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 […]

DVD Review: Luther: Season 5

DVD Review: Luther: Season 5   By Chris Chan   Warning: Some oblique spoilers for this season of Luther and previous seasons follow!   Luther, the series that helped make Idris Elba an international star, is back for a fifth but hopefully not final season.  This season continues the series’ trademark of having the brilliant […]

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson In these heavily politicized times, when families and friendships are sundered by differing opinions, and there seems to be no widespread agreement anywhere, people from all walks of life and ideologies are concurring on one point: the movie Holmes and Watson is dreadful.   But why?  What exactly about this […]