Category Archives: Mystery

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (2018): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Braxton Bjerken…

The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018), Cate Blanchett
The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018), Cate Blanchett

The House With A Clock In Its Walls, features a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world – and young orphan Lewis Barnavelt must aid his magical uncle in locating it.

Directed by Eli Roth, Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Braxton Bjerken are among the stars…

Knowing that Jack Black would be in this movie meant that the trailer had my attention. But, a trailer having my attention is not much compared to how exited I am when said trailer surprises me with the fact that ‘acting queen’ Cate Blanchett is a key cast member. The last time this happened, I was watching the trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella (2015)  – the reason why Cinderella is officially my favourite Disney movie.

Besides Blanchett and Black, I’m in for the mystery and magic.

Kyle MacLachlan, Lorenza Izzo, Colleen Camp, Perla Middleton and Braxton Bjerken also star.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US); September 28th, 2018 (UK)…

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THE OUTSIDER (2018): New Trailer Starring Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shîna…

The Outsider (2018), Jared Leto
The Outsider (2018), Jared Leto

The Outsider tells the story of an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza (transnational organized crimesyndicate) during post-WWII Japan.

Directed by Martin Zandvliet; the key cast includes Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shîna…

I’m always ready for some slick onscreen badassery. Therefore, having seen this trailer, I’m now  even more excited about the The Equalizer (2014) sequel because towards the end of Leto’s trailer, I was reminded of my favourite scene in The Equalizer. The one that involves a very swift move with a gun.

May this please be one of the better Netflix movies.

The Outsider Release Dates: February 28th 2018 / March 9th, 2018 (US)…

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SPINNING MAN (2018): New Trailer From Guy Pearce, Odeya Rush, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan…

Spinning Man (2018), Guy Pearce
Spinning Man (2018), Guy Pearce

A young woman is found murdered and the prime suspect is a ‘happily married’ professor with a reputation.

Directed by Simon Kaijser, the key characters are played by Guy Pearce, Odeya Rush, Minnie Driver and Pierce Brosnan…

Pearce always plays interesting characters; that’s the reason I’ll be watching this hopefully satisfying thriller.

Sterling Beaumon, Alexandra Shipp, Sean Blakemore, Clark Gregg and Jamie Kennedy also star.

Spinning Man Release Dates

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MUTE (2018): New Trailer From Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux…

Mute (2018), Alexander Skarsgård
Mute (2018), Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux are the stars of Mute, a Duncan Jones directed mystery / sci-fi / thriller about a mute bartender (Skarsgård) who goes up against his city’s gangsters to find out what happened to his missing girlfriend, the love of his life…

The futuristic setting and the resultant visuals are why I’m most interested. Paul Rudd playing a character who doesn’t appear to be sweet and adorable intrigues me. Then there’s Alexander Skårsgard – for reasons including the emotional range he’s likely to achieve in this role (since he can’t speak) and his impressive stature.

Noel Clarke, Nikki Lamborn, Seyneb Saleh and Gilbert Owuor  also star.

Mute Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (US)…

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HEREDITARY (2018): New Trailer From Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro…

Hereditary (2018), Toni Collette
Hereditary (2018), Toni Collette

A family starts to unravel following the death of their reclusive grandmother. Even after she’s gone, the matriarch still casts a dark shadow, especially over her loner teenage granddaughter, Charlie.

Written / directed by Ari Aster, Toni Collette stars as the mother who’s forced to explore a darker realm in order to escape the unfortunate fate her family have inherited. Other key cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro…

A goo looking trailer that didn’t scare me too much; I happen to like that in a scary movie FingerS crossed that sleep will still be my friend post viewing.

Hereditary Release Dates: June 8th , 2018 (US)…

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THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL (2017): New Trailer From Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler…

The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall (2017), Logan Lerman
The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall (2017), Logan Lerman

Written / directed by Shawn Christensen, The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall tells the story of a young writer who finds accidental success and unexpected love, then he disappears without a trace.

Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Blake Jenner and Michelle Monaghan star…

I’m in because of Lerman. I also appreciate a good mystery and this one looks quite promising.

The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall Release Dates: 2018 (US)…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): The Things I Loved…

Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of my favourite directors recently; starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049 is likely my favourite movie of 2017. Just like the 1982 film, the pace of the story and action started a tad on the slow side but it really just got better and better as time passed.

Set thirty years from 2019, this sequel focuses on a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford). This may sound like a simplistic synopsis but rest assured, the story is highly engaging.

The various things I like about Villeneuve’s movie include the way Gosling’s character and all the replicants moved and fought; their general physicality was so fun to watch. I also loved the costumes. Now, this part is going to sound odd but I definitely also really enjoyed how easily the tears fell out of the eyes of the characters that cried. Why on earth, you may wonder? Well, one of the reasons is that I dislike quite intensely when tearless ‘crying’ happens on film and in life. If your tear ducts are in good working order and you produce no tears as you ‘cry’, then you’re quite simply lying. Lying through your filthy un-moistened eyeballs! And no, dehydration is not an adequate excuse.

My issues with ‘bad crying’ aside, the acting is really quite brilliant. For example, Jared Leto’s part is a small one but my, oh my is it memorable and impactful. The main female replicant played by Hoeks is just fantastic! I really loved her! She had such brilliant physicality and I couldn’t help but see her as a representation of a strong ‘woman’ in charge. So much so that I pretty much felt empowered throughout, just by looking at her.

Goslings acting range has been questioned by some people who argue that he generally plays the same moody roles over and over again. The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I heard this. All I can say now is, Gosling is great in Blade Runner 2049. I bought every single second of his character’s emotional journey – to the point where by the end, I felt pretty badly for him.

Villeneuve managed to capture the same moodiness and well imagined dystopian aesthetic present in the first film, but of course using present day technology. I’m so happy that I didn’t see all the story twists and turns coming. There really isn’t much about this movie that I don’t like. Of course I must mention the stunning cinematography that’s synonymous with Villeneuve’s films.

The slowish start aside, watch it because it’s really rather good. Something tells me that I enjoyed the story even more simply because I’d only just watched the original for the first time the previous night.

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HANGMAN (2017) Movie Review: Its…

Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Karl Urban
Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Karl Urban

Hangman, the thriller about a homicide detective and a criminal profiler hunting a serial killer is not a great movie. Starring Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow; within the first quarter of the film, it was already clear to me that the story wasn’t flowing as well as a thriller of this sort ought to, in order to be good – let alone great.

Something didn’t quite gel for me between the characters played by Urban and Pacino. Maybe it’s a lack of chemistry, perhaps the writing, or all the above and then some. I just knew that this wasn’t going to be a serial killer movie that would make me forget even for a second about Se7en (1995), one of the best of the genre.

As awkward as the story set up felt initially, things did pick up somewhat in terms of happenings that had me paying attention. Still, overall there really isn’t anything in Hangman that will having you insisting that others must watch. I’d usually say ‘watch it if you absolutely must’ at this point. However in this case, by ‘absolutely must’ I’d mean, so you can see for yourself how the film missed the mark in terms of story structure, seamless character background introductions and awkward dialogue that played a part in making generally good actors look bad.

Have you seen Hangman? If so, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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