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Claudine (1974): Melissa’s Pick for Memorable Movie Mom

By Melissa Houghton Would we exist without mothers? That’s rhetorical. Real and fictional mothers- love, support, protect, nurture, provide for, shape and inspire us. But let’s not take mothers for granted; they also have needs and want some of the same things they selflessly give to their families and others. To all the moms, mom-dads,…

Blackmail As A Driving Force

By Melissa Houghton In Christian teachings blackmail is not one of the seven deadly sins. Yet in film, the protagonist’s actions or thoughts stemming from non-virtuous behaviours such as pride, greed, lust or envy may serve as the underlying drivers of her motivation to commit other immoralities. In other words, the protagonist’s bad behaviour is…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Five

By Melissa Houghton Day Five KEY PREMIERES: Brittany Runs A Marathon, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Honeyland, Jawline, Bedlam. WHAT’S THE BUZZ, STILL? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Five Rewind  Link courtesy of Sundance. Day…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Three

By Melissa Houghton Day Three KEY PREMIERES: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, The Report, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Two Rewind – Daily recap video. Link courtesy of Sundance. Day Three Recap – I watched The Lodge…

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 – Day Two

By Melissa Houghton Day Two KEY PREMIERES: Honey Boy, Untouchable, Leaving Neverland, The Farewell, Ask Dr. Ruth, Late Night, Where’s My Roy Cohn? WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Untouchable, Troop Zero, The Brink, The Farewell, Leaving Neverland, Native Son, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Late Night, After the Wedding, Velvet Buzzsaw (coming to Netflix on February…