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Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

June 26, 2017

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We originally published this article on 2 January 2015.  At that moment, there were no Americans in North Korean custody, thanks to an embarrassing and expensive mission by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to retrieve the last two American prisoners in late 2014.  Thus, we implored the American traveling public to adopt a New […]

Not Your Average Holiday Movie… “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

December 19, 2016

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In the mood for some Christmas entertainment that isn’t all gooey-saccharine-sweet?  How about a Christmas horror movie? If you don’t mind subtitles and can take it as the silly comedy-horror show that it is, check out the Finnish movie, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale.  You don’t want this Santa coming down your chimney. There are […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Favorite Bond Girls of All Time

November 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   The latest James Bond movie – SPECTRE – is about to hit the screens in the United States . . . a week after London’s world premiere. Yes, I think we have all noticed that most of the latest films don’t seem to draw crowds as they once did. But James […]

Joan Larsen Presents James Bond: Shaken, Not Stirred – The Iconic Destinations of All the Bond Movies

October 28, 2015

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By Joan Larsen, adapted from Chris Leadbeater, “Around the World with Every James Bond Film,” Travel Section, The Telegraph, October 24, 2015. Spectre. The James Bond of old is back . . . achingly cool, tackling the action and the romantic scenes with an almost boyish relish that is – well, almost impossible to resist. […]

The Top 20 Films of 2014

February 23, 2015

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By Luther Elmo   Once a year at Oscar time, I compile my own list for the best films of the previous year. I used to just pick from within the group that had actually received Oscar nominations; however, it soon became apparent that the Academy did not necessarily reward nominations based solely on achievement […]

New Year’s Resolution: Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

January 2, 2015

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Now that “The Interview” has been released, woe unto any American snared by North Korea. North Korea has a well-known history of imprisoning Americans (see the summary of recent cases at the end of this article), sentencing them to hard labor, and then – after weeks, months or years – granting the American’s release only […]

Dinner Movie Theater: Nothing Like Dinner Theater

December 19, 2014

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… and I didn’t even really like dinner theater, either. Lila does not often attend live theater, but way back in college, I had occasion to attend a dinner-theater production. It was a formal affair, with coats and ties and crisp tablecloths and candlelight, all very subdued to allow for almost full attention to the […]

Huge Star Wars Fan Conflicted About the New Episode VII Movie

May 19, 2014

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I was in my teens, and a friend breathlessly asked: “Lila! Have you seen Star Wars yet?” I had not seen it. I had not even heard of it. What the heck was Star Wars? “You have got to see it, you’ll love it!” Eh, whatever, if you say so. So we settle into the […]

Harsh Reality is No Reason to Cut Back on Fictional Horror

April 26, 2013

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Ultimately, we may be doing ourselves a disservice by avoiding troubling themes in fiction. As a fan of the movie Silence of the Lambs, I was curious to see what the TV series Hannibal would be like.  The series explores the developing relationship between  fictional serial killer and cannibal Hannibal Lecter and his patient, colleague, […]

The Missing Link: Scrat! No, Really!

February 19, 2013

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And now for a little light entertainment, a chuckle which will hopefully brighten your day.  Sometimes life imitates art – or in this case, a fossil imitates a cartoon – in the most satisfyingly hilarious way. If you have seen any of the Ice Age movies by Blue Sky Studios, then you are familiar with […]

Joan Larsen Recommends: Love Letters on the Silver Screen

February 12, 2013

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by Joan Larsen The perfect time of year to curl up on the sofa, fire flickering in the fireplace, for some of my long-time favorite letter-writing movies that are bound to touch the chords of our hearts. Love Letters (1945), the Jennifer Jones/Joseph Cotton drama in which Cotton wrote love letters for his Army buddy […]

Lila’s Movie Review: “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

December 14, 2012

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In the mood for some Christmas entertainment that isn’t all gooey-saccharine-sweet?  How about a Christmas horror movie? If you don’t mind subtitles and can take it as the silly comedy-horror show that it is, check out the Finnish movie, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale.  You don’t want this Santa coming down your chimney. There are […]

Check It Out! Lisa Borges Giramonti’s “A Bloomsbury Life” Blog

November 13, 2012

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In her article, From Paper to Film: “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding”  Lisa interviews screenwriter Mary Henely Macgill about the journey of adapting Julia Strachey’s book into a screenplay.  Check out this behind-the scenes look at bringing the book to life on the screen!