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How Oscar Lost Its Sense of Humor -- and 20 Comedies Worthy of Best Picture

John Farr | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Is this oversight wholly the fault of the Academy? Who else, unless we all agree it's somehow natural or fitting for great comedies to be treated like the second-class citizens of cinema.

Groucho Gave Secretary High Marx: Author Steve Stoliar Recalls His Days as Groucho Marx's Secretary

Steve Karras | Posted 04.07.2013 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Stoliar's storied tenure as Groucho Marx's secretary is tempered with highs and lows, bookended by the psychotic Erin Fleming -- Groucho's young and mercurial life manager and companion who hitched her wagon to the star in his declining years.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Dick Cavett on Duck Soup

Dan Persons | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The late '60s had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show.

Short but Sweet: The Ten Best American Movies Under 90 Minutes

John Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

While comedies are certainly well represented on this list (reminder to Hollywood: they do lend themselves to brevity), you'll also find dramas, westerns, war films, horror and suspense. A smorgasbord!

Favorite Video Clips from I Love Lucy

Posted 10.05.2011 | Women

She would have turned 100 today. So what was it that made I Love Lucy so historically good? Was it because the plots were thoroughly preposter...

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?

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

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.