Tag Archives: John Huston

How About 139 Worthwhile Movies? Part One

Why another list of old movies? With the Biograph Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebration on the horizon, my lofty hope is that a reader might be persuaded to take a chance on one or two on this list, titles they’ve previously … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Football films to watch in anticipation of Barca vs Man U

Even though many of this year’s UEFA Champions League quarter- and semi-final matches were, generally speaking, snooze fests that provided little if any class or magic, it would be hard to ask for a better final match-up.  Barcelona are looking to not … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Overwhelming First Viewings

Since it’s easy enough to find plenty of articles listing the authors’ best pictures of 2010, I won’t duplicate the exercise here. Instead, at the end of the year I’m thinking about how so many of us ponder what we … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: The 1970s, when Art Houses Ruled

Some film buffs like to convince anyone who will listen that the 1970s was the best decade for filmmakers. Does that mean it was the best decade for audiences, too? Maybe. By the ‘70s, many who had grown up watching … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Film Noir

We’re told the term “film noir” was first applied to stylish and cynical American crime dramas in 1946. A French critic, Nino Frank, used it in an article about films made in the USA during World War II that he … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Directors

Most of my favorite movie directors are good examples of what film aficionados like to call auteurs. And, yes, my five favorites are all dead, so they can‘t keep doing what the prolific Martin Scorsese has been doing to beat … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: American Detective Movies

There are so many good films about clever detectives solving mysteries that I expect this week’s edition of my five favorites series will draw some comments from readers who want to chide the list-maker for leaving off one of their … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Westerns

While we’ve all seen lots of bad Western movies with tired clichés about trail drives, crooked sheriffs and handgun duels wrapped around predictable plots, a good Western, with well drawn characters moving about in a lean story, is hard to … Continue reading

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10 FILMS I WISH I’D WATCHED WITH MY DAD

This idea grew out of conversations with Peter Schilling and James Parrish during the 17th James River Film Festival in March 2010. My father had passed the summer previous, and I remembered all the classic movies we’d watched together (from … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Crazy Protagonists

For this week’s list of five favorite films, the common denominator is craziness. In each of the movies on the list below, the main character is as nutty as a fruitcake. In each that character’s madness is what drives the … Continue reading

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