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#439 August 16, 2022

Matt writes: 1987's "Back to the Beach," director Lyndall Hobbs' cheerful send-up of the teen movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, received three-and-a-half stars from Roger Ebert before abruptly drifting into obscurity.

Roger Ebert

Cowboy plays it `Straight'

I wonder if Richard Farnsworth would mind if I called him a geezer. Maybe not if I provided my definition of a geezer: Anyone who can sing "I'm An Old Cowhand" and make you believe it. He wears jeans and a cowboy hat like working clothes, and although he's appeared in hundreds of movies and even been nominated for an Oscar, he describes himself as a rancher. You talk to him and sense he'd choke before he told a fib or uttered a four-letter word.

Festivals & Awards

Telluride gets high marks

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- It's a combination of a film festival and a ski weekend, greatly improved by the absence of snow. Moviegoers at this year's 26th Telluride Film Festival can take the ski lift to the top of the mountain, but what they find there is a little unexpected: the Chuck Jones Cinema, named for the animator who brought Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote to life.