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: BORGIA SEASONS 1 – 3

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Horrible.”  This was the stupidest series I have ever watched.  Horribly directed: “Since the story isn’t very good, let’s see how many breasts we can show.” Horribly written, “Let’s don’t worry about back story or actual plot.  Plot is so overrated.”  Horrible acting, “Let’s don’t worry about the fact that this series is based in 15th century Italy. I am sure our mid-west American accents will sound fine against this backdrop.”  In some kind of money grabbing attempt to cash in on the recent popularity of historical dramas, the makers of Borgia have concocted this pile of poop.  What is worse, Netflix was so desperate as they began their foray into “original programming” that they produced THREE seasons of this drivel.  Awful… terrible… absolute crap!   F


Netflix original movie: THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE review

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Bland.”  I was hoping that a dramatized retelling of this true event would have more punch and swagger to it, but unfortunately it was pretty vanilla.  There are plenty of moments that are ripe with potential for action but they are left underdeveloped.  Predictably, the climax is anticlimactic which left me feeling disappointed, but only to a small degree since I never really got excited during the film anyway.  C-


Netflix original movie: THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA review

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “contentious.”  Melissa Leo’s portrayal of the infamous Madalyn Murray O’Hair is wonderfully contentious.  Leo succeeds in showing both the humanistic and controversial sides of this polarizing figure in American history.  The bizarre plot of the film based on Murray O’Hair’s life doesn’t get in the way of Leo’s performance, fortunately.  Ranging somewhere between humorous and offbeat, it was only Leo’s performance that kept me interested.  Otherwise, this grade would have been much lower.  B-