Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer

Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer

Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer   by Michael Griesbach New York: Kensington, 2016. $26.00 The Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer (as of this writing unseen by me) has become a runaway hit and the topic of much discussion and outrage. Countless people, including many […]

DVD Review– The Witness

DVD Review– The Witness The story of Kitty Genovese is supposedly well known. A young woman was brutally murdered in the middle of the night in New York. Well over thirty people witnessed the attack, but nobody did anything. The crime became a symbol of the city’s moral decay, the people who refused to get […]

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2   The Brokenwood Mysteries has been dubbed the Midsomer Murders of New Zealand, and there are indeed many parallels. Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) are the police detectives who investigate a series of mysterious crimes throughout the lovely New Zealand countryside.   Mike Shepherd […]

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season When I first heard about CBS’s plans for a 21st-century, New York-set series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, with Watson given a sex and ethnicity change, I was dubious, to use most polite word possible. Then I remembered how pessimistic I was when I first learned about the […]

DVD Review– The Player

DVD Review– The Player

DVD Review– The Player The Player is a scathing indictment of the vapidity and venality of Hollywood culture made by people who love the movies. Robert Altman directed this classic 1992 satire, with Michael Tolkin adapting his own novel for the screen. As usual with Criterion, the release is filled with great extras, but the […]

DVD Review– Midwinter of the Spirit

DVD Review– Midwinter of the Spirit

DVD Review– Midwinter of the Spirit   Midwinter of the Spirit is both crime drama and horror show, an unsettling story that manages to take religion seriously while exploring the natures of evil and madness. At the center of this three-part miniseries is Anna Maxwell Martin as the Anglican vicar Merrily Watkins. The widowed single […]

DVD Review: Father Brown Season Three

DVD Review: Father Brown Season Three

DVD Review: Father Brown Season Three DVD Review– Father Brown- Season 3, Part 1 I love G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries. They are beautifully and intelligently written, intellectually and spiritually challenging, and some of the cleverest mysteries ever created. A television series based on Chesterton’s short stories ought to be brilliant television. However, the BBC’s […]

DVD Review– And Then There Were None

DVD Review– And Then There Were None   Terrific novels often get turned into sub-par TV and movie adaptations, sometimes bearing little resemblance to their original source material. Agatha Christie’s seminal 1939 novel, And Then There Were None, has been made into a classic comedy-thriller, an ineffective pallid slog, a campy near-horror flick, and a […]

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3   The premise of The Americans is certainly attention-grabbing—and disturbing. A seemingly ordinary couple who live outside of Washington, D.C., in the 1980s have a secret. To the world, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are a mild-mannered couple who run a travel agency and have […]

DVD Review: COP ROCK

DVD Review: Cop Rock

DVD Review– Cop Rock: The Complete Series   The short-lived series Cop Rock has provoked a wide variety of opinions among viewers. Is it Steven Bochco’s great folly? Is it a misunderstood and original commentary of our troubled society? Is it flawed but fun? Should it be acclaimed as a risk-taking triumph? Ought it to […]

DVD Review– Luther: Series 4

DVD Review– Luther: Series 4

DVD Review– Luther: Series 4   The third series of the crime drama Luther was thought to be the last, but, thankfully, creator Neil Cross and star Idris Elba are back. The first six-episode series saw the brilliant detective John Luther exploring a number of cases involving particularly twisted criminals, trying to piece together his […]