Film Review: “Samson” (2018)

I went into Samson expecting an absolutely dreadful viewing experience. After all, what more could one expect from a low-budget epic from a faith-based studio? I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't the chore to sit through that I thought it would be. It's far from a "good" film, but that isn't for lack of … Continue reading Film Review: “Samson” (2018)

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Reading History: “Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World “(Alison Weir)

Elizabeth of York is one of those fascinating figures of English history. Part of this has to do with her elusiveness. As prominent as she was as a figure--the daughter of Edward IV, the wife of Henry VII, and the mother of Henry VIII--she remains something of a sphinx, always hovering on the edge of … Continue reading Reading History: “Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World “(Alison Weir)

Reading History: “Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings” (Alison Weir)

By this point, Mary Boleyn has become best-known as the major protagonist of Philippa Gregory's historical novel The Other Boleyn Girl, the (according to Gregory) younger sister of Anne Boleyn. Alison Weir, one of my all-time favourite biographers of British royalty, undertakes an effort to excavate what we know of Mary. And, as her work reveals, that's … Continue reading Reading History: “Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings” (Alison Weir)

Reading History: “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen” (Alison Weir)

I first discovered the work of the historian Alison Weir when I picked up her Life of Elizabeth I way back in 2000. Since then, I've read several of her other historical biographies, as well as some of the historical fiction novels that she's written. I've almost always loved them. I was a little underwhelmed by the … Continue reading Reading History: “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen” (Alison Weir)

Film Review: “Phantom Thread” (2017) and the Dark Side of Desire

Some spoilers for the film follow. Apparently, 2017 was in some ways the year of desire, or at least that is the impression I get having seen several of the contenders for Best Picture this year. Whether it's the yearning to be free of small town life and smothering mothers in Lady Bird, the sweet summer of … Continue reading Film Review: “Phantom Thread” (2017) and the Dark Side of Desire