January recommendations

Documentary / Netflix, 1 hour, 30 minutes
AlphaGo follows the team at Google’s Deepmind and their quest to beat Lee Sedol, the premiere world champion in the Chinese board game Go. This is the story of an AI moon landing as told by the people who lived it. It is also the story of Go itself, a game so rich in complexity that playing is “like grasping the third handrail of the universe”. AlphaGo explores the nature of knowledge itself and how we unlock it, raising poignant questions along the way about what makes us human.

Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight 
Book, 400 pages
“The best book I read last year was Shoe Dog,” said Warren Buffett in 2017. A memoir by Nike founder Phil Knight, Shoe Dog spares no details on Knights’ relationships with his wife, children, co-founders, Japanese suppliers, banks, governments and athletes. This book deserves to be read on a long week or vacation because Knight’s story deserves extended attention. Shoe Dog chronicles a man whose fate is determined by a combination of his own actions, relationships and chance; Knight has a unique ability to write authentically on each.

Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen
Drama/Mystery 1h 51m
Promoted amid the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, whose company handled distribution rights, Wind River was robbed of momentum from the start and has flown under the radar ever since. Writer and Director Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) has to chalk it up to bad timing because this is a damn good movie. Disturbing questions are raised about an oft-forgotten people when a murder takes place on a desolate Wyoming Indian reservation. Jeremy Renner is in prime form as Corey Lambert, a park ranger searching for answers.

Jaylen Brown: Sports Is a Mechanism of Control In America , by Donald McRae
The Guardian feature ~ 15 min. 
Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics is fed up with the expectation that star athletes should keep quiet on politics and culture. Brown, who has been called “too smart for his own good” by an NBA executive, opened up to The Guardian about the subtle racism that exists in professional sports and what is at stake when our best athletes are placed on pedestals solely for public entertainment. Shoutout to Karl A. in Cambridge, MA for sending this our way!

Ben Brostoff