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 […]

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 […]

Two nonfiction film quicktakes

I have two really good nonfiction films to recommend. First up is Apollo 11.Apollo 11 directed by Todd Douglas Miller. Rating ***** Back in 1994 while working on the interactive CD-ROM Apollo XIII: A Week to Remember, I had the chance to fly to Houston where I interviewed four Apollo 13 flight controllers. I conducted […]

Everything the Holocaust

I have been steeped in the Holocaust for the past several months. It started with the book Denial by Deborah E. Lipstadt. While reading that book I started watching the six-part Netflix documentary series Auschwitz. When I finished the book, I rented the film Denial written by David Hare. It has been a deep dive […]

Review of the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Written by Chiwetel Ejiofor and William Kamkwamba, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor Rating ***** I am always a little leary when I see a film that is written, directed, and stars the same individual. Most of the time these films are not that good because there is a lack of colaboration and feedback. The Boy Who […]

My 2019 Oscar Picks

Best Picture – The best all around picture for me was Green Book Best Director – Adam Mckay for Vice. I would have nominated the directors of Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. Best Actress – I haven’t seen enough of the nominated performances to give an honest pick. Glenn Close was good in The Wife, […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2018

Below are the top nonfiction books, films, and documentaries from EverythingNonfiction.com. These are the top books and films reviewed by everythingnonfiction.com this past year. This list does not necessarily represent the top books and films released or published in 2018. Books Alone: Orphaned on the OceanWithout Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the InfluenceA False Report: […]

Two Nonfiction Films Quick Takes

Bohemian Rhapsody written by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan and directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher Rating **** 1/2 Bohemian Rhapsody is an entertaining look at Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek gives an Oscar-worthy performance. The supporting characters are mostly underdeveloped with the exception of Lucy Boynton who plays Mary Austin, Freddie’s […]

Review of First Man

Review of First Man Written by Josh Singer Directed by Damien ChazelleRating *** If this film gets any nominations in any category at this year’s Oscar’s, I’m going to be pissed. This film proves that if you don’t have a good script you can’t make a good movie no matter how much money and talent […]

Three film recommendations

For this post, I have two very good nonfiction films to recommend and one must see film. BlackkKlansman written by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz and directed by Spike Lee Rating *** The first film on my recommendation list is Black Klansman. The story is well told and acted. I did, however, have a few issues. […]

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 […]