Mystery Film – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:20:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://key-pax.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/key-pax-icon-150x150.png Mystery Film – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ 32 32 Review of “Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn” https://key-pax.com/review-of-glass-onion-a-mystery-at-daggers-drawn/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:20:09 +0000 https://key-pax.com/review-of-glass-onion-a-mystery-at-daggers-drawn/

Daniel Craig is back as Benoit Blanc in the 2019 sequel Knives out, Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads. And this time it’s just as fun as the last. And it’s all thanks to the sparkle Rian Johnson brings to the film as he writes and directs here once again.

It’s a new adventure with only one familiar face, Blanc (Daniel Craig). And this time, he finds himself in Greece on a sumptuous private island with an exotic estate. A very different group of friends, who proudly call themselves troublemakers, have all gathered on the island at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) for their annual reunion. This year, Bron wants to stage his own murder. And it’s up to his friends to solve the case. Of course, it’s just a game, or at least it’s supposed to be.

Guests include Andi Brand, Miles’ former business partner, current Connecticut Governor Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), top scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), fashion designer and former model Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) and her conscientious assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick), and influencer Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey (External banks star Madelyn Cline).

Each character holds their own secrets, lies, and motivations as to why they would want to commit murder. And when someone actually turns up dead, despite the fact that the weekend was supposed to be a game, everyone is a suspect.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Trailer

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Review: What I Did and What I Didn’t Like

While this time of year can usually bring a bevy of depressing drama, all doing their bidding on an Oscar nomination, it’s a breath of fresh air to watch a smart comedy like Glass Onion. With its duration of 2 hours and 19 minutes, this thriller is not predictable, like the other films of the genre this year.

If you liked the original Knives out, it’s a safe bet that you will also like it. It’s just as good as its predecessor, but it also brings something new and creative to the table. The audience can see everything happening in real time as Benoit tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together, which inevitably leads the audience to make incorrect assumptions about who is to blame.

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And I have to say, for me at least, it feels good to be wrong about where a movie like this is headed. While the film isn’t very original, it’s creative enough to leave moviegoers impressed.

The actors all give good performances in this one. But it’s Janelle Monáe who stands out from this star formation. His portrayal of the outcast of the group, who seems to be the only one with any idea what’s going on, is gripping and keeps everyone guessing until the very end.

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads
Photo credit: Netflix

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Double comedy, Glass Onion offers an entertaining ride that relishes the dismantling of the rich and privileged. It’s an exceptionally fun film that’s enjoyable from start to satisfying end.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Review

Grade: B+

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads hits theaters on November 23 and debuts on Netflix on December 23.

Recommend0 recommendationsPosted in Emma’s Geek Girl Blog, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies ]]> A Serial Killer Thriller That Was Banned And Bombed Exposes Streaming Corruption https://key-pax.com/a-serial-killer-thriller-that-was-banned-and-bombed-exposes-streaming-corruption/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:31:20 +0000 https://key-pax.com/a-serial-killer-thriller-that-was-banned-and-bombed-exposes-streaming-corruption/

Many lamented the demise of the decent-budget thriller aimed at older audiences, but when the financial results turned out to be as dire as they were for 2015 Child 44you can kind of understand why major studios are so reluctant to open their checkbooks.

With a budget of $50 million, the Cold War mystery thriller smashed its way to a disastrous box office of just $13 million. It didn’t help that it was widely criticized, as evidenced by Rotten Tomatoes’ respective scores of 27 and 42% from critics and audiences, but the film also generated plenty of bad buzz across the board. Europe.

Things got so heated that Russia’s Culture Ministry blocked a first screening before banning it, and the minister himself blasted how his people had been described as ‘physically and morally vile subhumans’. “, even going so far as to compare it. at The Lord of the Rings and its depiction of Mordor.

Child 44 was also suspended in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while its release was pushed back six months in Georgia. Not a good situation for an expensive period piece featuring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassell, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, Charles Dance, and more, but a little mercy is that the buried bomb has unraveled the systemic corruption on the streaming charts.

According to FlixPatrol, Starz subscribers were more than happy to find out the result of Hardy’s disgraced secret police agent teaming up with Oldman’s general to apprehend a serial killer who preys on young boys. , even if it puts them in the crosshairs of the higher brass. who orchestrated a cover-up the entire time.

