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CLASSICS: His Girl Friday

Feb 18, 2021
Columbia and Sony

Front Row Classics is closing out February with the legendary screwball comedy, His Girl Friday. Brandon and Eric are joined by Beyond the Mouse's Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson as they breakdown this hilarious, newsroom comedy. The crew discusses the palpable chemistry between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as well as the rapid-fire dialogue which demands repeat viewings. The discussion also focuses on early feminist representation in the character of Hildy Johnson. 

 

CLASSICS: City Lights

Jan 20, 2021
United Artists

Front Row Classics is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 masterwork, City Lights. Join Brandon and Eric as they pay tribute to Chaplin's genius in a film that's still funny and heartwarming nearly a century later. Topics include: the precision of some of Chaplin's greatest comedic set pieces and the world events surrounding the film. The hosts also discuss the importance of going back and watching silent movies

CLASSICS: The Sound of Music

Jan 2, 2021
20th Century Fox

Front Row Classics rings in 2021 with one of the most enduring movie musicals ever made, The Sound of Music. Robert Wise's production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features some of the most iconic musical moments in film history. Brandon and Eric are joined by first time Front Row guest, Kelly Lohrenz. The three discuss the cast, score and never-ending behind-the-scenes trivia that have made this inspirational story a favorite of audiences for the last 55 years. 

CLASSICS: The Great Race

Dec 23, 2020
Warner Bros

Front Row Classics brings you something a little offbeat for the holiday season. Our editor-in-chief, Jeremy Goeckner, makes a return to Classics to discuss Blake Edwards' big budget salute to slapstick, The Great Race.  This episode covers topics that include Jack Lemmon's insanely zany dual role, the underrated talents of Tony Curtis, the professionalism & beauty of Natalie Wood and the most expensive pie fight ever put to film. We also give our thoughts on aspects of the film that might not hold up through the lens of 2020.

CLASSICS: Auntie Mame

Dec 5, 2020
Warner Bros

Let's ring in the holiday season with our newest episode of Front Row Classics! We bring you 1958's Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell, recreating her Tony nominated stage role for this film. Brandon and Eric are joined by Beyond the Mouse's Brett Rutherford to discuss this legendary comedy. The hosts discuss among many topics: Russell's hilarious performance, the amazing roster of character actors in the supporting cast and the life affirming themes that still resonate today.  We know 2020 has been a challenging year for us all.

Classics: The Big Sleep

Nov 25, 2020
Warner Bros.

Front Row Classics brings you the episode voted on by our listeners in this month's Noirvember poll. We close out the month of November with the legendary film noir, The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart steps into the shows of legendary gumshoe, Phillip Marlowe. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the phenomenal chemistry between Bogart and Lauren Bacall in this movie based on Raymond Chandler's crime novel. The hosts also try and make sense of the famously confusing plot, partly penned by William Faulkner.

Turner Classic Movies

Front Row Classics is celebrating Noirvember this month with a very special guest. The "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller joins Brandon and Eric to celebrate the Film Noir genre. Eddie is a celebrated author, film historian and is the host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley. The interview covers the history of noir as well as discussion of modern and classic examples of the genre. We encourage our listeners to also visit The Film Noir Foundation's website to see how you can get involved in preserving film history.

www.filmnoirfoundation.org/

Classics: Spartacus

Nov 6, 2020
Universal Pictures

We're kicking off the month of November in a big way. Front Row Classics tackles the mammoth-sized epic, Spartacus. Brandon and Eric are joined by Jay Hoffman and Erin McCabe from Front Row Flashbacks to discuss Stanley Kubrick's classic film. The group discusses the film's timeless theme of the fight for human rights as well as the legendary all-star cast including the late, great Kirk Douglas.  We also spotlight how Spartacus was a timely comment on both the Civil Rights Movement and Hollywood Blacklist of the 50s and 60s. 

To close out the month of September, Front Row Classics brings you a very special interview. Brandon and Eric welcome Todd Fisher to the Front Row. Todd has worn many hats in the entertainment industry: director, producer, cinematographer, CEO and avid collector. He also happens to be Hollywood royalty: brother of Carrie Fisher and son of Debbie Reynolds. In this interview, Todd brings us many funny and touching anecdotes about his sister and mother along with his own insights into the film industry.

United Artist

Front Row Classics tackles one of the most popular and in influential films of the 1970s. Erin McCabe and Jay Hoffman join Brandon and Eric to pay tribute to Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The discussion includes Jack Nicholson’s career defining performance as McMurphy. We also praise Louise Fletcher’s terrifying performance as Nurse Ratched, one of cinema’s greatest villains. This 1975 film also features memorable early performances by some of the most enduring character actors in the business.

Front Row Classics: Road To Morocco

Sep 20, 2020

Front Row Classics brings you our first feed-only episode. To close out the summer, we discuss Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s comedic adventures in Road to Morocco. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the funniest moments and bits from the film, which ranks #78 on AFI’s list of 100 funniest films. The hosts praise Crosby’s musical numbers, Hope’s manic energy and the beauty and charm of co-star Dorothy Lamour. The discussion also turns serious as we address certain cultural depictions that don’t hold up well in 2020.

CLASSICS - Lucy & Desi with Kate Luckinbill Conner

Aug 14, 2020
The Front Row Network

Front Row Classics brings you another special interview this month. We’re talking with Kate Luckinbill Conner of The Lucy Legacy. Kate is the daughter of Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill and the granddaughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. In this interview, Kate discusses her grandparents’ legacy of laughter and how her family is keeping it alive for the next generation. You’ll also hear fun, personal anecdotes including what Lucy and Desi would have thought of social media. Sit back and enjoy and don’t forget to follow @TheLucyLegacy on Facebook and Instagram.

CLASSICS - Jaws

Aug 9, 2020
Universal Pictures

Summer is never complete without a trip back to Amity Beach and the era-defining work of art that is Jaws. Credited as the first Summer blockbuster, Spielberg's horror-suspense masterpiece continues to define many genres today. The crew at CLASSICS welcomes special guest Ryan Lootens to break down this one.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis (@bcdavis1987), Eric Flick & Ryan Lootens

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CLASSICS - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

May 13, 2020
20th Century Fox

#Classics is back with a sorely needed break in the state of the world right now with perhaps one of the best comedies of all time. Oh, and it also happens to be a fantastic Western with two of the biggest movie stars of all time. That's right, we're breaking down #ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid. #NPR #FRN

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Eric Flick

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CLASSICS - The Godfather Part II

Apr 10, 2020
Paramount Pictures

#Classics is back with a new episode and the age-old debate of which film is actually better as the crew takes a deep dive on perhaps the greatest sequel of all time in #TheGodfatherPart2. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Lou Hare & Eric Flick

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Classics is so psyched to finally launch our annual celebration of all things Marx Brothers, Marx Madness! In the first episode, we're taking a look at Duck Soup and A Night At The Opera.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Allison Means

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CLASSICS - Christmas In Connecticut

Dec 24, 2019
Warner Bros. Pictures

#Classics is getting in the holiday spirit this Christmas Eve as the crew takes a look at the holiday favorite Christmas In Connecticut. A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037595/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Eric Flick

CLASSICS - The African Queen

Nov 21, 2019
Romulus Films

#Classics is celebrating Thanksgiving by reviewing a movie we all should be very thankful for. Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn combined for one of John Huston's most beloved adventures, The African Queen. In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick & Craig McFarland