John Smistad

“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”: A Bygone Era of Baseball I Wish Like Hell Would Come Back!

a Netflix original documentary. This is the colorful true story of the Portland Mavericks, a scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s. “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a documentary chronicling the last ever independent Major League Baseball affiliated minor league franchise.  Owned … [Read More]

“The Revenant”: Exhausting and Exhilarating Odyssey of Revenge [John’s Review] [Anthony’s Review] THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left … [Read More]