Documentary quicktakes

I’ve seen a ton of great documentaries over the past few months. I don’t have time to review them all, but I would like to mention a few of the notable ones I’ve seen. Energy To start things off, I have two documentaries that deal with energy. The first is Al Gore’s sequel to an […]

Review of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson Rating ***** Reading Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson proves that while technology changes people remain the same. No Leonardo story reinforces that notion more than the story of Isabella d’Este, who pestered Leonardo for years to paint a portrait of her. She complained that other artists had […]

Review of Vietnam by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Vietnam Ken Burns Lynn Novick Rating ***** I was fortunate to graduate from high school just as the war in Vietnam was winding down. So, while I was keenly aware of what was happening, I was also focused on other things. I now know from watching this excellent historical documentary series just how fortunate I […]

Only the Brave Quick Take

Review of Only the Brave directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Sean Flynn Rating **** 1/2 I spend a lot of time gazing down as I fly across the country. I’ve seen plenty of fires in regions that seem sparsely populated. I’ve flown into regions such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming where the visibility was […]

Review of Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion written by Joe Sharkey Rating ***** Mark Putman was a man with a promising career with the FBI. He was hard working, motivated, and an overachiever. His world came crashing down thanks to some bad decisions and an encounter with a female informant that turned deadly. The how and why of what happened […]

American Made Quick Take

Review of American Made written by Gary Spinelli Rating **** A pilot for TWA gets involved in the Iran Contra scandal. He also decides to smuggle drugs for a Columbian drug cartel. What could go wrong? Tom Cruise does a good job portraying TWA pilot Barry Seal. The aviation scenes are authentic. Cruise is a […]

Review of Lucky Bastard

Review of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV Written by Joe Buck Rating ***** I’ve lived in St. Louis for most of the 80s and 90s. To me and many others, the voices of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were synonymous with summer. I was […]

Review of The Kalief Browder Story

Time: The Kalief Browder Story directed by Jenner Furst Rating ***** The Kalief Browder story is an enlightening case study of our broken criminal justice system. Kalief’s story might never have come to light but for one decision made by Kalief – he chose not to take a plea deal. Kalief was sixteen years old […]

Crazy in Texas

I moved to Texas back in 2014. The governor at the time was Rick Perry. Perry was the guy who insisted that he needed to order the National Guard to the Texas border to prevent an imagined invasion of illegal aliens. The National Guard left a few months later after it was determined that their […]

Review of Too Pretty To Live

Review of Too Pretty To Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee written by Dennis Brooks Rating *** I was attracted to this title because of the catfishing angle. I was left questioning the outcome of not just the murders but the outcomes of those involved. This book was written by the prosecutor of the […]

In defense of the Windows phone

A little over a year ago, I switched from Sprint to AT&T. My contract was up and I was frustrated with Sprint’s lack of support for Windows phones. At the time I was using a Samsung Galaxy phone running the Windows operating system. I went over to the AT&T store where they had the new […]

Review of the Netflix documentary series The Confession Tapes

The Confession Tapes directed by Kelly Loudenberg Rating ***** As someone who follows and writes about our broken criminal justice system, I found the Netflix documentary series Confession Tapes to be a compelling, unflinching look at the consequences of getting it wrong. Most of the time I learn about wrongful convictions after the fact when […]

Review of Confession Tapes True East

Confession Tapes episode one True East Rating ***** The new Netflix documentary series Confession Tapes is an eye opener for anyone who does not believe in false confessions. The first episode tells the story of Atif Rafy and Sebastian Burns, two young men tricked into confessing and who remain in prison. The filmmakers allow the […]

Review of Betting on Zero

Betting on Zero written and directed by Ted Braun Rating ***** Would you invest in a company that you knew was nothing more than a scam? A company whose victims were people who could least afford to be ripped off? If you or a fund you invest in has holdings in Herbalife (HLF), then you […]

Review of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League written by Jeff Hobbs Rating **** Last week in Texas a sixteen-year-old boy was charged with the murder of his fourteen-year-old neighbor, a young girl whose body later turned up in a landfill. What was behind […]