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Enemy [ Hits:1971 ]
Review: "You are your own worst enemy." While we sometimes hurt ourselves or behave unlike ourselves, it's quite a feat for anyone to believe it was our "evil twin". Greek mythology suggests we were all originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing our power, Zeus separated the beings to be in search of their other halves. While twins seem to have an uncanny synergy, the concept of duality continues to fascinate our increasingly narcissistic society and is the driving f...

Ballade vir 'n Enkeling [ Hits:2718 ]
Review: Ballade vir 'n Enkeling is an Afrikaans mystery drama based on the '80s television series of the same name. After acclaimed author, Jacques Rynhard, goes missing, an aspiring journalist attempts to find out what became of him. As our intrepid journalist sets out on a mission to get dirt on the talented man, she uncovers a series of stories from those close to Rynhard as flashbacks rise to the surface. The film adaptation is contemporary, maintaining aspects from the original series and moving t...

Gone Girl [ Hits:2054 ]
Review: David Fincher is a heavyweight director with a proven track record, who has become synonymous with dark mystery crime thrillers after Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and now Gone Girl. His latest film, an adaptation penned by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn herself, is a curiously entertaining dark pearl about a man who becomes the focus of an intense media circus after the disappearance of his wife. The film co-stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, who share ...

Mud [ Hits:2383 ]
Review: Mud is a slow-boiling mystery drama. In much the same way as Chinatown, this film slowly immerses us in a sticky, intriguing and unpredictable atmosphere. Instead of a gumshoe detective hunting down an ever-widening conspiracy, we have a young curious boy and his friend, who befriend a fugitive. The boys would have been right at home in Stand By Me, except this is really Mud's movie. Matthew McConnaughey is Mud, a charming and resourceful man, whose small town upbringing and tempestuous n...

Trance [ Hits:4027 ]
Review: "You're back in the room." What happens when are our eyes are closed and our subconscious has the run of the place is a mystery in itself. Whether we're dreaming, hypnotized or in a state of deep relaxation - we seem to be vulnerable to the power of suggestion by the voices around us. Trance explores this state with a similar edge to Inception, Memento and even Fight Club. A fine art auctioneer (McAvoy) becomes the missing piece to a gang's recovery of a stolen Goya artwork. After a knock on t...

The Raven [ Hits:4319 ]
Review: Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century American writer best known for his works of mystery and the macabre, a strong influence on the genre of detective fiction. The Raven is one of the most famous poems today and now the title for the film by V for Vendetta director James McTeigue. The Raven is a mystery thriller and a fictionalised account of Poe's last days, which are still shrouded in mystery. Screenwriters Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare have concocted a tale that embodies the dark Gothi...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [ Hits:4186 ]
Review: If a nice cup of tea, a dry butter scone and a fascinating game of chess against one of those electronic Kasparov chessboards sounds like a great night in... Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is your movie. Slow-moving, dull, dreary and stoney-faced - this Cold War club for stiff cigar room suits makes the dense two hour plod as inviting as having root canal on a rocking chair... and the worst part is, it's intentional. An adaptation of John le Carré's espionage novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ente...

The Nocturnal Third [ Hits:4096 ]
Review: The Nocturnal Third is an atmospheric neo-noir mystery thriller starring Kevin Maggard, Westcott Youngson and Luke Weaver. This low budget production works within its constraints, choosing to shoot primarily at the stone masonery where the drama takes place. The story is taken from a young man's perspective as he adjusts to the responsibilities of his new job at the stone works. It's an in-between job for the budding cartoonist and he's called to do a late shift. The Nocturnal Third relies quit...

Missing Pieces [ Hits:5764 ]
Review: Missing Pieces is an independent film, one which has painstakingly made it through countless reshoots, rewrites and sleepless nights. Kenton Bartlett, a young film-maker at the heart of Missing Pieces, would be the first to admit the production was a serious learning curve - one with its highs and lows. The end result is an indie drama, mystery and romance with a jigsaw narrative, similar to Memento, and a haunting atmosphere comparable to Never Let Me Go.While not in the same league as the afor...

The American [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5162 ]
Review: Bill Murray played the 'American' in Jim Jarmusch's pretentious art house "thriller", The Limits of Control, the story of a mysterious stranger in the process of completing a job. What has this got to do with The American? Well, firstly the title shares a connection with Bill Murray's character in The Limits of Control. Secondly, renowned music video director, Anton Corbijn is probably most famous for his film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis called Control. So there are two contact points of int...