Books, TV, and Movies

At first glance, Baby Driver is an everyday caper movie. But dig a little deeper and it’s a movie worth watching…and watching again.

last updated: 8 December 2019; people: Ansel Elgort  Lily James  Kevin Spacey  tags: Baby Driver 

The Irishman is the latest movie from Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a low-level criminal who rises to positions of power within the Teamsters union and the Bufalino crime family. It is a detailed and complex story crossing the intersection …

last updated: 7 December 2019; people: Martin Scorsese  Robert De Niro  Frank Sheeran  Al Pacino  Jimmy Hoffa  Joe Pesci  Russell Bufalino  tags: The Irishman 

In The Late Show Michael Connelly introduces us to a new character, Renée Ballard. The novel includes the best of Connelly’s police procedural story telling and overlays the tale with a look at the internal politics of the LAPD. I loved the book; let me tell you …

last updated: 6 September 2019; people: Renée Ballard  tags: 2019 reads  The Late Show 

There’s a new Netflix documentary: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The title tells you what you’re going to get. Let me tell you a bit about it before you decide whether to watch.

last updated: 22 March 2019; people: Madeleine McCann 

With his latest book, The Fox, Frederick Forsyth jumps into the world of offensive cyber war. But is the book worth a read?

last updated: 9 February 2019; tags: The Fox  2019 reads 

Devil in a Blue Dress was the first novel by Walter Mosley and features Easy Rawlins, an African American World War II veteran. It is a noir masterpiece pulling together threads of race, friendship and betrayal, and political corruption in the context of post-war …

last updated: 27 January 2019; people: Easy Rawlins  Raymond Alexander  tags: Devil in a Blue Dress  2019 reads 

Walter Mosley’s novel Devil in a Blue Dress is a noir masterpiece pulling together threads of race, friendship and betrayal, and political corruption in the context of post-war America. Read the book, then watch the movie—and watch the movie for the electric …

last updated: 26 January 2019; people: Don Cheadle  George Clooney  Denzel Washington  Tom Sizemore  Jennifer Beals  Easy Rawlins  Raymond Alexander  tags: Devil in a Blue Dress  Ocean's Eleven 

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth was published in 1971. The subsequent movie based on the novel was released in 1973. In the (nearly) fifty years since these releases many have tried to emulate both, but few have bettered the originals. If you haven’t …

last updated: 7 January 2019; people: Charles de Gaulle  tags: The Day of the Jackal  2019 reads 

Killing Eve is the best thing I’ve seen on TV for a while. Let me try and encourage you to watch.

last updated: 8 November 2018; people: Kim Bodnia  Jodie Comer  Sandra Oh  Villanelle  tags: Killing Eve 

Have you been watching The Bridge? If you haven’t, here’s why I think you should…

last updated: 10 July 2018; people: Sofia Helin  Kim Bodnia  tags: The Bridge 

I recently read Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, a story about a mother who is forced to work as a drug mule smuggling cocaine into Iceland. If you haven’t read it, you should.

last updated: 13 March 2018; tags: Snare  2018 reads 

John le Carré’s 1974 novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was adapted to be a movie and tv miniseries. Seek out all three.

last updated: 13 February 2018; people: Gary Oldman  George Smiley  Alec Guiness  tags: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

I’ve been watching Comrade Detective. It’s fun…at least the idea is amusing, but I’m not sure it quite sustains over the full series.

last updated: 14 November 2017; people: Kim Basinger  Channing Tatum  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  tags: Comrade Detective 

On the face of it, Sexy Beast is a gangster movie. In truth, it’s a love story. Sure, there are all the elements of a British gangster movie, a retired criminal living in Spain who is drawn back for one last job—a safe deposit vault heist. But dig deeper to …

last updated: 11 July 2017; people: Ray Winstone  Ben Kingsley  tags: Sexy Beast 

If you haven’t watched BrainDead, can I suggest you do: it’s hugely entertaining.

last updated: 9 May 2017; people: Danny Pino  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  tags: BrainDead  The Cars  You Might Think 

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow is a great book. If you haven’t read it, fix that and read it now.

last updated: 11 April 2017; tags: The Power of the Dog  Drug Enforcement Agency  US Mexico border  narco traffickers  2017 reads 

Goliath has pretty much every cliché there could be: Billy McBride was a hotshot lawyer, but he drank—and still drinks—and now is down on his luck, having lost his employment and his wife…but he’s still close to his daughter. He lives (and has …

last updated: 13 December 2016; people: Billy Bob Thornton  David E Kelley  William Hurt  Nina Arianda  tags: Goliath 

In 2007, Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy. Few people remember Meredith Kercher, however, nearly everyone remembers Amanda Knox, with whom Kercher shared an apartment. Knox was found guilty—but was subsequently acquitted—of the murder of …

last updated: 8 November 2016; people: Amanda Knox  Rudy Guede  Meredith Kercher  Raffaele Sollecito  Giuliano Mignini  tags: Netflix