Wild Wild Country Quick Take

Wild Wild Country directed by Chapman and Maclain Way Rating ***** Here is another documentary series to add to your watch list. This story takes place in the early-to-mid 1980s. I remember hearing about it in the media. My take at the time was that this was another one of those crazy cults with a […]

Trump is making America safe again!

I want to thank President Trump for ordering the National Guard to protect the border. Our former Governor Rick Perry did the same thing when he was running for President. It was a colossal waste of time and money. But I’m sure President Trump has a better plan. We need to stop all those illegals […]

Review of The Sun Does Shine

Review of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom On Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin Rating ***** I am an opponent of the Death Penalty. I’ve read too many stories of how our broken justice system unfairly imposes punishment. Besides, what can be worse than taking away […]

Greg Abbott’s failure to do his job

As we approach the next election, I think it’s important to point out the many failures of our current Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott is widely known to favor industry over the people he represents. He famously instituted new laws that prevent citizens from banning fracking in their communities after the residents of Denton, Texas voted […]

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 […]

Gtek Info Solutions LLC Red Flag Alert

I often use this site to warn others about various scams. See my post on the DMV Scam. I wanted to share my experience with this company. Some of it is good. Some of it is not so good. My red flag alert was waving like crazy on this company. First the good. I had […]

Review of A False Report

Review of A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America Written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong Rating ***** It all starts with the rape of an eighteen-year-old girl named Marie. That singular event sets in motion a story that could only have been told after years of investigative work and research […]

Review of Without Mercy

Review of Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence written by Gary Provost Rating ***** Without Mercy is one of those books where you don’t want to give away too much in a review. So, I’ll start by saying that this book involves murder, deceit, and a cast of morally corrupt characters. At the […]

True crime meets survival story

Review of Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean written by Richard D. Logan and Tere Duperrault Fasbender Rating ***** It’s not that often that you can combine a true crime story with a survival story, but that is exactly the story that this book has to tell. Tere Duperrault, who went by the name of Terry […]

Review of Abacus

Review of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail directed by Steve James Rating ***** If you like David vs. Goliath stories, this documentary is for you. The film starts with two people of Chinese descent watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. The connection between the story told in the documentary and the Frank Capra film […]

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 […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2017

Here are the best reviewed nonfiction books, films, and documentaries of 2017. Books When Breath Becomes Air Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue Mission that Changed the Course of WWII Gone: A Child Prodigy, A Violin Virtuoso, and Her Stolen Stradivarius The Stranger in The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Hermit High Noon: An Aging […]

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 […]

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 […]