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And Finally, the Runt of the Roman Litter of Emperors

Claudius (August 1, 10 BC – October 13, 54 AD) They say he suffered from a childhood illness that left him infirm (and famously portrayed with a stammer by Derek Jacobi in the “I, Claudius” TV series). It may have … Continue reading

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Hope Spring Eternal: Rita Hayworth and…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) We watched this classic movie (and it’s funny to even say that when it’s only 27 years old) last night. It comes from a short story by Stephen King called “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: … Continue reading

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Murder in the Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury This is one of my favourite cathedrals in all of England. I’ve been here many times. The very first time was in March 1985, with my Miller family, soon after moving to the UK. I’m partial to … Continue reading

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When Death Comes Calling with a Nightmare

The Pale Horse (2020) It’s a potent image from the Book of Revelation: Death on a Pale Horse. It is the stuff of nightmares, one of which we’re living in at the moment. But I digress… The Pale Horse is … Continue reading

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A Shooting Straight Out of Compton

Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996) Dr. Oz is going to review this drive-by shooting (from 1996) on Thursday’s program. To be honest, I knew nothing about it, but the connection to The Notorious B.I.G. is notable. … Continue reading

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Be Honest Now: Could You Keep This Secret?

Inheritance (2020) Psychological thrillers all have one thing in common: they mess with your mind. So, you can imagine how I felt about this film, presently showing on Netflix. The subtext is telegraphed early on: it’s a chess game. Lauren … Continue reading

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Was Alexander the Great Assassinated at Age 32?

Alexander the Great (July 20, 356 BC – June 10, 323 BC) It’s one of those great mysteries. After drinking some wine, he died two weeks later. Was the wine poisoned? Did someone want him out of the way? Maybe … Continue reading

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When Bonnie Met Clyde, a Legend was Reborn

Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) I must confess to a certain fascination for this couple. Although I have no intention of glamorizing violence, they do seem like Robin Hood and Maid Marian reborn into the 20th century. Their … Continue reading

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Death Imitating Art

The Postcard Killings (2020) I don’t normally highlight a murder mystery movie, unless it is extemely well done, or of cultural significance. This one is both. As this was released in March, it may have been one of the last … Continue reading

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Sharon Tate’s Forgotten Ex-Boyfriend

Jay Sebring (October 10, 1933 – August 9, 1969) He was born Thomas John Kummer, but changed his name when he became the hair stylist to the stars in Hollywood. He had a relationship with Sharon Tate between 1964 and … Continue reading

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