Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

By John Ruberry Over the last few years I've been encountering snippets here and there about how that 1981 movie bomb, Heaven's Gate, was in fact, a better film than the reputation that surrounds it. After the success of The Deer Hunter, which gained him a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar, Michael Cimino, the … Continue reading Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

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: The Terror

By John Ruberry "It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen's Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, … Continue reading Review: The Terror

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: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

By John Ruberry I was out of town in July when Detroit, the movie about the destructive 1967 riot and a police attack on a small group of guests at the Algiers Motel, hit the theaters. Directed by Kathryrn Bigelow, who is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, … Continue reading Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

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

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: 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

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

Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

By John Ruberry Last fall in my review of the first season of The Last Kingdom I wrote: I’ll be back for season two, hoping for more. (More meaning better shows, not bare buttocks.) After all, the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood didn’t hit its stride until season two and it didn’t achieve consistent greatness until The … Continue reading Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

Shetland: The series so far

By John Ruberry Netflix binge watching just brought me to Scotland's remote Shetland Islands for the BBC crime drama Shetland, a series that is based upon books by Ann Cleeves. Stoic Director Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a Shetland native who moved back to the islands from Glasgow after the death of his wife, calmly investigates the archipelago's murders--and … Continue reading Shetland: The series so far

Series review: Hell on Wheels

By John Ruberry "So you'll be paying yourself to build a railroad with government subsidies." Sen. Jordan Crane to Thomas "Doc" Durant. "These are exciting times. You and I are opening the way for the greatest nation the world has ever seen." Major Augustus Bendix to Cullen Bohannon. "See him driving those golden nails that hold together … Continue reading Series review: Hell on Wheels

Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

By John Ruberry It's time to take a break from politics. Many times while surfing on Netflix I came across a recommendation to watch the seven-part 2015 BBC One miniseries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which is described as such: "In 1806 ambitious magician Norrell leads a revival of practical magic in England and ignites a … Continue reading Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Voices of Small Business: Atkinson House of Pizza NH

I'm sure at least half of the country disagrees with my take on politics but EVERYBODY likes a good meal, so when I was done with covering Chris Christie and Ovide Lamontagne in NH I headed to the Atkinson House of pizza a few paces away for a grinder and picked up a couple of … Continue reading Voices of Small Business: Atkinson House of Pizza NH

Give us Liberty Amazon / Lunch.com reviews

My twin reviews of Dick Armey's and Matt Kibbe's book Give us Liberty a tea party manifesto are available at amazon.com here and Lunch.com here. Update: Bad graphic fixed, hey when you're spending the night dancing you can't always stop to fix a bad graphic.