Movie Menu: Oscar-winning surprises

Each year, watching the Oscars is much more fun if we get to see an upset or two, a surprise victory from an unexpected nominee. This weekend, before savoring the Academy Awards, take a look at some Oscar surprises showing on broadcast and cable television stations. Take a look.   Annie Hall (1978) Few expected this comedy from Woody Allen … read more

Reel Dad: Picking the Oscar winners

What a year we experienced in 2017. On and off the screen. In a world challenged by truth, anger and relationships, we absorbed a collection of films that reflect what can fill the heart with hope, ground the soul in reality, and inspire people to believe the best may still occur. And many of the best movies are nominated for … read more

This Week’s Movie Menu: Grease, Field of Dreams, Rocky, Twister, The Sting & more

Looking forward to the weekend? Check out the menu of movies available on broadcast and cable television. And savor the cinema from the comfort of home!   Friday, Sept. 29   Grease (1978) John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Stockard Channing pretend they are in high school in this delightful movie version of the Broadway hit. But we know they … read more

The Reel Dad: Movies to celebrate the Jewish holidays

For people of the Jewish faith, these weeks each fall hold special meaning. And movies join in the celebration. Here are a few of my favorites at this time of year, and all year long. Enjoy.   Fiddler on the Roof (1971) It’s been a long day. As the dairy farmer prepares to make his final deliveries before the Sabbath … read more

This Week’s Movie Menu: Fall brings thoughts about movie watching at home

  by Mark Schumann   Yes, we’re ready for the changes of fall. And, at our house, the fall makes us think about movies. Here are a few to check out this weekend on broadcast and cable television stations.   Saturday, Sept. 21   Saving Private Ryan (1998) Tom Hanks makes us proud to honor those who served during World … read more

The Reel Dad: New York Film Festival celebrates the best of movies

Thank goodness for the New York Film Festival. Each fall this annual event takes us to wonderful worlds where movies travel. Through its curated collection of films, the Festival celebrates what we cherish, challenges what we consider and confirms our hopes of what movies can be. And we’re just up the road from Lincoln Center where it all happens. Check … read more

This Week’s Movie Menu: Beaches, Cool Hand Luke, The Departed, Giant, Morning Glory & more

  Looking for a movie to watch at home this weekend? Check out what’s showing on broadcast and cable stations.   Friday, Sept. 15   The Departed (2006) Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar for directing this entertaining look at the criminal underworld in Boston. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon star. IFC 4:45 p.m.   The Devil Wears Prada (2006) … read more

The Reel Dad: The Trip to Spain shines a spotlight on friendship

Not every movie needs a plot. Many films provide real entertainment without telling reel stories. They compensate for a lack of narrative by showcasing the depth of characters and the details of relationships. Think, for a moment, of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez in The Breakfast Club. … read more

This Week’s Movie Menu: Hepburn & Grant, Foster & Hopkins, Winslet & DiCaprio, Caron & Kelly & more

In the mood for a movie this weekend? Here’s what you can fine on television, on broadcast and cable stations. Take a look.   Friday, Aug. 25   Charade (1963) Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant run from the bad guys through the streets of Paris in a classy thriller directed by Stanley Donen with a music score by Henry Mancini. … read more

The Reel Dad on Detroit: A needed return to a devastating time

If we choose, we can learn from history. If we keep our minds and hearts open to what we explore, we can absorb the meaning of past events. These lessons will teach us what to avoid as we move forward. But we have to be present to learn. And willing to change. At any time, Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit would … read more

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