Stream Police: Crime Edition
Crime stories are currently all the rage. From Serial to Making a Murderer, everyone loves to find themselves captivated by stories of crime and intrigue. Netflix has no shortage of crime offerings, from noir to true to life, there seems to be something for everyone on the streaming service.
I'll make no bones about it, the BBC is my go to for some of the best programming on TV or streaming services, especially when it comes to crime. Broadchurch is one of those shows that helped quantify BBC, in my mind at least, as the best. The first season of the show focuses on the death of a young child in the small town of Dorset as it is investigated by two detectives, Hardy and Miller. The duo are played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman respectively, and they are the main reason why the show is one of my favorites. As a fan of Tennant's run on Doctor Who, it's always nice to see him in other shows, and Broadchurch doesn't disappoint. Don't read about the show too much before watching it however, as a huge part of the first season's success is solving the murder along with the pair.
For Fans Of: David Tennant, The BBC, Small Town Drama
Stellan Skarsgård is one of my favorite actors, bar none. He is absolutely fantastic in pretty much everything I've seen him in, and yes that means Thor: The Dark World. He has a deep, brooding nature that plays so well in River, that I wondered why it took so long to give him a long trenchcoat and a badge. Not content to offer just another dark detective story, River adds a cerebral element to the show with Skarsgård's John River hearing voices of the recently deceased in his head. It's an interesting spin on what could be just another crime show, and River's tortured psyche helps cement the show as one of BBC's best new series.
For Fans Of: Swedish crime, Cerebral crime, Trenchcoats
Making a Murderer
Unless you've been living in a auto salvage junkyard for the past month, you've heard about Making a Murderer. You've seen the petition to the President, the rebuttals from the prosecution, and have had friends pester you to watch the show. Making a Murderer is this year's Serial, and it's going to spawn even more imitators than the mega successful podcast did. The show centers on the trial of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey as they are tried for the murder of Teresa Halbach. On the surface it's essentially just another hour episode of any Investigation Discovery show, but the real crux of the show comes from the idea posited by the defense and directors that the two were framed. Framed because Avery had been wrongly accused twenty years earlier of rape, and had been incarcerated for 18 years unjustly, only to be freed on DNA evidence. I don't want to ruin anymore of the show than necessary, but its definitely one of the better Netflix originals, and another great entry into the true crime genre.
For Fans Of: Serial, Paradise Lost, The Jinx
We've talked about Constantine on the Kulturecast before, however, this past week it was added to Netflix. The film follows titular supernatural detective John Constantine, played by Keanu Reeves, as he attempts to stop the Antichrist from coming to power on Earth. The film is a noir supernatural take on the superhero detective genre, and one that has its own unique style. Reeves is perfect in the role as his bone-dry humor and brusk mannerisms make for a deep and believable Constantine. Couple that with the fantastic, except for cinematic plague Shia LeBeouf, supporting cast, and you have a comic book adaption that stands out from the pack of formulaic options.
For Fans Of: Keanu Reeves, Demons, Movies that Never Got Sequels
I have gone on record that I am not the biggest fan of Marvel. That being said, I have slowly been coming around due to the fantastic programming they have worked with Netflix to create. Jessica Jones is the second Netflix exclusive Marvel programming, and it follows the eponymous detective, played by Krysten Ritter, as she deals with PTSD after her time at the hands of Kilgrave. Kilgrave, played by the immensely talented David Tennant, has the ability to coerce people into doing his bidding through the use of pheromones he secretes. It's the first time that I have honestly felt genuine suspense and dread with a cinematic Marvel villain, and his performance is one of the true highlights of the show. At its core, Jessica Jones is a detective show with superhero elements that give it that unique Marvel flair, but they don't overshadow the great writing and storytelling of the crime aspect of the show.