‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story

Editor’s note: The 2017 documentary has been written about by many, but if you haven’t seen it, there are spoilers in this column.

The documentary ‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting. The production is extremely well-directed and holds your attention from the first words uttered by the subject Juan Catalan. By the time the credits roll, it’s impossible to not be infuriated by justice temporarily gone horribly astray. The work, however, stops short of the full story. Catalan, an innocent man who came far too close to the death penalty, is the central subject, but his brother Mario’s story warranted more attention than it got. Continue reading “‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story”

Skepticism on point: Quibi belly up for major political actor in US, China

Sometimes my skepticism proves on point. In January I expressed doubts about success for political titan Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi streaming venture.  My doubt was influenced by the fact Meg Whitman would help “lead” the startup. Now Quibi is belly up but one thing is for sure. Continue reading “Skepticism on point: Quibi belly up for major political actor in US, China”

Streaming gems include steamy McConaughey film, bizarre series

If you’re like me and there’s just about nothing on regular TV to suit, streaming options are plentiful. My husband and I found several surprise gems including a Matthew McConaughey film I’d never heard of, a Bradley Cooper film I hadn’t seen, and a series that is a real mind blower. The McConaughey film had a sexual scene that blew my mind; it involved takeout fried chicken. Continue reading “Streaming gems include steamy McConaughey film, bizarre series”

TTFT rolls out celeb guests as stars from ‘Us’ join Halloween show

Durden Godfrey and Taurean Royal have a knack for getting celebrity guests on their recently rolled out show, TTFT on YouTube. Continue reading “TTFT rolls out celeb guests as stars from ‘Us’ join Halloween show”

Ignore the critics; new ‘Rebecca’ is superbly done

When you tackle a project like adapting Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca to film, you have your work cut out for you. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 work was phenomenal. PBS broadcast two versions of it on TV in serial form. Now Ben Wheatley has brought a new adaptation to Netflix, and some critics have been less than kind about his vision. Continue reading “Ignore the critics; new ‘Rebecca’ is superbly done”