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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Review of Off the Cliff

Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge written by Becky Aikman Rating ***** I loved this book. As a fan of the film, I found the whole behind the scenes anecdotes entertaining. Can you picture Jodie Foster and Cher as Thelma & Louise? I’ve always felt that the […]

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 […]

EverythingNonfiction gets a rebranding

I’ve been writing reviews of nonfiction books, films and documentaries for eight-plus years. I average about 25 to 35 visitors a day. Yet in eight years I’ve only managed to attract 61 Facebook followers and 51 Twitter followers. That is downright pitiful. So, I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to get more followers. I […]

Review of American Fire

Review of American Fire by Monica Hesse Rating **** A serial arsonist is on the loose in a small town in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Who is responsible? What is the motive? When and how will they be caught? These are some of the questions that American Fire attempts to answer. This story […]

All the President’s yes men

A month ago Trump had his first cabinet meeting. The meeting was memorable not for any substance but because of the way each cabinet member took turns heaping praise on their boss. The best president in history. Next we have the new White House Communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, who takes the term “yes man” to a […]

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 […]

Walter White writes a memoir

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston Rating ***** The best films are those that have strong writing, directing, and acting. Of the three, my opinion is that the writing is the most important. A director can’t direct and an actor can’t act without someone first putting the story down on paper. The television series […]

Review of Apollo 8

Review of Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger Rating ***** As I write this review, the picture Earth Rise, taken on the Apollo 8 mission, hangs above my desk. I have had the framed picture for years. Now, after reading the excellent account of the flight […]

The coming economic storm

So, the stock market is trading at record levels. Unemployment is at record lows. What could possibly go wrong? How about an economic collapse worse than the 2007 – 2009 S&P 500 50% decline. Why do I have such a pessimistic outlook when everything looks so rosy? Let’s just say I’ve seen this movie before. […]

Review of Beyond the Call

Review of Beyond the Call: The true story of one WWII pilot’s covert mission to rescue POWs on the Easter Front written by Lee Trimble. Rating *** A good way to understand monumental events like WWII is by reading the personal stories of those who were there. This book tells the story of Robert Trimble, […]