The World at War (1973)

The world of documentary filmmaking has changed since the debut of this 26-part television series. I mention this upfront because of how history is now presented through recreation, actors, animation, point-of-view, CGI and other film techniques can, and does, change the viewer’s perception of historical events and the emotional connection to the story as depicted. … More The World at War (1973)

After the White House

U.S. Presidents have different plans after that final exit from the White House. For some, a quiet life of golf and writing memoirs, for others it means speeches and staying in the public eye. The presidential memoir is a lucrative endeavor and also an opportunity to “set the record straight” so to speak. Each president … More After the White House

Turn Back the Clock

A sizable number of Americans want to fire up the wayback machine and go back to the 1950s. Not just visit, but take up residence there. This is more than nostalgia, that warm and technicolor memory when you think of a family holiday or think about your favorite TV show or birthday dinner. This is … More Turn Back the Clock

Alexander Vindman

I had never heard of Lt Col. Alexander Vindman until the Trump-Ukraine telephone call. This was the infamous phone call where Trump asked the Ukraine President to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for foreign aid and a visit to the White House. Vindman and others were listening in on the call. Vindman knew … More Alexander Vindman

Twelve O’clock High

The successful 1949 film about World War II bomber crews was turned into a television series (1965-1967). Gregory Peck starred as Gen. Frank Savage in the film, commander of the Army Air Corps 918 Bomb Group. Savage is also a B-17 pilot, flying daylight missions over Europe in 1942. Savage is assigned to take over … More Twelve O’clock High

Goon Squad

Morally bent Socially stunted Easily influenced Weep when confronted Alternative reality Argument baiters Glibly offended Deniers and haters Sore losers Promoting a lie Truth discarded Factual shanghai White culture bias Allegiance is “me” not “we” Doctrine over country Insurrection ’tis of thee Conjure a smokescreen Loosen the wingnuts Dispatch a battle cry Their goose-stepping struts … More Goon Squad

LoneStar (1996)

The best of the John Sayles films, which is saying a lot. Sayles is an auteur of independent films. He wrote, directed and edited LoneStar. It all start with two off-duty soldiers finding human bones on an abandoned Army rifle range looking for old bullets. Then a sheriff’s star is discovered among the bones. It … More LoneStar (1996)

Me the People

I have always looked this country as brimming with hope, not perfect by any measure, but evermore a high road of democracy.  People risk their lives to come here for a better chance.  Our democracy and freedoms are envied.  Yet, a major divide exists internally, we are both a nation of people wanting to kick … More Me the People