Stories about mystery

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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Jigsaw: A new direction for an old franchise that’s been failing the mystery genre

I think it goes without saying that the Saw movies are definitely an acquired taste. It probably also goes without saying that over the years, the series has developed more into torture porn rather than actual horror. In Hollywood though, the only thing that really matters are the numbers and numbers suggest there is an audience out there for these kinds of movies. With seven films, the Saw franchise has raked in nearly $874 million worldwide, all on a budget of approximately $67 million. And to think, the first one was shot on a low budget in a run-down warehouse, over the span of just 18 days. Jigsaw, the eighth ...

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‘Alien: Covenant’ doesn’t bring anything new to the franchise

The 70’s decade is about to come to an end and everyone along with their dogs is in awe of Star Wars. With this admiration, came the love for all things extra-terrestrial but then Alien happened and suddenly people were reminded that the outer space isn’t as fascinating they first thought. Ridley Scott managed to create a sci-fi/horror classic that conjured up a frighteningly chilling picture of the alien form that might be waiting for us out there in the void and the audience lapped it up like crazy. The ‘largely hit and lately miss’ franchise has since gone through a number of variations with various directors but Alien: Covenant is, if ...

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Is The OA just another Stranger Things?

On December 16th, 2016, Netflix released a new science fiction show called The OA which tingled with fantasy elements and supernatural vibes. The show is created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and the executive producers include big names such as the recently discussed Brad Pitt. The series focuses on Prairie Johnson, an adopted young woman who comes back after being missing for seven years. The OA. Upon her return, Johnson calls herself “The OA”, exhibits scars on her back, and can see, despite having been blind when she went missing. She refuses to tell the FBI and ...

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Bates Motel: A cleverly plotted out thriller that is nothing like the movie

It was Friday night and I was really hoping to watch something different from the usual stuff that is shown on TV. It is then that I came across a series that seemed quite catchy solely by its title – Bates Motel. With modern alterations, it is based on the Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film ‘Psycho’, starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. I must say that the movie was a twisted thriller that was cleverly plotted out. I recently purchased season one of the series and frankly speaking, it is pretty darn good! The series stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), a great, talented and fresh-face ...

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The eccentric professor and his metal detector

“What will you do if… you never recognise love!? What if you never see it coming and going, if and when it comes your way?”, the old professor asked in his usual manner, keeping his voice low, tone, dramatic, like a Shakespearean artist. Each pause, at a precise moment. Words, so well selected and measured. Knowing exactly how to catch the attention of all the young men and women in front of him, who might have been busy seconds ago in their thoughts about their favourite songs, movies or games and most importantly, the opposite sex, but now, he knew ...

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9 things you should know about the missing Malaysian Flight MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has proven to be an absolute mystery with more questions than answers. The Boeing 777 plane, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 local time on March 8. Its transponder’s signal was lost to air traffic control at 1:22 local time while still over the sea in the Gulf of Thailand; barely 40 minutes into its flight to Beijing, China. If there was one thing which was immediately clear, it was that Flight 370 had gone through a catastrophic event at 1:22 when its transponder stopped ...

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There is a secret in Lahore, a mystery we can never decipher…

There is something about Lahore. Something in the streets of this city that is a secret. However, just when you think you have it figured out, there is something missing again. We often try to figure it out. What is it about Lahore that keeps us so intrigued? The Lahore I’ve deciphered in the past six years is one that has everything to offer – from the tolerance and beauty of its people, to all its imperfections. I made it a point to explore the city in and out, and have often resorted to using any form of transport available. There is something ...

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