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Netflix’s Most Anticipated Mystery Thriller Series Arrives Tomorrow https://key-pax.com/netflixs-most-anticipated-mystery-thriller-series-arrives-tomorrow/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:28:05 +0000 https://key-pax.com/netflixs-most-anticipated-mystery-thriller-series-arrives-tomorrow/

Fans of mystery TV shows will be delighted to know that Netflix’s most anticipated series of the genre is set to drop on Thursday.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the creators of the acclaimed German sci-fi thriller Dark which has been acquired by Netflix worldwide, have teamed up again on an exciting new project.

The series, titled 1899tells the story of a group of European migrants traveling from London on a steamer for a journey to New York where the migrants hope to start a new life.

Most of the plot is shrouded in mystery, but here’s everything we can gather based on the trailer. The passengers, all from different backgrounds, are united by their hopes for a new century and their future abroad.

During the journey, they encounter another migrant ship adrift on the high seas and their trip soon turns into a nightmare.

The trip to New York soon turns into a nightmare. Credit: Netflix

We see travelers receive the ominous message that another ship has been spotted in the show’s disturbing trailer.

The stark differences in wealth and class between the two ships are also evident, as the passengers of the Prometheus – which is believed to have sunk – ask for much-needed help.

What the migrants will find aboard the Prometheus will turn their passage to the promised land into a nightmarish enigma, connecting the past of each of the passengers as secrets are revealed.

The series has an incredibly large cast, including Andreas Pietschmann (DARK), Emily Beecham (The pursuit of love), Maciej Musiał (the witcher), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), Miguel Bernardeau (Elite), Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen (Rain, Borgen), Clara Rosager (The rain), Jose Pimentao (Al Berto), Mathilde Ollivier (boss level), Jonas Bloquet (the nun), Yann Gael (Sakho & Mangane), Isabelle Wei (Our 4°c – Able World), Gabby Wang (A thug), Rosalie Craig (Love sick), Maria Erwolter (The ritual) and Alexandre Willaume (The wheel of time).

A mystery soon unfolds when a lost ship is discovered.  Credit: Netflix
A mystery soon unfolds when a lost ship is discovered. Credit: Netflix

All eight episodes will air at the same time so viewers at home can gorge on all the mystery in one go.

The series should be a feast for the eyes after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained how advanced the technology used to bring the story to life was.

“Right now, the most advanced production technology in the world is here [in Berlin for 1899]it’s really cutting edge and amazing,” Hastings said.

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DASH (2022) Reviews of a one-take noir comedy thriller https://key-pax.com/dash-2022-reviews-of-a-one-take-noir-comedy-thriller/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:57:47 +0000 https://key-pax.com/dash-2022-reviews-of-a-one-take-noir-comedy-thriller/

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Dash is a 2022 dark comedy thriller about an adulterous carpool driver navigating the nighttime streets of Hollywood while going to great lengths to take his disturbing double life to the grave… only to dig himself a grave.

Written and directed by Sean Perry who is making his directorial debut.

The Spam Pictures production stars Alexander Molina, Monette Moio, Paige Grimard, Shah Granville, Audra Alexander, Nick Laughlin, Casey Hanley, Donell James Foreman, Kate Marley, Alexa Vellanoweth, Lize Johnston, Paul Natonek and Marcel Logan.

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” …Dash does not circumvent his clashes with fate. There is no “easy way out”, no deus ex machina that will fix things. But when things explode, they do so unexpectedly. We are certainly entertained. We still wouldn’t have wanted to be behind the wheel of this particular car, but sitting on the ride was refreshing, inventive and entertaining. fanboy planet

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Dash is slow to get going, but strong characterizations keep viewers’ attention from waning too much. As things start to look increasingly bleak for the lead role, Sean Perry deftly asks for more and more investment from the audience. Thanks to a solid cast and a brilliant ending, it pulls off the hat trick pretty well. 8 out of 10, Movie Threat

“Globally, Dash is a thrilling ride with a driver whose life is a disaster. He’s just one confused text away from a meltdown. It makes for a gripping, fast-paced thriller where an ordinary man can’t exactly lock his secrets in the trunk. Buckle up. This one is quite the trick. 7 out of 10, Horror Buzz

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“Writer/director Sean Perry Dash is a frantic, single-take thriller that veers from dark comedy to deadly gravity to gripping armrest at every turn […] The cast members all give believable and energetic performances, and Perry directs with verve. Dash is a savage nail biter who has a lot of heart with his tingles. horror fuel

“There are a lot of defining moments in Dash which show humans in their most primitive state. Like a scene with two women devouring Thai food in her car that made them look like animals, and I loved it. There are plenty of rideshare movies for us to choose from, but thanks to the fact that it’s a single take and the consistent entertainment value, Dash is to be monitored. It was a thrill from start to finish. OC Movie Reviews

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Dash had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival on April 1, 2022. The film is distributed by XYZ Films with a release date to be announced.

