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Emma's Writing Sense

Emma's Writing Sense

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 13th 2018

When Jane Austen’s first novel was published in 1811, writing and printing were laborious processes, as there were no personal computers with word-processing and format-emulating programs galore from

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Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 28th 2018

When it premiered in the U.S. 55 years ago last night, a rather eloquent and quietly understated movie bore an evocative tagline in its opening ads: “Sex is nota dirty word!” Yet that same ad was ador

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A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 25th 2018

Chance encounters paved the way to movie careers for many notable performers, all with a modicum of talent and a great deal of hope. In the case of Sydney, Australia, native Jeanette Elphick, born 83

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A Special Starting Place

A Special Starting Place

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 23rd 2018

In a 1971 San Antonio Light interview months before her new film, Dalton Trumbo’s shattering Johnny Got His Gun, would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, actress Diane Varsi (1938-1992), who woul

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Barriers and Lances Broken

Barriers and Lances Broken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 16th 2018

Two towering, Oscar®-honored Westerns of the early 1950s, each led by pantheon male stars, nonetheless gained power and stature by the presence of an immigrant woman in a supporting role that burni

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