Netflix original movie: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL review

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: ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN review

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Intriguing.”  This documentary series delves into the way that six artist/designers do what they do.  Each episode uses the artist’s own reflections on how they create their ideas and bring them to reality.  The series isn’t a riveting, binge worthy show.  It is something to watch when you find yourself in a cerebral mood.  With subjects ranging from auto design to photography, Abstract: The Art of Design allows the audience to gain insight into the ambiguous realm of creativity.   B


Netflix original series: FIVE CAME BACK review

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “remarkable.”  This three part documentary about five filmmakers (Frank Capra, John Ford, George Stevens, William Wyler, and John Huston) and their desire to document World War II on film is very much, remarkable.  Narrated by Meryl Streep and with interviews of Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan mixed into the sometimes raw and disturbing footage from the war is really astounding.  This series demonstrates quite clearly the power of film to rise above simple entertainment and become something much more important to the human condition.  A


Amazon original movie: GIMME DANGER review #thestooges

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “PUNK!”  This superb documentary about the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees THE STOOGES (directed by the legendary Jim Jarmusch) is a testament to all that was punk rock music.  It aggressively forces contemporary audiences to pay homage to the band that influenced a sound shared by artists like: The Ramones, Sonic Youth, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and Nirvana.  If you are a fan of rock music and you want to know what band inspired most of your favorite bands, you must check out Gimme DangerA