5 Favorites of 2009: Sean Chercover.

I know, I’m late to the party. But I’ve been watching season one on DVD, and I’m totally hooked. Six Feet Under is right up there with The Wire and Rescue Me, proving that the cable television is providing the very best American filmed drama these days. Alan Ball – the guy who brought us the awesome movie American Beauty – brings the same depth and feeling to Six Feet Under. Don’t miss it.

LIFE ON MARS (UK version) – Season One
A big ‘thank you’ to Jon Jordan, who introduced me to this terrific, mind-bending cop/time travel series. Each viewing is rewarding in different ways. I can’t wait for season two to come out – and if you’ve seen it, don’t tell me how it ends! If you haven’t seen it, get the DVD (make sure you’re getting the UK version) – you’ll thank me later.

BARETTA – Season One
So many times, we watch the shows we loved as children, only to be disappointed, even making allowances for the changes in style and pacing over the years. Once you get beyond the nostalgia value, many of these shows were pretty lame. Not so with Baretta. This is a great show, for any era, and I hope they soon release the next three seasons on DVD. Baretta simply rocks … and that’s the name of that tune.

You may know the old saying from theatre: Satire is what closes on Saturday night. Well, satire is not for everyone, as evidenced by the wildly fluctuating reviews of The Men Who Stare At Goats. But I loved it. Here’s a good barometer: If you enjoyed Burn After Reading, then you’ll dig this movie too. If Burn wasn’t your cuppa, then you probably won’t.

I reviewed this documentary for an earlier issue of Crimespree, and it remains one of my favorites of the year. If you love jazz, this DVD should be in your collection. And if you’re just curious about jazz, this may help convert you into a fan. Sonny Rollins is my favorite living tenor man, and this documentary is an excellent window into his music, creative process, and outlook on life.

Since Mr. Sean failed to provide a bio, I am going to take a moment to tell you about him: Sean has previously worked for film and television as well as a stint as a Private Investigator. He has won the CRIMESPREE, ANTHONY, CWA DAGGER and DILY awards. You can visit him at http://www.chercover.com/