Femnista: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock


The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Includes: The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca,Notorious, Rope, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, Marnie, The Birds.

Reviews of Hitchcock’s films will be going up on my movie blog over the next week. Please visit Charity’s Place for new costume drama reviews (including Upstairs Downstairs Season 2, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and more).


Writing Oneshots

There’s been a little bit of confusion about our topic for March / April 2013 issue of Femnista, so let me make things clear: oneshots in fiction are short stories. This means if you sign up for the issue, you need to pick a movie / television show / literary character that you love, and come up with a short story (under 900 words) for that issue.

Oneshots generally take a moment in time and elaborate on it, for example…

Major Crimes: Sharon finds Rusty in the middle of a nightmare (this oneshot was written by a friend of mine)

Harry Potter: Professor Lupin’s first transformation into a … well, you know

North & South: inside Margaret Hale’s head when she first figures out she “wuvs” Mr. Thornton

Downton Abbey: Mary’s thoughts the morning she prepares for her wedding

Etc. Etc.

This is a chance for you to live inside the head of your favorite character. I’m hoping we get enough material to fill the issue, otherwise I’ll announce another theme (most likely animated Disney films) to replace it after the first of the year.

Editorial: Defining Businessmen

History is my thing. I find truth more fascinating than fiction. Recently, I found a miniseries about the construction of the RMS Titanic. I enjoyed it in spite of historical inaccuracies (oops) but was most intrigued by its approach to the business end of Harland & Wolff. In 1910-1912, Ireland was in an uproar between warring Catholic and Protestant fractions, as well as shifting into a unionist state. Jim Larkin, a successful union man, was in Belfast stirring up members for the union party. This left local businessmen in conflict as they chose how best to deal with union strikes, while trying to make their deadlines with their contractors. Continue reading

Further Thoughts on TITANIC: Blood & Steel

I just finished watching the twelve-hour miniseries Titanic: Blood & Steel. You can find my “official” review here, but because I’ve been DYING all week to talk about this series as it unfolded, I’m throwing out some extra comments that didn’t seem appropriate in a review setting. I’ve tried to avoid spoilers where I can.

The bottom line here is: Julian Fellowes, I love that you know your time periods so well as to explore them in-depth through the brilliant period authenticity of Downton Abbey, but you know that absolutely dreadful Titanic miniseries you wrote? This is what it should have been. Continue reading