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 […]

Review of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson Rating ***** Reading Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson proves that while technology changes people remain the same. No Leonardo story reinforces that notion more than the story of Isabella d’Este, who pestered Leonardo for years to paint a portrait of her. She complained that other artists had […]

Review of Vietnam by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Vietnam Ken Burns Lynn Novick Rating ***** I was fortunate to graduate from high school just as the war in Vietnam was winding down. So, while I was keenly aware of what was happening, I was also focused on other things. I now know from watching this excellent historical documentary series just how fortunate I […]

Only the Brave Quick Take

Review of Only the Brave directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Sean Flynn Rating **** 1/2 I spend a lot of time gazing down as I fly across the country. I’ve seen plenty of fires in regions that seem sparsely populated. I’ve flown into regions such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming where the visibility was […]

Review of Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion written by Joe Sharkey Rating ***** Mark Putman was a man with a promising career with the FBI. He was hard working, motivated, and an overachiever. His world came crashing down thanks to some bad decisions and an encounter with a female informant that turned deadly. The how and why of what happened […]

American Made Quick Take

Review of American Made written by Gary Spinelli Rating **** A pilot for TWA gets involved in the Iran Contra scandal. He also decides to smuggle drugs for a Columbian drug cartel. What could go wrong? Tom Cruise does a good job portraying TWA pilot Barry Seal. The aviation scenes are authentic. Cruise is a […]

Review of Lucky Bastard

Review of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV Written by Joe Buck Rating ***** I’ve lived in St. Louis for most of the 80s and 90s. To me and many others, the voices of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were synonymous with summer. I was […]

Review of The Kalief Browder Story

Time: The Kalief Browder Story directed by Jenner Furst Rating ***** The Kalief Browder story is an enlightening case study of our broken criminal justice system. Kalief’s story might never have come to light but for one decision made by Kalief – he chose not to take a plea deal. Kalief was sixteen years old […]