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Happy Valentine’s Day! Romantic Movie Moments #4: Shakespeare in Love

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Valentine’s Day! Romantic Movie Moments #3: You’ve Got Mail

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Valentine’s Day! Romantic Movie Moments #2: It’s a Wonderful Life

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Valentine’s Day! Romantic Movie Moments #1: Moonstruck

posted by Nell Minow

Henry Fonda as Young Mr. Lincoln

posted by Nell Minow

It may not be the most accurate of the more than 200 movies featuring Abraham Lincoln, but this quiet John Ford film is still one of my favorites, especially in the depiction of his tragic love for Anne Rutledge.

George Bailey’s Christmas: It’s A Wonderful Life Closing Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

The All-Time Best Movie Sandwiches

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a wonderful compilation of the top ten movie sandwiches of all time.  But they left out my favorite, which was the inspiration for my 101 Must-See Movie Moments, the sandwich made by the daughter of the main character […]

Michael Mirasol’s Tribute to Movie Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Michael Mirasol has created a beautiful tribute to some of the greatest fathers in the movies.

Must-See Movie Moment: The April Fools

posted by Nell Minow

Happy April! This is from my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments. The April Fools is a 1969 film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve that, if remembered at all, is thought of as a dated mid-life crisis romance and a […]

For Valentine’s Day: Three Great Movie Kisses

posted by Nell Minow

From my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments: It was reputed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s own favorite of all his movies, and it was the acknowledged favorite of critic-turned filmmaker Francois Truffaut, whose book-length interview of Hitchcock is essential reading for […]

Happy New Year with Harry and Sally

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!

posted by Nell Minow

Fred Astaire Dances on the Ceiling — And Glee Pays Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

I held out longer than most but am now among the many whose enthusiasm for “Glee” has wavered.  But you know I loved this week’s tribute to classic songs from movies.  The “Top Gun”/”Risky Business” mash-up was fabulous.  And I […]

Must-See Movie Moment: My Funny Valentine from “The Company”

posted by Nell Minow

Featured in my new book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments:

With All This Talk About Cliffs….

posted by Nell Minow

I keep thinking of this!  A fabulous movie moment from screenwriter William Goldman and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford.  

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

A magical moment from “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien:

Inspirational Prayer Clip from “Undefeated”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very happy to be able to share this clip from the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated,” about a high school football team and their dedicated coach. The movie is in theaters across the country now.

St. Paddy’s Day Treat: “The Quiet Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Two great scenes from one of my favorite movies set in Ireland, “The Quiet Man.”  In the history of cinema, has there ever been a better kiss or a better fight scene?

Behind the Scenes: Lady and the Tramp

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the release of Disney’s Diamond edition of the classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” here is a glimpse behind the scenes:

It’s a Wonderful Movie — The Phone Scene from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Happy December! ‘Snow’ from ‘White Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

I love this song from White Christmas with Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney’s aunt), Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye. Vera-Ellen was dubbed by Trudy Stevens.  

Your Week with Marilyn — Monroe’s Best Films

posted by Nell Minow

“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier.  You […]

Marilyn Starts a Heat Wave

posted by Nell Minow

I hope that Michelle Williams’ exquisite performance in the new film, “My Week With Marilyn” inspires its viewers to go back and watch the inimitable original: Marilyn Monroe.  Williams does a snippet of this song in the film though does […]

Must-See Movie Moment: Stella Stevens Plays the Drums

posted by Nell Minow

Another of the moments in my forthcoming book is this performance by Stella Stevens from “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”  She’s  shy girl who was too nervous to perform in her beauty queen competition.  When her date, played by Jerry […]

Happy Birthday to the Movie Mom’s Mom!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday today to my wonderful mother, who taught me about so many of the essentials of life, including thank you notes, how to tell a joke, and why you should respond to bad behavior by taking the high road […]

‘Footloose’ — ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’

posted by Nell Minow

One more treat from the original Footloose, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” sung by Deniece Williams, featuring the late and much-missed Chris Penn.

Great Movie Moments: ‘The Apostle’ — Billy Bob Thornton Wants to Bulldoze a Church

posted by Nell Minow

As I wrote earlier, my new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments.  I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do […]

Great Movie Moments: ‘The Company’s’ “My Funny Valentine”

posted by Nell Minow

My new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments.  I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do in a book is […]

Labor Day Tribute to Norma Rae and the Woman Who Inspired Her

posted by Nell Minow

Sally Field won an Oscar for her performance as Norma Rae, inspired by the real-life Crystal Lee Sutton.  She died in 2009 of brain cancer following a fight with her insurance company to get the treatment she needed.  Her papers […]

Movie Clips Online

posted by Nell Minow

The Movie Clips website is not a place to visit if there is someplace you have to be. It is, however, a fabulous resource for watching favorite clips and discovering new ones.  It’s a genius idea.  They have actual human beings […]

Happy Birthday, Lou Costello!

posted by Nell Minow

Lou Costello was born on this day in 1906. His work with Bud Abbot made them one of the most successful comedy teams of all time, and their “Who’s on First” sketch is still one of the funniest exchanges ever […]

An Alphabet of Movies

posted by Nell Minow

How many can you identify?

