The Greatest Showman: Razzle Dazzle v. Reality

Audiences have spoken (sung?) and declared The Greatest Showman a bona fide box office hit. Despite a slightly quieter opening weekend than anticipated ($8.8 million, weekend of 12/20/17), the movie has hung on weekend after weekend, with unprecedented drops, even against blockbuster openings through the holiday season. Heck, it’s April and we’re talking about the sing-a-long version of TGS while the Last Jedi (which also … Continue reading The Greatest Showman: Razzle Dazzle v. Reality

Movie Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

Released March 14th, 2018, Tomb Raider is a splashy reboot of the popular video game franchise starring Alicia Vikander (from Ex Machina and The Danish Girl), Daniel Wu (Warcraft and Into the Badlands), Walton Goggins, Dominic West, and Kristin Scott Thomas. This Warner Bros. production is directed by Roar Uthaug and cost around $100 million to make. It follows the story of a young Lara … Continue reading Movie Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

Support Medieval Archaeology and Art History!

  Do you like history? Are you a Francophile? Fond of architecture? Have a secret desire to be Indiana Jones? Love medieval monks like no one else? (Yeah ok, that one tends to rank a bit lower for most people.)   But, if you dig any of those things, check out “Of Monks and Men”, my crowdfunding project on! There are lots of details … Continue reading Support Medieval Archaeology and Art History!

Where have all the Relics Gone?

I feel like these days, relics (and relic worship) get a bad rap. Relics were an important part of medieval religion and served a variety of perfectly legitimate and reasonable roles. For one, they literally brought Christianity, as an abstract concept, down to earth. Saints were, first and foremost, people who walked and talked, lived and breathed; basically, they were people too. Everybody needs a … Continue reading Where have all the Relics Gone?

Charming 12th Century Nuns

There’s this widespread misconception that Medieval people are boring. Add to that the idea that monks and nuns are boring (especially Medieval monks and nuns). If you currently hold this belief, I am going to have to swat you with my proverbial gloves and insist on a duel. Or maybe just fisticuffs, as I’ve never really been fond of getting up before dawn. Medieval people … Continue reading Charming 12th Century Nuns

BBC America, “Copper”, and Haberdashery

Against my better judgement, I watched the season opener of BBC America’s Copper. The show is, as far as I can tell, about a rough and tumble detective named Kevin Corcoran in 1864 New York. I was wary to watch it because the commercials made it look like the BBC interpreted 19th century New York City (i.e. the biggest city/most urban area in the United … Continue reading BBC America, “Copper”, and Haberdashery