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Editor Snippets: Documentaries

Reviews of: Head Games and Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Head Games (***½)

American football is a staple in American culture.  The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched events of the calendar year and the players are revered and admired by children and adults alike.  In Steve James’ Head Games, a documentary about former football player and wrestler Chris Nowinski’s quest to uncover the ignored truth about the dangerous consequences of sports-related head injuries, is one of the best and informative films of the year.  

Not only does James bridge this notion of protecting our youth from athletic Russian roulette, but he supports the arguments with Nowinski’s compelling testimony and athletes from different corners of sports that have not survived to tell their stories.

Head Games is utterly fascinating and opens your eyes to an issue that never seemed like it was one.  One of the most surprising films of 2012 to shed light on something so close to home.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (***)

American healthcare has been a travesty to be a part of for years.  I think many Americans have known that but what the creators and director of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare managed to is simplify the process and explain why its such a travesty in a country where we pride ourselves in innovation and freedom.

If you are well versed in the problems in the healthcare system, you may not learn anything new from the facts presented.  There are also no concrete figures presented that supports the argument being presented which should have been easy given the age of the internet.

The film packs an emotional punch to make up for its missteps in pace and blanket statements which should bode well for any average viewer seeing these issues for the first time.  A timely documentary for 2012.

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Clayton Davis

Editor-in-Chief & Owner at The Awards Circuit
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.