American Factory Quick Take

American Factory Directors Steven Bognar and Julia RechertRating ***** This documentary is jammed pack with relevant content: the decline of factory jobs, culture differences between China and America, an argument for unions, and the role of automation in job replacement. This is the first film from the Obamas Netflix deal. It’s not political except to […]

Review of the Free Meek Docuseries

Rating ***** You do not have to be a fan of Rap music to enjoy this compelling expose of our broken criminal justice system. For all the ” he got what he deserves” critics out there, you have no clue what you’re talking about. I was aware of some of the facts surrounding this story. […]

Review of Bryan Banks

Review of Bryan Banks written by Doug Atchison and directed by Tom Shadyac rating ***** I followed this story when it first broke. I knew then that it had the makings of a great film. A high school athlete on a fast track to college football and the NFL is accused of rape. He is […]

Two Political Docudramas

I have two excellent docudramas to recommend. Besides having politics in common, both series showcase top notch writing and acting. First up is the Roger Ailes takedown The Loudest Voice. I first caught on to the fact that there was something different about FOX news during Obama’s presidency. I have nothing against someone voicing an […]

Review of The Mueller Report

“Lies, and dumb lies at that,” James Comey. That about sums up what I have learned from reading the Mueller report. The overarching theme that emerges after a two-year investigation is that Donald Trump was obsessed with three things: the Russia investigation and doing everything in his power to stop it; Hillary Clinton’s missing emails: […]

Review of I Love You, Now Die

Review Of I Love You, Now Die written and directed by Erin Lee CarrRating ***** This two-part HBO documentary looks at the manslaughter case against Michelle Carter, the seventeen-year-old accused of encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages. The first part concerns the prosecution’s case against Michelle. Prosecutors painted Michelle as a lonely […]

Heartbreak and outrage: A review of the Netflix Docuseries The Confesstion Tapes Season Two and Exhibt A

There’s something about wrongful conviction stories that always draw me in. I can’t stop thinking about these people, most of whom are still behind bars. Fiction can’t do that. No matter how good the story or the writing, you know that it was all made up. For the wrongfully convicted, their stories drag on, and […]

Review of The Fifth Risk

Review of The Fifth Risk by Michael LewisRating **** I’ll admit that I am not a Trump fan. Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, described him as a con man, a liar, and a cheat. That says it all. I also knew that equally incompetent people surrounded him at every level. Michael Lewis’s book delves deeper […]

The Myth that is Donald Trump

As Donald Trump launches his ill-fated re-election campaign, I thought I would take this opportunity to point out the many falsehoods being parroted by his supporters. As unbelievable as it sounds, there are people out there who still think Trump is doing a great job. They say he’s making America Great again and doing everything […]

Review of Poisoned

Review of Poisoned: How a Crime-Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims by Alan BellRating ***** Alan Bell’s memoir covers his legal background and his debilitating illness caused by an unknown chemical exposure he experienced while working in a new office building. It also offers a wake-up call for all […]

Three docudramas to stream right now

I have three excellent docudrama series to recommend. Each will take you on a deep dive into three compelling stories. First up is Chernobyl. You can find this five-part series on HBO. Like the other two docudramas on this list, everything about it is top notch. There aren’t many stories where a catastrophe has the […]

Review of Charged

Review of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon Rating **** Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a […]

Review of Amity and Prosperity

Review of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America written by Eliza Griswold rating ***** Back in 2015, a job transfer forced me to move to Dallas, Texas. I didn’t know much about the Dallas area, but I was keenly aware of the fracking industry. Flying into Dallas from the west gives […]

Review of Zoo Nebraska

Review of Zoo Nebraska by Carson VaughanRating **** I’ll start this review with a reference given at the end of the book. In the Acknowledgements section to be exact. Author Carson Vaughan was with his future wife traveling along the small town backroads of her youth when she casually pointed out a spot off the […]

Review of Little Shoes

Review of Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family Secret written by Pamela Everett Rating ***** A statement often repeated from death-penalty proponents is that while the criminal justice system has its faults there has never been an execution of an innocent man. Considering that over 150 people on death row have […]