Netflix original movie: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL review @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Entertaining.”  This Netflix documentary delves into the world of a independently owned minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon in the mid 1970’s.  Interesting fact is that the team was owned by the father of actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone and Escape from New York), Bing Russell.  This documentary does a wonderful job of embodying the baseball spirit as it tells the tale of how the little guy took on Major League Baseball.  Great for any sports fan’s entertainment, but doesn’t cross over into general audience amusement.  B

 

Netflix original series: HOUSE OF CARDS @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Superb.”  Great storytelling almost mirroring today’s political headlines! Excellent acting from the supremely talented Kevin Spacey only to be rivaled by the exquisite art of Robin Wright.  House of Cards has expertly designed locations, skillful directing, and SSSSOOOO much intrigue woven into its plot that it cannot help but be Netflix’s first MUST SEE series! Five seasons of this marvelous show make it a binge worthy retreat for anyone with a week to kill (pardon the pun).   A+

 

Netflix original series: PEAKY BLINDERS @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Bemused.”  This series should be one that I rave about.  Great acting (there isn’t much that Cillian Murphy does that I am not impressed with), awesome soundtrack, and wonderful set and costume designs.  There is plenty of action and story line to go around… and yet, I felt only mildly entertained.  Not sure what the problem is.  I guess the tale of a British organized crime gang doesn’t interest me that much. If I gave an ‘A” for effort, Peaky Blinders would get it hands down.  I really thought I would love this show.  Maybe my expectations were too high OR the quality of the product was a bit off.  B-

 

Netflix original series: SOUTHCLIFFE @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Poignant.” Southcliffe is not a mini-series for those looking for something light to have on as background noise.  It is a thought provoking and a deeply moving journey into the tragedy of a mass shooting in a small town.  Sean Harris, as Stephen Morton, does an incredible job of bringing a realistic face to an easily marginalized madman.  The entire cast is superb as they paint an intricate portrait of unanswerable misery.  The story’s plot-line is unfolded in a very unconventional way of flashbacks and flash forwards but it never becomes obtuse or hard to decipher.  Definitely not a date night flick, but one you should not miss if you love great film-making and storytelling.  A