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.


Tears on the moors

Documentary | In Evelyn, siblings hope a series of hikes in Scotland will help their family heal from the pain of a brother’s suicide
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/26/19, 01:37 pm

Director Orlando von Einsiedel lost his brother Evelyn to suicide 15 years ago, and he and his family find it too painful to talk about their loss. Determined to change this, Orlando, sister Gwen, and youngest brother Robin set off to reminisce by repeating a series of hikes in Scotland they had traveled with their brother.

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When China came to Ohio

Documentary | American Factory spotlights a clash between Chinese and American work culture
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/12/19, 04:11 pm

When General Motors Co. in 2008 shuttered a factory near Dayton, Ohio, thousands of workers lost high-paying union jobs. Eight years later, a Chinese glass manufacturer reopened part of the plant, bringing new employment but a very different work culture. The new Netflix documentary American Factory is a fascinating and evenhanded look at the stark differences between American and Chinese work life.

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The family fib

Movie | In The Farewell, a Chinese family decides not to tell a matriarch about her terminal cancer
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 8/15/19, 01:13 pm

“Based on an actual lie” is the opening tagline to director Lulu Wang’s second feature film, The Farewell. The PG-rated movie tells the story of a Chinese family dealing with the impending death of its beloved matriarch by not telling her she is dying.

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