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4. Nightwatch a.k.a. Nattevagten (1994)

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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)
10. Tag (2015)
11. Gozu (2003)
12. Azumi (2003)
13. Killers (2014)
14. Matango (1963)
15. Wild Zero (1999)
16. Black Box (2020)
17. Dead Body (2017)

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The killer-among-us plot here brings And Then There Were None to mind, however, this is less cerebral. More time is dedicated to the friends running around scared rather than trying to reason out who could be the killer. Little of the comedy clicks either. The motive is pretty amusing though when finally revealed - and may have even been more fun if revealed earlier. Some cool atmospheric lighting though (a murder scene illuminated by a flickering TV set).

Doing like flavo:
The Mystery: Why sol doesn't pay more attention to IMDb and Letterboxd ratings before watching random claptrap streaming on Shudder
The Verdict: When your quasi-Clue promotional artwork looks as good as this and/or this, you can convince sol to watch anything
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I wasn't going to participate in this one, but now the wife has insisted we watch the BBC show Sherlock before it expires on Netflix on the 14th. So...

1. Sherlock: A Study in Pink (McGuigan, 2010). 89 mins.
2. Sherlock: The Blind Banker (Lyn, 2010). 88 mins.

I really like this contemporary take on the Sherlock Holmes persona, I have to say.
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11. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) * 93 min.
12. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (2017) * 92 min.
13-16. Capitani: Oh You, Up There (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: Beneath is Dark, Wooden Crown (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: Out of Childhood, Out of Childhood (2019) * 25 min.
Capitani: No Rest for the Eyes, No Rest for the Heart (2019) * 23 min.
Capitani: Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: So Far From Me, So Far! (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: And I Know Misfortune and Sorrow (2019) * 32 min.
Capitani: These Wonderful Golden Dreams (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: My Heart Was Full of Trust (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: I Knew Nothing of Tears and Pain (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: My Breast Full of Darkest Night (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: It Happened One Beautiful Summer's Day (2019) * 32 min.

1890s Sherlock didn't really work for the series in The Abominable Bride. It was funny, but that was mainly because it mocked the seriousness of the regular series, like an X-Files Halloween episode, and the few minutes spent in the present day only advanced the plot a few minutes in an unnecessary way.

The Six Thatchers did what Sherlock usually does well, combining elements from several stories (here The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and The Sign of Four) in a well written story not bound by these sources.

I think that Capitani is my first viewing from Luxembourg, a typical story of a big city police detective investigating a crime in a secretive, surprisingly corrupt village. Good despite, or because of, the fact that Luc Capitani is an unsympathetic character.
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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.
6. Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) * 93 min.
7. Retribution (2006) * 104 min.
8. Becky (2020) * 93 min.
9. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) * 70 min.
10. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) * 68 min.
*First time viewing.
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18. The Invisible Guest / Contratiempo (Oriol Paulo, 2016) 7-
19. Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) 6+
Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
Leftover: +10mins

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
7. Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, 2021) 5+
8. Out of Time (Carl Franklin, 2003) 6
9. Mother / Madre (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2019) 7
10. Funeral in Berlin (Guy Hamilton, 1966) 6+
11. [+10mins]
Snakes and Ladders / Zig-Zag - le jeu de l'oie (Une fiction didactique à propos de la cartographie) (Raoul Ruiz, 1980) 7+
The Wire S42Ep7: Unto Others (Anthony Hemingway, 2006) 8
12. [+40mins]
The Wire S42Ep8: Corner Boys (Agnieszka Holland, 2006) 7+
Baghdad Central S1Ep1 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 6+
13. Payback: Straight Up (Brian Helgeland, 2006) 7+
14. The Mystery of Henri Pick / Le mystère Henri Pick (Rémi Bezançon, 2019) 7
15-16. [-40mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep2-3 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7+
17. Absence of Malice (Sydney Pollack, 1981) 5
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8. Peur sur la ville (1975) The Night Caller 8+ best rooftop chase scene in recent memory
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)
5. Relic (2020) 6
6. Twin Peaks (2017) parts 1 & 2 (112min)
7. I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) 7
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1. Spellbound (1945, Alfred Hitchcock) Rewatch 9 --> 6

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Rewatched this teenage favourite of mine, with some slight worries about whether or not it would hold up - along with several in-laws - somehow none of which had seen it before, though I think some liked it more than me, as they were getting quite into it by the end. (They were watching Strangers on a Train when my wife and I arrived, and Spellbound ended up being chosen as the next film).

