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Nothing unites Americans in quite the same way as standing around the water cooler, saying, “Did you see Lost last night? That was so cool.” Or debating whether Adam Sandler can actually, you know, act. (Our conclusion: not much.)


Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Why, you might ask, has it taken me so long to include this obviously well-made movie among the list of Great American Films? Because...

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Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Actor, Featured | 0 comments

There are some actors who never seem to give a bad performance. Robert Duvall, for example. Morgan Freeman. And I put Robert Downey, Jr. in...

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Billy Crystal

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Actor, Featured | 1 comment

It was the Bible, not Reader’s Digest, that first told us that laughter is the best medicine. With that being understood, perhaps we...

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Sunset Boulevard

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

The great actors always make it look so effortless. Maybe that’s why William Holden has never quite received the level of respect his...

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Soul Train

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

The concept, of course, wasn’t original. American Bandstand set the standard, and Soul Train was one of many imitators. But it...

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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Featured, Film | 2 comments

You wouldn’t think the rivalry between two 19th century composers would make a movie of interest to anyone, save some highbrow...

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Judy Garland

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Actor, Featured, Singer | 1 comment

Need an object lesson on what the tawdriness of Hollywood can do to a person? Read a biography of Judy Garland. Multiple affairs,...

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George Lucas

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Director, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s be honest here. What George Lucas has done to his own Star Wars franchise almost disqualifies him from this list. And yet, the...

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King Kong

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Construction of the Empire State Building had only recently been completed when Hollywood realized how to romanticize it —...

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Jeff Bridges

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Actor, Featured | 0 comments

Jeff Bridges is now in the fifth decade of his acting career – the sixth, if you count a few appearances on his dad’s show Sea...

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