Category: Mystery

The wicker man in The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 December     The Southern Solstice Today is the Southern solstice. If you are in the northern hemisphere, it marks the point at which the sun rises least above the horizon. If you are

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Taraneh Alidoosti in Fireworks Wednesday

Fireworks Wednesday

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 December     Islamic Development Bank founded, 1973 On this day in 1973, finance ministers meeting at the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now called the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) set up the Islamic

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Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     5 October     Steve Jobs dies, 2011 On this day in 2011, Steven Paul Jobs died in Palo Alto, California, aged 56, of metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Famously fired in 1985 from Apple,

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Ivor Novello in The Lodger

The Lodger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 September     Jack the Ripper Kills Twice, 1888 On this day in 1888, the London serial killer known as Jack the Ripper killed two women, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Stride had had

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Zahary Baharov and Tanya Ilieva in Zift


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 September     The Bulgarian Declaration of Independence, 1908 On this day in 1908, Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria declared his country to be independent of the Ottoman empire and a full country in its

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Srdjan Todorovic in A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     08 September     Stephen Dusan declares himself King of Serbia, 1331   On this day in 1331, after a brief war with his father, Stephen Dusan, aged 23, tall, handsome, intelligent and of “kingly

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Ennio Fantastichini and Francesca Cuttica in The Arrival of Wang

The Arrival of Wang

    It’s L’arrivo di Wang in its original Italian, which still sounds bizarre, though perhaps slightly less fruity than it does in English, where the title suggests… the appearance of a Tarzanogram? The genre is sci-fi, so perhaps not, but if there’s one thing that this lo-fi offering has is

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Silje Reinåmo as mythical creature Thale


    So here we are in the middle of August and I still think that Thale is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. I must have watched it back in February. I’ve probably watched between 130 and 150 films since. So why has it stuck in

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Madeleine Carroll handcuffed to Robert Donat in The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

    There are several filmed versions of John Buchan’s novel. The other two notables have Kenneth More and Robert Powell in the lead. But this one, in spite of its antiquity, is the best. It stars debonair, pencil-moustached Robert Donat as the innocent man forced into going on the

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Dakota Fanning in Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

    After Godsend and Meet the Fockers, Robert De Niro continues bumping along the bottom with this sub-Sixth Sense frightener. He plays the new widower with a ten-year-old traumatised daughter (Dakota Fanning) whose imaginary friend Charlie starts muscling in on the domestic action. Is Charlie a manifestation of the

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