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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.

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.

Kate Winslet: The Antidote for Contagion -- and Now She's Won an Emmy!

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Almost fifteen years after Titanic, with six Oscar nods and one win to her credit, Kate Winslet is an actress at the peak of her powers -- no longer a precocious ingénue, but a professional who's conscientiously developed her craft.

Even After Midnight In Paris, I Prefer Woody Allen's Early Work

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great artists of all types and stripes confront the same challenge: once they've created something truly brilliant, how do they ever equal it, much less surpass it?

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.

Even When a Great Film Comes Out, You Can't See It (Except Maybe in New York)

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Mindless kiddie fare opens at around four thousand screens across the country. When at last a brilliant, provocative film for grown-ups gets produced, it merited four screens. Doesn't this strike you as just a trifle lopsided?

Life's Just a Comic Book: Thor, and Hollywood's Monetization of Mediocrity

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This weekend's release reflects the industry's increasing reliance on that forbidden joy of my childhood -- the comic book -- to justify its existence. But many of the nation's critics readily drank the Thor Kool-Aid.

Are the Best Movies for Grown-Ups Being Made Outside the U.S.?

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

2011-04-25-farr.jpgWhen it comes to what I call "human-scale" films, the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

WATCH: HUFFPOST ARTS EXCLUSIVE: Revealing More Of The Upcoming Series 'Art Through Time: A Global View'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

In this exclusive HuffPost Arts video slideshow preview five new segments from Art Through Time: A Global View, a new, 13-part visual arts series prod...

WATCH: HUFFPOST ARTS EXCLUSIVE: Revealing More Of The Upcoming Series 'Art Through Time: A Global View'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This week's exclusive HuffPost Arts video slideshow previews four new segments from Art Through Time: A Global View, a new, 13-part visual arts series...

WATCH: HUFFPOST ARTS EXCLUSIVE: Revealing The Upcoming Series 'Art Through Time: A Global View'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This is the first of three exclusive HuffPost Arts video slideshows previewing segments from a new interactive visual arts series called Art Through T...

They Sure Don't Make 'Em Like They Used to: A Tribute to Deborah Kerr

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The late Deborah Kerr was the kind of star and personality we rarely see anymore: a lady first and foremost, who, even playing women of dubious virtue, projected an innate sense of class, dignity, even nobility.

A Woman's Touch: Ten Great Films From Female Directors

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Though film directing has been an overwhelmingly male preserve, there's an enduring legacy of women directors to celebrate. To prove my point, here are ten of my own favorite titles helmed by women.

Classic "Under the Radar" Gangster Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

2010-08-16-underworld.jpg Crime has not just been good to the criminals; it's been awfully good to Hollywood as well.

My Valentine to Patricia Neal

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We all know that rare thing called good character is no prerequisite for a great actress, but Patricia Neal had this quality, in spades. We will not see her like again.

The Graduate Turns 73: Dustin Hoffman's Top Ten Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you hear some young, unschooled person say, "Oh, Dustin Hoffman, he played Ben Stiller's kooky dad", point them towards the other memorable characters that more accurately reflect this performer's invaluable contribution to film.

Presidential Pictures: Top Movies About The Top Job

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given the sheer scale and complexity of the Presidency in modern times, it's no surprise that a host of great films have explored the nature of our country's highest office.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Targeted Quality: The Advent Of On-Demand DVDs

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Technology will only offer more quality film choices as time goes by. The trick for savvy consumers and movie fans will be to stay informed as to what's really good..

The Simple Health Insurance Solution

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've had my own angry, screaming battles with my health insurance carrier. It seems everyone I've talked to has had a similar experience. I just don't see them marching on Washington about it.