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

 

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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

Netflix original series: HEMLOCK GROVE @streamingfamily.com

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