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The Queen of the Whodunit on Film

By Alan Hurst Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018) is currently streaming on Netflix. It’s an entertaining and speculative look at the real-life Christie’s 11-day disappearance in 1926 that sparked one of the largest manhunts in British history and became a tabloid sensation. When Christie was found she had no recollection of the previous…

Valentine’s Day with Two Douglas Sirk Classics

By Alan Hurst I’ve been looking for a reason to write about two of my favourite Douglas Sirk films and, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the timing is perfect. When Sirk hit his prime in the mid 1950’s his films were major money makers for Universal but they were not critically well received, particularly…

10 Great Songs That Oscar Forgot

By Alan Hurst The Academy Awards are always the subject of intense scrutiny for performances or films that get left off the ballot or eventual winners that are true head scratchers. But one of the branches of the Academy that has come under the most intense criticism has been the music branch – and that…