Review of The Last Stand

Review of The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of The Little Bighorn by Nathanial Philbrick Rating ***** Last month I had a chance to visit Little Bighorn in Montana. We opted for a bus tour of the battlefield. Our guide gave a good overview of the story, but there was a lot missing. […]

Hurricane Florence coverage 101

The Weather Channel It’s been a staple of severe weather events for a long time. If you want to demonstrate the effects of a hurricane, you put a journalist in the weather during their live broadcast. What better way to show wind and rain and waves than to have some TV news anchor clinging to […]

Three film recommendations

For this post, I have two very good nonfiction films to recommend and one must see film. BlackkKlansman written by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz and directed by Spike Lee Rating *** The first film on my recommendation list is Black Klansman. The story is well told and acted. I did, however, have a few issues. […]

Review of the Trayvon Martin docuseries

Review of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Rating *** When I first heard about this documentary, I thought that maybe it would be about how the Trayvon Martin story had been manipulated by lawyers, the media, and opinionated talk show hosts into something it wasn’t. I surely didn’t expect the filmmakers to run […]

Two documentary quick takes

I have two excellent documentaries worth your time. First up is Three Identical Strangers directed by Tim Wardle. Rating ***** I got to see this one in the theatre, which I might add was jam packed. This is the story of three identical twins who were separated at birth. Neither the twins nor their adoptive […]

Review of The Crash Detectives

Review of The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Aircraft Disasters by Christine Negroni Rating ***** From the title “Crash Detectives,” one would assume that this book is a behind the scenes look at the work crash investigators undertake when trying to determine the cause of aircraft accidents. The book looks at many aircraft […]

Two streaming suggestions

Looking for something interesting to stream? I have two excellent films to choose from. First up is Borg vs. McEnroe written by Ronnie Sandahl and directed by Janus Metz Rating **** Think of this as Rocky for tennis. Shia Labeouf is the Rocky character. Sverrir Gudnason is the reigning champ concerned about an up and […]

Review of Educated

Review of Educated by Tara Westover Rating ***** I was attracted to this book because of the premise – A young woman grows up in a survivalist family and leaves to learn what she has been missing. This memoir does cover that subject, but it is much more than that. This is a story of […]

Review of Indianapolis

Review of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic Rating ***** I was first introduced to the Indianapolis story like a lot of people – from the movie Jaws. Quint’s riveting speech about his […]

Review of Four Fish

Review of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg Rating **** 1/2 You don’t have to be a fish lover to enjoy this book, although it wouldn’t hurt. The four fish examined in author Paul Greenberg’s book are Salmon, Cod, Sea Bass, and Tuna. Why these four? They are the […]

Everything 2001 A Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece Rating ***** When I was in my early twenties, I had never read a book solely for enjoyment. That changed after I met my wife. Shortly after we were married, she gave me the novel The Shining by Steven King to read. […]

Evil Genius Quick Take

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist by Trey Borzillieri and director Barbara Schroeder Rating ***** Evil Genius is another well done true crime docuseries. The film revolves around the collar-bomb murder of Pizza deliveryman Brian Wells in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. Who was behind the crime, which also involved a bank […]

Review of Fire Lover

Review of Fire Lover: A True Story by Joseph Wambaugh Rating ***** The term psychopath applies to individuals who have some particular personality traits: extreme egocentricity, lack of conscious, abnormal social behavior, bad judgment, lack of empathy, an aversion to the truth, etc. Psychopaths can disguise their faults and appear as normal. But sooner or […]

Review of Cold Kill

Review of Cold Kill: The True Story of a Murderous Love by Jack Olsen Rating **** If there is one thing consistent with true crime books, it’s that there usually aren’t many likable characters. That is true about this story except for one private detective named Kim Paris, who wrangled herself into the life of […]