The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time

The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time

The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time   North by Northwest The quintessential Hitchcock film, featuring a wrongfully accused man, a debonair villain, a duplicitous blonde, spectacular locations, and a story that never stops moving. The breathless chase culminates in one of Hitchcock’s finest set pieces when Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint scramble […]

DVD Review: The Passenger

DVD Review: The Passenger

DVD Review– The Passenger This six-episode French-language miniseries is purportedly about the hunt for a serial killer, but the really compelling drama comes in the search for the truth about its protagonist. As the story opens, the police come upon a particularly grisly murder: a man is found dead with a bull’s head stuck over […]

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia   The children’s mystery genre is sadly under-explored, with very few decent movies revolving around crimes. Of course, children’s entertainment shouldn’t center around murder, rape, and other violent atrocities, but properly designed, relatively wholesome puzzles are great for developing young minds.   Disney’s recent hit Zootopia is an enjoyable crime comedy for […]

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review: The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3 The premise of The Americans is certainly attention grabbing– and disturbing. A seemingly ordinary family living outside of Washington, DC, in the 1980s has a secret. To the world, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are a mild-mannered couple who run a travel agency and have […]

DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3

DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3

 DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3   Based on an irresistible true story, though streamlined and reimagined for dramatic purposes, Turn: Washington’s Spies centers on a small group of amateur spies (“the Culper Ring”) as they gather intelligence at the behest of George Washington in the hopes of winning the Revolution.   […]

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films   This article is going to ignite strife, controversy, and debate. Just what I like. I didn’t limit this to films on the big screen because that would exclude Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch and then I’d really get some attitude!   The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) I […]

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3 An English-language remake of a French-language Canadian cop show, 19-2 focuses on the lives of a team of first responders. These are not detectives: their job is to be the first at the scenes of crimes and to take care of assorted tasks. They’re not supposed to […]

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season   Based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries (as yet unread by me), Longmire is a series rescued from a premature cancellation. After three superb seasons on A&E, the show was cancelled while still popular, and after some anxiety on the part of fans, Netflix came to the […]

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2   The Brokenwood Mysteries has been dubbed the Midsomer Murders of New Zealand, and there are indeed many parallels. Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) are the police detectives who investigate a series of mysterious crimes throughout the lovely New Zealand countryside.   Mike Shepherd […]

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season

DVD Review– Elementary– The Fourth Season When I first heard about CBS’s plans for a 21st-century, New York-set series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, with Watson given a sex and ethnicity change, I was dubious, to use most polite word possible. Then I remembered how pessimistic I was when I first learned about the […]

DVD Review– The Player

DVD Review– The Player

DVD Review– The Player The Player is a scathing indictment of the vapidity and venality of Hollywood culture made by people who love the movies. Robert Altman directed this classic 1992 satire, with Michael Tolkin adapting his own novel for the screen. As usual with Criterion, the release is filled with great extras, but the […]