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 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 […]

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 […]

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 Trapped

Trapped written and directed by Dawn Porter Rating *** 1/2 When it comes to the topic of abortion, I am on the side of pro choice. I don’t believe the government should tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. The documentary Trapped looks at the effects of Republican led efforts to […]

Must see Netflix documentary Icarus

Icarus written and directed by Bryan Fogel Rating ***** Every once in a while a book or film will completely blow me away. This documentary is in that category. The film starts out as an inside look at doping in athletics. Bryan Fogel is a bicyclist who competes in amateur racing. He wants to know […]

Nobody Speak quick take

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press written by Brian Knappenberger Rating ***** Let me start with a brief introduction. This is a review site. Writing helpful reviews takes time. Sometimes my schedule doesn’t permit me the time I need to write a thorough review, even though I saw or read something that I would […]

A couple of streaming suggestions

The Defiant Ones Directed by Allen Hughes Rating ***** I have two very good recommendations for your streaming queue. First up is the four part HBO documentary The Defiant Ones. This documentary takes a look at the two men behind the insane Beats music deal with Apple – Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The documentary […]

The amazing story of Twinsters

Twinsters by Samantha Futerman Rating ***** Samantha Futerman is an aspiring actress. She is Korean. She was adopted as a baby by an American family and raised in Southern California. Like most aspiring actors, her work can be found on Youtube. By chance, an individual stumbled upon one of her videos and noticed a resemblance […]

Review of the Netflix series The Keepers

Review of The Keepers Rating ***** This documentary series is very much in the vein of Making a Murderer. It’s an in-depth look at the murder of a nun and sexual assaults by priests and others in a Catholic school for girls. Much of the focus is on one pedophile priest – Father Joesph Maskell […]

Review of 13th

Review of the Netflix original 13th written and directed by Ava DuVernay Rating ***** I’ve been covering the broken criminal justice system on this site for a while. You can find many reviews of books on the subject here. But film has a way of condensing complex issues and making them easier to grasp. Such […]

The bizarre story of John McAfee

I’ve seen documentaries about innocent people finally freed thanks to new evidence. I’ve seen one documentary where a guilty person is set free, and in his place, an innocent person is sent to prison (See A Murder in the Park). But this is the first documentary I’ve seen with evidence of guilt pointing to an […]

CBS wrongfully convicts the Ramseys

I’m a fan of true crime stories and stories involving the criminal justice system. I also follow cases of wrongful convictions. After watching the CBS special The Case of: JonBenet Ramsy, I felt like I had just witnessed a wrongful conviction. In wrongful convictions, there are often some common mistakes that investigators make: They tend […]