Frankly, my main memory of the film was the delicious dream sequence, designed by Salvador Dali, and it is every bit as breathtaking - though in the film for much shorter than I remembered and also far more fractured. I do remember loving the pairing (not so much this time) and the tension later in the film - some of which is still incredible - but these scenes are too few and too far in-between.

So, what failed this time? Well, for starters, the stiffness of Hitchcock, which can be delightful when there is a decent degree of pitch dark humour, works far less well here - especially in the first 30 minutes which play out as a state melodrama. Overlooking the repeated sexist humour, and long drawn out scenes of psychobabble-banter that just doesn't need to be there - the romance between Bergman and Peck feels unbelievable - even for the standards of the time, and overtly corny. Thank god Hitchcock generally kept away from the romance genre - he just can't handle it. Coupled with the stiffness and overbearing score which has to tell us how to feel at all time, this early set-up is only redeemed by the fact that it is nothing but a McGuffin/diversion manoeuvre - to trick us into believing we are seeing a very different film.

This is perhaps also what I appreciated the most with Spellbound, as it in so many ways act as a precursor to Psycho - though, in some ways this is the feature-length version of the worst and most excruciating scene in Psycho. You know ... "that scene" ... where the psychologist goes through a long explanation of everything that has happened.

This is present throughout the film, especially towards the end - and it feels like the audience is treated like utter idiots - though, given the introduction of the film - I suppose it is a love letter to psychoanalysis. Too bad the writing could not be better. It feels false throughout, and often without the correcting force, Hitchcock so often brings. Add to that Bergman's infatuation feels ridiculous, and hard to buy. She is lacking a lot of her usual charisma and struggles to be believable in her role.

Peck on the other hand does a far better job, granted with much better material, as he balances at least two characters/states of being at the same time: and when he does dark, the film comes to life. Once we end up in Rochester, with 3rd billed Michael Chekhov - is when the film actually starts to feel like a horror film. The darkest scene - Peck, razor in hand - murder in his eyes - is spectacular - in every way - and the delivery from Chekhov could not be more spot-on in terms of nailing the dark humour in play - and his "Burlow" is undoubtedly a fantastic and classic example of the Hitchcockian bit-character.

While the film is certainly playing in another gear from this point, the flaws are still there, just reduced - and they blow up like never before as Peck and Bergman get closer to the truth. Granted, without spoiling it, the actual final climax does - once again - pack a punch (even is the writing is a little lacklustre) and manages to hold the film together. I do wonder what I saw in the film the first time though. Perhaps I was simply too infatuated with Hitchcock and Bergman that I would swallow anything and call it great? It is odd how some rewatches can be almost the same (such as my Rope rewatch a few months ago) and others like night and day (like this film) but a really valuable and enjoyable viewing all the same.
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22. Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang, 1943) 7.5/10
23. The Firm (Sydney Pollack, 1993) 7/10
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Clue FTW
1. Tightrope (1984)
2. Violent Cop (1989)
3. Super 8 (2011)
4. Shimmer Lake (2017)
5. Contratiempo (2016)
6. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
This was fine enough, but a little overcomplicated and clunky. Not unenjoyable.

7. Murder in the Cassava Patch (2012)
Rewatch, because my cousin, who was adopted from Liberia, recently found and connected with her birth parents. She hadn't seen a Liberian movie like this so we watched it. She loved the shots of Monrovia and seeing the countryside, which is actually pretty similar to where her parents life. For that alone, I will enjoy this film, though it's not particularly well made due to the low budget.
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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)
10. Tag (2015)
11. Gozu (2003)
12. Azumi (2003)
13. Killers (2014)
14. Matango (1963)
15. Wild Zero (1999)
16. Black Box (2020)
17. Dead Body (2017)
18. Bullet Ballet (1998)

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While not quite as effective as Tetsuo or Haze, this is a very decent Shin'ya Tsukamoto film with equally striking visuals (black and photography; frenzied shots) and much of interest thematically. Some of the protagonist's actions are confusing, especially with how he pretty much wedges his way into the criminals' lives, but as someone trying to end his own life (perhaps) these dangerous actions sort of make sense. Intriguing fusing with weapons ideas too.

