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 […]

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. […]

Everything Nonfiction 2018 Oscar Picks

When most people put out lists like this, they choose films that they think will win or should win. My selections are based solely on which films affected me on an emotional level. Chances are high that my picks will not align with the actual winners. For example, the best picture I saw in 2017 […]

Everything nonfiction docudrama and docuseries guide

Over the last several months I have been able to watch a number of excellent docudramas and docuseries. I wanted to share with you a list of some of the very best multi-episode documentaries and docudramas that are available right now. The six part Waco series on the Paramount network is as good as anything […]

Dunkirk, best picture? Are you kidding me?

I don’t always agree with the films that get nominated for various Oscars. What I have noticed from previous posts, though, is that the people who vote on the films in each category tend to search out opposing views. See my post on last year’s best picture nomination for Arrival. Then there is the screenplay […]

Two books, two films, four quicktakes

I will close out 2017 with a couple of QuickTakes. First up is the book and film The Glass Castle. Book The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls (Previously reviewed here) Film The Glass Castle writers Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham directed by Destin Daniel Cretton Rating ***** It’s been six years since I read […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Zookeeper’s Wife Quick Take

The Zookeeper’s Wife written by Angela Workman based on the book by Diane Ackerman Directed by Niki Caro Rating **** 1/2 The Zookeeper’s Wife is an excellent film about a family owned zoo that is transformed into a hiding and holding area for Jews trying to escape German occupation in Poland during WWII. Jessica Chastain […]

Detroit Quick Take

Detroit written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow Rating ***** Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal continue with their impressive record of collaboration. Detroit starts out chaotic and frenzied as an incident involving police overreach sets everything in motion. For the first thirty minutes or so the story jumps around between riots, protestors, police, […]

Dunkirk quick take

Dunkirk – written and directed by Cristopher Nolan Rating ** 1/2 Best movie of the year. First Oscar contender. A critics darling. One of Christopher Nolan’s best. Here’s my one word review. Loud! And that’s a compliment. This movie is so overhyped it isn’t funny. Other than some great war scenes, there is nothing here. […]

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 […]

Review of The Walk

Review of The Walk written by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne directed by Robert Zemeckis Rating ***** I had planned to see this film when it first came out. I waited what seemed like a week or two at the most and it was gone. The movie got good reviews. I read a few early […]

Review of Concussion

Concussion written and directed by Peter Landesman Rating ***** Whenever I see a film that was written and directed by the same person, I’m always a bit leery. It seldom works. Sometimes, however, magic is created. Some of the better examples of successful writer/director films are Titanic, Risky Business, Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, and Jerry Maguire […]

True Story book vs film

True Story by Michael Finkel Rating ***** True Story directed by Rupert Goold, screenplay by Rupert Goold and David Kaiganich Rating *** 1/2   Over the years I have covered a number of book and film adaptations. There’s something about reading a book and then being able to watch a dramatization of that story immediately after. […]