.

For Memorial Day, the Best War Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

These special movies not only recreate the horror of combat, but also portray the human toll war takes beyond those who fall on the field of battle.

Hollywood's Glorious Bad Boy: A Tribute to Dennis Hopper

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Here then are eight outstanding films that trace the arc of Dennis Hopper's colorful legacy, and give us even more reason to celebrate the man.

The Hard-Won Legacy of Gene Hackman

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The story of Gene Hackman, who quietly turned eighty just two months ago, is one of raw will and talent overcoming a host of limitations that would have defeated most people.

Film Noir, at Its Noirest

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.

For St. Patrick's Day, The Best Irish Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With the always raucous, spirited celebration of St. Patrick's Day on the near horizon here in New York City, my thoughts turn to the powerful mystique of Ireland, and the many outstanding films that reflect it.

Kitsch With Quality: The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Science fiction movies are like that food you don't eat much but sometimes find yourself in the mood for. Dated as some of these titles are, they're still great fun for those partial to the genre, or game to get acquainted with it.

Where Is Lee Marvin When We Really Need Him?

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I look at the new action movies coming out, and I have to wonder: Where's our new Lee Marvin? The manly man, the bad guy turned good guy, the guy who's so ugly he's almost beautiful, the guy who takes no prisoners?

Jeff Bridges, and the Grizzling of the All-American Boy

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Perhaps his clean-cut, boyish image obscured my ability to recognize the astonishing talent he possessed from the start. Regardless, I could see it now: Jeff Bridges has always been a lot more than a pretty face.

Top Winter Sports Movies: A Sampling

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The riveting documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest trails champion skier Yuichiro Miura and his team as they ascend the world's highest peak, hoping to descend on skis: a virtual suicide mission.

Thoughts on Haiti, And the Spirit of Activism in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great activist movies portray the ongoing struggle between the welfare of working people and larger societal forces, seemingly beyond their control, that threaten their integrity, livelihood, and often, their very survival.

Missing The Mark On Warren Beatty

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Why does the media who cover Warren Beatty's work assume the topic I care most about with regard to this highly accomplished figure is how many women he slept with? It's insulting, in a way, isn't it?

Beauty With Substance: The Best Catherine Deneuve Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Now a vigorous 66, Catherine Deneuve remains as busy as ever. While awaiting her next release, why not re-visit some of the seminal titles that made her France's "grande dame" of film.

Touchdown: For New Year's, My Favorite Football Movies

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Countless films have explored the inherent drama and heroic quality of organized sports in general, and football in particular. In fact, Hollywood has turned the feel-good sports movie into a tried-and-true formula.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

Is Blu-ray That Red-Hot?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

With time it was inevitable that the technological innovation called "Blu-ray" would impinge on my particular corner of the movie universe, and I would have to confront it, willingly or not.

How Popular Culture Empowers The Joe Wilsons Of This World

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Wilson is one of those mediocre, small men who have always occupied the fringes of influence but would never have imagined to insult a sitting President in bygone days.