Doing like flavo:
The Mystery: Can Tsukamoto made a film equally as mind-blowing as Tetsuo by going back to black-and-white visuals?
The Verdict: No - however I consider this to be a (slightly) stronger film than both of Tsukamoto's Tetsuo sequels.
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5. The Red Squirrel a.k.a. La Ardilla Roja (1993)

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17. Sherlock: The Lying Detective (2017) * 93 min.
18. Sherlock: The Final Problem (2017) * 93 min.

I found Toby Jones too manic at the beginning of The Lying Detective and too subdued at the end, although since he says the inspiration for his crimes is H. H. Holmes, the latter might be appropriate. It was useful in setting up The Final Problem, a fantastic ending (?) to the series.
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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.
6. Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) * 93 min.
7. Retribution (2006) * 104 min.
8. Becky (2020) * 93 min.
9. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) * 70 min.
10. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) * 68 min.
11. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) * 93 min.
12. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (2017) * 92 min.
13-16. Capitani: Oh You, Up There (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: Beneath is Dark, Wooden Crown (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: Out of Childhood, Out of Childhood (2019) * 25 min.
Capitani: No Rest for the Eyes, No Rest for the Heart (2019) * 23 min.
Capitani: Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: So Far From Me, So Far! (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: And I Know Misfortune and Sorrow (2019) * 32 min.
Capitani: These Wonderful Golden Dreams (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: My Heart Was Full of Trust (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: I Knew Nothing of Tears and Pain (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: My Breast Full of Darkest Night (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: It Happened One Beautiful Summer's Day (2019) * 32 min.
*First time viewing.
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14. The Last of Sheila (Herbert Ross, 1973)
The Mystery: On the one-year anniversary of his wife's death in a hit-and-run accident, James Coburn, a noted movie producer, takes his Hollywood friends out on a yacht to play a little game, a scavenger hunt built around digging up buried secrets. When a murder derails the game, the group is left to piece together what has transpired.
The Verdict: From a script by the improbably pairing of Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, neither of whom ever wrote another screenplay unfortunately, comes this humdinger of a mystery. It's light and playful with lots of crackling dialogue and some great performances from the likes of Coburn, James Mason, Richard Benjamin and Dyan Cannon. This seems to be one of those perpetually "why isn't it more well-known" kind of films and I can now see why. It's great!

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15. Enola Holmes (Harry Bradbeer, 2020)
The Mystery: Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. The movie gives us a dual mystery when Enola's mother disappears unceremoniously while at the same time machinations are afoot to silence a boy Enola comes across in her adventures, the esteemed Marquess of Tewksbury.
The Verdict: This is a fairly light, fun adventure that's fine as breezy entertainment for the family. I was disappointed with how it wrapped up the story of the mother though, leaving some questions unanswered. I think it probably was setting things up for a sequel. Still Millie Bobby Brown is delightful as Enola, and it's worth a watch if you have younger ones who want a nice mystery that doesn't get too intense (although there are one or two scenes that do push things pretty far for this kind of movie).

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16. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (Rachel Talalay, 2017)
The Mystery: When a series of break-ins occur involving the vandalism of busts of Margaret Thatcher Sherlock becomes fascinated with digging up old secrets involving someone close to him.
The Verdict:. I thought this was a solid episode and certainly better than the misstep of The Abominable Bride, striking a better balance and pacing with real stakes at play.

