Media Reviews

I’m a firm believer in feedback. I’m of the opinion that nothing gets better if people don’t speak up. When things work, we need to praise the success and when they don’t we need to provide helpful criticism to make it better for the next man. That’s the key to a good review—tell them how to fix it if it’s broken.
To that end, here are my movie, sports team, restaurant, business and other reviews.


Posted on July 31, 2017, by William Vaughn

We watched Dunkirk. Marilyn summed it up as “Intense.” Five minutes in, I was almost ready to leave but I stuck it out.
I was hesitant to see another war movie, but those set in WWII don’t seem to have as much effect–this one did. What this movie had, that many don’t, is the real sounds of battle. The gunfire and explosions were far louder and more realistic than most war movies, and far more bone and soul-shaking. It was very well acted and I simply loved the characters–especially Mr. Dawson the skipper of the boat from Dunston. He’s a model of quiet courage, hardened experience, evenhanded, parenting. The flying scenes were especially great.

It just occurred to me. This movie, like Saving Private Ryan, tells the story of a real event with real people, real outcomes and real consequences as opposed to a fantasy about imaginary people fighting imaginary wars that exist only in the mind of the writer. There is room for both, but these stories set in my time (and that of my parents) have a more pronounced impact on me than those set in space sometime in the far distant future.

As a side note, I wonder how many jars of strawberry jam they went through shooting the below-decks scenes? And how many other stories of other troops and civilians were left untold? I now hear the Indian Army had a role to play as well as the French and others who held back the Germans as the British and other armies retreated.

Very well done. Four Stars.


Z: The Beginning of Everything

Well, shoot. We discovered that Season III of Broadchurch is available but for a fee. We started watching “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” It’s the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early years and how he met his wife Zelda. It started off with a full-nudity scene so I knew it would be “interesting” and it was. It’s an engaging story of a strong woman rebelling against her antebellum upbringing in Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1910s. I don’t know why it is that I love (and write) stories of strong women who fight for what they want–even though they don’t always know themselves.

Well done. (Amazon Prime)

Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV Series 2015– )
Created by Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin. With Christina Ricci, David Hoflin, Kristine Nielsen, David Strathairn. Z is a biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyan…