tv review

Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.

  • Brad Howe
    Published about a year ago
    Chaotic Reviews - 'White Boy Rick'

    Chaotic Reviews - 'White Boy Rick'

    True crime is a hot commodity and is usually more thrilling than fiction for audiences simply because, well... It actually happened. However, in the past, true crime has often lost its momentum due to showrunners and filmmakers straying away from and over exaggerating what REALLY happened with the attempts of making it more cinematic, much like films such as American Made starring Tom Cruise, the story about the notorious drug smuggler, Barry Seal. It has shown that true crime movies and TV shows that have stayed true to the original stories have gained more success than those that don't. More or less. This genre isn't the only one of course. There are many genres that cater to the notion of "selling out."
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published about a year ago
    'Rectify' Shows Us the True Difficulty of Readjusting After Harsh and Unfair Government Punishment

    'Rectify' Shows Us the True Difficulty of Readjusting After Harsh and Unfair Government Punishment

    SundanceTV’s underseen but incredibly prestigious (metascore of 99 for its stunning final season yet not popular enough to be gratified by the primetime Emmy awards) series Rectify could have easily become a typical procedural or an overwrought melodrama with its essential premise being set on a man’s release from death row after spending close to twenty years there in confined conditions and the emotional effect this has on him and the people he is surrounded by. However, with the show’s poetic writing, well-chosen melancholy visuals, and incredible performances from all those involved, Rectify transcends typical Southern Gothic trappings to display such truths about us as people and the way that human interaction is so vital yet can be so bittersweet in their intricacies and complexities. This is often achieved with a tentative focus on what is not said in conversation as opposed to dialogue heavy scenes, choosing to provoke our emotions with hesitant, revelatory pauses and nuanced expressions in an introspective, slow-burn, and serene character study that offers sobering questions to our methods of rehabilitation for people who are convicted yet may still be innocent. Yet there are no obvious answers to whether or not Daniel is guilty as through the severe trauma he has suffered throughout his time in death row his memories from over two decades ago are deeply suppressed and arguably unreachable.
  • Katherine Bullion
    Published about a year ago
    'American Vandal' Season 2

    'American Vandal' Season 2

    American Vandal, season two, came out on Netflix last Friday and I watched it all in a day. It was really good. As most fans were, I was worried it wouldn't live up to the first season, and while it did lack in some areas, it overall stood on its own legs. It's an impressive follow-up to an iconic first season.
  • KRYSTAL READS
    Published about a year ago
    'Castle': A Rom-Com Procedural

    'Castle': A Rom-Com Procedural

    One show that has stayed with me a few years after ending is the television series Castle starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. While the show has ended much to fans' dismay, I'm happy we had it for as long as it lasted. What was so special about this series, and what made it work more than just being a procedural series, is that there was comedy mixed into the plot more than other cop shows these days.
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published about a year ago
    My Review of the First Season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

    My Review of the First Season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

    Sons of Anarchy is a story about a family wrapped up in organized crime in a small town. More specifically it’s a biker gang called the Sons of Anarchy. This TV series is based on the character Jax, short for Jackson. He’s the vice president of the biker gang and in line to become president after Clay. Clay is the current president and married to Jax’s mother.
  • Kathy Bugajsky
    Published about a year ago
    'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Adds Life to Investigating the Dead

    'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Adds Life to Investigating the Dead

    The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher is a "lady detective" who solves murders in Australia following World War I. The television series on ABC Australia called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries began as a series of books written by Kerry Greenwood.
  • Wade Wainio
    Published about a year ago
    Serial Killer Suspect Bruce McArthur, Disposable Man Syndrome, and 'The Kids in the Hall'

    Serial Killer Suspect Bruce McArthur, Disposable Man Syndrome, and 'The Kids in the Hall'

    Serial killers can be likened to viruses. Whenever they are discovered, they're evidence of something gone wrong. They symbolize a society on the fritz, so to speak They've also always been here, probably always will be, and they are ever-evolving. However, it might also be a misconception to call them "viruses," "monsters," or even "evil." The most startling thing about serial killers is that they are actually human. When we exaggeratedly try to separate ourselves from them, we're sort of kidding ourselves.
  • Sadee Frye
    Published about a year ago
    'Midsomer Murders': A British Crime Series
  • Katie Pevreall
    Published about a year ago
    'Orange Is the New Black' Is the Harsh Reality Check We All Needed

    'Orange Is the New Black' Is the Harsh Reality Check We All Needed

    The latest season of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OitNB) dropped on Friday and if you’re anything like me you’ve already binged the entirety of it. The Netflix show is famous for opening up discussions on a number of taboos and is the only mainstream series where you will find mixed race couples with no white people, black and Latinx actors having complex storylines, a female-dominated cast, and lesbian sex in pretty much every episode. But the series has come a long way since the infamous screwdriver incident and every season the writers offer an increasingly nuanced political conversation through the stories of the inmates and prison owners, MCC.
  • Charlie Tibble
    Published about a year ago
    'Power' Season 5

    'Power' Season 5

    The most recent addition to 50 Cent and Starz's Power is season five, which will see episodes released weekly, with episodes one and two being the only two which are currently available. Power is available on Netflix and is an exceptional series, with excellent acting and a story which takes the viewer through various emotions depending on which character is being followed. This article will be a somewhat review but will be taking focus on the main emotion I think drives the show's story, and of course, will include NO SPOILERS.
  • Glenn Bushinski
    Published about a year ago
    Best True Crime TV Shows in 2018

    Best True Crime TV Shows in 2018

    Whether you're preoccupied with watching children, working, or going to school, just as important is taking some time for yourself. This means finding a hobby or specific interest that will allow you to unwind after a long and stressful day.
  • Valerie Holt
    Published about a year ago
    Dexter Is a Moral Man