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17. The Bat (Roland West, 1026)
The Mystery: A group of people converge on a spooky old mansion for various reasons. Some are hunting for the hidden treasure of the former owner, recently killed after a bank robbery involving the notorious criminal The Bat. Another is in hiding under accusations of involvement in the crime.
The Verdict: The Bat is a pretty solid old dark house mystery with a suitably twisty plot (although if you've seen the 1959 version with Vincent Price, you'll already know what's up). Really though, the main reason to watch this is for the excellent set design which definitely channels the German expressionist visions of Caligari and Nosferatu.
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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)
9. Ring of Fear (1954)
10. Big Calibre (1935)
11. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)
12. The Westing Game (1997)
13. Chakushin ari 2 a.k.a. One Missed Call 2 (2005)
14. The Last of Sheila (Herbert Ross, 1973)
15. Enola Holmes (Harry Bradbeer, 2020)
16. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (Rachel Talalay, 2017)
17. The Bat (Roland West, 1026)
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ororama wrote: May 9th, 2021, 4:45 pm 1890s Sherlock didn't really work for the series in The Abominable Bride. It was funny, but that was mainly because it mocked the seriousness of the regular series, like an X-Files Halloween episode, and the few minutes spent in the present day only advanced the plot a few minutes in an unnecessary way.
flavo5000 wrote: May 10th, 2021, 2:10 pm The Verdict:. I thought this was a solid episode and certainly better than the misstep of The Abominable Bride, striking a better balance and pacing with real stakes at play.
I don't disagree with either of you re: the Abominable Bride not being the strongest of eps, but I did enjoy it for the use of the time frame switching between past and present in relation to Sherlock
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. I'd be curious to hear what you guys think of the series finale when you get to that one (if not already).
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9. Training Day (Antoine Fuqua, 2001) - 9/10

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1. The Circle (James Ponsoldt, 2017) - 3/10
2. Man on a Ledge (Asger Leth, 2012) - 5/10
3. Stay (Marc Forster, 2005) - 5/10
4. Flightplan (Robert Schwentke, 2005) - 6/10
5. Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014) - 8/10
6. Primal (Nick Powell, 2019) - 5/10
7. Pod (Mickey Keating, 2015) - 7/10
8. Imperium (Daniel Ragussis, 2016) - 7/10
9. Training Day (Antoine Fuqua, 2001) - 9/10
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it's a thrilling mystery how people watch so many fucking movies
1. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis, 1993) (re-watch)
2. The Benson Murder Case (Frank Tuttle, 1930)

This is the 6th of the 15 (14 extant) Philo Vance series I've watched; I made a list for anybody who might care at all about this early gentleman-detective series. I would imagine there wouldn't be many though, and I wouldn't try hard to convince anybody to get into these films. They are creaky and rather dull to be honest, and the only real reason I've watched several of them is because of the male leads - William Powell in this and several others, Basil Rathbone in one and Warren William in a couple more. Love those guys, and like Eugene Pallette, who plays a typically befuddled cop who's always calling on Philo for help, but otherwise these films - at least the early ones - have all the faults you'd expect from early sound b pictures - bad sound and little music, lots of overacting, lots of people standing around while the main guy explains the story, etc. This one is also an old house mystery, and one thing that does make it a little interesting from a historical perspective is that it revolves around the stock market crash, and the losses that most of the suspects incurred at the hands of the victim form the primary basis for the murder investigation. I'd say it's average or a little below for the series so if you already know these films, there it is. Really atrocious YT copy, don't know if there's better available.

3. El jinete sin cabeza / The Headless Rider (Chano Urueta, 1957)

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Had to watch a Mexican film for CInco de Mayo and this fit the bill - also qualifying in the western category, though it's really a melange of genres - horror and musical also - that reminds me quite a bit of a number of American b pictures from the 30s; I haven't seen enough Mexican genre work from this period to know how typical it is, or how it fits in to any trends, but it does appear that there were quite a few horror-westerns and I'm sure this isn't the only one to have a bit of a mystery plot and some songs thrown in for good measure, most courtesy of leads Luis Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, the former playing el jinete (the rider) an apparent no-good man-about-town who's been locked up for a possible murder, the latter the new judge in town and perhaps romantic interest for el jinete. Also there are a bunch of guys in skull masks who kill people, and a dead man walled up in a house for years - but who had been alive just a few hours earlier. Hence the mystery. I tend to like these sorts of mixtures of genres, but this feels rather haphazard and most of the plot resolutions all too obvious. Not terrible but not terribly interesting either.

