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Friday Favorites: Old Friends Revisited

Dear old blog o' mine, I've missed you! I'm back from my travels (see my instagram for recent photos) and am eager to get back into the routine here. Lately I've had cozy mysteries on the brain. To be honest, I'm always in the mood for cozy English...

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Pretty Little Distractions

Lately I've become obsessed with the horror films of Mike Flanagan. (And yes, HE is the writer/director for the forthcoming Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House!) My obsession began when one of my favorite YouTube film reviewers, Chris...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part III (2017 edition)

The adventure concludes! I tend to gravitate toward ghost films, but from time to time other forms of horror tempt me. So if you're looking for a ghost-free option, here are three films for your consideration: The Devil's Candy (2015) -- Unrated A struggling painter...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part II (2017 edition)

The adventure continues... Dark Signal (2016) -- Unrated The spirit of a murdered girl returns with a message for the staff of a local radio station. Ghostly voices appearing during a radio broadcast? Yes, please! I'm a fan of Welsh actor Gareth David-Lloyd from his...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part I (2017 edition)

It's that time of year when I voraciously consume recent (or new-to-me) horror films in hopes of sharing my favorites with you -- oh what fun I have! If you are a horror fan, you've probably seen most of the recent mainstream options. However, there are plenty of...

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TV Tuesday: Kurt Seyit & Sura

Recently I discovered Willow & Thatch, a blog that recommends period films and television series. That discovery alone was worth a blog post, but one of their recommendations particularly caught my fancy -- a Turkish historical romance (with subtitles) about...

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Tea with Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday last year inspired me to re-read Jane Eyre, and I decided to make this part of my Read Harder Challenge by watching two film adaptations for comparison to the original text. I'd been meaning to re-watch the 2006 BBC version with Toby...

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Spooky Films for Younger Viewers

To conclude my 2016 "Spooky Films for Halloween" series, I offer suggestions appropriate for younger viewers (and those adults who aren't quite up to the intense horror options I've previously recommended). Please mention your own favorites in the comments, and I will...

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Spooky film round-up, part II — 2016* releases

The Witch -- Rated R A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.Many fans of mainstream horror have panned this specimen of "cerebral horror" for being slow and hard to follow, but I was caught in its spell. If...

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Spooky film round-up, part I

It's that time of year again! This post features "new to me" ghostly/Gothic films, three of which are from this intriguing list of Scariest Ghost Movies of All Time. (Stay tuned for a follow-up post on spooky films released in 2016.)Jessabelle (2014)Returning to her...

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March Tea and a Movie and a Book!

My dear friend Michelle visited earlier this month--it's an annual thing for us. We shop, have tea, see movies at the theater, watch tv and movies at home, and, of course, we talk, talk, talk. I look forward to it every year, and it's always hard to say goodbye at the...

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Horror movies for Halloween — 2015 edition!

Every year around this time I like to recap the past year's spooky movie viewing. Perhaps you'll find something here to enjoy during your Halloween weekend festivities? Please share your own recommendations in the comments![All plot blurbs and metacritic scores are...

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Monday Miscellany

For today's blog post I offer you a grab bag of happy-making things:TEA AND A GARDEN WALKThis past Tuesday I picked up my dear friend Michelle in Dallas and we had quite the tea adventure in Fort Worth. I'd read glowing reviews of Antique Outlet and Mitra's Tearoom on...

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Movie Monday (a day late): Crimson Peak

My friend Kim Harrington brought something very interesting to my attention: a Victorian haunted house movie directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska! Check out the trailer:(Obviously the film stars many famous/amazing people in...

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