Movie Minute – The November Man

The November Man marks Pierce Brosnan’s return to the spy/assassin genre (last outing: 2005’s The Matador). In this one, he’s a retired CIA operative drawn back into the game to rescue a lost love who has incriminating information about “the next president of Russia.” Deadly complications ensue. Yes, he’s playing…

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Criminal Element: Crossing Lines

I’m caught up in the Criminal Element again. This time, I consider the case of Crossing Lines: Crossing Lines, NBC’s ten-episode Eurocrime entry into the summer-series derby, probably sounded like a great idea in the pitch meeting. Crime! Europe! Sexy cops! Paris! Donald Sutherland! Europe! The short-run series has done…

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Criminal Element: Line of Duty

I’m involved in another flirtation with the Criminal Element. This time, it’s a review of a limited-run BBC2 cop-noir series, Line of Duty. The normal British TV depiction of police work goes something like this: the hero DI or DCI and his trusty sidekick badger witnesses and arrest the wrong…

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Criminal Element: The Godfather Down Under

Stazione Centrale, Milan, 2007

I’m consorting with the Criminal Element again, this time with a profile on the Australian gangster TV series The Straits: Things we think about when we think of Australia: kangaroos, the Sydney Opera House, endless beaches, tropical reefs, Paul Hogan, Anna Torv (or Elle Macpherson, if you’re of a certain…

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I’ve Joined the Criminal Element: Continuum

Stazione Centrale, Milan, 2007

Criminal Element, a mystery/thriller/crime site run by Macmillan, has just posted the first of what I hope will be several articles written by…me. Continuum: Future Cop on Today’s Beat Continuum, SyFy’s latest series (U.S. debut on January 14), drops a cop and some villains from the future into 2012 and…

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Book Review: Spies Against Armageddon

Doha 12 - Your name can kill you

I’ve written about pieces of this book in previous posts, so I thought it was worthwhile to share my overall impressions. Spies Against Armageddon is a history of Israel as passed through the prism of its intelligence and security services, stretching from before the 1948 War of Independence through operations…

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