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The Mystery of the Missing Spoiler Tag Line
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)
5. The Good Son (1993)

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The biggest sell-point is the lead actors here, with a young Elijah Wood balancing terror and utter disbelief well, while Macaulay Culkin is cast against-type nicely. None of Culkin's behaviour is all that shocking or unpredictable in the realm of evil child films though, and the way everybody instantly disbelieves Wood is formulaic. The protective bond that Wood develops for Culkin's sister is reallt great though and there are some suspenseful ice and cliff moments.
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3. Sherlock: The Sign of Three (2014) * 90 min.
4. Hollywood Story (1951) * 77 min.

Sherlock: The Sign of Three was probably the cleverest adaptation of Doyle's stories in the series so far. Hollywood Story, based on the murder of William Desmond Taylor, was far better than I expected.
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1-2. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Devil in the City of Angels (2021) * 48 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Anyone Could Be Next (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Lock. Your. Doors. (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Manhunt (2021) * 47 min.
*First time viewing.
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The Mystery of the Missing Spoiler Tag Line
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)
5. The Good Son (1993)
6. Deception. (2008)

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After a slow build-up, this arrives at a great middle section with echoes of Eyes Wide Shut and Frantic as the protagonist tries to track persons associated with a sex club who never seemed to exist. The final third of the film is less impressive though, going down a blackmail route with a clear antagonist, which is never half as interesting as his amateur sleuthing. Ewan McGregor does at least try his best in the lead role though - a similar role to Ghost Writer.
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OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:09 pm in a movie set entirely in and within 2 hours of Chicago. There aren't any landscapes like that within 10 hours of the city.
A weird random fact I recently learned is that Illinois is so flat that it's one of only three states where the highest point has a lower elevation than the tallest building. The other two are Florida and Louisiana.
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Added a list of movies watched so far for this challenge (excluding TV series) - https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/myst ... 021/shugs/
I'm missing sol's latest post and a movie that wasn't on ICM, will add them on the next leaderboard update.
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3. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
The Mystery: A hapless woman is poisoned to death at a glitzy Hollywood party, and the poison is believed to have been intended for famed actress Marina Rudd, played by Elizabeth Taylor. It's up to the police and Miss Marple to discover the culprit.
The Verdict: Fans of old Hollywood might get a kick out of the star-studded casting and navel-gazing going on here with the likes of Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, etc. but the directing is kind of flat and the mystery isn't one of the most compelling in Agatha Christie's oeuvre.

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4. Contratiempo a.k.a. The Invisible Guest (2016)
The Mystery: A rich fellow wakes up from unconsciousness to find that his lover has been killed in the next room with no signs of forced entry and him being fingered as the prime suspect. Really though this is just the first of several mysteries layered on mysteries.
The Verdict: I quite enjoyed this mostly very clever, twisty and well-paced mystery thriller. It had one or two minor plot holes that bugged me but otherwise it was very well done.

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5. Tall in the Saddle (1944)
The Mystery: John Wayne is a ranch hand who shows up from out of town for a job only to find his employer murdered. He then sets his mind to discovering who the killer was. How many others will turn up dead before the conspiracy is discovered?
The Verdict: After watching this, I can see why it's on the ICM 500<400. While the cinematography isn't amazing, the pacing is brisk and the central mystery is surprisingly well done. John Wayne also comes across more charming and likable than usual. I dug this one quite a bit.
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1. Foul Play (1978)
2. Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
3. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
4. Contratiempo a.k.a. The Invisible Guest (2016)
5. Tall in the Saddle (1944)
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3. Last and First Men (Jóhann Jóhannsson, 2020) 7-
4. The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) 6

Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
1. Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak, 1948) 6
2. Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996) 5+
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2. The Naked Spur
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2. 1917 (2019) 7+
3. The Hart of London (1970) 9
the thrill of it all...
1. The Taking (2014) 3
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FTV:2: No Good Deed (2014) 5 out of 10.

Reuniting with the lead actor after directing 10 episodes of the TV series Luther, director Sam Miller & cinematographer Michael Barrett invade Terry's home with a glossy Thriller atmosphere of soft-focus close-ups on a brooding Colin,and frantic dolly shots keeping up with Terry trying to escape from the house.Offering some eye candy with a needless shower scene where the guy gets his top off, Miller steams up the movie with hilariously trashy fight scenes,with Colin treating getting stabbed several times and pushed down the stairs as a minor inconvenience.

