DVD Review– New Tricks: Season 12

DVD Review– New Tricks: Season 12

DVD Review– New Tricks: Season 12  While Hollywood steadily pushes youth-oriented fare, the BBC’s series New Tricks broke the mold in a refreshing manner. The premiere showed an ambitious young police officer’s career sidelined by a twist of fate and sent to what was supposed to be career limbo: she was placed in charge of […]

The American Friend DVD Review

DVD Review– The American Friend from the Patricia Highsmith Novel

DVD Review– The American Friend (Der amerikanische Freund)  (DVD Review– The American Friend by Christopher Chan who looks at Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper) Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game, the 1977 movie The American Friend is an intriguing experiment in crime drama. The West German production is bilingual, blending English dialogue with German […]

DVD Review– True Detective: The Complete Second Season

DVD Review– True Detective: The Complete Second Season   The first season of True Detective was a critical smash, with its fans bandying about praises like “best series ever,” and declaring that it deserved every award available. I had a more lukewarm opinion of Season One, appreciating the very strong performances by Woody Harrelson and […]

DVD Review– Better Call Saul: Season One

DVD Review– Better Call Saul: Season One

DVD Review– Better Call Saul: Season One With Breaking Bad universally and deservedly acclaimed as one of the greatest television dramas of all time, fans might be justified in worrying that a spin-off prequel series might taint the legacy of Breaking Bad. Though understandable, such trepidation is dispelled early in the first episode of Better […]

DVD Review– Foyle’s War: The Complete Saga

DVD Review– Foyle’s War: The Complete Saga

DVD Review– Foyle’s War: The Complete Saga                 With television drama seemingly infatuated with deeply flawed antiheroes, Foyle’s War stands out with a protagonist who never wavered from his moral compass. When the series first started in 2002, it began as a really good historical mystery series, opening […]

DVD Review: Black Work

DVD Review: Black Work

DVD Review– Black Work   Black Work is a three-part miniseries, with each episode lasting about forty-seven minutes. As the show begins, Jo Gillespie is a police officer whose marriage is in uncertain waters. Her husband, Ryan (Kenny Doughty), a fellow detective, has been distant lately, though he has shown signs of wanting to repair […]

DVD Review: Arthur and George

DVD Review: Arthur and George

DVD Review: Arthur and George Arthur and George is based on Julian Barnes’s novel of the same name, which was, in turn, inspired by a real-life cause célèbre. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, investigated numerous crimes in real life, but the most famous case he attempted to solve was that of […]

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride DVD Review

DVD Review of Sherlock– The Abominable Bride (We have a DVD Review of Sherlock– The Abominable Bride by our film critic Christopher Chan who probes the depth of this hit tv series.) Improbably but thankfully, the BBC series Sherlock, which transplanted Holmes and Watson to the present day and correspondingly updated some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, […]

DVD Review: Partners In Crime.

DVD Review: Partners In Crime.

DVD Review: Partners In Crime–the wonderful adventures of Tommy and Tuppence are as timely as ever… Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime takes its title from the second book about the adventures of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, uses the novel The Secret Adversary for the plot of the first three episodes, and adapts N or M? […]

DVD Review: Hannibal– Season Three

DVD Review: Hannibal– Season Three

DVD Review: Hannibal– Season Three—still chilling…still riveting… Four years ago, if people had told me that the best American drama on network television would have centered on a cannibalistic serial killer, I would have thought them either mad or tasteless. Indeed, the idea of a new television series based on the Hannibal Lecter novels of […]

DVD Review: Mr. Holmes

DVD Review: Mr. Holmes (starring Ian McKellen)

DVD Review: Mr. Holmes Does one really want to watch a movie about a ninety-plus Sherlock Holmes, suffering from age-related memory loss and mourning the decline in his deductive powers? It would be rather like a film about a paraplegic Captain America or a Robin Hood whose arthritis left him incapable of using a bow […]

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 […]