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Dash is apparently a legit one-take movie, consisting of zero cuts (or hidden cuts) throughout its runtime.

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Murder Mystery Version of a Comedy of Errors-Entertainment News, Firstpost https://key-pax.com/murder-mystery-version-of-a-comedy-of-errors-entertainment-news-firstpost/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 07:09:15 +0000 https://key-pax.com/murder-mystery-version-of-a-comedy-of-errors-entertainment-news-firstpost/

Language: Hindi

Director: Vasan Bala

Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Bagavathi Perumal, Radhika Apte, Sikandar Kher, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Sukant Goel, Zayn Marie Khan

There are two ways to interpret director Vasan Bala’s film Monica, oh my darling. You could see it quite literally as another thriller drama in which things slip out of the hands of the conspirators in a crime and get out of their control so completely that they find themselves chasing a murderer as much as being prosecuted under suspicion for their own role in the plan went awry. Or you can see it as an homage and parody of noir thrillers in general. It’s fun to see it at the same time – a kind of comedy of errors in the form of a murder mystery, a salute to Hindi cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly the works of Nasir Hussain; a neo-noir thriller that revisits a raw pattern already established by legends of the past and revisits it in a contemporary setting; a film that takes itself both seriously and seriously.

Monica, oh my darling begins with a murder. Nothing is hidden from the viewer in this scene. The killer, his motives, his method are all exposed for us to see clearly.

Cut to the current track of events at an office party where Jayant Arkhedkar (Rajkummar Rao) – a robotics genius, we’re told – is introduced by the founder-owner as the newest addition to the board of the organization. This causes considerable resentment among Jayant’s colleagues, especially the boss’s son (Sikander Kher) and an ordinary mortal among them (Bagavathi Perumal aka Bucks). Also present is an employee who knew Jayant aka Johnny well but who now finds himself dismissed as an inferior being (Sukant Goel) and a warm and friendly woman (Zayn Marie Khan) whom the latter clearly adores. Meanwhile, the boss’ daughter (Akansha Ranjan Kapoor) flaunts her personal relationship with Jayant, displaying the social skills and subtlety of a loud speaker.

As the party progresses, Monica Machado (Huma S. Qureshi) arrives on stage in all Helen’s glory, bathed in shadows and draped in a shimmering sequin dress, to dance for the audience’s entertainment. . We soon learn that she is having an affair with Jayant.

In this volcanic universe of amorality, anger and jealousy unveiled from the first minutes, a crime is conceived, of course nothing works as planned, and chaos ensues.

Monica, oh my darling takes its title from the iconic musical number depicted on Helen in Nasir Hussain’s Caravan (1971). It is written by Yogesh Chandekar, adapted from Japanese writer Keigo Higashino Burutasu No Shinzō as recognized in the opening credits. The film trumpeted its intentions early on with Monica’s style, RD Burman’s obvious inspiration for the song. Ek Zindagi which she performs, the choreography, the on-screen word choice – Sikandar Kher isn’t just listed among the cast, he’s advertised as “in dynamic appearance Sikander Kher” – and so much more.

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In its first half hour, Monica, oh my darling is rhythmic and exciting, not least because of editor Atanu Mukherjee’s grip on the material, Swapnil S. Sonawane’s dimly lit frames from which he offers visual relief only with cool grays and whites of the day when various characters keep their masks on while waiting for darkness, and how the songs are woven into the narrative (entire soundtrack is by Achint Thakkar, he shares song credit Ek Zindagi with Mikey McCleary).

The first misstep occurs when the second crime is committed and the evidence of the trap into which two main characters fall is obvious.

I know I know, the obvious itself may be part of the nod to the film’s predecessors (like horror movie characters through the ages walking, albeit uneasily, through the woods and the tunnels although every viewer knows they shouldn’t). It doesn’t entirely work here though, and from there Monica, oh my darling becomes a mix of genuine suspense mixed with other moments of seemingly intentional obviousness that don’t always land.

The decision to introduce a Muslim character into this cauldron of deception, as an innocent victim of the games others are playing, may or may not have been crafted to reflect the politics of our times, but either way, it works. It is disturbing however that thinking people have casually written a Monica Machado in this script as a member of the office staff doubling as a cabaret dancer and also sleeping with everyone in sight, a resurrection of Hindi cinematic representation Christian women from before the 1990s, without acknowledging the harm done to India’s Christian minority by this old stereotype.