Whilst the screenplay by Aimee Lagos unveils Colin's misdeeds from the opening minutes,leaving little ambiguous Thriller tension if Colin had been a ticking time bomb psycho instead, and signal all the twists from miles away.Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson carry the movie,with Elba laying on the charm in order to gain trust to enter Terry's house,where he unmasks the vicious psycho, and Henson gives Terry a deepening sense of doubt,over the result of her good deed.
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3. Inn of the Damned (1975)

Australian western/horror/thriller


4. The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger (2009)

A series of 90 minute Christie adaptations, made for French TV, replacing Poirot and Marple with a pair of French policemen. Those two are fun when they are together, but the rest of this episode was meh.

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1. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
2. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger (2009)
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8. Machete (Rodriguez/Maniquis, 2010) 7/10
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4. Invasion U.S.A.-1985: 10/10
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1. Roadgames-1981: 9/10
2. 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck-2012: 9/10
3. Identity-2003: 10/10
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(Screenshots from 'Yomigaeru kinrô' & 'The Harlem Valentine Day'),

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1. Tôkaidô obake dôchû (Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts, Kimiyoshi Yasuda & Yoshiyuki Kuroda, 1969) 8/10
2. Yomigaeru kinrô (The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf, Tôru Murakawa, 1979) 9/10
3. The Harlem Valentine Day: Blood is Sex (Shigeru Izumiya, 1982) 8/10
4. As Órbitas da Água (The Orbits of Water, Frederico Machado, 2020) 7.5/10

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4. Hereditary (2018) 7 (rewatch)
the thrill of it all...
1. The Taking (2014) 3
2. 1917 (2019) 7+
3. The Hart of London (1970) 9
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5. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) * 72 min.

Warner Oland's Chan mysteries are consistently entertaining, no real highs or lows so far. This one offers for the first time a cute look at his large family.
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1-2. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Devil in the City of Angels (2021) * 48 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Anyone Could Be Next (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Lock. Your. Doors. (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Manhunt (2021) * 47 min.
3. Sherlock: The Sign of Three (2014) * 90 min.
4. Hollywood Story (1951) * 77 min.
*First time viewing.
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5. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Creaky and corny

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1. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
2. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. The Little Murders of Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger (2009)
5. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
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3. Come and See (1985)
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Thanks to filmbantha for recommending:
Mystery Thriller
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)
5. The Good Son (1993)
6. Deception. (2008)
7. Rent-A-Pal (2020)

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This has amazing Videodrome vibes, prodding almost as potently into the relationship we develop to what we watch. There is a striking image of him hugging the television set in a darkened room, while his interactions with the self-help guru on videocassette bring to mind Brian O'Blivion addressing Max Renn. The film is its own beast though, very centered on its unappreciated caregiver and the Kafkaesque red tape of a poorly run video dating service.
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4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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5. Cape Fear (1962)
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5. Homunculus (Takashi Shimizu, 2021) 6
6. Goodbye Paradise (Carl Schultz, 1982) 7

Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
1. Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak, 1948) 6
2. Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996) 5+
3. Last and First Men (Jóhann Jóhannsson, 2020) 7-
4. The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) 6
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Clue FTW
1. Tightrope (1984)
2. Violent Cop (1989)
3. Super 8 (2011)
4. Shimmer Lake (2017) 7/10

This is a Netflix mystery/thriller told in reverse. It's about a bank robbery gone wrong and the consequences thereof. Really clever script in how the mystery was slowly revealed by going backwards. Solid cast, too, with Rainn Wilson, Rob Corddry, and Ron Livingston, among others. Darkly comic elements, too, which provided some nice levity.

But I also have a funny story about this. There's a scene in the film with explosive diarrhea (I'll avoid context so as to avoid spoilers). You don't see the poop, but you get the full splashy sound effects, the actor is contorting in obviously uncomfortable ways, etc. The whole experience. Except this scene is so good, I'm actually starting to smell poop. How in the world is the film doing this? This must be amazing - I don't have a "Smell-o-vision" setup at home, so the editorial choices must be on point. I mean, the smell is getting worse as time goes on, just like if you were in the bathroom with the person...

Turns out, my dog just timed his fart REALLY well. :circle:
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6. Frankenstein (1931)
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9. Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948) 6.5/10
10. Night Nurse (William A. Wellman, 1931) 6/10
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1-6. Mindhunter Season 2

I'm so bummed this show was cancelled, but while there are some loose threads the season is self-contained enough to be worth a watch.
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5. The Crazies-2010: 10/10
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1. Roadgames-1981: 9/10
2. 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck-2012: 9/10
3. Identity-2003: 10/10
4. Invasion U.S.A.-1985: 10/10
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Mystery Thriller
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)
5. The Good Son (1993)
6. Deception. (2008)
7. Rent-A-Pal (2020)
8. Possessor (2020)

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The second feature from Brandon Cronenberg, this is far more stylish and atmospheric than Antiviral with lots of exquisite light filters and creeping camerawork. Much like Antiviral though, the film is beset by presenting an intriguing universe without fleshing out properly. Andrea Riseborough has at least an interesting protagonist. At first the ending feels a little off, but ultimately it sort of works given how much of a parasite she feels in her own body.
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6. Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) * 93 min.

