WWII

Shanghai is surprisingly underwhelming

Shangai is a 2015 release currently available on Netflix DVD. If you’re a John Cusack fan like I am, and always wanted to appreciate him as a romantic lead, you’re still going to have to wait. He does his best in this film, which sat on the Hollywood shelf for…

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Tudor Time

More on the Red Queen in The Beaufort Bride

Having read The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, I thought I knew all I needed to about Margaret Beaufort, the grandmother of Henry VIII. This book, The Beaufort Bride, doesn’t uncover much in the way of new information, but it’s an entertaining read, written mostly from the perspective of a…

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Babylon Berlin
1920s

Back to the Twenties with Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin, a Netflix series of 16 episodes, all in German, is unusual in that it examines Berlin in the period before the Nazis came to power. It’s the story of Gereon Rath, a police inspector from Cologne who moves to Berlin to work with the cops there while on…

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