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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 Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5361 ]
Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been swathed in mystery since the inception of Lisbeth Salander. Late political activist and  journalist turn world famous crime fiction author, Stieg Larsson, delivered the first three parts of the Millenium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest before suffering a heart attack at the age of 50 a few days later. The trilogy quickly became a bestseller partly spurred on by this morose, ...

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...

Shutter Island [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5561 ]
Review: I love a good mystery/thriller… that’s why I just had to catch Shutter Island, a new Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the novel of the same title by crime/mystery writer, Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River). DiCaprio and Scorsese are quickly becoming a Hollywood staple as Shutter Island marks the fourth DiCaprio/Scorsese pairing after Oscar contenders, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed.The Shutter Island trailer teased us into thinking this was goi...

Seven Pounds [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4307 ]
Review: Seven Pounds is a drama from the same director/actor pair that brought The Pursuit of Happyness to screen. Italian director, Gabriele Muccino, works his magic again as yet another moving, humane and inspiring story is translated into film. He’s aided by Will Smith, whose performances keep getting better and better in his bid for an Oscar. Seven Pounds is no different, and he’s supported by Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson in a touching, intimate journey of redemption. The script is written...

The Ghost Writer [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4999 ]
Review: Alfred Hitchcock was the Master of Suspense, yet he also created one of the world's most famous horrors, Psycho. Horror and thriller go hand-in-hand, building the audience up to the climax and then frightening them out of their wits. Another man credited with crafting a famous horror film is Roman Polanski, who delivered Rosemary's Baby. These two directors know how to build tension, wrap the beholder in mystery and keep the rope taut right until the dramatic, surprising and brilliant conclusion...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...