Sunday, January 24, 2021     Volume: 21, Issue: 47
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A VIGILANTE
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: BARRY
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
DA 5 BLOODS
ENOLA HOLMES
FIRST COW
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAPPIEST SEASON
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
HONEST THIEF
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LYING AND STEALING
MANK
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
SOUL
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
THE OPERATIVE
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE PROM
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN
THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: BEST LEFTOVERS EVER!
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EVIL
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (SEASON 11)
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (2014)
WONDER WOMAN 1984

BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES


Where is it playing?: Disney Plus

What's it rated?: TV-G

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Until recently, I had no idea film director James Cameron has been to the actual wreckage of the Titanic 33 times. When my daughter did a report earlier in February on Robert Ballard for her seventh grade English class, I got to revisit the facts surrounding the historic shipwreck. Ballard, an underwater archeologist, discovered the Titanic’s wreckage in 1985, which opened the door to myriad explorers and history sleuths to speculate and piece together exactly how the ship sank. Cameron was one of those explorers, and in the National Geographic documentary, Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron (2017, 46 min.), the director chats with Ballard about what they’ve continued to learn.

Cameron is still concerned about the accuracy of what was portrayed in his movie, and in this documentary, we see him admit some of the details he embellished in the name of storytelling. He talks with descendants of survivors and victims, handles precious artifacts, and revisits not only the prevailing theories on how the ship sank, but why so few people made it into the lifeboats. 

I watched this documentary with my daughter when she was home sick, and she was thrilled to see Ballard, her academic hero, in action. Because we were going to be on the couch awhile, we opted to stay on theme with our next Nat Geo show: Drain the Titanic (2015, 46 min.). This show, part of the ongoing Drain the Oceans series, has a novel concept—simulating draining the waters surrounding famous shipwrecks to see “in broad daylight” what’s there. But beyond the interesting idea, the film’s overdramatic narration detracted from its presentation of actual facts, many of which contradict Ballard’s and Cameron’s theories and discoveries about how the Titanic sank. 

Since my daughter didn’t magically get better after an hour and a half, we went on to watch Ballard’s latest adventure: Expedition Amelia (2019, 95 min.). This documentary rocks! Narrated by Allison Janney (Juno, Finding Nemo), it weaves together Amelia Earhart’s life story with the 2019 expedition to find the remains of her airplane—and possibly her body. 

Archeologists center on Nikumaroro, a tiny atoll in the Phoenix Islands in the South Pacific, hundreds of miles away from where Earhart missed her planned landing on the final leg of her 1937 flight around the world. It was a joy to watch this with my daughter—she geeked out about Ballard controlling his deep-sea robots, and I geeked out about the footage of one of my heroes. I’d done multiple grade school reports on this record-shattering pilot. 

Expedition Amelia is substantive, suspenseful, well made, compelling, and emotional. I teared up several times as we watched archeologists painstakingly search for clues in the area they suspect Earhart camped after her possible crash landing on the atoll. Over the years, they’ve found skeletal remains, cosmetics jars, and other remnants. But the land and undersea quests had to end before any conclusive results were to be had, leaving the mystery surrounding Earhart’s disappearance unsolved, for now. 

In the meantime, my daughter and I will be following Ballard’s adventures in the news and exploring the world with other Nat Geo offerings. 

—Andrea Rooks










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