That aside, it’s also worth noting that procedural linchpin Jayant is incredibly stupid as a criminal despite his genius reputation and scientific knowledge. The sum of these weaknesses is that Monica, oh my darling as a whole proves not to be as engrossing as its introduction suggests, although it remains engaging until the end.

In its best moments, Monica, oh my darling living up to that early promise and a little more. A fight between Jayant and Monica, and another scene involving Jayant, a building, and a piece of paper, are terrific – precisely what you might expect from Vasan Bala, the writer-director of Hawkers and the co-author of Anurag Kashyap’s underrated Raman Raghav 2.0.

Three actors in this interesting cast stand out: Rajkummar Rao for not standing out at all but getting lost in the script so well that I forgot for a moment that the selfish, manipulative and amoral Jayant is played by the same guy who also played the role of the vulnerable gay policeman simply acknowledging his sexual orientation to himself and those around him Badhaai Do earlier this year: Sikander Kher who is so good at being bad it’s impossible not to wonder why he’s so rarely seen in movies; and Radhika Apte who seems to be having fun playing an eccentric police officer.

Them and the music are among the reasons why Monica, oh my darling remains entertaining throughout even if it’s not all it could have been.

Rating: 2.5 (out of 5 stars)

Monica, O My Darling is streaming on Netflix.

Anna MM Vetticad is an award-winning journalist and author of The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic. She specializes in the intersection of cinema with feminist concerns and other sociopolitical concerns. Twitter: @annavetticad, Instagram: @annammvetticad, Facebook: AnnaMMVetticadOfficial

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7 Unconventional Thrillers Like Kantara on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and MX Player That Are Full of Suspense, Mystery, Action, and Drama https://key-pax.com/7-unconventional-thrillers-like-kantara-on-netflix-amazon-prime-video-and-mx-player-that-are-full-of-suspense-mystery-action-and-drama/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:59:28 +0000 https://key-pax.com/7-unconventional-thrillers-like-kantara-on-netflix-amazon-prime-video-and-mx-player-that-are-full-of-suspense-mystery-action-and-drama/

At Rishab Shetty kantara continues to skyrocket at the box office. From viewers to critics to celebrities, everyone applauded the script and the making of the film. The excitement for the film has been such that many have demanded that the action thriller be India’s official entry for the Oscars next year. While this is something to watch, it’s interesting to see how the low-budget film broke the Rs 300 Crore mark. For those who enjoy watching suspense and mystery, check out seven more unconventional thrillers like kantara which will entertain you. These films are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar and MX Player.

7 Unconventional Thrillers Like Kantara on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and MX Player That Are Full of Suspense, Mystery, Action, and Drama

1. ITTFAQ – NETFLIX

The gripping double murder mystery keeps your eyes glued to the screen until the end. Helmed by Abhay Chopra, movie features Akshaye Khanna, Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha.

2. A DEATH IN THE GUNJ – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Movies like Kantara

Set in the old Anglo-Indian town of McCluskieganj in 1979, the film stars Vikrant Massey, Tillotama Shome, Om Puri, Tanuja, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh and Ranvir Shorey. The film shows a shy boy’s struggle to cope with the death of his father and an unexpected end to his story.

3. BULBBUL – NETFLIX

Movies like Kantara

Set in 20th century Bengal, Bulbul is full of mystery and suspense. A man returns home to find his brother’s wife turned into an enigmatic woman, running the house, hiding her pain, and a series of supernatural murders of men taking place in the village.

4. AK VS AK – NETFLIX

Looking for a film filled with thrilling sequences and captivating narratives? The star of Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap does the job brilliantly. The film tells the story of a movie star searching for his daughter after she is kidnapped by a failed filmmaker.

5. TUMBBAD – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Set in Tumbbad, a rural village in Maharashtra, between 1918 and 1947, the film revolves around a family in search of a fortune. But this wealth is guarded by sinister forces and all that glitters comes at a cost. Directed by Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad, this film will give you goosebumps as kantara.

6. RAAT AKELI HAI – NETFLIX

Raat Akeli Hai stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a police officer tasked with uncovering the truth behind the mysterious death of a patriarch on his second wedding night. He begins to open a Pandora’s box on the family that makes everyone a suspect with considerable motive. Raat Akeli Hai is one of the underrated crime thrillers and engages every minute. The film also features Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi and Shivani Raghuvanshi in prominent roles.

7. AARANYA KAANDAM – DISNEY+ HOTSTAR AND MX PLAYER

When a bag of cocaine is stolen, it leads to a gang war between the two mafias. Directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, the film stars Sampath Raj, Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna and Yasmin Ponnappa.

