Category Archives: Mystery

REBECCA (2020): New Trailer From Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley hawes…

Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix
Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix

Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes and Kristin Scott Thomas are the stars of new drama/mystery Rebecca.

Directed by Ben Wheatley and based on the best selling book by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is the story of a young newlywed who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. A place where she finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca.

The visuals a a key reason. I haven’t read Du Maurier’s book but I imagine this movie will be good, especially since Scott Thomas is involved.

Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Bill Paterson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, Ben Crompton, Jane Lapotaire, Jeff Rawle, Lucy Russell, Bryony Miller and John Hollingworth also star.

Rebecca Release Dates: October 21st, 2020 (US)/Netflix…

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ENOLA HOLMES (2020): New Trailer From Millie Bobbie Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter…

Enola Holmes (2020): Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020): Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix

Enola Holmes, the teen sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes is the focus of the latest crime/mystery/drama starring Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Claflin.

Directed by Harry Bradbeer; Enola sets off to find her newly missing mother and in the process becomes a super-sleuth in her own right.

First of all, am I the only one who had no idea that Mr. Holmes had a sister?

I’m definitely watching this one to learn more about Enola and to see the Cavill/Claflin on screen chemistry play out.

Also, I’ve never watched Stranger Things on Netflix so this will be my first Bobby Brown movie. Lastly, as a long time fan of Bonham-Carter’s quirkiness in general, this should be fun.

Fiona Shaw, Adeel Akhtar, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susan Wokoma, Burn Gorman and Jay Simpson also star.

Enola Holmes Release Dates: September 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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DEATH ON THE NILE (2020): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Russell Brand…

Death on the Nile (2020), Gal Gadot, 20th Century Studios
Death on the Nile (2020), Gal Gadot, 20th Century Studios

Following Murder on the Orient Express (2017), a new murder mystery movie directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is here. Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Armie Hammer and  Rose Leslie are among the key cast.

Death on the Nile has Hercule Poirot (Branagh) investigating the murder of a young heiress while, while he’s on vacation on the river Nile.

I still need to watch Murder on the Orient Express. I’m a little intrigued by this new story but in truth, I’m mostly interested in the style and elegance on that boat.

Tom Bateman, Adam Garcia, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Nikkita Chadha and Ali Fazal also star.

Death on the Nile Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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RATCHED (2020): New Trailer From Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Sophie Okonedo…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

From creators Evan Romansky and Ryan Murphy; new Netflix series Ratched stars Sarah Paulson as nurse Mildred Ratched. at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients.

Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo and Nathan George are among the key cast.

This may just be my favourite trailer of 2020 so far. I love the music, the visuals, and most importantly the dialogue. The kind of words that I imagine must have been incredibly fun for Paulson to deliver.

In fact, I was so busy enjoying nurse Ratched’s words as this beautiful trailer played that I forgot Ratched is the infamous and thoroughly monstrous character from Jack Nicholson’s Oscar winning 1975 classic drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a movie I need to rewatch.

I’ll still enjoy all of Ratched’s dialogue as it’s perfectly delivered by Paulson, of course. Even though I may not be able to root for her completely as she goes about wreaking havoc. One things for sure though, I’m on Ratched’s side about the peach stealing incident. That woman/non-lady needs to learn! (I’m half kidding).

Ratched Release Dates: September 18th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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PALM SPRINGS (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Palm Springs (2020), Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Hulu
Palm Springs (2020), Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Hulu

Palm Springs is a comedy and a romance film with the added twist of an infinite time loop to complicate things. I’m sure the purpose of this particular storytelling trope was to make things more interesting. Sadly, for me, I couldn’t be more tired of the infinite time loop concept. 

Yes, Palm Springs does bring a certain twist to the concept, but the whole experience just proved tedious rather than refreshing.

Groundhog Day (1993), the first infinite time loop movie I recall watching did a good job of it. And every movie that it has since inspired, that I’ve seen has turned out to be a disappointment. Especially since I understand the concept almost too well, which then means I feel robbed; both of the element of surprise and the movie I’d hoped to be watching.

