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.

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An Inspector Calls: False innocence

Television | Film makes a wealthy family the unwitting villains
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 6/11/20, 04:18 pm

In 1912, the Birling family of England seems to have it all. In their beautiful home, with servants rushing during a lavish dinner, Arthur and Sybil Birling celebrate daughter Sheila’s engagement to Gerald, son of another wealthy family. Gerald is helping run his father’s factory.

Mrs. Birling assures her daughter that she is “securing her future” with this excellent match. In the drawing room after dinner, Mr. Birling is equally confident. “You’re getting married at the best time possible,” he informs his prospective son-in-law. 

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Unorthodox and empty insight

Television | Netflix series examines life in a Hasidic community and a sad search for more
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 5/07/20, 04:21 pm

Men in dark formal suits, with long hair protruding from under their hats, stride purposefully through New York’s streets. Women with wigs and conservative dresses push strollers on Brooklyn’s sidewalks. 

The Hasidic community is an enigma to most of us, a world of mysterious Old World tradition in 21st-century America. Perhaps that’s why a series like Unorthodox is so intriguing: It promises insight into a culture that seems so different.

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Once-in-a-generation basketball innovation

Documentary | Jump Shot explores a sport-changing move
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 4/23/20, 04:22 pm

Once a generation, an athlete changes a sport with an unexpected innovation. Steph Curry didn’t invent the 3-point shot, but his accuracy and range changed basketball.

Who first transitioned from the easily blocked two-handed set shot to the jump shot, now a staple of modern basketball? The new documentary Jump Shot, which Curry produced, examines the life and innovations of Kenny Sailors.

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