Yahoo Screen, Community, Sherlock, Daredevil, The Killing

Yahoo Screen

* Community has been renewed for a sixth season. The catch is that it will be available on Yahoo’s streaming platform, Yahoo Screen. Currently Yahoo Screen appears to be a very confused repository of clips, trailers, music videos, and Saturday Night Live reruns.

Sherlock

* Another of my favorite shows will be coming back. In spite of the two main actors being movie stars, Sherlock has been renewed. Martin (The Hobbit) Freeman and Benedict (Star Trek Into Darkness) Cumberbatch will be returning for a fourth season.

Netflix

* I’m really looking forward to Netflix’ Daredevil series. Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) is Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) is Karen Page, and Elden Henson is Foggy Nelson. Strangely Vincent D’Onofrio is playing the Kingpin. Obviously he is the wrong size so I’m curious how he will be portrayed.

* On August 1st, Netflix will have the new streaming season of The Killing. I’m looking forward to watching it as I enjoy the two very flawed lead characters but The Killing never quite gelled correctly. The Killing always had potential but never seemed to realize it.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for JUNE

The usual assortment of catalog titles. Highlights include the first five Jesse Stone movies, the third season of Sherlock, and the Vengeance trilogy (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance).

Action: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, Black Mama White Mama, Bucktown, Clear and Present Danger, The Man from Snowy River, Mission Impossible III, Puncture Wounds, The Replacement Killers, The Reunion, We Were Soldiers

Anime: Pokemon the Movie:Kyurem vs. The Sword

Classic: El Dorado, Five Easy Pieces, Julia

Comedy: 1941, Barbershop, Better Than Chocolate, Bingo, Born Romantic, Bringing Up Bobby, Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams, Coffee and Cigarettes, Cousin Bette, Duplex, Funny Lady, I.Q., Ishtar, Loser, Major League, My Baby’s Daddy, Picture Perfect, Redemption of a Dog, The Stepford Wives (2004), Todd Oliver: Funny Dog, Trailer Park Boys: Live, Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys, Wayne’s World

Documentary: Brave Miss World, American Mormon, Barbershop Punk, The Beautiful Game, Doin’ It in the Park, E-Mail Order Bride, The Good Son, Hitler’s Secret Attack on America, I Escaped a Cult, Magic Camp, Nanking, The Paw Project, Sex for Sale: American Escort, Unlocking Sherlock, Vlast (Power)

Drama: Between Us, Cold Mountain, Dance with Me, The Escape Artist, Eyes of an Angel, First Knight, Fool for Love, Hammett, Lonely Hearts, One from the Heart, The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, Reign Over Me, A River Runs Through It, Swept Away, Tetro, That Cold Day in the Park, Two Girls and a Guy, Waking Life, Who Did I Marry?, Wild Style

Faith: 17 Miracles, Escape, Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World at War

Family: The Adventures of Milo & Otis, The Blue Elephant, Born Free, Harriet the Spy, Popeye, Rudy, Short Circuit 2

Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, At the Earth’s Core, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Johnny Mnemonic, Scorcher

Oldboy

Foreign: Apenas o Fim, The Chorus, D-Day, Iron Monkey, Lady Vengeance, Oldboy, Ring of Curse, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Triplets of Belleville

Horror: Barricade, Blood & Chocolate, The Bride, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, Carrie (1976), The Craft, Gothic, Lord of Illusions, Night of the Creeps, The Returned, Silent House

Sherlock

Television: Auction Hunters, Drugs Inc., Horrid Henry, Ink Master, Inside Combat Rescue, Little Princess, Noddy in Toyland, Street Football, When Aliens Attack, and new episodes of Guess with Jess and Sherlock

Stone Cold

Thriller: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, Jesse Stone: Night Passage, Jesse Stone: No Remorse, Jesse Stone: Stone Cold, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, The Mean Season, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

More Sherlock, Tiger Blood, Netflix and Roku

* First off woohoo! The second season of Sherlock featuring the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is available on instant Netflix. I hope to watch this straight through this weekend. Martin Freeman will next be seen as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the new Star Trek movie next summer.

* Netflix has also significantly updated their iPhone and iPod Touch interface. It now lets you pick up where you left off on shows, supports instant queue, has recommendations, a better browse function, a children’s section, and lots more. This brings it in line with the new Xbox interface. An Android update is in the works.

* Tired of waiting for the long-delayed Red Dawn remake? Try the Australian film, Tomorrow When the War Began, now streaming on Netflix.

“After spending a holiday in the countryside, seven Australian teens return home to find that their country has been invaded by a foreign power. With the help of another local, the kids band together to become guerrillas and rescue their families.”

Alternately just go back and watch the original Red Dawn, uniting Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey before they did some Dirty Dancing a few years later. Look for wonderful turns by Harry Dean Stanton and Ben Johnson and even throwing Mr. Tiger Blood Charlie Sheen in the mix. Red Dawn is available on Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime.

* Do NOT watch American Warships. It is yet still another ‘mockbuster’ (aka ripoff) – this time ripping off Battleship. Although it will have to go far to be worse than Battleship, I am certain Asylum can accomplish that. Heck I am not even going to put a link to it – though you masochists can find it on instant Netflix.

* Roku will be adding a VUDU channel to the immense lineup they have as well as an app to stream your music and photos to the TV.

 

British Mysteries Galore – Sherlock, Cadfael, Luther, Waking the Dead

I love British mysteries but I seldom have time for them. Prime Suspect, Cracker, and Inspector Morse are some of my favorites but they are not available on instant Netflix. Netflix does have a large number of streaming BBC mysteries though.

I thought I would single out just a few of the many available. There are tons more including plenty of literary adaptations from the works of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ruth Rendell.

Sherlock (2010)

“In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues. At his side — though hobbling — is flatmate Dr. John Watson, fresh from the Afghan War.”

This is one I did find time for and it is quite a bit of fun. Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as Sherlock as is Martin Freeman as Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared in the excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Martin Freeman is Bilbo in the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.

I’m lucky to have some good friends feeding my Cumberbatch addiction. They not only loaned us the first story of the new season of Sherlock (Surprise! I haven’t had time to watch it!), they also picked up tickets for Jen and I to see Cumberbatch in Frankenstein. Fathom Events is broadcasting this at select theaters June 6th and 7th. Grazi!

Cadfael (1994)

“In this unique mystery series based on the bestselling books by Ellis Peters, renowned British actor Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a compassionate seeker of truth and justice in chaotic medieval England.”

I have loved Derek Jacobi ever since his incredible performance in I, Claudius. Strangely I have yet to find the time to watch this series. Only the first season/series is currently available on instant Netflix but it should be sufficient to whet your appetite.

Luther (2010-11)

“John Luther is a dedicated detective trying to keep from losing grip on his personal life in this innovative police drama that spotlights the psychological factors underlying the crimes the sleuth has been assigned to solve.”

Idris Elba headlines this British series that I have yet to make time for.

Waking the Dead (2000)

“This acclaimed cop drama follows Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd and his cold-case unit as they use the latest advancements in forensic science, psychological profiling and other investigative techniques to crack unsolved murders.”

A Touch of Frost (1992-2010)

“An arrogant nonconformist who despises following the rules, keenly observant Det. Jack Frost (David Jason) avoids serious trouble with his disgruntled superiors by consistently solving his hometown’s most perplexing criminal cases. This gripping police procedural finds the master sleuth, who rotates through sidekicks on a regular basis, investigating a girl’s disappearance, a string of home invasions and a multitude of murders.”

All 15 seasons of A Touch of Frost are now available on instant Netflix.