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Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday in Style

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday in Style By Anna Shura   July 31st marked the beloved wizard’s 41st birthday. (Yikes, does anyone have an anti-aging spell?) As a self-proclaimed huge Harry Potter fan, I give these items a stamp of approval, and I may or may not have all of them in my shopping cart already. […]

DVD Review: Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season

DVD Review: Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season   (Warning: Significant spoilers for the first and second seasons will be featured here, though I will try to do so as obliquely as possible.)   The second season of Big Little Lies isn’t a murder mystery like the first season was, but instead is an […]

DVD Review: Quiz

DVD Review: Quiz Quiz is based on the true story of the biggest game show scandal since Twenty-One in the 1950’s.  Many Americans are unaware that Who Wants to be A Millionaire? was originally a British series, which was imported to the United States, where pounds were converted into dollars.  Quiz begins with the network, […]

DVD Review: Monk: The Complete Series (2020 Rerelease)

DVD Review: Monk: The Complete Series (2020 Rerelease)   Critics and pundits love to bandy the word “relevant” around certain creative works, arguing that because of its topic, themes, or political agenda, a certain book or movie or TV series is exceptionally “relevant” to the current era.  Often, this terminology means nothing more than “this work […]

DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season

DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season   True Detective burst onto the television landscape six years ago with a highly acclaimed first season, while its sophomore effort was roundly viewed as a disappointment.  I’ve been a bit of a contrarian for both of these earlier seasons, as I thought that Season One was […]

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle   By Chris Chan   When Richard Jewell dreamed of becoming a hero, he must have made his wish on a cursed monkey’s paw, because though he did save a […]

DVD Review: Knives Out

DVD Review: Knives Out   (SPOILER WARNING: Major plot points will be discussed here.)   Knives Out is a movie I wanted to love but wound up only kind of liking.  On paper, it’s exactly my kind of entertainment.  Harlan Thrombey, a famous mystery writer, has died mysteriously, his elaborately designed and decorated house is […]

DVD Review: Queens of Mystery, Series 1

DVD Review: Queens of Mystery, Series 1   By Chris Chan   Queens of Mystery is an amiable crime show, with a promising premise that starts solidly and could blossom into something brilliant in future seasons given the proper writing.  The show centers around the investigations of the Stone family.  Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) is […]

DVD Review: Murdoch Mysteries, Seasons 11 & 12

DVD Review: Murdoch Mysteries, Seasons 11 & 12   By Chris Chan   (WARNING: Some oblique spoilers here.)     Murdoch Mysteries, the long-running Canadian period mystery-comedy series, is still going strong after twelve seasons.  The series stars Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective and scientist whose inventions are often ahead of their […]

DVD Review: Veronica Mars: The Complete Fourth Season (2019) [or, The Complete First Season (Revival), depending on who you ask.]

DVD Review: Veronica Mars: The Complete Fourth Season (2019) [or, The Complete First Season (Revival), depending on who you ask.] Veronica Mars is one of the latest beloved series to be revived, and not for the first time.  When the show premiered in 2004, it soon earned critical raves and vociferous fans, but the show never […]

DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?   Melissa McCarthy had two crime movies released in 2018.  They were radically different films with wildly different receptions.  One “won” her a Razzie Award; and another earned her Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, as well as a plethora […]