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 […]

THE TOP TEN EDITH HEAD MOVIES

THE TOP TEN EDITH HEAD MOVIES

THE TOP TEN EDITH HEAD MOVIES   Trying to select the ten best films featuring costumes designed by Edith Head verges on the impossible. Even she lost track of how many films she’d worked on. She began her career in the 1920s dressing elephants (she mistakenly used real flowers, which the pachyderms promptly ate) and […]

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films There are famous examples of thrillers that improve on the source novel, but more often even a good film version falls short. This top ten is ordered chronologically. The Riddle of the Sands (1903) is famous mainly because it is seen as the first proper espionage novel. […]

DVD Review– Agatha Raisin, Series 1

DVD Review– Agatha Raisin, Series 1   This series is based on the mystery novels of M.C. Beaton. Although I have not read any of her work, it is my understanding that some of these adaptations are very loose indeed, dramatically changing the character of Agatha and altering the identity of the killer in other […]

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 […]