DVD Review– Manhattan Night

DVD Review– Manhattan Night

DVD Review– Manhattan Night   Manhattan Night is based on the novel Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison. I’m not sure why the second word in the title was changed. When the movie was first in development, Nocturne was being used, but shortly before the film was released, it was switched to Night. If the powers […]

DVD Review– Big Little Lies

DVD Review– Big Little Lies

DVD Review– Big Little Lies   Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is a mystery with a twist. The viewer is informed that there has been a violent death at a school Trivia Night fundraiser, but the identities of both the killer and the victim are kept hidden until the final […]

DVD Review– The Night Of

DVD Review– The Night Of

DVD Review– The Night Of   The Night Of is an HBO miniseries based upon the British series Criminal Justice. While the basic plot and many pertinent storyline details remain the same, the Americanized version comes into its own as a commentary on the U.S. justice system. The Night Of succeeds in Americanizing the source […]

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution   Most of the previous adaptations of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama, such as Billy Wilder’s classic Oscar-nominated movie, have been based on Christie’s stage play. The recent BBC telemovie, in comparison, is based strictly upon Christie’s original short story. The basic story remains the same: […]

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 […]