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And Then There Was More: Knives Out, Agatha Christie and the Nonstop Murder Mystery Boom | Detective movies, detective films https://key-pax.com/and-then-there-was-more-knives-out-agatha-christie-and-the-nonstop-murder-mystery-boom-detective-movies-detective-films/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 20:45:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/and-then-there-was-more-knives-out-agatha-christie-and-the-nonstop-murder-mystery-boom-detective-movies-detective-films/

A bright Greek sun descends on Daniel Craig and his co-stars Kate Hudson, Edward Norton and Janelle Monáe in the sequel to Knives outthe surprise thriller of 2019.

When Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads hits UK cinemas later this month, audiences will be introduced to a handful of prime suspects in time-honoured fashion, as Craig’s detective Benoit Blanc sets out to solve an impending crime.

But the shine Knives out the movies aren’t the only recent releases to expand the traditional thriller setting into blockbuster territory. Movie producers are now willing to risk huge sums on the kind of classic detective capers that were once the preserve of Sunday afternoon TV specials.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as Detective Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Photography: John Wilson/Netflix © 2022

“This kind of drama is now a global phenomenon,” said James Prichard, Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd and the author’s great-grandson. “Everything changed with Kenneth Branagh and his Murder on the Orient Express. Fox did something amazing when he invested all that money. It showed that people still want murder mysteries, and Netflix and others were quick to pick up on the idea.

Glass Onion – its title is taken from a Beatles song and the transparent dome structure that dominates the film’s island location – released just months after Branagh’s stellar cast of actors sailed the river together in the second of his Christie remakes, Death on the Nile.

And in September, British cinema audiences turned out in droves to See how they work. A playful twist on the classic format, this mystery revolved around Christie’s long-running West End play The Mouse Trapand in the film’s denouement, her team of detectives, in the form of police officers Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell, actually encounter Christie herself, played by Shirley Henderson.

Kathryn Hahn, Madelyn Cline, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr and Kate Hudson in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Kathryn Hahn, Madelyn Cline, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr and Kate Hudson in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Photography: John Wilson/Netflix

American director and screenwriter Knives out movies, Rian Johnson, describes Glass Onion optimistically as “an equal, not a sequel” when it premieres in London, but this second film is no quiet parlor puzzle. Johnson claims both storylines were inspired by Christie’s work, but the new release is clearly a direct result of the first’s commercial success.

The budget is spent on spectacle, and the high-tech world it creates brings Craig closer to the whimsical gadgets he played with as James Bond rather than the analog deductive tools of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Prichard is correct, however, about the new global reach of the basic thriller model. This weekend sees the release of a slick French version of one of Christie’s most famous books – the one with the difficult original title, now known as And then there was no more.

The French TV series, brought to UK screens by Channel 4’s Walter Presents, is called They were ten and places a group of suspects on another sunny island, this time a tropical resort. The seemingly random group quickly discovers that they are cut off from the rest of the world. This summer also saw the release of a Chinese series titled Checkmatebased on the stories of Christie Poirot.

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Lucy Boynton and Will Poulter in Hugh Laurie’s recent TV version of Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Photography: BritBox

“If the murder mystery is in full swing, we inevitably play an important role in it. After all, my great-grandmother wrote 66 novels and 20 plays without really repeating herself or making many mistakes,” Prichard said. “But I hate the phrase ‘comfortable crime’. Watching the books with writer Sarah Phelps for her recent BBC adaptations taught me a lot. It’s not just crossword puzzles. Murders matter and are rarely excused .There are some really bad people being killed off in his books, but it’s not tolerated.”

However, the violence tends to happen off-screen, and none of the dark Scandi noir tropes, such as abandoned wells and dank cellars, seem to feature. Christie, however, was a bit fond of the sleazy: greed, lust, and sexual jealousy were all in her literary compass.

Nonetheless, at this more comfortable end of the murder market, Hugh Laurie has managed to bring a new spin on the Christie mystery. Why didn’t they ask Evans? to BritBox in a three-part series earlier this year.

He adapted, directed and also starred in the series, alongside Paul Whitehouse, Will Poulter and Lucy Boynton. Widely judged as a playful enterprise, it proved that a century later, the question in Christie’s title was still worth asking. Stars Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent were thrilled to join in on Laurie’s fun, as thrillers are now so popular.

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Agatha Christie’s prosecution witness will last another year. Photography: Sam Barker

Their form of claustrophobic, often campy suspense deftly competes with the gritty police procedurals and gore of true crime. Post-pandemic and with economic troubles looming, viewers are looking for the certainties of a neat, conventional mystery.

