Review of The Crash Detectives

Review of The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Aircraft Disasters by Christine Negroni Rating ***** From the title “Crash Detectives,” one would assume that this book is a behind the scenes look at the work crash investigators undertake when trying to determine the cause of aircraft accidents. The book looks at many aircraft […]

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 […]

Review of Educated

Review of Educated by Tara Westover Rating ***** I was attracted to this book because of the premise – A young woman grows up in a survivalist family and leaves to learn what she has been missing. This memoir does cover that subject, but it is much more than that. This is a story of […]

Review of Indianapolis

Review of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic Rating ***** I was first introduced to the Indianapolis story like a lot of people – from the movie Jaws. Quint’s riveting speech about his […]

Review of Four Fish

Review of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg Rating **** 1/2 You don’t have to be a fish lover to enjoy this book, although it wouldn’t hurt. The four fish examined in author Paul Greenberg’s book are Salmon, Cod, Sea Bass, and Tuna. Why these four? They are the […]

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. […]

Evil Genius Quick Take

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist by Trey Borzillieri and director Barbara Schroeder Rating ***** Evil Genius is another well done true crime docuseries. The film revolves around the collar-bomb murder of Pizza deliveryman Brian Wells in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. Who was behind the crime, which also involved a bank […]

Review of Fire Lover

Review of Fire Lover: A True Story by Joseph Wambaugh Rating ***** The term psychopath applies to individuals who have some particular personality traits: extreme egocentricity, lack of conscious, abnormal social behavior, bad judgment, lack of empathy, an aversion to the truth, etc. Psychopaths can disguise their faults and appear as normal. But sooner or […]

Review of Cold Kill

Review of Cold Kill: The True Story of a Murderous Love by Jack Olsen Rating **** If there is one thing consistent with true crime books, it’s that there usually aren’t many likable characters. That is true about this story except for one private detective named Kim Paris, who wrangled herself into the life of […]

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 […]