Agatha Christie was one of the most famous crime and mystery novelist, who gained most recognition for her characters of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but many of her works were adapted into films, TV series and even computer games. Murder on the Orient Express was one of the best, or at least most remembered, novels that really stood out among the mystery stories.
Tom Parfitt, 80-odd resident of one of the Yorkshire most bleak and depressing towns insists on being placed in care home, even though he is still fully capable of taking care of himself. But social worker gives up and takes him to the former mill building now turned into large care home. Young care assistant Hannah takes interest in Tom, especially when it turns out that his suitcase is completely empty and just minutes later the social worker is pushed out of the window of Tom’s room.
The Fall, despite being yet another British crime mini-series, has few elements that make it quite unique production. First of all the star is American actress Gillian Anderson (who spent some of her childhood in UK), another thing is that 2 minutes into first episode we see who the killer is, not to mention that the whole investigation takes places not in London, Manchester or Cambridge - the events take place in Belfast. Another interesting bit is format - instead of 2 or 4 episodes the plot is stretched to 12 episodes.
Alfred Hitchcock created some of the most memorable movies of his era - Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Birds - but his career started in 1920s with silent movies and short stories. He made The Lady Vanishes in 1938, but already he had his own style and original approach to the material.
The San Sebastian Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico is colourful, full of life and enjoyment. But this time not for all people - in one of the offices in police station two people are not in the mood for dancing and drinking. One of them is dressed in very formal suit, because he is about to give a speech on charity dinner for the most influential people on the island. The other is wearing normal clothes for police detective, because it is just routine interview with witness.
Not often in history of television there are great and original ideas for shows, especially when it comes to crime series or mystery series. There are classics like Columbo, Twin Peaks or CSI, but apart from that rest of the shows are very, very predictible. And I don’t mean the details.
British historian Fluke Kelso takes part in international conference in Moscow, where he openly cites the truth about Joseph Stalin and how he caused death of many Soviet citizens during his reign during the World War 2 and especially after the war when he began the terror. Organization Aurora protests during and after Kelso’s lecture, but old man, Papu Rapava, is different. He criticizes Kelso, but also hints he wants to share a truth with him.
Memory loss is quite common motif in mystery movies - what could be the bigger mystery than not remembering who you are, not recognizing the people around and lose your whole identity. Canadian Radius took that common element as starting point, but what happened next is definitely original and unique.
British famed horror writer Clive Barker, experienced Japanese horror director Ryuhei Kitamura and Vinny Jones as sinister man travelling in New York City subway system - seems like a perfect setting for a perfect horror, right? Unfortunately the production was actually American and the whole project went down the drain due to bizarre production choices.
American cinema has long history of horror-like mystery stories that went absolutely wrong even though the plot was right, the directing was good and the cast did their best. What makes them fail almost every time? In a way they just try too hard and in result simply fail to deliver the build-up they have prepared. Unfortunately Whispers is one of those failures.
Mystery Blog - what can be better than a great mystery? The great mysteries that can't be solved are keeping alive in the minds of people - Jack the Ripper, Black Dahlia, Rosewell incident - who hasn't heard of them or even took time to find the missing pieces? Often it's not important to find the solution to mystery, it's the mystery itself is important, because it leaves all the options possible.
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