So if we gather around the fireplace, with the evidence displayed before us, what do we see? A sudden glut of screen reworkings of thriller formulas and new riffs on Christie classics.

And then there are other contributing factors: the actual West End production of The Mouse Trap celebrates its 70th birthday later this month and an immersive and acclaimed London staging of the author prosecution witness – already five years old – announced last week that he was once again extending his run until this time next year.

The verdict is clear for first-time mystery writer Charlotte Vassell: crime stories are so popular now because they’re an unbeatable way to peer into society. “Murder is an aberration of the social contract. So, as a mystery writer, you create the part of society you want to study, and then you dismantle it. We’re all nosy, really,” she said.

Vassell’s first novel, The other half, is published next year by Faber and tells the contemporary story of the hidden wall of wealth behind a murder in London. “As a reader, you look at all the characters’ motivations and are often confused by your own biases. It lets you look at class and race,” she said, adding that Christie was always “meticulous” in setting up the social worlds she was about to destroy.

Vassell, 32, wrote his new mystery during lockdown ‘like an escape’. “It was a way of getting up in the morning,” she said. And while we may not all have written our own thrillers, Prichard suspects it’s the tribulations of the past three years that have brought readers and viewers back to the genre.

Shirley Henderson in new comedy-mystery film See How They Run
Shirley Henderson in the new comedy-mystery film See How They Run. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy

“One of the weird things is how book sales have absolutely taken off during lockdown,” he said. “My dad said at the beginning of it all that in difficult times people turn to Agatha Christie and he was right. There’s definitely something cathartic about that, considering she wrote them herself after the horrors of war.

The recipe for a compelling mystery is harder to whip up than fans realize, adds Prichard. But for those who have children and would like to try, an opportunity presents itself.

To celebrate the birthday of The Mouse TrapWith over 28,500 performances recorded since that first night in the West End in November 1952 with Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, the production has just put together a Young Mystery Writers programme, designed to inspire the Next Generation.

Working with the National Literacy Trust and over 30 secondary schools across Britain, the program will target and support young students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they attempt to write their own thriller. It will also offer them the chance to experience a West End spectacle. Those who participate will later have the opportunity to be published in a festive anthology.

“This partnership will use the incredible legacy of Agatha Christie to foster a love of writing – a key literacy skill – in 600 students from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Tim Judge, head of school programs at the trust.

“Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time and Young Mystery Writers will continue to serve as an inspiration.”

Director Johnson, now at the center of the nascent international Knives out film franchise, started out that way, he revealed, reading stories of Christie as a youngster and then writing his own attempts.

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Pathaan teaser leak news, release date: Fans eagerly await Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday teaser on November 2 | Check Pathaan movie release date, starcast https://key-pax.com/pathaan-teaser-leak-news-release-date-fans-eagerly-await-shah-rukh-khans-birthday-teaser-on-november-2-check-pathaan-movie-release-date-starcast/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:43:31 +0000 https://key-pax.com/pathaan-teaser-leak-news-release-date-fans-eagerly-await-shah-rukh-khans-birthday-teaser-on-november-2-check-pathaan-movie-release-date-starcast/

Pathaan teaser release date: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who will turn 57 on Wednesday November 2, will then star in “Pathaan”, supported by Yash Raj Films.

The Bollywood heartthrob returns to the big screen with the upcoming Yash Raj Films project, the first look of which has sparked a lot of curiosity among his fans. Directed by “War” director Siddharth Anand, Pathaan is billed as a high-octane spy thriller.

Pathaan movie teaser release date

The teaser for Bollywood’s most anticipated action thriller Pathan will be released on King Khan’s birthday, Wednesday, November 2. Trade expert and film critic Joginder Tuteja said, “A teaser for #ShahRukhKhan’s birthday, November 2nd, the best part? It can also be seen on the BIG SCREEN as @yrf is also featuring #DDLJ on select screens that day. The teaser would be attached to the prints. Double boon indeed for @iamsrk fans!”

In fact, right before Pathaan’s teaser release date, a fan-made teaser of the long-awaited film is doing the rounds on social media.

Pathaan movie release date

Spy thriller Pathaan will be released on January 25, 2023.

Pathaan Movie Starcast

Also, the king of Hindi cinema, Shah Rukh Khan, Pathaan features Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in key roles, with a special appearance from superstar Salman Khan.

Pathaan – Full Action Movie

For someone who is known as the “King of Romance”, starring in a die-hard action movie like Pathaan was nothing short of a treat for his millions of fans.

