Moira Finnie (aka moirafinnie)
Moira Finnie

They say that Moira was "born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad"?...no, no, maybe that description is best left to Rafael Sabatini and his characters. Actually, Moira's checkered past includes a stint as a silversmith, caterer, scribe for a government agency, technical and creative writer, corporate instructor, and trail guide through the financial woods in this topsy turvy world.

Needless, to say, all this experience has sometimes led to a profound affection for the glorious escapism of the films of the classic studio era. The beauty of a well-lit black and white scene as it flickers and glows while telling a tale of human beings without any noticeable special effects makes her heart sing.

If you'd like to read more of her musings and continue to explore the abiding power of engaging classic movies with others, you are welcome to join her here:
The Silver Screen Oasis (website)
Skeins of Thought (blog)

Posts by Moira Finnie

A missing piece of the puzzle in Orson Welles‘ career could be found at The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY last Wednesday evening. Hundreds of fortunate film lovers witnessed a bit of cinematic history at the North American premiere of the recently restored work print that comprises Too Much Johnson in The Dryden Theatre […]

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“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James Those words keep echoing in my mind whenever I think of my trip to TCM a few months ago. I was asked to be one of […]

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My favorite mad scientist may just be Dr. Arthur Carrington, the hopelessly naive (but very dressy) ascot-, turtleneck-, and blazer-wearing trailblazer in The Thing From Another World (1951). Every time I see this movie set in a military and scientific observation station in the frozen North, I always wonder where this man’s parka could be.  […]

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Please Note: In Tribute to Jackie Cooper, on Friday, May 13th TCM will broadcast nine of the actor’s films, which are listed here. Jackie Cooper, who was an Oscar nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role when he was only nine,  died on May 3rd at the age of 88. His shy smile, seemingly artless […]

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“I want it all quickly ’cause I don’t want God to stop and think and wonder if I’m getting more than my share.” – Elizabeth Taylor as Velvet Brown in National Velvet (1944) A blur of thousands of words and pictures began to tumble out of every medium as soon as news of Elizabeth Taylor’s […]

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My fellow Morlock, R. Emmet Sweeney has written an excellent appreciation of the restoration of the long-lost John Ford film Upstream (1927)  that was recently screened at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. Like Rob, I saw this delightful movie for the first time as well–though I was in a relatively small audience at […]

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“What are you?,” asks the blunt landlady when a new guest arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her boarding house in The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935). Filmgoers and filmmakers had been attempting to answer that question since they first spied this tall enigma in front of a camera, starting from the moment […]

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Happy New Year! You may wish to begin the year by vowing to lose weight, (how original!…and welcome to the club), mastering the arcane intricacies of Farmville, (is it a game or a cult?), spending more quality time with your pet iguana, or finishing War and Peace–or at least cracking open the first, mischievous volume […]

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If you are worried about sugar shock over the next few weeks and think you could snap if one more person asks you to be merry, New York Confidential (1955) may be just the kind of movie that might save your sanity. There’s little sweetness or sentiment in this movie about an underworld organization called […]

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“Looking at [Ann] Harding,” wrote film historian Mick LaSalle in his book, Complicated Women (St. Martin’s, 2001), “is like looking into clear, deep water. Nothing stands in the way. No stylization, no attitude, no posing. In fact, little about her technique could date her as a thirties actress.” These are some of the words that […]

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