4. La tête d'un homme / A Man's Neck (Julien Duvivier, 1933)

Solid early Maigret film - only the third of the dozens of film and tv adaptations about Georges Simenon's police detective - with Harry Baur playing the part as a generally serious character but with just enough insouciance and wit to keep him lively. Baur is always good from what little I've seen, but the real star here is Valéry Inkijinoff as Radek, a Czech-born crook who is obviously involved in the murder that forms the centerpiece here but whose Nietzschean philosophizing combined with an underlying brutality - leavened by much charm - make him really fascinating and dynamic as an opposing force. The murder of an old woman for her money and Radek's character are more than a bit reminiscent of Crime and Punishment but the story doesn't really play out that way, with a rather simple-minded working class character at first suspected of the murder, and the woman's nephew also seemingly involved. The police procedural elements are fine but it's really the characters and Duvivier's pretty stunning filmmaking that make the film.
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11. THX 1138 (1971)
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12. Manhunter (1986)
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26.-30. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E8-12 -> 297 minutes plus 29 overtime from the last episodes = 4 points

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1.-9. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S1 E1-13
10.-19. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S2 E1-12
20.-25. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E1-7
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24. Ringu (Hideo Nakata, 1998) 7/10
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13. Violent Cop (1989)
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9. The Last Stand-2013: 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
5. The Crazies-2010: 10/10
6. The Killing of a Sacred Deer-2017: 8/10
7. Murder, Inc.-1960: 7/10
8. Greenland-2020: 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)
9. Symbol (2009)
10. Tag (2015)
11. Gozu (2003)
12. Azumi (2003)
13. Killers (2014)
14. Matango (1963)
15. Wild Zero (1999)
16. Black Box (2020)
17. Dead Body (2017)
18. Bullet Ballet (1998)
19. ThanksKilling (2009)

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This survives mostly on account of how wacky the premise is; the evil turkey here talks gangsta, can hold weapons and can drive cars. Silly as all this might sound, the energy levels are deniable here and the special effects are generally great, from an icky tongue-pulling scene to a chestbuster bit that is almost as graphic as the iconic one in Alien. Unfortunately, none of the human characters are half as interesting as the turkey and the acting is generally poor.

Doing like flavo:
The Mystery: Can a turkey impersonate a sheriff and fool his own daughter?
The Verdict: Apparently so, but you'll have to watch this to find out how...
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19. Sleuth (1972) * 138 min.

Fun, but I get the feeling that it was probably more fun in the theater.
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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.
6. Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) * 93 min.
7. Retribution (2006) * 104 min.
8. Becky (2020) * 93 min.
9. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) * 70 min.
10. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) * 68 min.
11. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) * 93 min.
12. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (2017) * 92 min.
13-16. Capitani: Oh You, Up There (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: Beneath is Dark, Wooden Crown (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: Out of Childhood, Out of Childhood (2019) * 25 min.
Capitani: No Rest for the Eyes, No Rest for the Heart (2019) * 23 min.
Capitani: Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: So Far From Me, So Far! (2019) * 27 min.
Capitani: And I Know Misfortune and Sorrow (2019) * 32 min.
Capitani: These Wonderful Golden Dreams (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: My Heart Was Full of Trust (2019) * 29 min.
Capitani: I Knew Nothing of Tears and Pain (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: My Breast Full of Darkest Night (2019) * 26 min.
Capitani: It Happened One Beautiful Summer's Day (2019) * 32 min.
17. Sherlock: The Lying Detective (2017) * 93 min.
18. Sherlock: The Final Problem (2017) * 93 min.
*First time viewing.
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7. From Hell (2001, The Hughes brothers): 6.0
Thrilling mysteries & mysterious thrills
1. Guilty as Sin (1993, Sidney Lumet): 3.8
2. The Devil's Own (1997, Alan J. Pakula): 6.0
3. Consenting Adults (1992, Alan J. Pakula): 5.5
4. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991, Joseph Ruben): 4.0
5. Clear and Present Danger (1994, Phillip Noyce): 7.2
6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014, Kenneth Branagh): 4.2
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18. Night Game (Peter Masterson, 1989)
The Mystery: A string of women are being killed by the beach. Somehow it's all tied to the Houston Astros winning baseball games. Roy Scheider has to track down the killer before the killer targets someone close to him.
The Verdict: Man, this is some shoddy police work all around. This uneasy hybrid of police procedural and slasher really doesn't make it very hard to guess who the killer is and where it's all going. I mean, how many weird, baseball-fixated guys with hook hands are in Houston? I'd only recommend this to slasher completists.

