An open letter to Robert Zemeckis and the makers of Flight

Robert, why? I’m a huge fan of yours. I had such high hopes that finally a skilled director might make an aviation film that was realistic, believable, as well as entertaining. You did such a good job with the crash scene in Cast Away. So how could you make a film with so many cringe […]

Argo book vs film

Argo (book) – Written by Tony Mendez and Matt Baglio Rating **** 1/2 Argo (Film) – Written by Chris Terrio, Directed by Ben Affleck Rating **** 1/2 The last book versus film review I did was Moneyball. I liked both but criticised the filmmakers for fabricating parts of the story. The same is true in […]

Review of We Bought a Zoo

Review of We Bought a Zoo directed by Cameron Crowe, written by Cameron Crowe and Aline Brosh McKenna Rating **** 1/2 I didn’t have high expectations going into this film. But I was more than pleasantly surprised. This film is a gem, equally as good as Jerry Magurie. The film is based on the book […]

Everything The Donner Party

Desperate Passage: The Donner Party by Ethan Rarick Rating ***** When ever I get the opportunity, I like to get totally immersed in a story. This usually involves a story that is told in more than one medium: book, film, or documentary. Two recent examples covered in this blog are the HBO series The Pacific […]

Moneyball: Book vs Film

Moneyball by Michael Lewis  – Rating **** 1/2 Moneyball the film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Zorkin Rating **** I always enjoy having the option to read a book and then seeing that book come to life in film. This blog is full of examples of this. One that comes to […]

A Review of The Conspirator

A review of The Conspirator written by James D. Solomon and directed by Robert Redford Rating **** 1/2 I’m not sure how well this film did at the box office. My recollection is that it got mixed reviews and probably didn’t make a whole lot of money, at least not in theatres. My guess, though, […]

Review of Soul Surfer

Review of Soul Surfer directed by Sean McNamara and written by Sean McNamara, Matt Allen, and Brad Gann Rating **** I’ve never surfed, though I would jump at the opportunity if it presented itself. Since starting this blog I’ve covered a number of stories revolving around surfing. One was a documentary I highly recommend called […]

Casino Jack: Hollywood’s Version

Casino Jack written by Noman Snider and directed by George Hickenlooper Rating **** 1/2 At the very beginning of this movie is the tag “inspired by true events,” which usually means that very little of what you are about to see is factual. But after just watching the excellent documentary also named Casino Jack, written […]

Review of I Love You Phillip Morris

Review of I love you Phillip Morris written and directed by Glenn  Ficarra John Requa Rating **** This is a hard film not to like. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor play the two main characters at the heart of this story. Jim plays con man Steven Russell who decides that it’s easier to con people […]

My nonfiction film discovery for this year

Review of The Red Tent written by Ennio de Concini, Richard L. Adams, Richard Adams and directed by Mikhail Kalatozov Rating **** One of the reasons I have this blog is to bring attention to nonfiction books, films, and documentaries that others might have missed. A few posts back I wrote about the film Silkwood, […]

Review of Silkwood

Review of Silkwood written by Alice Arlen and Nora Ephron and directed by Mike Nichols Rating **** One advantage of using an online service like Blockbuster or Netflix is the ability to watch older movies that the stores no longer carry. This movie, released in 1983, was mentioned in a story related to the nuclear […]

Two more great nonfiction films

The two films I’m writing about in this post were both nominated for best picture last year – 127 Hours and The Fighter. So it’s not like they need any help from me. That’s why I’m combining both reviews. But both films deserve to be on my end of year best of list. This past […]

The King’s Speech: A nonfiction film takes best picture

Review of The King’s Speech written by David Seidler and directed by Tom Hooper Rating ***** I’m not going to spend a lot of time trying to convince you to see this film. If a best picture win doesn’t do it then nothing will. I am glad that another nonfiction film won, though. This year’s […]

Review of Secretariat

This is one of those movies I knew I wanted to see, but was willing to wait for it to come out on DVD. One reason I wanted to wait was because I was hoping that there would be some DVD extras with footage of the real Secretariat. But I was disappointed to find that there weren’t any DVD extras.

Review of You Don’t Know Jack

This is the story of Jack Kevorkian and his efforts to promote physician assisted suicides. Al Pacino plays Kevorkian. John Goodman plays the medical equipment supplier who assists Kevorkian once his medical license is revoked. Susan Sarandon also stars as an advocate of assisted suicides and eventually is faced with having to make the decision for herself.