List: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this week, most of the focus will be on his years in politics. But it is also a good opportunity to take another look at some of his best performances as […]

An Unusual Role for a Black Man in 1940

posted by Nell Minow

I love catching up with old films on Turner Classic Movies, so when I saw one called “Third Finger Left Hand” starring two of my favorites, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas, released in 1940, I set my DVR. It turned […]

Happy Birthday ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Back to the Future’

posted by Nell Minow

Two movie classics celebrate big birthdays this week. “Back to the Future” turns 25 and “Airplane!” turns 30. Both helped to define their eras and stood the test of time as enduring favorites. One of my favorite critics, Ali Arikan, […]

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

posted by Nell Minow

National Day of Prayer: Prayer on Film

posted by Nell Minow

This lovely Sabbath scene from “Fiddler on the Roof” is inspired by a traditional Hebrew prayer.

Disney’s Princess Kisses

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy these romantic highlights in honor of the DVD release today of Disney’s latest, “The Princess and the Frog.”

List: Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

Ann Hornaday has a marvelous article in the Washington Post about one of the most popular themes in movies: weddings. And why shouldn’t Hollywood love a good wedding? With its swirl of heightened emotions, its simmering leitmotifs of love and […]

Happy Birthday Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This

posted by Nell Minow

The almost-always-more-entertaining-than-the-movies-it-covers Rotten Tomatoes Show often has compilations of lines we hear all too often. Here’s one of my favorites:

Roller Skating on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes salutes “Whip It” with a list of the best roller skating scenes in movies. My favorite is this one, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers skating to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” And I also love Gene […]

Moon River — Audrey Hepburn

posted by Nell Minow

Another “moon” movie moment — Audrey Hepburn sings “Moon River” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The Thrill of it All

posted by Nell Minow

Cinematical has a great tribute to one of my favorites, Doris Day’s “The Thrill of it All.” Day was so wholesome that it is easy to forget how talented she was, but she could do it all — sing, dance, […]

‘Haunting’ Movie Moments from Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

On Idol Chatter, Kris Rasmussen has come up with a two-part list of haunting moments in movies that is well worth exploring and every one of the films and those added by the commenters is a worthy addition to your […]

Windy Day — Short from John and Faith Hubley

posted by Nell Minow

Writing about the original version of “The Electric Company” reminded me of one of my all-time favorite short films by John and Faith Hubley, who later went on to work on the “Letterman” segments of that show. It is the […]

Make Em Laugh — The (Very Funny) History of Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

There is no better way to strengthen family connections than combining shared laughter and history. So every family should make time to watch the hilarious new PBS series “Make Em Laugh,” the history of comedy on television and in the […]

The Greatest Movie Motivational Speeches of All Time

posted by Nell Minow

Someone assembled a marvelous collection of the greatest “This is our time”/”We can do it”/”Win one for the Gipper” movie moments: A great way to get you ready for new year’s resolution writing! How many scenes can you identify?

The Most Romantic Movie Moments of 2008

posted by Nell Minow

2008 was not a great year for romance on screen, as I have already noted. But there were four very touching movie love stories that deserve special mention: Wall∙E: Love brought two mechanical creatures to life in this tender romance […]

‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ — from ‘Love Actually’

posted by Nell Minow

Olivia Olson sings Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” in this clip from “Love Actually.” And here is Mariah’s version:

The Telephone Scene: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s my very favorite scene from the best-loved Christmas classic of all, It’s a Wonderful Life. Watch how George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) tries so hard not to be in love with Mary (Donna Reed) but just can’t help it. Fans […]

Holiday Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

I love Kris Rasmussen’s list of favorite holiday movie moments from Idol Chatter. Some of my favorites are included and I was especially happy to see one most people overlook, the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie “Holiday:” Made by the same […]

Tribute: William Gibson

posted by Nell Minow

William Gibson, best known as the man who wrote The Miracle Worker, died this week at age 94. Gibson’s sequel to “The Miracle Worker,” “Monday After the Miracle,” was not a success, but I thought it was a fine play. […]

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Martin plays a man trying to get home for Thanksgiving in his slapstick classic.

Happy Birthday Mickey!

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite cartoon character turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Mickey!

AFI Salutes Warren Beatty

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for Warren Beatty will be broadcast tonight at 9 pm EST on the USA Network. Beatty’s notorious romantic life and political activism has sometimes distracted the media from his achievements as an […]

Tribute: Cyd Charisse

posted by Nell Minow

USA Today’s Jim Cheng said it best: “Talk about a career with legs.” The beautiful dancer from Hollywood’s golden age died today at age 86. Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, she was a professional ballerina at age 16 […]

Astaire and Rogers: La Belle, La Perfectly Swell Romance

posted by Nell Minow

They said she gave him sex and he gave her class. In eight heavenly movies from the 1930’s at RKO Studios and then with one more — their only one in color — at MGM, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers […]

The Miracle Worker

posted by Nell Minow
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Movie Release Date:May 23, 1962
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
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Movie Release Date: May 23, 1962

Today is the 142nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most extraordinary teachers in American history, Annie Sullivan, who gave a little blind and deaf girl the power of language. William Gibson, who wrote two plays about the […]

Oscar Quiz: Great movie lines

posted by Nell Minow

USA Today has a terrific movie quiz. If you can recognize phrases like “La de dah,” “Show me the money,” “I see dead people,” and “If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving,” you should be able to rack up an impressive […]

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