Author: SR Staley

SR Staley has one more than 11 literary awards for his fiction and nonfiction writing. He is on the full-time faculty of the College and Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University as well as a film critic and research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. His award-winning Pirate of Panther Bay series ( has won awards in historical fiction, mainstream & literary fiction, young adult fiction, and reached the finals in women's fiction. His most recent book is "The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution" due out in April 2020 (Routledge).

Introducing “Channeling Isabella + Sailing”

A blog channel on my adventures as a sailor, maritime related movies, and other resources.

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The tragedy and drama of life at sea in Adrift

The opening scenes of the movie Adrift (2018) are riveting and sobering. The lead character,…

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The beauty and compactness of Israel (part 2)

One of the first things to hit me about Israel was its stunning range of…

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Diversity, complexity of Israel created a transformative experience (part 1)

Note: This article is a revised version from a Facebook post published on January 11,…

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Family Theme Elevates Visually Stunning Avatar: The Way of the Water

Hot Take Avatar: The Way of the Water is a visually stunning cinematic achievement and…

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Spy drama All the Old Knives is an excellent entry to film noir

Hot Take Strong performances from Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton keep this film noir suspense…

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Lou is a solid, if inconsistent, action adventure

Lou, a Netflix Original action thriller, was clearly intended to be a vehicle for Allison…

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Why CODA‘s heart and mainstream coming-of-age story upended Hollywood

When CODA took the award for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards, more than…

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Multi-genre The Black Phone keeps momentum with suspense´┐╝

Summary: More suspense than horror, the Black Phone is a well-crafted coming of age story…

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Elvis movie centers on ambition, conflict of Interest

Baz Lurhmann‘s Elvis is well worth seeing in the theaters, but it’s worth remembering this…

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