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19. Les dossiers secrets de l'inspecteur Lavardin: L'escargot noir a.k.a. Secret Files of Inspector Lavardin: The Black Snail (Claude Chabrol, 1988)
The Mystery: A series of murders occur in a sleepy little town with black snail shells left at the scene of the crime in each case. Inspector Lavardin is called in to sort it all out.
The Verdict: This is one of two TV movies Chabrol directed featuring the Inspector Lavardin character he introduced with two theatrical features previously and is about on par with the other TV Lavardin he did although a step down visually from the two features. It definitely has that flatter TV movie look to it but frankly Chabrol isn't exactly the most extravagant director to begin with. As far as the mystery itself goes, it's solid and moderately satisfying as far as these kinds of things go.

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20. Der rote Kreis a.k.a. The Red Circle (Jürgen Roland, 1960)
The Mystery: Murder! Kidnapping! A mysterious figure known as The Red Circle! How does it all add up?
The Verdict: The Red Circle is one of many Edgar Wallace Kremi films made in Germany throughout the '60s which were considered a major influence on the giallo. They often featured a twisty plot with a mysterious killer who usually had a sordid back story. The Red Circle is a fine example of this style of film and a solid watch for those who enjoy their thrilling whodunnits.
Whodunnit
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)
9. Ring of Fear (1954)
10. Big Calibre (1935)
11. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)
12. The Westing Game (1997)
13. Chakushin ari 2 a.k.a. One Missed Call 2 (2005)
14. The Last of Sheila (Herbert Ross, 1973)
15. Enola Holmes (Harry Bradbeer, 2020)
16. Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (Rachel Talalay, 2017)
17. The Bat (Roland West, 1026)
18. Night Game (Peter Masterson, 1989)
19. Les dossiers secrets de l'inspecteur Lavardin: L'escargot noir a.k.a. Secret Files of Inspector Lavardin: The Black Snail (Claude Chabrol, 1988)
20. Der rote Kreis a.k.a. The Red Circle (Jürgen Roland, 1960)
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14. Dressed to Kill (1980)
15. Dead Calm (1989)
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20. The Spider's Stratagem / Strategia del ragno (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) 7+
21. The Wolf Hour (Alistair Banks Griffin, 2019) 6+
22. [+40mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep4-5 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7
Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
Leftover: +10+40mins

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
7. Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, 2021) 5+
8. Out of Time (Carl Franklin, 2003) 6
9. Mother / Madre (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2019) 7
10. Funeral in Berlin (Guy Hamilton, 1966) 6+
11. [+10mins]
Snakes and Ladders / Zig-Zag - le jeu de l'oie (Une fiction didactique à propos de la cartographie) (Raoul Ruiz, 1980) 7+
The Wire S42Ep7: Unto Others (Anthony Hemingway, 2006) 8
12. [+40mins]
The Wire S42Ep8: Corner Boys (Agnieszka Holland, 2006) 7+
Baghdad Central S1Ep1 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 6+
13. Payback: Straight Up (Brian Helgeland, 2006) 7+
14. The Mystery of Henri Pick / Le mystère Henri Pick (Rémi Bezançon, 2019) 7
15-16. [-40mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep2-3 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7+
17. Absence of Malice (Sydney Pollack, 1981) 5
18. The Invisible Guest / Contratiempo (Oriol Paulo, 2016) 7-
19. Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) 6+
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7. Knives Out (2019)


8. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 1 (2015)
9. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 2 (2015)


2-part, 4+ hour Japanese TV version of "Murder on the Orient Express". Episode 1 is a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel, Episode 2 is a flashback showing the planning of the murder.

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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)
6. The Black Raven (1943)
7. Knives Out (2019)
8. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 1 (2015)
9. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 2 (2015)
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6. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

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Torgo wrote: May 7th, 2021, 11:39 pm Really had it rolling with that Wire stuff here yesterday ..

