Movies, Series, Documentaries & a stand-up Comedienne on Netflix   Leave a comment

Streaming Netflix April 24 2020 colalge

1. “Babylon Berlin”  3 seasons–28 episodes–confusing at times but held my interest enough to watch all 3 seasons!
2.  “The Innocence Files”–a documentary about innocent men who spend decades, in prison, because of corrupt officials, mislead jurors, wrong identifications and what got them free, how it affected them, their families and, in some cases, jurors who found them guilty. First season–9 episodes–most episodes more than an hour.
3.  Ilana Glazer in “The Planet is Burning”–a stand up special–1 hour. Sorry, I am not a prude but I don’t like foul-mouthed comics, male or female, especially when I don’t laugh once!
4. “13th” –a 1 hour and 40 minutes documentary by Ava DuVernay and how the 13th amendment abolished slavery but had one line in it, “except as a punishment for a crime” which has lead to a massive rise of Black prisoners, especially men, in the system. With a lot of interesting side trips, the focus remains on the fact that over 90% of the Black men incarcerated never went to trial. There are many startling statistics given such as 1 in 3 Black men can expect to serve a prison term.
5. “Lost Girls”–1 hour and 35 minutes–film based on the best selling book by Robert Kolker, a true story about a 24-year-old sex worker who disappears and her mother’s rage to find out what happened to her daughter. The screenplay is restrained in a good way and though far from a pleasant movie it is interesting.
6. “Unspeakable Act”–movie–1 hour and 34 minutes–a true story based on child abuse that happened in Miami in 1984–Child psychologists Laurie (Jill Clayburgh) and Joseph Braga (Brad Davis) interview the very young children who were abused by a couple who ran a child care center. Watching these child actors I couldn’t help but wonder how they were affected by the roles. ( I found this story in the Sun-Sentinel archives  https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1990-01-14-9001190052-story.html

They are asked to explain what happened by using dolls–a new ‘technique’ at the time–and though they don’t know the words to use a lot of it is explicit in a child’s way. This is a 30-year-old movie but still not easy to watch. Clayburgh and Davis are excellent while Gregory Sierra as the husband is chillingly real like.
 
I need some light comedies and/or rom-coms!!
 
 

Posted April 24, 2020 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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