There’s no denying that Palm Springs is well-acted. Plus, I did laugh a few times. Though just not enough to make me forget how tedious I find infinite time loop movies. 

My last three complaints about director Max Barbakow’s film include the fact that I didn’t fully buy into the romance. I also found the frantic nature of things exhausting, and finally, that cheesy – dare I say cringe ‘sister speech’ at the wedding towards the end may have caused me to say ‘Ugh! CHEESE! I have a dairy issue!’ 

Infinite time loop movie fans should give Palm Springs a chance, along with others who are simply curious. Who knows, you like many others may not find it as disappointing as I did.

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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT (2020): New Trailer From kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Blumenau…

You Should Have Left (2020), Kevin Bacon, Universal Pictures
You Should Have Left (2020), Kevin Bacon, Universal Pictures

Starring Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried and Colin Blumenau; writer/director David Koepp’s horror/mystery You Should Have Left is set at a remote house in the Alps.

Having travelled there with his family, Bacon plays a screenwriter who’s hoping to write the sequel to his big hit film. Only, he begins to regret his decision following a severe case of writer’s block.

I’m drawn to this one because of Bacon, and certainly at the risk of never looking at light switches the same way again.

Maybe this movie will be more ‘mystery’ than ‘horror.’ You know, since I appreciate a good nights sleep free of nightmares more than I do movie induced scares. Fingers crossed we have a good great one here.

Eli Powers, Avery Tiiu Essex, Lowri Ann Richards and Joshua C Jackson also star.

You Should Have Left Release Dates: June 19th, 2020 (US)…

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SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL (2020): The Things I Liked…

Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix
Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix

Spenser Confidential isn’t a perfect movie, but it is a fun action/comedy with some well-executed standout scenes.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Iliza Shlesinger and Alan Arkin; director Peter Berg’s story about an ex-felon who takes on Boston’s criminal underworld to solve a twisted murder conspiracy, may have a dip in pace near the beginning. It may also feel as though at least one specific aspect of the story comes across aa tad contrived. But overall, there’s enough humour, action and well-executed scenes to make Spenser Confidential more fun than not.

My favourite line in the whole film is ‘Don’t play with me right now, Ok? Give me the cloud.’ I promise it’s more amusing in context, which I haven’t provided here as that would spoil it.

In terms of the most memorable scenes, The first one take takes place at a Mexican restaurant, while the other involves much of what happens at ‘Wonderland’ towards the end.

Watch Spenser Confidential if you’re curious and for a central mystery that you’ll want to see solved.

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): The Things I Liked

Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24
Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24

I wanted to watch Midsommar because it came recommended by many. I needed to watch Midsommar because the murals in the very intriguing trailer looked great. I had to watch Midsommar because of its young, talented cast, mainly Florence Pugh and Will Poulter.

Now that I’ve finally seen Midsommar, what I really wouldn’t have done is watch Midsommar; had I remembered that it is, in fact, a horror film.

For those who might be thinking ’How could you not have known?’ Well, in my defence, the trailer I initially saw didn’t scream ‘scary movie,’ and neither did the synopsis, at first.

The original synopsis said something along the lines of ‘Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend’. Now, doesn’t this sound more like ‘relationship woes’ than ‘increasingly violent and bizarre competition involving a Pagan cult?’

The things that impressed me most about director Ari Aster’s film, in addition to the performances include the story and tension. There’s also the sense of dread and the general unease that never seems to leave, but instead expertly builds and builds until the very dark and scary end. There’s also the memorable vulnerability and intensity in the way the opening scenes are captured.

The main thing I wish wasn’t quite so is how long it took for things to unfold at specific points. For example, approximately fifty minutes in, there’s a ceremony that went on for eternity, before a scary revelation happened. I also found it irksome to watch several of the characters make some extremely poor decisions; the kind that went against every single one of my survival instincts.

For everyone who isn’t a horror fan, including the version of me before watching this movie, ‘Stop right there!’ For the rest of you, enjoy!

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