Coming Home (1978): Characters and Context

Coming Home was a film that spoke to an America just coming to grips with the lasting effects of the Vietnam war. Though filmed in the late seventies, Coming Home takes places in 1968, a year that was marked by not only the escalating conflict in Vietnam, but also political and social turmoil within the... Continue Reading →

Jane Fonda, Vietnam and Coming Home (1978)

Few people have led as interesting, complex, and at times, controversial a life as Jane Fonda. From gorgeous socialite and ingénue to mid-sixties sex symbol, acclaimed actress and political activist to movie producer and home fitness guru, Fonda's career and life have always been in a state of flux. Fonda’s most impressive trait has always... Continue Reading →

Searching for justice for the Lost Girls

Lost Girls (Netflix, 2020). Directed by Liz Garbus, screenplay by Michael Werwie, based on the book Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker.   Late one night in May 2010, a young woman made a frantic call to 911. She was calling from Oak Beach, an affluent residential area in rural Long Island. Visibly distressed, she... Continue Reading →

Love & Friendship in A Date for Mad Mary

A Date for Mad Mary. Element Pictures, 2016. Directed by Darren Thornton. Screenplay by Darren Thornton and Colin Thornton. Produced by Ed Guiney and Juliette Bonass. Adapted from the one-woman play 10 Dates with Mad Mary (2010) by Yasmine Akram. Starring: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack, Siobhan Shanahan. [Image:]  Darren Thornton’s... Continue Reading →

The lonely city in The Visitor by Maeve Brennan

About halfway through Maeve Brennan’s novella The Visitor, the author comments on the two worlds that exist within the landscape of a city. She distinguishes these two worlds by describing them as, the one with walls around it, meaning the private interior world of the home, and the one with people around it, which is the public... Continue Reading →

Best of American Horror Story

To mark the recent return of American Horror Story for its ninth season, entitled 1984, I have put together a quick list of some of my favourite episodes from previous seasons. Contains spoilers for seasons 1-8.   Season 1 (Murder House) Episode 9: Spooky Little Girl  American Horror Story is often at its strongest when the series incorporates real people and events... Continue Reading →

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