HBO’S Perry Mason

It's the Stubble, Stupid! After wading through the sordid wallow that was HBO’s PERRY MASON, my first urge was to dig up some of my tattered paperbacks by Erle Stanley Gardner, or stream a few episodes of the old TV show starring Raymond Burr. I might even dig up some of the flicks from the … Continue reading HBO’S Perry Mason

Holly Gibney

Created by Stephen King When Stephen King finally delivered on his promise to one day write a hard-boiled detective novel, he pretty much blew everyone away with the Edgar-winning  Mr. Mercedes (2014), which played it almost straight, and introducing retired Ohio cop Bill Hodges. When we first meet him in Mr. Mercedes (2014), he's bored and miserable. … Continue reading Holly Gibney

Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Created by Jonathan Ames Ray: "You're an idiot!" Jonathan: "Thanks for understanding." -- from "Super Ray is Mortal!!" There's something a little too self-consciously hip and edgy and meta-smug about the HBO comedy Bored to Death (2009-11), but underneath it all, there beats a warm and generous heart. I think. Jason Schwartzman stars as JONATHAN AMES, … Continue reading Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)