Rectify – TV Series (2013-2016)

This is an excellent binge watch that draws you in and keeps you guessing. The acting is excellent and is on the same level as the writing. If you’re looking for a great binge watch, check this one out. At time of writing this it was streaming on Netflix.

Rectify
TV-14 | 1h | Drama | TV Series (2013–2016)

Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.
Creator: Ray McKinnon
Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron

Did Daniel do it? That is the question all throughout the episodes. I only got through the first two seasons before I wrote this but I am set to watch the final season for sure.

Ray McKinnon wrote this screenplay. He is known for many acting roles including his in Sons of Anarchy, Mud, and Deadwood.

The story: Daniel Holden was accused of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl. He spent almost 20 years in prison on death row before DNA evidence was produced to show he possibly was not to blame. The show starts with him getting out of jail and going through jeers and persecution by many in the town who think he did it. The show consists of him trying to heal and basically just cope with life outside of prison. There is also a mystery of whodunnit as his lawyer and the local sheriff start piecing together what happened that night. It takes you in and there are many surprises. At times it does go a bit slow but that is the exception to the general rule. Another thing: Daniel is not necessarily a likable character so that may be a problem for some.

If you like a good mystery that keeps you guessing, I recommend it!

8/10

This is a SundanceTV production and at the time of writing this, it was streaming on Netflix.

Cartel Land (2015)

The crowd in a tiny Mexican town called Apo chants, “The people, united, will never be defeated!” They’re following the leadership of Dr. Mireles, their humble doctor of the town. So many of their family members have been killed by the drug cartel, they are heart-sick and defeated. The people are done being pushed around.

Cartel Land (2015)
R | 1h 40min | Documentary | 3 July 2015 (USA)

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Director: Matthew Heineman
Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel ‘El Doctor’ Mireles, Paco Valencia

This documentary was extremely enlightening about what goes on in one part of a border town in Mexico, and probably many others. You witness first-hand scenes shot with modest camera crews. You don’t see any kill shots but you know they are there between the cuts. The director, Matthew Heineman, has created a powerful set of moving images and sound. We are not shown what to believe about the drug problem but rather given data to make our own conclusions.

This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. You meet these people involved. What’s surprising is that only a few of them have their faces covered. It’s as if they live in a native sense where they can’t comprehend any danger that could come from the media. Their danger is right here.

Final Thoughts

In my opinion, it’s a bit fatalistic and I always look for solutions. Having said that, I’ve never lived in this town. They are fighting against these gang-like forces and the government for their very lives. For a raw look at what is happening in this situation, I recommend this film. As of 7/8/2017 it is streaming on Netflix.

9/10