HBO’S VICE PRINCIPALS Season One

With the sheer volume of television stations and the number of shows they produce it’s close to impossible to keep up with it all unless you are a full time viewer and that’s ALL you do. Having a number of other things going on in my life there are shows that slip by me and I discover later by some means or another.  While strolling through Target last week I spotted a DVD cover that caught my eye. Light blue with simple graphics. The package said VICE PRINCIPALS.  I picked it up and saw that I starred Walter Goggins and Danny McBride. I also saw the words comedy and HBO and that was enough, I brought that sucker home.   Having a night...

HEAT: Director’s Definitive Edition Coming H...

Michael Mann’s HEAT is a kind of Love/Hate film. I enjoy the hell out of it, but find some of the secondary storylines distracting and make the film a tad too long. 20th Century Fox is now releasing a new edition they claim is truly what Michael Mann envisioned. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (Robert De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Al Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate and their lives begin to unravel, the crew initiates its most...

FORTITUDE Season 1 DVD Review

FORTITUDE Sky Looking at the cover of the DVD set made me think of Whiteout, a fun mystery set in Antarctica based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka. Going in I was expecting a story set in a cold climate with a lot of outdoors stuff and while those are aspects of the story that is far from all of it. Fortitude is a small town on an island in the arctic circle. It’s supposed to be one of the safest places on earth. A character describes this in a way that makes sense. Paraphrasing: “People who come here need to be able to put a roof over their head and provide for themselves. So people here are happy and we have no crime.” The town really is...

THE TUNNEL Complete First Season

THE TUNNEL The Complete First Season PBS I’ve reached the point where any thing on PBS that has a mystery is going to be on my list of things to watch. Life threw me a couple hiccups so it took a little longer to get to this than I would have liked, but I sat down and did the whole thing in one marathon viewing. WOW. We open on a crime scene in the tunnel connecting France and England, a body is found perfectly centered on the border. The French have the case and a Brit copper shows up after they received a courtesy call. Things change from a little uncomfortable to weird when the body is being moved and falls in to two perfectly even...

Scream Queens Complete First Season

SCREAM QUEENS First Season Fox Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy from American Horror Story got together with Ian Brennan of Glee and created this wonderfully camp (on purpose) and fun show. I am a fan of American Horror Story and was delighted to see some of the actresses from that show here.     The plot is pretty simple, a sorority on a small college campus has had some problems over the years, all coming from the fact that the sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau are all horrible people who care about none and as a result over the years people have died and at the very least had miserable experiences with the sisters. The new school year has...

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman I love looking through bargain and clearance sections for books and DVDS.  On a recent hunt I found a copy of “Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman” (original title was Tráiganme la cabeza de la mujer metralleta).  Made in 2012 in Chile and was directed by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza. With a title like that I HAD to buy it, I just couldn’t leave it there. Two dollars well spent. The hero of the movie is a DJ named Santiago (Matías Oviedo) and will in the bathroom he hears a conversation a local bad guy is having with his underlings. He wants a bounty hunter dead. The bounty hunter in question...