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The Father of All Spy Thrillers: North by Northwest

HALLOWEEN 2012: BY RUTH ANDERSON

I have a long-held affinity for glossy, suspenseful, romantic caper/spy-themed films. As a fan of Hitchcock, I gravitate toward his 1950s-era works, all color, gloss, romance and shadowy intrigue. 744 more words

The First Sci-Fi-Western: John Carter

JULY / AUG 2012: BY RUTH ANDERSON

Earlier this year,  John Carter came to theaters with much fanfare and left with a whimper. The splashy sci-fi epic under-performed, the victim of bad press, poor promotional trailers, and a word-of-mouth campaign that equated its financial success with whether or not it held merit. 871 more words

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Madame le Pimpernel: Lady Marguerite Blakeney

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY RUTH ANDERSON

MY EARLIEST MEMORIES of classic literature are not drawing room romances in the vein of Jane Austen or epic social commentary and meaty family drama from the pen of Dickens, but were swashbuckling, romantic adventures. 961 more words

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Nearer To Thee: Titanic's Classic Films

MARCH / APRIL 2012: BY RUTH ANDERSON

For the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I wanted to revisit its tragic history and some of the classic films inspired by it. 1,157 more words

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NOV / DEC 2011: BY RUTH ANDERSON

if you visit my blog it will quickly become evident I am a devout Masterpiece Mystery fan. It has brought to life classic sleuths like Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, then turned around and reinvented a detective I thought I knew for the 21st-century. 1,062 more words

Beauty

HALLOWEEN 2011: BY RUTH ANDERSON

Everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast, right? A beautiful young woman agrees to live as a monster’s prisoner in order to save her father’s life, and an unlikely friendship blossoms into a transformative romance. 717 more words

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The King's Speech

July / Aug 2011: BY RUTH ANDERSON

Considering my life-long love affair with early 20th century history, I knew appallingly little about the life of George VI, the centerpiece of the recent film The King’s Speech. 1,231 more words

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