Who’s Your Favorite Churchill?

What two things do Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Hardy, Gary Oldman and Timothy Spall have in common? The easy answer is that each has starred in the Harry Potter movies: Gambon as Dumbledore, Gleeson as Mad Eye Moody, Hardy as Cornelius Fudge, Oldman as Sirius Black, and Spall as Peter Pettigrew. The more elusive […]

The Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen the two best movies of 2017 (so far). One you’ve probably heard of; it’s a big budget, heavily advertised summer blockbuster. The other didn’t even play at our local theaters. And both, interestingly, deal with the same subject matter, the evacuation that came to be known as the […]

History in Films

Two of my passions are historical fiction and movies.  When you combine those, you can bet that I’ll be buying a ticket.  Over the holidays, I saw two movies with World War II settings.  I’m always eager to view this kind of movie because I recognize that recreating a period in time presents a filmmaker […]

The Lesson of Christmas Travel

I trudged up the steps, set my suitcases by the door, my eyes tired from a day of arduous travel.   It was almost midnight, three days before Christmas.
My day had started at 0530 when I checked out of my hotel in Killeen, Texas, outside the gates of sprawling Fort Hood. I had arrived in Texas […]

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