Archive for the ‘Murder Mystery’ Category

The Sinner: Season 1

September 12, 2018

It’s been twelve days since I finished watching The Sinner: Season 1. I have in those twelve days forgotten the ending of the series. This is part of the reason why I blog. And normally blog immediately after watching something. I used to forget things a year or so later. But 12 days? WTF. Ok, so I liked Jessica Biel. I liked Bill Pullman. I remember it being a bit cerebral and more complicated than it appeared from the start. And psychologically torturous. The actual story was interesting but obviously not memorable. Either that or I’ve been massively distracted which I haven’t. So what I remember I enjoyed, but not enough to remember everything. Confused? You should spend time in my brain. 3 out of 5.


DCI Banks

August 30, 2018

I may try to go back to DCI Banks. The initial murder was so brutal I couldn’t stomach continuing. I know, I know. I watch a lot of British police procedurals and murder mysteries. Not sure why this one hit me over the head so hard. Oh right, it was the machete about five minutes into the story. I’m sure the acting and directing are both high quality. I give this a 3 out of 5 because I couldn’t give it a real chance. Maybe a second chance when I’m not feeling quite so delicate.


Women Who Kill

July 27, 2018

If I were a woman, I’d be madly in love with Ingrid Jungermann. Hell, let’s face it. I am madly in love with Ingrid Jungermann. Her web series, F to 7th is genius. Ingrid’s film, Women Who Kill continues her deadpan comic brilliance. This time she and Ann Carr play podcasters and exes obsessed with serial killers who bump into what they think might be the real thing. This is indie film making at its finest. And lesbian characters and actors taking stage front and center, something the arts desperately needs more of. 5 out of 5.

Women Who Kill currently streaming on Prime.
Watch F to 7th.

Scott & Bailey: Season 5, The Final Season

July 22, 2018

Saying goodbye to Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey is not an easy thing to do. Over five seasons, Scott & Bailey proved to be the best kind of comfort food television. Great cast, easy stories to digest and enough drama to keep us all riveted. This final season consists of 3 episodes and wraps up the rocky chapters of each character’s lives in a positive way. Lots of damage along to way, but it was a nice happy for now ending. Bravo to the production company for realizing women’s stories matter. We need more like Scott & Bailey. 4 out of 5.

Scott & Bailey: Season 4

July 21, 2018

I finished Season 4 of Scott & Bailey on vacation. I watched very little television, but did catch the final few episodes of this solid television series from England. The best from Season 4: the promotion, Rachel’s Mom, Janet’s daughter Elise leaving home, Rachel and her sexy new man, Gill’s drinking, Gill’s impending retirement, and the slaves at the farm. Hard to believe only one more to go. Time flew by with Janet and Rachel. 4 out of 5.

The Best British Detective Series, Ranked (Ranker)

July 7, 2018

British Detective Series, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Or at least list the series I have loved over the years. Yanks sure do love a good Brit copper show. Here are some of Reel Charlie’s favorites compiled from a list over at Ranker,

The Bletchley Circle
The Fall
Happy Valley
Prime Suspect
Scott & Bailey
Second Sight
Touching Evil
Wire in the Blood

Click on the links above for Reel Charlie season one reviews.
See the full list at Ranker.
Which are your favorites? There’s so many to choose from and so many winners.

Scott & Bailey: Season 3

July 2, 2018

Season 3 turned out to be the most complex and shocking Scott & Bailey so far. Friendships destroyed, difficult relatives, free-fall marriages, difficult cases and a mole among the staff are just some of the challenges facing Janet and Rachel in this twisty eight-episode arc. Really love this show. It’s so easy to watch. Nothing too complicated and yet the quality never falters. 4 out of 5.

Scott & Bailey: Season 2

June 26, 2018

Still loving the British police procedural, Scott & Bailey. Fun to see the genders reversed – the women to be making the decisions, drinking too much, fucking up their relationships, and solving all the crimes. Best parts of Season 2: Janet’s marital problems, Rachel’s brother Dominic, Sean’s reappearance in Rachel’s life, Andy’s reappearance in Janet’s life, Sean’s surprise family member, Andy and Janet’s screw-up at work, Nick Savage’s reappearance, and Rachel’s Mom who helps with the cliffhanger. Kudos to the direction and writing. Tight, smart and easy to digest, Scott & Bailey is perfect for almost any occasion. Breezed through this second season full of surprises and filled with the familiarity of our heroines. 4 out of 5.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Scott & Bailey: Season 1

June 17, 2018

Sally Wainwright’s (Happy Valley) police procedural, Scott & Bailey currently streams five seasons on Amazon Prime. Scott & Bailey provides detective comfort food while boasting a female driven cast and crew. The women on the show screw up just as much as the men but I have to say it’s refreshing seeing a perspective from the girls club this time around. We could use a lot more shows like Scott & Bailey. The series stars Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in title roles with Amelia Bullmore as their DCI boss. All three women carve out natural and memorable characters. Combining the best of smart police work with short-lived cases and a bit of sexual tension and drama from the women, Scott & Bailey goes down easy and is the perfect Friday night Amazon and chill. 4 out of 5 for this addictive drama.

Riverdale: Season 2

May 24, 2018

Spoiler alert: What a crazy, messed up, hodgepodge show Riverdale became in Season 2. All sense of reality and cohesion went out the window. Co-workers bailed on it. I continued each week (on The CW app with commercials – ugh!) shocked at just how ridiculous the series veered off-course. Season 1 set it up to be this cool high school hipster cozy mystery series. Season 2 jumped off a cliff and never looked back. Somehow I continued to love and hate many of the characters. Those who annoyed me in the first season, continued their plague. And those I loved never got enough screen time. WTF happened to Josie and Kevin? Finally in the last episode, Kevin’s make-out with Moose happened. But if felt too little too late. Are there too many characters? Is Archie’s hair too artificially orange? Is Veronica really in high school? Does Betty’s Mom remind me of a character on Twin Peaks? So many questions, so little time with so many characters and plot lines begging for attention. I hated the Serpents. I loved Kevin’s Dad. I hated Betty’s’s Dad, I loved Betty’s Mom. I found Chic to be creepy which I suppose was the point. I have no idea whether I will watch Season 3. If this were on HBO and a bit more adult, it might be fun. But the golly shucks, there’s another dead body vibe wears thin after a while. 3 out of 5 for Riverdale because I did make it to the end.

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