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A Wonderful Billy Wilder Film Is Screening at MR C Beverly Hills Pool!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I think I have seen Billy Wilder's wonderful comic film, "Some Like It Hot," about a hundred times. You'll remember it was the movie with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, about Chicago in its mobster days. A classic film, it is perhaps the best comedy movie ever made.

The Need for Good News

Sherman Yellen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Good News
Sherman Yellen

There is a point in life when one wants to read about progress, accomplishment, the triumph of the losing class, the kid who becomes Dean of a college who struggled and studied his or her way out of poverty.

It's New Year's Eve, So Let's Watch The End Of 'The Apartment'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 12.31.2013 | Entertainment

It doesn't get much better than "The Apartment," Billy Wilder's genre-defying 1960 classic with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine and "shut up and deal...

Barbara Stanwyck in No Man of Her Own and Ball of Fire

Francis Levy | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Cornell Woolrich, of Rear Window fame, wrote a novel called Fright in which a marriage is cursed by a crime. No Man of Her Own (1950), the Mitchell Le...

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.

Helmut Newton Show at Annenberg Is Visually Stunning

Jay Weston | Posted 08.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

2013-06-27-jayweston627.jpg The protagonists of most of his photos were women: heroic, powerful, and fiercely feminine.

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.

Oscar Holds a Meeting!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Make the Academy human. Put a face to it, put emotions behind it. Put real stories out to the public to hang their own emotional lives upon. Also, the Academy needs more winners in film genres. The Golden Globes discovered this years ago.

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.

All-Time Oscars: The Eight Best Screenplays and Cinematography Jobs of All Time

Jon Eig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I figure if the Academy can arbitrarily choose nine Best Picture nominees this year, I can set my numbers wherever I want. So here are the eight best screenplays, and eight best cinematography jobs (OF ALL TIME!).

'Learn To Like Lena Dunham' And 18 Other Resolutions For 2013

Michele Willens | Posted 03.05.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Like everyone, I have my personal goals, but ours is a generation that saw itself as bigger and better than that. We were about selfless, but damned if we didn't settle for selfish.'We were about change, but damned if we aren't reluctantly accepting the next and the new.

Tough Guy: The Best of James Cagney

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Many who think of him as the screen's ultimate tough guy will be surprised to learn that in his first paying gig on the stage, he cross-dressed to play a lady of the chorus. He was secure enough in his masculinity to be not the least bit embarrassed.

A Trio of Intriguing Factoids From the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery Genre!

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Weird News
Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

Why was the ending of TV's The Quatermass Xperiment changed for the silver screen? What would be the ultimate destiny of The Incredible Shrinking Man? Was screen credit denied to the stars of several cinematic and TV productions?

Exquisite Austrian Food in Beverly Hills!

Jay Weston | Posted 05.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

BeerBeisl is a stunning, delightful and delicious restaurant with authentic, enchanting food so satisfying and striking it will resound favorably in the inner recesses of your mind.

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.

The Perfect Noir: Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity

Network Awesome | Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment
Network Awesome

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Five Classic Movies You Need to Revisit

Bryan Young | Posted 04.28.2012 | Entertainment
Bryan Young

While everyone has their attention fixed on cinema because of the Academy Awards, there are some classic Blu-ray releases I'd love to kindle (or rekindle) interest in.

Which Directors Have Gotten The Most Academy Award Nominations For Their Actors?

The Huffington Post | Sharon Knolle | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment

Who's the best director in Hollywood history? You could look at who's won the most Best Director Oscars -- that would be legendary John Ford, whose fo...

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.

Why We Need Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Wilder's The Apartment More Now than Ever

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Perhaps this morality tale will cheer up a few folks who are out of work in the big city...things could be worse, you could still be working for some schmuck, dating some jerk, serving the corporate beast.

10 Black & White Movies for People Who Won't Watch Black & White Movies

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If I could get all those black and white haters out there to watch just ten titles -- movies that constituted absolutely essential viewing -- which would they be?

Is Today's Film Comedy in the Toilet?

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I continue to be nostalgic for comedy that doesn't require constant profanity or a surfeit of fart gags to succeed, that relies instead on subtle, clever scripts and witty dialogue; movies that in the end give their audiences some credit for brains and taste.

10 Classic Movies That Turn Up the Heat for Summer

John Farr | Posted 06.03.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I googled "best summer-themed movies" but I think what I got was "any summer-themed movie."For those who want a little extra quality in their summer fare, here comes a varied but more rewarding list.

The 2011 Academy Awards: It Gets a C-Plus at Best

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

You know the writers are in trouble when they have to rely upon Hathaway's mother and Franco's grandmother to help out in the audience. All in all the show was mediocre, but not a disaster.

Three Underappreciated Silent Film Classics

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The Bay Area has a large and loyal base of silent film fans, many of whom will descend on the Castro Theatre this weekend for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual winter event.