DVD Review: The Guilty

DVD Review: The Guilty

Upon its release, The Guilty was frequently compared­, usually negatively­, to the far more celebrated and honored television series Broadchurch. There are several reasons for this. Both series focus on the investigation of the murder of a young boy. Both have a determined female detective investigating the case while balancing work and family life. Both […]

Review of Miss Fisher Mysteries set 3

Review of Miss Fisher Mysteries set 3

DVD Review: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series Three Who would have guessed that Australian criminals of the late 1920s would have to live in fear of a determined flapper private investigator? Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an Australian period mystery series, starring Essie Davis as Phryne—pronounced FRY-nay—Fisher. (One early title for the series was Phryne […]

DVD Review: Bates Motel

DVD Review: Bates Motel

DVD Review: Bates Motel At first glance, the premise of Bates Motel sounds like a horrible idea covered in creative bankruptcy with a side order of bad taste. A prequel series to Psycho, set in the present day, featuring a teenage Norman Bates, with Norman’s relationship with his mother at the center of the show? […]

DVD Review: Chasing Shadows

DVD Review: Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows is part of a growing trend in mystery series–the detective with Asperger’s Syndrome or some other state on the autism spectrum. In recent years, sleuths who are suspected of having such conditions, though they rarely receive an official diagnosis, have proliferated on the television screen. They range from Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the […]

Review: Murdoch Mysteries Season 8

Review: Murdoch Mysteries Season 8

Murdoch Mysteries, Season 8 Acorn Media 2015 $59.99 Based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is a historical crime series set in Toronto. By the eighth season, it is in the early 1900s, and the brilliant detective/inventor William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is ahead of his time (often intentionally anachronistically so) in using scientific […]