9 films that influenced Stranger Things

9 films that influenced Stranger Things

9 films that influenced Stranger Things   Stranger Things returns to our screens this month as Netflix’s nerd-friendly smash hit stops by for a second season. The Duffer Brothers’ binge-worthy behemoth came out of nowhere last year to become one of the video-streaming giant’s most successful shows. While millions of fans from around the globe […]

DVD Review– The Hippopotamus

DVD Review– The Hippopotamus

DVD Review– The Hippopotamus   The Hippopotamus is a not a traditional mystery. There is no murder or theft. The narrative centers on Ted Wallace, a hard-drinking poet (Roger Allam) whose career has stalled. When his inappropriate behavior leads to his dismissal from his drama criticism job, his goddaughter hires him to investigate a series […]

Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games   The DVD releases of Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games are French adaptations of Christie novels, originally released under the title The Little Murders of Agatha Christie (Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie). The productions are notable for taking […]

DVD Review– Sherlock: Season 4

DVD Review– Sherlock: Season 4

DVD Review– Sherlock: Season 4   (Warning: Some oblique spoilers follow!)   Sherlock has always been about experimenting, taking a gamble on what will work as a dramatic adaptation, and being remarkably successful for the most part with the chances it takes. Giving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories a 21st-century update was always a risky […]

TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES

TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES   When I was growing up, the stories I enjoyed about other teenagers came to me via movies. Like YA fiction, they featured protagonists for whom everything is new and vivid, feelings are intense, and the world is full of possibility. It’s easy to see why these teen stories, whether on […]

5 Vintage Books Turned Turned into Classic Films

5 Vintage Books Turned into Classic Films

5 Vintage Books Turned into Classic Films   As a reader and writer, books are enriching and will always have a place in my heart that other mediums will never be able to replace. That said, I am also a fan of the movies and have had some of my own novels adapted into films […]

DVD Review– Suspects, Series 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

DVD Review– Suspects, Series 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5   Suspects is a British police series with an intriguing twist: it’s largely unscripted. The show is shot like a documentary, the actors are given the basics of each scene, and the conversations are ad libbed. In the right improv-trained hands, the show could be […]

DVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

DVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

DVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson   American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson takes a ready-made plot from real life and dramatizes it effectively, even if all of the themes of the case aren’t entirely given the justice they deserve. The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman […]

Ten of the Best On-Screen VillainsTen of the Best On-Screen Villains

Ten of the Best On-Screen Villains

Ten of the Best On-Screen Villains For me, one of the great joys in reading fiction is meeting new people. Even the crazy ones. Okay, especially the crazy ones. The challenge of casting literary villains in film is that quite often readers have their own ideas about who should play the parts. Add to this […]

Top Ten on The Run Novels

Top Ten On the Run Stories

Top Ten On the Run Stories The road tale is one of the oldest genres of stories there are, going at least as far back as The Odyssey. But there’s a subset that we might as well call the On the Run story, featuring outlaws not just on a journey but running for their lives, […]