Over his three-decade career, SRK has brought many iconic characters to life, whether it’s Raj from “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” or Rahul from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai…”.

Pathaan Movement Poster

Pathaan’s first animated poster features Khan in a rugged look with long hair and a beard, holding a shotgun.

Upcoming Projects of Shah Rukh Khan

Besides ‘Pathaan’, the superstar will also star in ‘Jawan’, directed by Atlee and starring Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi, as well as ‘Dunki’ by Rajkumar Hirani.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge on Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday

Bollywood studio Yash Raj Films has said that superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s iconic film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ will once again debut in theaters nationwide on Shah Rukh Khan’s 57th birthday.

The production house shared the news on Instagram, revealing that the romantic drama will screen in PVR, INOX and Cinepolix theaters starting Wednesday. “Palat…as DDLJ returns to the big screen. Experience the legendary journey of Raj and Simran on November 2, 2022 in cinemas across India,” the post’s caption read.

Affectionately referred to as “DDLJ,” the 1995 film marked the directorial debut of filmmaker Yash Chopra’s son, Aditya Chopra.

The film saw Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol emerge as romantic idols in Bollywood, with stellar performances from Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah and Himani Shivpuri, among others. It is also remembered for its scenic European locations and the mustard fields of Punjab, as well as songs like “Na jaane mere”, “Tujhe dekha” and “Ruk ja” by Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu to the memorable tunes by Jatin-Lalit.

(Inputs from PTI)

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This star-studded new series could be your next mystery obsession https://key-pax.com/this-star-studded-new-series-could-be-your-next-mystery-obsession/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 11:10:48 +0000 https://key-pax.com/this-star-studded-new-series-could-be-your-next-mystery-obsession/

The show is from the writer-director behind Knives Out.

A trailer was released this week for Poker facea new comedy-drama crime series starring Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll).

The show sees the actress play Charlie Cale, a woman with an extraordinary ability to tell when someone is lying, who we follow as she hits the road in her Plymouth Barracuda.

However, at every step of her journey, she “meets a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.”

The show was created by filmmaker Rian Johnson, who in addition to directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, also wrote and directed the acclaimed mystery films Brick, Knives Out and the latter’s upcoming sequel Glass Onion.

And as you might expect given Johnson’s mastery of mysteries, he changes the format with Poker Face.

Instead of following a season-long investigation like modern shows like Mare of Easttown, The Sinner or True Detective have, his new series will see each episode focus on a different mystery, reminiscent of older shows like Columbo.

It appears that the structure of Poker Face’s Case of the Week allowed Johnson to recruit a cast of guest stars for the project.

Adrien Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Ellen Barkin, Jameela Jamil, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lil Rel Howery, Nick Nolte, Ron Perlman, Simon Helberg, Stephanie Hsu and Tim Blake Nelson are all set to make appearances on the show.

Consisting of 10 episodes, Poker Face will air on January 26, 2022. You can check out its trailer below.

Clip via Peacock

In the meantime, here are some of the other big teasers that have been released in the past seven days across the film and TV world.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Extract via Marvel Entertainment

Starting with the movies, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) face off against MCU’s new big bad Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) in this sequel, which hits theaters on February 17, 2022.

bardo

Clip via Netflix

Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Oscar-winning director of Birdman and The Revenant, returns with this epic dramedy following a documentarian who returns to his native Mexico and begins to have an existential crisis in the form of dreamlike visions.

It will be released on Netflix on December 16.

North circular

This musical documentary explores the history, music and streetscapes of Dublin’s North Circular Road and will be released in cinemas on December 2.

stutz

Clip via Netflix

Jonah Hill directs this documentary about his therapist and one of the world’s greatest psychiatrists, Phil Stutz, which hits Netflix November 14.

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Extract via Marvel Entertainment

The Guardians of the Galaxy try to cheer up a sad Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) this Christmas by kidnapping Kevin Bacon in this MCU special on Disney+ on November 25.

pale blue eye

Clip via Netflix

In this gothic mystery landing on Netflix on January 6, 2023, a veteran detective (Christian Bale) investigates a series of murders at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York in 1830.

He is helped by Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling), a young cadet at the academy.

The son

Extract via Sony Pictures Classics

Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby star in director Florian Zeller’s family drama (The Father) which will arrive in Irish cinemas shortly after its November 25 US release.

1899

Clip via Netflix

Coming to TV, this mystery horror series is from the creators of the excellent German puzzler Dark and follows a group of European passengers on a migrating steamer in 1899 whose journey becomes a nightmare.

It arrives on Netflix on November 17.