Sherlock keeps impressing.
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1-2. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Devil in the City of Angels (2021) * 48 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Anyone Could Be Next (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Lock. Your. Doors. (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Manhunt (2021) * 47 min.
3. Sherlock: The Sign of Three (2014) * 90 min.
4. Hollywood Story (1951) * 77 min.
5. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) * 72 min.
*First time viewing.
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1. Twin Peaks (David Lynch, 1990)
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1. Twin Peaks (David Lynch, 1990)
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6. Riyû a.k.a. The Reason (2004)
The Mystery: Four murders occur in an apartment complex, one of which is seemingly unrelated to the other three. But is there more going on here?
The Verdict: See my comments in the Japan Challenge thread. But TLDR, I really dug it.

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7. El ojo del huracán a.k.a. Fox with a Velvet Tail (1971)
The Mystery: What at first seem like near-death coincidences like malfunctioning brakes and malfunctioning scuba diving equipment begin to seem like attempts on Ruth's life after she breaks up with her old boyfriend and starts dating a new guy. When the old boyfriend shows up at their doorstep soon after these events occur, she starts becoming even more paranoid. Is it all in her head or is something more sinister at play?
The Verdict: Even for a giallo, this movie is damned slow with little in the way of suspense for a majority of the movie. If you hang in there, it has a super sexy scene toward the end but the plot just isn't engaging enough to sustain interest.

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8. Inferno (2016)
The Mystery: After erstwhile archeological detective extraordinaire wakes up in a hospital with amnesia, he recruits his doctor to help recover his memories and unravel a mystery involving Dante's Inferno. Will he piece together the clues before a deadly virus is unleashed potentially killing millions?
The Verdict: Eh... This is about what you'd expect. Disposable entertainment disguised as smart mystery/thriller like the previous two. Unlike Angels & Demons with it's papal machinations, this one just doesn't have as engaging a narrative thrust or as interesting a character as Ewan McGregor's in the previous film. It hinges on a couple of major twists that are honestly pretty easy to predict. Pretty forgettable.
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1. Foul Play (1978)
2. Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
3. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
4. Contratiempo a.k.a. The Invisible Guest (2016)
5. Tall in the Saddle (1944)
6. Riyû a.k.a. The Reason (2004)
7. El ojo del huracán a.k.a. Fox with a Velvet Tail (1971)
8. Inferno (2016)
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7. Case 39 (Christian Alvart, 2009) - 4/10
Renée Zellweger plays a social services worker that saves a young girl from two abusive parents. Then things start getting spooky. It's weird that this movie was made in 2009, it looks and feels like a cheap thriller from the 90s and has all the horror cliches from the early 2000s.
8. I Care a Lot (J Blakeson, 2020) - 3/10
Meh, I could have cared a lot for this movie, but it's annoying, try-hard and goes nowhere.
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1-6. Mindhunter Season 2
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3. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky a.k.a. Lik wong (1991)

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5. Relic (2020) 6
the thrill of it all...
1. The Taking (2014) 3
2. 1917 (2019) 7+
3. The Hart of London (1970) 9
4. Hereditary (2018) 7 (rewatch)
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ororama wrote: May 5th, 2021, 11:28 am Sherlock keeps impressing.
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Mystery Thriller
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)
5. The Good Son (1993)
6. Deception. (2008)
7. Rent-A-Pal (2020)
8. Possessor (2020)
9. Symbol (2009)

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While the Kafkaesque, near Cube-like mystery that the Japanese man here faces is always far more intriguing than the Mexican wrestler's story, the two plotlines eventually converge in one of the funniest scenes ever committed to film. From that point onward, the movie also gets more and more intriguing, ultimately providing much to ponder about our place in the world and the difference that the smallest of actions can make. Great lead performance too.

I'm going to do like flavo:
The Mystery: Why this isn't in more Official Lists.
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7. The Rock (1996)
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connordenney wrote: May 5th, 2021, 2:04 pm 1. Twin Peaks (David Lynch, 1990)
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The pilot ?
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7. Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, 2021) 5+
8. Out of Time (Carl Franklin, 2003) 6

Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
1. Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak, 1948) 6
2. Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996) 5+
3. Last and First Men (Jóhann Jóhannsson, 2020) 7-
4. The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) 6
5. Homunculus (Takashi Shimizu, 2021) 6
6. Goodbye Paradise (Carl Schultz, 1982) 7
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8. Primer (2004)
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