Tag: Mystery

The Inspector Lavardin Collection

The Inspector Lavardin Collection

| April 22, 2014

It’s over forty minutes into Chicken with Vinegar (Poulet au vinaigre, 1985) before Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret, The Last Metro) at last makes his cinematic debut, unceremoniously pulling into a gas station to fill up. Although sweet, charming and certainly well-intentioned, Lavardin appears, at first, somewhat pedestrian as far as fictional detectives go—hardly the sort […]

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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

| April 2, 2014

Broadchurch came to my attention for the same reason many of our readers were no doubt drawn to it: the presence of long-time Doctor Who star, David Tennant, in the series’ lead role. Yet I soon learned the series co-starred fellow Doctor Who alum, Arthur Darvill, and was written and created by Chris Chibnall, who […]

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Charlie Chan Collection

Charlie Chan Collection

| August 9, 2013

Now available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the Charlie Chan Collection features the DVD debut of four Charlie Chan mysteries from the Monogram Pictures years. The titles here include Shadows over Chinatown (1946), Docks of New Orleans (1948), Shanghai Chest (1948), and The Golden Eye (1948), the first of which stars Sidney Toler as the venerable Chinese […]

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Dirk Gently

Dirk Gently

| April 3, 2013

The pilot for BBC Four’s Dirk Gently premiered in 2010, and it wasn’t until 2012 that three more episodes aired on the channel. Unfortunately for the series’ dedicated viewers, however, BBC Four thereafter declined to commission any further episodes. While this decision was met with significant fan outcry, their pleas ultimately fell on deaf ears. […]

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Thorne

Thorne

| February 26, 2013

David Morrissey stars in this 2010 series from U.K.’s Sky1 as Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, your average, tortured, loner detective who rarely, if ever, plays by the books– average except that he’s played by David Morrissey, that is. The first (and thus far, only) series of Thorne, adapted from the first two novels by Mark […]

Umineko: When They Cry

Umineko: When They Cry

| January 8, 2013

This 26-episode anime from Studio Deen, the same company that brought you Fruits Basketand Junjo Romantica, is now available in two, Premium Edition Blu-ray sets from NIS America. Adapted from a popular series of Japanese “visual novels” (which, for transparency’s sake, I have not played/read), Umineko: When They Cry (2009) begins with the murder of virtually […]

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Exile

Exile

| August 17, 2012

In this incredibly smart thriller from the BBC, a brother and sister struggling to cope with their father’s rapidly-progressing Alzheimer’s find themselves embroiled in a decades-old mystery, the key to which may forever be locked away in their father’s deteriorating mind. This powerful 2011 series features the wonderful John Simm and Jim Broadbent as the […]