Jack Ryan Season 3

Clip via Prime Video

John Krasinski returns as the titular CIA analyst in this third season of Amazon’s action-thriller series based on the books by Tom Clancy.

The new season begins on December 21.

Lockwood & Co.

Clip via Netflix

Set in a ghost-ridden world and following a trio of teenagers battling the supernatural, the new series hits Netflix on January 27.

Servant Season 4

Music video via Apple TV

This spooky Apple TV+ series from M. Night Shyamalan returns for its fourth and final season on January 13, 2023.

Succession Season 4

Extract via HBO Max

The dysfunctional Roy family will be back for more backstabbing and swearing next spring.

The call

Clip via Peacock

Last but not least, this new series from David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) coming to Peacock November 10 tells the story of a religious NYPD detective who begins to question his beliefs when a seemingly routine investigation turns Upside down.

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Is the latest Polish horror thriller on Netflix worth watching? https://key-pax.com/is-the-latest-polish-horror-thriller-on-netflix-worth-watching/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:58:45 +0000 https://key-pax.com/is-the-latest-polish-horror-thriller-on-netflix-worth-watching/

hell hole, the Polish horror thriller newly arrived on Netflix, has created a lot of buzz among viewers. They appreciate its terrifying, ominously woven storylines, its stunning and quite striking ending, and the incredible acting of the main actors as well as the film’s impressive direction.

The intense and suspenseful horror film hell hole, arrived exclusively on Netflix this Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Bartosz M. Kowalski served as the director of the film. He also acted as screenwriter for the film, along with Mirella Zaradkiewicz.

Cezary Stolecki is the director of photography for hell hole, while Carl-Johan Sevedag provided music for the film. The film was produced by Malgorzata Fogel-Gabrys, Jan Kwiecinski and Mirella Zaradkiewicz.

The official synopsis for the movie Polis, according to Netflix, reads:

“In 1987 Poland, a police officer investigating mysterious disappearances infiltrates an isolated monastery and uncovers a dark truth about its clergy.”


A disturbing story woven with suspense – A review of the Polish film hell hole

The film hell hole is filled with disturbing elements of terror, whether man-made or supernatural. Its screenwriters, Kowalski and Zaradkiewicz, did an excellent job of providing audiences with a simple yet complex storyline.

The strength of the story lies in its disturbing nature and its shocking twist at the very end. It explores the fine line between the world and the otherworld quite well, and the writers are to be appreciated for their ability to create complex areas so easily.

Several scenes are intriguingly written and managed to create the atmosphere of suspense that the film needed the most. These include the one where Marek talks to the monk Piotr inside the confession box, or the one where the prior Andrzej acts to perform the exorcism

Thus, the very captivating storyline of the film positively adds to the success of the film.


Brilliant direction by Bartosz M. Kowalski

The film’s director, Bartosz M. Kowalski, did a great job creating an atmosphere of fear, danger, and death. From the start of the film, the director tried to capture all aspects of evil in its rawest and most real form.

The way he shot each scene is very impressive and definitely worth appreciating. The staging in scenes like the one with all the bodies of dead amputated women hanging up or the one where Marek discovers a terrible hole inside his room, are striking.

Without a doubt, the film’s direction elevated the disturbing storyline to another level of terror. Its realization makes the film stand out from the rest.


Impressive acting performances by the main actors

A still from Hellhole (Image via Netflix)
A still from Hellhole (Image via Netflix)

The main actor of the Polish horror film hell hole, Piotr Zurawski, has done an outstanding job portraying his character Marek on screen. The actor dove really deep into the character and brought out all of the complex and creepy nuances that the character contains.

Zurawski is pretty raw and real while showcasing all of the different stages of the character and the layers within. Certain scenes like the one where his character realizes that he is eating human remains are absolutely exhilarating.

Another highlight of the film is the acting performance of Sebastian Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz plays the central role of monk Piotr. It’s safe to say that he does a pretty good job of establishing the complicated, mean character. His screen presence is quite striking.

In scenes like the one where his character shows Marek the book to summon the devil or the one where he betrays Marek, he did an amazing job.

Apart from Zurawski and Stankiewicz, the promising cast of hell hole includes Olaf Lubaszenko, Lech Dyblik, Rafal Iwaniuk and Krzysztof Satala. The film also has Malwina Dubowska, Zbigniew Walerys, Wojciech Niemczyk, Antoni Augustyniak, Kamil Pardo, Ireneusz Tomaszewski, and Tomasz Zawadzki, among others.

The entire cast did the film justice by giving an impressive performance all together.


Don’t forget to catch hell holewhich is currently streaming on popular streaming platform Netflix.

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