Netflix original series: PEAKY BLINDERS

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

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

Netflix original series: HEMLOCK GROVE

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Convoluted.”  Imagine Twin Peaks and the Twilight series come together.  Add in the sex appeal of True Blood and you have Hemlock Grove.  No doubt this show has a cult following even though they are not making any more new seasons.  It is just strange enough to have fanatics.  But it seems as though the show’s creators were so concerned about not being predictable that they kept adding subplots and flash backs to keep the show fresh.  I tried to keep pace, but the flimsy story-line became too absurdly complicated and I lost interest.  There is certainly a niche audience for this show out there.  I, however, am not part of it.   D

Netflix original series: GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE

reviewed by MOM

I liked Gilmore Girls and binge watched all 7 seasons before I watched the new Netflix series just so I could get everything in order. While I loved the original series, I was let down by the new installment. The whole series was only 4 episodes and I felt like they wasted the 1st episode. There was not much of a plot and I felt like the whole story-line in that episode was just based around how many original characters they could get to make a cameo appearance. By the time it hit its stride again, it was ending with a cliffhanger. I’m hoping that the purpose of this is because they are going to do another season and this would give them a good set up for it. If they do another season of course I will watch, because good or bad it is after all Gilmore Girls.   C+