DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season

DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season   True Detective burst onto the television landscape six years ago with a highly acclaimed first season, while its sophomore effort was roundly viewed as a disappointment.  I’ve been a bit of a contrarian for both of these earlier seasons, as I thought that Season One was […]

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle   By Chris Chan   When Richard Jewell dreamed of becoming a hero, he must have made his wish on a cursed monkey’s paw, because though he did save a […]

DVD Review: Knives Out

DVD Review: Knives Out   (SPOILER WARNING: Major plot points will be discussed here.)   Knives Out is a movie I wanted to love but wound up only kind of liking.  On paper, it’s exactly my kind of entertainment.  Harlan Thrombey, a famous mystery writer, has died mysteriously, his elaborately designed and decorated house is […]

DVD Review: Queens of Mystery, Series 1

DVD Review: Queens of Mystery, Series 1   By Chris Chan   Queens of Mystery is an amiable crime show, with a promising premise that starts solidly and could blossom into something brilliant in future seasons given the proper writing.  The show centers around the investigations of the Stone family.  Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) is […]

DVD Review: Murdoch Mysteries, Seasons 11 & 12

DVD Review: Murdoch Mysteries, Seasons 11 & 12   By Chris Chan   (WARNING: Some oblique spoilers here.)     Murdoch Mysteries, the long-running Canadian period mystery-comedy series, is still going strong after twelve seasons.  The series stars Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective and scientist whose inventions are often ahead of their […]

DVD Review: Veronica Mars: The Complete Fourth Season (2019) [or, The Complete First Season (Revival), depending on who you ask.]

DVD Review: Veronica Mars: The Complete Fourth Season (2019) [or, The Complete First Season (Revival), depending on who you ask.] Veronica Mars is one of the latest beloved series to be revived, and not for the first time.  When the show premiered in 2004, it soon earned critical raves and vociferous fans, but the show never […]

DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?   Melissa McCarthy had two crime movies released in 2018.  They were radically different films with wildly different receptions.  One “won” her a Razzie Award; and another earned her Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, as well as a plethora […]

DVD Review: Mr. Mercedes, Seasons 1 & 2

DVD Review: Mr. Mercedes, Seasons 1 & 2   By Chris Chan   (WARNING: Some oblique spoilers here.)   Mr. Mercedes is based on the Bill Hodges novels of Stephen King.  Only the first in the series, Mr. Mercedes, has been read by me.  Season one follows the titular book closely, with a handful of […]

Female-Led Thrillers That Would Make Great Movies

Female-Led Thrillers That Would Make Great Movies   When I read, I watch the story play out in my head like a movie. So, every once in a while there comes a book that I ‘watch’ unfold so vividly I wonder why someone hasn’t snapped it up to make it into a movie or show. […]

DVD Review: Longmire: Season 6

DVD Review: Longmire: Season 6 Some of the best works of crime television of recent decades have attempted to capture the spirit of various regions of the United States, or at least the creative team’s personal interpretations of the heart of the areas.  The David Simon series The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street […]

DVD Review: Killing Eve, Seasons 1 and 2

DVD Review: Killing Eve, Seasons 1 and 2   By Chris Chan     The curse of many terrific television shows is poor reviews.  By “poor reviews,” I don’t mean reviews that evaluate the show negatively.  I mean badly crafted reviews, which praise the show in such a way that the show comes across as […]