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, […]

The Ten Best Steamy Thrillers

The Ten Best Steamy Thrillers

The Ten Best Steamy Thrillers My husband always goes for the gangster epic, but when it comes to movie night, I’m all about the erotic thriller. But how many times can a person sit through Fatal Attraction? In case you share my predilection for stiletto heels and ice picks but are in desperate need of […]

DVD Review– The Little Murders of Agatha Christie

DVD Review– The Little Murders of Agatha Christie

DVD Review– The Little Murders of Agatha Christie   Agatha Christie’s mysteries are popular all over the world, and when her works are adapted by global filmmakers, the creative teams tend to put their own stamp on the productions. In The Little Murders of Agatha Christie, or Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie, a French spin […]

The Fall Season II

DVD Review– The Fall, Series 2

DVD Review– The Fall, Series 2   Late in the second series of The Fall, a serial killer looks into a video and asks, “Why are you watching this?” A good question, I told myself. The Fall has a lot going for it, particularly the magnificent Gillian Anderson in the lead role, and a palpable […]