THE EL NINO SCREENING ROOM PART II: More Comfort Films To Get You Through the Storm

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Yesterday, I shared three films deserving of a viewing on a wet winter's night, with a steaming mug of cocoa in your hand. Today, I offer you three more. Two of the movies conjure up warm feelings of romance, while the third is a cult film that deserves more attention than it has gotten. All three films … Continue reading THE EL NINO SCREENING ROOM PART II: More Comfort Films To Get You Through the Storm

THE EL NINO SCREENING ROOM – PART ONE: Comfort Films for the Approaching Storm

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My non-West Coast friends may not be aware that, for the past several years, the Golden State has been stricken by drought. This has meant day after day of beach weather, shorts and sandals, rising air toxicity, dead lawns, and alarming produce prices at the market. But now, we Californians are taking heart (with some … Continue reading THE EL NINO SCREENING ROOM – PART ONE: Comfort Films for the Approaching Storm

DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF: Professions in Agatha Christie

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October is racing by, which means the Tuesday Night Bloggers' discussion of all things Christie is, alas, drawing to a close. Curtis Evans, our fearless leader, gathered a group of us together a few weeks ago with an offer to let us expound on anything we liked about the Mistress of Mystery. (Check out Curt's blog, … Continue reading DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF: Professions in Agatha Christie

THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART II: Agatha Christie and Variations on the Serial Killer

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Hereby stand warned: In discussing mystery fiction in any sort of depth, including plot points and motivations, certain spoilers may arise that could affect a first-time readers’ enjoyment of the books under discussion. Proceed at your own risk. The modern serial killer tale is typically a crime novel or procedural rather than a mystery, and … Continue reading THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART II: Agatha Christie and Variations on the Serial Killer