Wendell Pierce in the HBO series Treme created by David Simon

Revisit ‘Treme’ and ‘When the Levees Broke’ to remember Katrina – Amazon Prime and HBO Now

This weekend marked the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, a natural disaster compounded by insufficient defenses and a disastrous response by the government. Looking for a proper way to mark the occasion? Amazon Prime and HBO subscribers have two very good options. Treme, David Simon’s follow-up to The Wire, is beautifully […]

James Norton and Robson Green in the ITV mystery series 'Grantchester,' shown in the U.S. on Masterpiece Mystery

British Mystery: ‘Grantchester’ on Amazon Prime

Grantchester, set in a picturesque village near Cambridge in the early 1950s, looks at first glance to be another easy-going British mystery series in the Midsomer Murders vein. It’s based on a novel by James Runcie about an amiable, slightly eccentric Anglican priest who teams up with a Cambridge police detective to solve murders in […]

Margo Martindale and Giovanni Ribisi in Sneak Pete on Amazon

‘Sneaky Pete’ and ‘Casanova’ – Amazon pilots streaming free

Amazon Pilot Season again, though this one is limited to just two hopefuls: Sneaky Pete, created by David Shore (House, M.D.), and Casanova, the first small-screen series from filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man and an ex-convict who ducks a debt by appropriating the identity of his old […]

‘A Most Violent Year’ on Amazon Prime

A Most Violent Year should have been an Oscar contender. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and set in the crime-ridden culture of early 1980s New York City (which was the most violent year on record in the city’s history), smart, shadowy tribute to the crime dramas of the seventies and early eighties, […]

Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra

‘Behind the Candelabra’ on Amazon Prime

Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra made its world premiere at Cannes and its American debut on the small screen. A passion project of Soderbergh’s for over a decade, it was finally made for HBO on a limited budget when all the studios passed on the project (“They basically said it was too gay,” explained Soderbergh […]