Marty VanDriel

Marty is a TV and film critic for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and CEO of a custom truck and trailer building company. He and his wife, Faith, reside in Lynden, Wash., near children and grandchildren.

Netflix

Journey in the Arctic

Movie | A self-reliant doctor learns the importance of relationships in The Midnight Sky
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/14/21, 12:24 pm

Dr. Augustine is a solitary man. When a global catastrophe strikes and other personnel abandon an Arctic Circle observatory, Augustine (George Clooney) prefers to remain behind, on his own, content with his whiskey and his medicine. But is he truly alone? Relationships are the theme of The Midnight Sky, an entertaining new Netflix film. 

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Disney+

The wrong stuff

Television | A new dramatization of the space program is more soap opera than adventure
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 11/05/20, 03:19 pm

Astronauts are heroes—skilled, brave, adventurous, bold. They fly into the highest heavens and have “slipped the surly bonds of Earth, … and touched the face of God” (in the words of pilot and poet John Gillespie Magee, which President Ronald Reagan used after the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger).

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Netflix

A friendship under the ocean

Documentary | Man and mollusk bond in My Octopus Teacher
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 10/22/20, 01:50 pm

From childhood, filmmaker Craig Foster has loved the ocean, spending hours exploring the shoreline and waters. Despite the cold temperatures of the South African coastal waters near his home, he decides to explore one particular kelp forest every day for a year.

In these daily dives, he encounters among hundreds of other creatures a female octopus who seems curious about this pale visitor to her world. “A lot of people say that an octopus is like an alien,” says Foster. “But actually, we are a lot like each other.”

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