Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

By John Ruberry Because American politics, in my view, is dead in the water right now due of the partial government shut down--"Build the wall!" No, "Tear down the existing wall," I think today is a great time to take a peek at a couple of worthwhile Netflix documentaries. Being Napoleon explores the bicentennial reenactment … Continue reading Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

Review: Dark Tourist

By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist

Review: Season two of Ozark

By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark

1968: When the left killed civility

By John Ruberry There are cries on both sides of the political aisle for a return to civility. When did it go away? It happened fifty years ago in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. The left killed civility. The documentary Best of Enemies, available on Netflix, centers on ten debates broadcast on ABC during … Continue reading 1968: When the left killed civility

Five Second Rule

by baldilocks This definitely isn’t about camping out in the lane or picking up food off the floor and eating it. Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules. The new policy also bans the company’s film crews from asking their … Continue reading Five Second Rule

Series review: Portlandia

By John Ruberry "When I came into office I took an oath, alright," the mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) proclaims in Portlandia. "The oath was to keep Portland weird." And so he did. The final episode of Portlandia, a sketch comedy series focusing on the hipsters who have taken over Portland, Oregon, aired on Thursday. … Continue reading Series review: Portlandia

Review of Season One of Flint Town

By John Ruberry Early in Episode One of Flint Town, an eight-entry Netflix series that debuted this month, we discover a murder victim lying in the snow. And we see snowflakes resting unmelted on his hand--the only warmth he will offer can only come from memories from his loved ones. Such is life and death … Continue reading Review of Season One of Flint Town

Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

By John Ruberry Season four of the post First World War-set British gangster drama Peaky Blinders returned to Netflix ten days ago. It aired last month on the BBC. Read my review of the first three seasons here. For the uninitiated, the show is about, yes, the Peaky Blinders; who are named for the razor … Continue reading Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

Review: Karl Marx City

By John Ruberry If you know a millennial who craves communism, then I suggest that you sit that person down to watch the documentary Karl Marx City by Petra Epperlein and her husband, Michael Tucker, which was released last year. Epperlein was born in 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, which is now, as it was … Continue reading Review: Karl Marx City

Television review: The final season of Longmire

By John Ruberry The Netflix neo-western Longmire has ridden into the sunset after six years. The final season started streaming on the network nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it. My Da Tech Guy review of the first five seasons of is here. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a widower, is … Continue reading Television review: The final season of Longmire

Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

By John Ruberry Manhunt: Unabomber, is an engrossing eight-episode Discovery Channel mini-series, which is also available on Netflix, that dramatizes the search for the man dubbed the Unabomber by the FBI, Ted Kaczynski. Sam Worthington, best known for his starring role in Avatar, stars as James "Fitz" Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler and linguist who connects … Continue reading Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

By John Ruberry Much well-deserved criticism has been leveled at the BBC for compelling Doctor Who to go transgender by having, after 41 years, a woman take the lead role. Not because, as DaTechGuy himself noted two months ago, the best performer was hired, but because the Doctor Who franchise apparently needs more diversity. Keep … Continue reading Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

Review: Season one of Ozark

By John Ruberry Last night I ended another binge-watching venture, this time it was Ozark, a Netflix original series starring Jason Bateman. Season one, consisting of ten episodes, was released in July and Ozark has already been renewed for a second run. Marty Byrde (Bateman) is a financial planner who makes a deal with the … Continue reading Review: Season one of Ozark

Series review: Broadchurch

By John Ruberry A few days ago I finished watching season three of Broadchurch, a British mystery series which is broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV--and here on BBC America--starring David Tennant as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as Detective Inspector Ellie Miller. Tennant of course is best known as the Tenth Doctor--and … Continue reading Series review: Broadchurch

Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home

By John Ruberry Deep in southwestern Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate state lies the small village of Kallstadt, which has about 1,200 residents. It is well-known for two reasons. It's a stop on the German Wine Route and it's the ancestral home of Henry J. Heinz, the founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, and President Donald … Continue reading Review: Kings of Kallstadt, a film about Trump’s ancestral home