Review: The Disappearance (Disparue)

The Disappearance (Disparue) is a French 8 part mini-series. If you’ve seen The Killing or Broadchurch or are familiar with the Spanish series Desaparecida, you’ll be familiar with the concept. Except this time you see it in French with a whole new cast and some excellent cinematography. Some of the plot details and all the nuance are completely French. Continue reading “Review: The Disappearance (Disparue)”

Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 1

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an Amazon Video exclusive. The first season of this comedy set in 1950s Manhattan is now streaming. It’s the story of the birth of a comedian. There are some season 1 spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 1”

Review: Glitch Season 2

Glitch season 2 is an Australian sci-fi series now on Netflix US and other worldwide locales. The basic premise is that people are resurrected from the dead. In season 1, there was no explanation as to how that happened. In season 2, we learn how some of them rose from the dead and get many more glimpses into backstories of the risen characters.  There are many, many spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Glitch Season 2”

Review: Dalida, biopic about the French Egyptian-Italian singer and actress

Dalida is based on the life of Iolanda Gigliotti, better known as Dalida, a world famous singer for over 30 years. She died in 1987 after a career in which she received more than 90 gold records. She sold 140 million albums and singles worldwide and recorded songs in 10 languages. Continue reading “Review: Dalida, biopic about the French Egyptian-Italian singer and actress”

Review: Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!

The concert film Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! from Barbra Streisand is a wonderful treat for her fans. I’ve been a fan since she first came on the scene in the late 1960s. I loved it. Continue reading “Review: Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!”

Review: The Loch (Loch Ness)

The British mystery series The Loch, also called Loch Ness, is available on Acorn TV. It was the first program I watched with my new subscription to Acorn TV. Continue reading “Review: The Loch (Loch Ness)”

Review: Longmire Season 6, The Final Season

Season 6 of Longmire brought the Sheriff Walt Longmire story to an end in a way that I’m sure made many fans happy. As a whole, I thought the season was excellent. It gave the actors some room to stretch, resolved a number of lingering issues, and went out on a golden rainbow of happiness. There are spoilers ahead.

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Review: Mindhunter

Mindhunter, season 1, is a Netflix original. Set in the late 1970s, it’s about how the FBI began to develop a behavioral sciences division and look at the psychology of psychopaths and serial killers. These were early efforts to understand the criminal mind in days when the killers managed one-offs with a kitchen knife or a sawed-off shotgun.

I couldn’t help thinking about today’s mass murderers, who kill so many so quickly with automatic weapons. Nowadays, even if the FBI can understand the psychology of mass murderers, they are thwarted from doing anything about it by the gun lobby.

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Review: Alias Grace

Alias Grace arises from the brilliant collaborative team of Margaret Atwood who wrote the novel, Sarah Polley who wrote the adaptation for television, and Mary Harron who directed. Add Sarah Gadon who starred as Grace Marks and you have 4 powerhouse women working to bring Netflix viewers a moving 6 part series about a celebrated murderess.

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Review: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold is anchored by a warm and loving conversation between Joan Didion and her nephew Griffin Dunne. It wanders from the present back through the decades of her life and work. Continue reading “Review: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold”