Robert B.Parker is one of the best - if not the best - in telling a story almost entirely through dialogue and as such perfect for film. His novels are million sellers, and they deserve to be. Parker's output is amazing. The Spenser series, the Jesse Stone and the Sunny Randal novels, a couple of westerns and YA novels, the list goes on and on. Stone Cold is a TV movie based on the 4th novel in the Jesse Stone series. And it's terrific. Parker has never ever before been transmitted to film like this. Though Jesse in the novels is a little younger than Tom Selleck, Tom is perfect in the role. He's witty, tough, straight, comes equipped with a huge heart, and is ready for action when he needs to be. Not that you would expect that in Paradise, Massachusetts, the quiet little New England fishing town where Jesse just started as the new police chief. As a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and his divorced wife, Jesse probably didn't expect a serial killer couple to disrupt the peace. As the killers try to destroy Jesse's private life just as a gang rape case stretches thin his small town police force, Jesse decides it's time to hit back. Tom Selleck in my opinion has never been better. And he knows it. No wonder he is one of the executive producers on the series. But this is not just about Tom. Polly Shannon is lovely as his girlfriend (or pal, as Jesse prefers to call her), Viola Davis and Kohl Sudduth shine as small town cops, the dog too - as the dog (what would a Parker tale be without one) Robert Harmon's directing is state of the art, as are Jeff Beal's music, Rene Ohashi's camera work and the location and production design. If you keep in mind that this is just a TV production it is amazing what the team pulled off with a relatively small budget. As such it is better than most of what's been around lately. Get it and watch it. It won't disappoint.
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I love stories in all form. Painting, film, comics, books, music - anything. Also sculpture, more the classic kind from ROman, Greek onward until I need to read so I might understand what I am supposed … more
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Tom Selleck is Jesse Stone, a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Stone's old habits die hard as he continues to indulge in his two favorite things - scotch and women. When a series of murders take place, and a high school girl is raped, he's forced to face his own demons in order to solve the crimes.