Forever My Favorite: The Man from Snowy River (1982)

When I was two years old, my parents took me along when they went to see The Man from Snowy River (1982) in the movie theater. I came out obsessed with horses, cowboys, a guy called Jim and a girl called Jessica, and Australia. And this has been my favorite movie ever since.  As a little girl,... Continue Reading →

Composed of Contradictions: Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Patient. Conniving. Gentlemanly. Calculating. Charming. Deceitful. Truthful. Selfish. Efficient. Ruthless. Gentle. Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) in the original 1957 version of 3:10 to Yuma is all of those, and more. Ben Wade is such an enigmatic character. He has so many facets and layers. Other villains might have three or four of the attributes I... Continue Reading →

Hercules: The Nature of a Hero

What makes someone a hero? Is it performing mighty deeds? Besting an enemy in battle? Defeating a villain? Rescuing someone from terrible danger? Protecting another person? Standing by your friends in a fight? Taking down a monster? Being superhuman? Is it also heroic to learn from your own mistakes? To admit you were wrong, and... Continue Reading →

Escaping Injustice: The Fugitive

All my life, I’ve felt drawn to stories about people unjustly thrown in jail who then escape. This may have started with the 1973 animated version of Robin Hood and the big jail break section where Robin Hood and Little John break all the other animals out of Prince John’s prison, where they’re being held because they... Continue Reading →

“Falling Snow” by Skye Hoffert

What if Snow White wasn't a princess? What if she had no royal heritage, no famous or important parents, no special lineage, nothing remarkable about her at all... except WHO she IS? She, herself, deep inside. The person she is, with her own talents and shortcomings, hopes and dreams, fears and failings. What if she... Continue Reading →

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