DVD Review: Luther: Season 5

DVD Review: Luther: Season 5   By Chris Chan   Warning: Some oblique spoilers for this season of Luther and previous seasons follow!   Luther, the series that helped make Idris Elba an international star, is back for a fifth but hopefully not final season.  This season continues the series’ trademark of having the brilliant […]

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson In these heavily politicized times, when families and friendships are sundered by differing opinions, and there seems to be no widespread agreement anywhere, people from all walks of life and ideologies are concurring on one point: the movie Holmes and Watson is dreadful.   But why?  What exactly about this […]

the americans season 6

DVD Review: The Americans Season 6

DVD Review: The Americans Season 6 (Warning: Oblique spoilers for previous seasons of The Americans follow.) The Americans is a high-concept television series in which the initial premise could have led to any point on the spectrum of quality. In lesser hands, the tale of two Russian spies living undercover as subversives in the United States could […]

10 Thrillers That NEED a TV Series Adaptation

10 Thrillers That NEED a TV Series Adaptation

10 Thrillers That NEED a TV Series Adaptation Like a lot of people these days, I’m addicted to book-to-television thrillers. Every time I learn that another novel I love has been green-lighted for a series, I devour every detail about its production until it’s finally on-screen. With the recent success of shows like Big Little […]

DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3

DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3

DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3   The TV series Fargo has always argued that to be a hero, one does not need to be superhuman, just humane. That sentiment is at the heart of the series, which shows that though a significant portion of the evil in the world is caused by deliberate malice, a […]

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)   Alongside Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe is the foremost American fictional detective.  Created by Rex Stout, the Wolfe mysteries spanned four decades and have been continued by Robert Goldsborough.  Wolfe is larger than life due to his eccentricities.  Wolfe loves […]

DVD Review– Murder on the Orient Express

DVD Review: Murder on the Orient Express

DVD Review: Murder on the Orient Express   (NOTE: This review will contain major spoilers for the 2017 movie Murder on the Orient Express.)  “I have lived long enough to know what I like. What I dislike, I cannot abide.”  The above quote is from Michael Green’s screenplay for the 2017 film adaptation of Murder […]

DVD Review: Going in Style and Golden Years

DVD Review: Going in Style and Golden Years   The movies Going in Style and Golden Years both center on a nearly identical premise. What happens when a group of cash-strapped senior citizens, reeling from the unexpected and unjust loss of their pension income, decide to rob a bank? Both films appear to have gone into […]

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– 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 […]