What to stream: ‘Patriot’ on Amazon Prime and Oscar nominees on VOD

Michael Dorman is an undercover intelligence officer in the new Amazon Original series Patriot, a comic thriller co-starring Terry O’Quinn and Kurtwood Smith. “[I]t’s less an action drama than a droll, often gleefully random comedy about deception, family, and the complexity of the human personality. It sets a distinct narrative path for itself but then […]

Luc Merenda and James Mason star in Fernando di Leo's mob revenge thriller

‘Kidnap Syndicate’ – The business of crime on Amazon Prime and Fandor

Luc Merenda, the corrupt cop of Fernando di Leo’s Shoot First, Die Later, takes the lead again in di Leo’s Kidnap Syndicate (Italy, 1975) but this time he’s neither cop nor crook. Mario Colella is just a simple mechanic and working class single father who gets caught in the middle of mob business and corporate […]

Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty star in 'The Golden Girls'

What to stream: Hulu is ‘Golden,’ ‘Crazy Ex’ on Netflix, ‘Americans’ on Amazon Prime, and more

Thank you for being a friend: Hulu now has all seven seasons and 180 episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Golden Girls with Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty showing that there is life after 50. Watch it on Hulu Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist making first […]

Henry Silva and Woody Strode in Fernando di Leo's gangster classic

‘The Italian Connection’ – Mob schemes on Amazon Prime and Fandor

The Italian Connection (Italy, 1972), from Italy’s king of crime cinema Fernando di Leo, stars Mario Adani (the top dog thug of the Americano’s gang in di Leo’s earlier Caliber 9) as Luca, a remarkably affable and well-liked pimp whose popularity on the street makes the Milan boss nervous. So he frames Luca for a […]

Ricky Gervais is David Brent

What to stream: Ricky Gervais takes ‘David Brent’ on the road, a new Paris ‘Collection,’ and more streaming arrivals

15 years after the end of the original British comedy series The Office, Ricky Gervais checks back in on insufferably self-satisfied office manager David as he tries to launch a career as a singer-songwriter in David Brent: Life on the Road. “Brent hasn’t changed much except that he’s older and more insecure than he was 16 years […]

Luc Merenda stars in Fernando di Leo's crime drama from Italy

‘Shoot First, Die Later’ – Revenge of the corrupted on Amazon Prime

Shoot First, Die Later (Italy, 1974), directed by Italian gangster specialist Fernando di Leo, stars Luc Merenda as Domenico Malacarne, a hotshot cop on the Milan strike force. Young, good looking, and always at the center of big, splashy cases, Domenico is the department poster boy for police heroism and he kicks off the film […]

Directed by Rémi Chayé

‘Long Way North’ – Animated odyssey on Amazon Prime and Blu-ray/DVD

Long Way North (Shout! Factory) is a gorgeous French-Danish animated feature about a 15-year-old girl from an aristocratic family in 1880s Saint Petersburg who flees her palatial home for the far north to search for the lost ship of her explorer grandfather Oloukine. He disappeared in his attempt to conquer the North Pole in the […]