WWI

Rebellion — The Easter Rebellion Without Any Context

Rebellion — an Irish mini-series set during the Easter Rebellion of 1916 tells the stories from the perspective of several young women coping with the changes in their lives. Unfortunately, the characters in the drama seem to be living their lives in 2016, not 1916, and the choices they make…

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Jefferson and Varina Davis
1900s, Civil War

Varina Lacks Warmth

Varina, is the story of a tragic life — that of Varina Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. Her saga is indeed sad — an unhappy marriage,drug addiction, the deaths of almost all of her six children, and separation of many years from her husband.…

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1980s, feature film, Terrorism

Jon Hamm Can’t Carry Beirut

Jon Hamm may have been great in Mad Men, but he’s not that great starring in a major movie like Beirut. There are other problems with the film, notably the script, but I just didn’t buy Hamm playing a labor negotiator cum spy in Beirut. He’s playing true to form,…

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Chappaquiddick
1960s, feature film

Chappaquiddick Hits Home

Anyone old enough to remember the Chappaquiddick incident, and even many of those who are too young to remember it, probably think there is little new to learn about what happened there almost 50 years ago. The new film doesn’t reveal much new, but handles the story from a perspective…

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Civil War

Legends and Lies unveils the U.S. Civil War

Legends and Lies, Fox News’ historical series, is kicking off its third season by focusing on the Civil War. Just like the first two seasons, which centered on western bad guys and then the revolutionary war, this season includes historical reenactments, interviews with historians, some historical photographs and quotes, all…

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