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Reel NW - Cue The Muse

Next on Reel NW and the upcoming MOHAI film competition
By Robert Horton

Our guest blogger Robert Horton comments on 'Cue The Muse' on Reel NW and MOHAI's upcoming film competition.

Once the Seizures Have Started…

Sybil, Branson and the baby - Downton Abbey 3, episode 4

What is toxemia or eclampsia? Could what happened in Downton Abbey be realistic? What about today? Tara Austen Weaver has researched and reports.

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4: Carry on, as we all should

Mary and Edith, momentarily united in joy.

This week's post needs little introduction... Amie Simon guides us through Downton Abbey's season 3, episode 4, in which more than one thing happened... but does anything else matter?

Over the seasons, Downton has brought us many tears, but never as many as this episode. I hope everyone had a box of tissues and a shoulder to lean on while watching.

Tricks of the Trade

Daisy and Mrs. Patmore prepping food at Downton Abbey

One of this episode’s near-disasters lightens the mood a bit downstairs. And, it’s taught your friendly blog editor not to fear making hollandaise, thanks to research by Tara Austen Weaver:

Alfred may be the first footman to have won a kitchen maid's favor with an egg, but he’s not the first person to use one to fix a broken hollandaise sauce.

Seattle Filmmakers at Sundance


Seattle Filmmakers at Sundance Film Festival
By Robert Horton

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 3: A Great Many Noses Out of Joint

Alfred and Jimmy, Downton Abbey's newest staff

The plot thickens. In just one hour, we have Ireland, prison, handsome new footmen and an electric toaster. It's a tough night for Carson. And it'll be a long week for the rest of us. Read on when you're ready to find out who's BFFs with whom after season 3, episode three, in this week's recap by Amie Simon.

Romance for Carson and Mrs. Hughes?

Mrs Hughes and Mrs Patmore: A formidable combination downstairs at Downton
Carson, pensive outside Downton Abbey in season 3

Doesn't it seem a little like Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes have a "thing" from way back? Anna and Bates managed to fall in love, marry and start to live happily ever after (but we know how well that's going). So why not our two favorite lead staff? Tara Austen Weaver investigates:

Downsizing Downton?

Mrs. Patmore oversees the kitchen in Downton Abbey season 3

Think you're ready to put on a picnic for the Crawleys? Tara Austen Weaver reports that one Mrs. Patmore would be kept quite busy prepping for her family's feast.

A Great Leap: The Life of a Valet

Alfred from Downton Abbey season 3

Have you wondered if Julian Fellowes exaggerated the competition to be head footman, valet to Lord Grantham or head housemaid, just for the sake of downstairs drama? Guest blogger Tara Austen Weaver provides insight and (perhaps) a little vindication for our dear puppetmaster series writer.

'Welcome to Doe Bay'

Robert Horton is a guest blogger for season 3 of Reel NW.

Welcome to Doe Bay
By Robert Horton

Last year when the jury members for the Reel NW prize at the Seattle International Film Festival got together, we were strongly agreed on Megan Griffiths's film Eden as our top pick. But it would've been a short meeting if we hadn't at least kicked around our next-favorites, and so we did.

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