Stories about mystery

Dull and unfocused, Bird Box is no better than a recycled mix of The Happening and A Quiet Place

Post-apocalyptic movies are a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days. For some reason, this seems to be the latest genre that Hollywood is intent on milking for every buck. Chances are, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, particularly the post-apocalyptic movies that see a group of survivors (from basically every demographic) band together to fight off an evil force, as humanity faces extinction. Be it zombies, monsters, aliens, giant-sized insects or in the case of The Happening, plants. While there is nothing wrong with the genre itself, Hollywood’s approach to making mainstream post-apocalyptic blockbusters remains largely the same ...

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Detective Pikachu gives us a peek into the world of Pokemon… and a trip down memory lane

As a child, I remember making sure that my evenings were free. I used to delay doing my homework and avoided going out of the house so that I had the evening all to myself without any disturbances. This was because I wanted to watch Pokemon without any distractions. Watching Ash and his sidekick Pikachu go on exciting adventures while encountering rare Pokemon was an unforgettable experience. Apart from watching them onscreen, I used to play Pokemon games on my Gameboy Advance. Like any other fan, I too wondered what it would be like if Pokemon were to live amongst ...

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A Simple Favour: Not the most riveting mystery but still captivating enough

Ever since David Fincher’s Gone Girl captivated viewers with its dark and twisted web, a number of similar big and small screen projects have tried to replicate its success, but have invariably paled in comparison to the 2014 thriller. The latest in line is A Simple Favour, a new mystery thriller built around flawed, complicated women, and is yet another film that will find it hard to avoid comparisons to its more impressive predecessor. Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel of the same name, the movie follows the story of a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious best friend. Stephanie (portrayed ...

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Ghoul won’t scare you but it will keep you on the edge of your seat

Netflix ventured into the Indian market through its first Hindi original series, Sacred Games, which proved to be a huge hit and got universal critical acclaim. Netflix’s second Indian original is Ghoul, which also stars Radhika Apte. Ghoul is a horror miniseries comprising of just three episodes. Originally conceived to be first of three films, Ghoul was later turned into a miniseries as the creators thought the story was best suited for this particular format. Produced by Phantom Films and Blumhouse Productions, which also produced hits like Split, Whiplash and Get Out, Ghoul has been marketed as a horror show, but ...

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Blake Lively, infidelities, mysteries: Is ‘A Simple Favour’ the ‘Gone Girl’ of 2018?

Director cum screenwriter Paul Feig, renowned for his unforgettable comedies such as Bridesmaids (2011), Spy (2015) and Ghostbusters (2016), is back in Tinseltown to entice filmgoers. However, this time, he is ready to amaze his fans with an utterly diverse genre; yes, he is trying his hands at a film noir – a mystery thriller titled A Simple Favour. Based on Darcey Bell’s debut novel of the same name, both Bell and Feig utilised the anecdotal narration method to tell the chronicle through three main characters: Stephanie Ward, Emily Nelson and Sean Townsend. The teaser and the trailer both received positive response from ...

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Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ transports you to the 24th century, where death is no longer the ultimate truth

If you think cyberpunk is some new bohemian movement of the current digital age – something I am guilty of doing myself – then you are as far from being correct as a hippy would be from a drug-free lifestyle. Cyberpunk is actually a subgenre of science fiction, in which the setting is futuristic and often dystopian as well.  Technological advancements in such a society are at their peak, along with the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. On the other hand, morality becomes the primary victim; the one thing close to hitting rock bottom. If Blade Runner is the ...

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Netflix’s ‘Dark’ is a deeply fascinating and eerie tale that demands your undivided attention

I can perfectly understand why Stranger Things was everyone’s favourite series, but for me personally, it was a tad too “Hollywoodish,” that is, it was a little too mainstream for my liking. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with playing to the gallery. Duffer Brothers’ pet project was a fantastic visual treat with memorable characters and a spooky, intriguing narrative. It was at par with the best popcorn blockbusters that Hollywood has to offer, but regrettably, it’s not something that particularly floats my cinematic boat. However, Netflix’s first German original Dark – hailed as the adult version ...

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The Sinner: A cinematic equivalent of a literary page-turner

The ‘whodunits’ have been a staple of modern mystery fiction ever since the genre became widely popular through novels during the early parts of the 19th century. Even contemporary media is replete with TV shows and films where the core ingredient is a crime that needs to be solved by figuring out the identity of the perpetrator.  But recently, there is a major shift in how this genre has been handled. Even last season was all about ‘who,’ with Emmy Award winners The Night Of and Big Little Lies, but this year is predominantly about the ‘why’ when it comes to TV shows dealing with ...

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Can ‘Ittefaq’ surpass or be as good as the 1969 original?

Movie adaptations can be a challenging task, especially if some of the industry’s greatest actors performed in the original edition. The upcoming movie, Ittefaq, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles as Vikram Sethi and Maya respectively, will test their on-screen persona and method acting skills. They are not only starring together for the first time, but are also recreating the roles performed by Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in 1969’s original version. Judging by the trailer, the 2017 version of Ittefaq entails many twists and turns, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by ...

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The Limehouse Golem: When Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes for a Victorian gothic mystery

The Victorian era gothic mystery, The Limehouse Golem, will remind you of a number of Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial rudiments. These include his famous methods of handling the suspense rather than utilising the milieu of surprise, the redirection of guilt, and most importantly, the MacGuffin technique, where a pleasant felon pursues certain ambition. Director and writer Juan Carlos Medina adapted this film from English author Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994). His film’s theme can easily be linked to a plot pocketed from Jack the Ripper’s mystery murders, with lots of Sherlock Holmes effects. It has lavish baroque amalgamation of real historical ...

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