Marty VanDriel
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Busted bubble

Television | Valley of the Boom clumsily spotlights the greed behind the dot-com bubble
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/31/19, 12:43 pm

Valley of the Boom tells the story of the dot-com boom in Silicon Valley, but the show itself is a miserable bust.

In the early days of public investment in internet companies, anyone with a high-tech sounding name and confusing technology had an opportunity to bamboozle the public.

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Netflix

Wars and warrens

Television | Netflix series Watership Down offers a dark but enjoyable adventure story
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/17/19, 03:52 pm

Tyranny, violence, heroism, self-sacrifice, and rabbits: Who knew these could blend together so well? Readers of the 1972 novel Watership Down might have anticipated that the latest adaptation, released by Netflix in December, would be much more than a nature story.

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Netflix

A society’s secrets

Movie | Netflix film offers drama, humor, and familiar faces
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/03/19, 10:07 am

The Nazi occupation of British territory during World War II might seem an unlikely setting for a feel-good, heartwarming story. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix) is a delightful two-hour escape, with drama, humor, and a cast that will be familiar to many.

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