10.-19. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S2 E1-12 à roughly 1 hour -> 704 minutes = 8 points + 1 point resulting of the previous 39 min overtime, keeping 23 minutes for another season
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1.-9. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S1 E1-13
That should put you at 18, no? I think you have an extra point in your following posts also.
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shugs wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:08 pm That should put you at 18, no? I think you have an extra point in your following posts also.
:facepalm:
Thanks for the hint. Let me say I'm not the best at maths ..
Fortunately I'm only watching The Wire and nothing else, so there's a built-in fail-safe for my dyscalculia: I have to end the challenge with exactly 44,5 points or I fucked up :)

Haha, what the heck, I really did it for every post. I swear to God, I'm not cheating or anything, I'm just stupid. :lol:
Fixed stats:

1.-9. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S1 E1-13
10.-18. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S2 E1-12
19.-23. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E1-7
24.-27. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E8-12

Continuing slowly with S4 today.
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Torgo wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:19 pm
shugs wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:08 pm That should put you at 18, no? I think you have an extra point in your following posts also.
:facepalm:
Thanks for the hint. Let me say I'm not the best at maths ..
Fortunately I'm only watching The Wire and nothing else, so there's a built-in fail-safe for my dyscalculia: I have to end the challenge with exactly 44,5 points or I fucked up :)

Haha, what the heck, I really did it for every post. I swear to God, I'm not cheating or anything, I'm just stupid. :lol:
Fixed stats:

1.-9. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S1 E1-13
10.-18. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S2 E1-12
19.-23. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E1-7
24.-27. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E8-12

Continuing slowly with S4 today.
No worries. :cheers:
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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)
10. Tag (2015)
11. Gozu (2003)
12. Azumi (2003)
13. Killers (2014)
14. Matango (1963)
15. Wild Zero (1999)
16. Black Box (2020)
17. Dead Body (2017)
18. Bullet Ballet (1998)
19. ThanksKilling (2009)
20. Alone in the Dark (1982)

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Mostly set during the daytime with no victims ever alone, this slasher is better than one might expect given its misleading title. None of the antagonists are ever that scary and their intended victims are never developed in enough depth to elicit sympathy, but there are several effective moments - most notably, a babysitter having to make her way off a bed while avoiding being stabbed from an inmate hiding beneath the bed frame. Fun Donald Pleasence turn too.

Doing like flavo:
The Mystery: Why wasn't this film called "Together in the Light" instead?
The Verdict: I guess "Alone in the Dark" just sounds better even though that NEVER happens.
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23. [-20mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep6 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7
24.Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) 8
Colonel Mustard meets Catherine Tramell
Leftover: +30mins

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
7. Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, 2021) 5+
8. Out of Time (Carl Franklin, 2003) 6
9. Mother / Madre (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2019) 7
10. Funeral in Berlin (Guy Hamilton, 1966) 6+
11. [+10mins]
Snakes and Ladders / Zig-Zag - le jeu de l'oie (Une fiction didactique à propos de la cartographie) (Raoul Ruiz, 1980) 7+
The Wire S42Ep7: Unto Others (Anthony Hemingway, 2006) 8
12. [+40mins]
The Wire S42Ep8: Corner Boys (Agnieszka Holland, 2006) 7+
Baghdad Central S1Ep1 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 6+
13. Payback: Straight Up (Brian Helgeland, 2006) 7+
14. The Mystery of Henri Pick / Le mystère Henri Pick (Rémi Bezançon, 2019) 7
15-16. [-40mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep2-3 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7+
17. Absence of Malice (Sydney Pollack, 1981) 5
18. The Invisible Guest / Contratiempo (Oriol Paulo, 2016) 7-
19. Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) 6+
20. The Spider's Stratagem / Strategia del ragno (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) 7+
21. The Wolf Hour (Alistair Banks Griffin, 2019) 6+
22. [+40mins]
Baghdad Central S1Ep4-5 (Alice Troughton, 2020) 7
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1. Tenet (2020, Nolan) 3/10
2.-5. Chernobyl (2019, Renck, 327') 7/10
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16-17. Big Sky (2020) S01 Episodes 12-15
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10. Ghost Town Law (1942)

Mysterious Western

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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)
6. The Black Raven (1943)
7. Knives Out (2019)
8. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 1 (2015)
9. Oriento kyuukou satsujin jiken: Episode 2 (2015)
10. Ghost Town Law (1942)
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2. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020)
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1. Twin Peaks (David Lynch, 1990)
2. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020)
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28.-33. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S4 E1-E9 -> 530 minutes = 6 points and keeping 50 minutes overtime
The Wire (now with solved mystery of curious extra points)
1.-9. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S1 E1-13
10.-18. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S2 E1-12
19.-23. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E1-7
24.-27. The Wire (2002-2008) -> S3 E8-12
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