Margaret Talbot and I will kick off our second series of Pre-Code films at Washington, D.C.’s Hill Center tomorrow night with “The Ladies They Talk About.” As Margaret says, it’s Depression-era “Orange is the New Black,” much of it set […]
Try to find time to catch the touching “Musical Chairs” on HBO this month from director Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”). EJ Bonilla, Leah Pipes, and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) star in this inspiring romance about a wheelchair […]
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is conducting a survey: What’s the biggest disaster movie of all time? Zombies? Comets? Flood? Fire? Sharknado? You can pick one from their list of 25 action-packed greats or write in your favorite. 2012, 2009 28 […]
Open Culture has a great list of free movies available online, from cult rarities (Jean Genet’s only film, “A Song of Love”) to early works by top directors (Wes Anderson’s early short version of “Bottle Rocket”). One of my favorites […]
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 […]
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These are some of my favorite movies set in Ireland. 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he was born, to buy his family’s old home. […]
Why have there been no great films about George Washington? And why are there so many films featuring Abraham Lincoln? From the John Ford classic Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda, to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, there is something about the […]
This weekend only: the Kindle version of my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Weddings is free! What’s your favorite movie wedding scene?
The First Olympics: Athens 1896, one of my very favorite sports movies ever, is a made-for-TV miniseries about the first modern-day Olympics. We take the Olympics as a given now, but there were 1500 years between the time of the […]