Ja Ja Ding Dong | “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” 2020 Netflix Movie Review 

Not many successful musical comedies exist on film, and that’s because both genres must strike a precarious balance. “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”, a Netflix film that was partially funded by the Icelandic government merges a very average Will Ferrell comedy with legitimately good music numbers through the vehicle of the Eurovision Song Contest.  As such, the film is part advertisement for Iceland, Eurovision and European … Continue reading Ja Ja Ding Dong | “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” 2020 Netflix Movie Review 

Exposing A Monster | “Athlete A” 2020 Netflix Movie Review

I work full-time as a newspaper designer who lays out a lot of sports pages, and I prominently remember laying out stories to do with disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Even with that familiarity, it is hard to grasp the scope of the fact that this man got away for years with sexually abusing around 500 young women and girls through his role as … Continue reading Exposing A Monster | “Athlete A” 2020 Netflix Movie Review

Best Of The Year So Far | “Da 5 Bloods” 2020 Netflix Movie Review

It’s hard to grasp that we’re already halfway through the year. Because the coronavirus sent normal life to a screeching halt, I’ve been understandably staying inside a whole lot more. I haven’t been to a movie theater in months, and in truth, mentally I still feel like we’re in March, and indeed, it feels like only three months of content have come out in the … Continue reading Best Of The Year So Far | “Da 5 Bloods” 2020 Netflix Movie Review

Bridging the Divide: How to Fix the “Worst” Episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” | Column from the Critic

In the past week, the internet has reunited over Netflix releasing the beloved Nickelodeon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. People have been remembering the best of the show; from the brilliant writing to the finale being the animated equivalence of “Return of the King”. Netflix renewed interest in the near-perfect show. When talking with friends and observing critics, the consensus that the “worst” episode is … Continue reading Bridging the Divide: How to Fix the “Worst” Episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” | Column from the Critic

The Price Of Militarization | “Waco” 2018 TV Miniseries Review

Every now and again, a series based on true events finds its way to Netflix, and it hits hard. Last year, one of the most notable biopic series was “When They See Us,” a heartbreaking miniseries on the Central Park Five, who were sent to prison as children in the 90s for a crime they did not commit. This year, we get “Waco,” a six-episode … Continue reading The Price Of Militarization | “Waco” 2018 TV Miniseries Review

Ricky Gervais Being Sad All the Time … Again! | “After Life” Season 2 Netflix Series Review

Netflix’s “After Life” Season 1 is like a lot of Netflix shows in which, for a brief moment, it’s the most amusing thing you can think about, but it’s quickly forgotten when something else comes along.  For me, this was so much so that I realized I never got around to reviewing season 1, so here are my thoughts: It’s fine. What made season 1 … Continue reading Ricky Gervais Being Sad All the Time … Again! | “After Life” Season 2 Netflix Series Review

Low-Quality Fun | “Coffee and Kareem” Netflix Movie Review

Not every film needs to be a 10/10, 5-star quality film for it to be an enjoyable watch. Netflix’s “Coffee and Kareem” is a perfect example of this.  The film stars Ed Helms as a hapless, bumbling cop named James Coffee who stumbles upon a drug-smuggling scheme organized in part by rapper-turned-criminal Orlando Johnson (RonReaco Lee) when he has to pick up his girlfriend’s son, … Continue reading Low-Quality Fun | “Coffee and Kareem” Netflix Movie Review

“Tiger King” Dropped At The Perfect Time | Column from the Editor

While we’re all stuck at home, Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has absolutely dominated online discourse, because of the overall strangeness of the docuseries’ subject matter (Joe Exotic, the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., and his feud with Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin), and because many of us just need an entertaining distraction in these trying times.  “Tiger King” certainly delivers on that … Continue reading “Tiger King” Dropped At The Perfect Time | Column from the Editor

Insanity At Its Finest | “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” Season 1 Netflix Series Review

During the coronavirus outbreak that has seen most people around the world stuck at home, Disney released “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” early on its streaming platform. In contrast, Netflix gave us “The Platform” and the absolute insanity that is Season 1 of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”  This is the reason I’m not canceling my Netflix subscription any time … Continue reading Insanity At Its Finest | “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” Season 1 Netflix Series Review

The Hunger Games | “The Platform” Netflix Movie Review

Amid theater closures and cancellations of big-name projects, Netflix keeps delivering the goods, most notably through its “Tiger King” docuseries, and the March 20 streaming debuts of “The Platform,” a 2019 Spanish science fiction/horror film that you’ll find that you can’t turn away from.  “The Platform” follows Goreng (Iván Massagué), a young man in his mid- to late-20s who enters a tower-style prison in exchange for … Continue reading The Hunger Games | “The Platform” Netflix Movie Review