Author Sara Dimerman and film critics Katrina Onstad and Denis Seguin discuss ways parents protect their children from uncomfortable truths. Included: a look at movies that portray youths who are in over their heads, such as "The Bridge" (1959) and "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985).
A look at Hollywood movies about gay and lesbian characters who come out in films such as "In and Out" (1997) and "Personal Best" (1982). Included are comments by Robert Towne and Mariel Hemingway, the writer-director and star, respectively, of the latter feature.
Film critics Jesse Wente and Katrina Onstad discuss movie crime dramas with former RCMP official John Neily. Included: Sidney Lumet's cop opus "Prince of the City" (1981), starring Treat Williams as an undercover officer investigating police corruption.
Film depictions of the Civil War are discussed by military experts and movie critics. Also: insight from actor Zach Grenier, who appeared in "Ride With the Devil" (1999), a film about the battle between the North and the South.
A discussion of war movies that deal with the situation between the West and the Middle East. Included: comments by director Kevin Reynolds and actors Erick Avari, George Dzundza, Steven Bauer and Nora Dunn.
Coming-of-age films are discussed by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich, movie critic Brian Johnson, and sex-and-relationships expert Josey Vogels. Included: Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" (1971); "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001).
Is Hollywood youth-obsessed? Movie critics Johanna Schneller and Bruce Kirkland discuss how filmmakers tackle motion pictures about aging. Included are clips from "Nobody's Fool" (1994) and "The Late Show" (1977).
Producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, actor Richard Schiff and lawyer Judith Huddart discuss divorce and its impact on the family, while child-advocacy expert Sara Dimerman talks about the lengths to which parents go to protect their children. Film critic Denis Seguin also appears.
Filmmaker Peter Bogdanavich, makeup artist Michael Westmore and critic Johanna Schneller discuss the perception of physical appearance in such motion pictures as "Mask." Also: Stacy Keach and advocate for the deaf Christine Nelson examine how certain films depict the hearing-impaired.
The topic is Western films, with directors John Sturges and John Sayles discussing their respective genre entries "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and "Lone Star" (1996). Also, critic Geoff Pevere and author Kim Moritsugu offer their takes on how old Western traditions are handled in contemporary films.