Tulip Fever is one of the 2017 movies that I missed in the first go ’round- but now that 2017 movies are making their way to streaming services (and Redbox), I finally got to see it. Heck, it’s a movie about a 17th century Dutch painter running around in gorgeous interior and exterior sets, all taking place in the midst of a super interesting historic … Continue reading Tulip Fever: It’s an…Allegory?
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
When I think of 18th century royal courts, lots of things immediately spring to mind: grand palaces done up as ornately as humanly possible, huge poofy dresses (panniers and bustles!), and staid, slightly inbred folks with awesome titles, like the Duke and Duchess of Whatnot and the Baron and Baroness Blah d’Blah. I’m sure Peterhof Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia, once had all those things, … Continue reading That’s Really Going to Ruin Someone’s Whole Day
Today’s person is a nutcase. I came across him while reading the book, King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild (which I highly recommend). He was born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Wales in the year 1841 (ahh, a good year). Sadly, neither his mom, Elizabeth Parry, nor anyone else in his family wanted to take care of him. As a result, he was sent to St. … Continue reading Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?
Okay, war and war-related stuff usually isn’t my thing, but this snazzy invention is a pretty cool solution to the problem of fortifications. I was watching the movie Kingdom of Heaven yesterday (really bad movie- I recommend NOT watching it. Orlando Bloom really cannot carry a movie by himself), and the only redeeming thing about the movie was the interesting Medieval battle scenes. Historical inaccuracies … Continue reading You Know What’s Cool? Siege Machines.
I have visited a very large number of U.S. National Parks, and have lots of opinions about them: Denali (in Alaska) was cool, but it was rainy and cloudy in the dead of summer. Glacier (in Montana) was gorgeous, but the roads are enough to scare anyone. The Olympics (in Washington) were…pretty much exactly like the rest of Washington- but the hot springs were great! … Continue reading From Ponce de Leon to Dr. Mudd: A Mini-Vacation
If you’ve watched a History Channel special on bearded ladies or werewolves (it’s okay if you haven’t, not everyone watches as much TV as I do), you’ve probably heard of hirsutism. If you think that the word sounds suspiciously like “hair suit”, you’d be exactly right! Hirsutism is a genetic issue that affects a relatively tiny proportion of the population. It affects more women than … Continue reading Hirsutism: It is What It Sounds Like