NOIRvember: The best in 'Film Noir'

November just got much more exciting: 'Noirvember' is here! But what exactly is 'noirvember' you may ask? (At least I did). 'Noirvember' is a month-long celebration of all things film noir, that gorgeous period (~1940-1959) in cinema where these films weren't necessarily saddled by particular settings or conflict, like a western or gangster movie might be, but rather they were defined by particular qualities in tone, mood, and style.

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Best Film, Booze, and Travel Podcasts

I love podcasts. I often subscribe to any I hear about that appeal to me; I just want them all!!

Since there are so many podcasts out there on every possible subject, I thought I would distill some of my favorites for what I truly believe are THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF (see what I did there?): film, booze, and travel.

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The Experience of being a Lincoln Plaza Cinema Patron

When I moved to the Upper West Side last year, I fell in love with the obvious attractions of the neighborhood: the Natural History Museum (seen outside my window, and yes you may feel jealous), Riverside Park, and the eccentric residents. There are thousands of things that I love about the UWS, but one thing in particular is how many movie theaters there are, and their close proximity to me.

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Lean Marathon

On one fateful day during the summer of 2013, I watched two of David Lean's epic pictures in one day. In a movie theater. It was the closest I've ever gotten (or will ever get) to participating in any sort of marathon. At BAM's Harvey Theater, the incredible Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were playing on the same day. Shockingly, I had never seen either of these movies, mostly because I had been told many times that I should only watch them on the big screen, but also they're both VERY, VERY long (each film includes it's own intermission) and require a lot of time and concentration. Paying to go to a theater is the best way to ensure that you sit through the whole movie.

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Spotlight on Leo McCarey, The Original Improviser

Leo McCarey was an incredible movie director from the first half of the 20th century. His filmography is mainly full of comedies, but he also made quite a few dramas, that also had small touches of comedy. He was one of the most well-known director's around the world during the 1930's and 40's, with his name above the film title, a sign of prestige that many director's didn't have during the studio system of yesteryear.

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Double Feature Days Part Trois

Double features--we meet again. If you're like me and don't love the Fourth of July, stay in and watch these pairings. In a way, they might be the most American choices you can make this weekend because they show off the secret, seedy underbelly of our society, and the occasional lengths Americans go to to cover up their own secrets. Oh America.

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