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Posts Tagged ‘Mystery’

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1974)

In Film on December 23, 2005 at 10:06 am

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, atmospheric film directed by Peter Weir, it left me desperately intrigued and mystified.

The premise: Valentine’s day, 1900 – A group of students and teachers from an upper-class all-girl boarding school went picnic at the Hanging Rock, a landscape attraction in Australia. Four girls and one teacher went up and never returned. The search party’s efforts were fruitless, until days later they found one of the girls unconscious at the top of the rocks, who later recovered but seems to have lost her memory of the incident. The disappearance haunted those remained: fellow students, headmistress, police, strangers. They mourned, speculated and questioned…what happened to the other girls? what really happened up there?

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Thesis (1996)

In Film on January 25, 2005 at 9:22 pm

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We’re on a Spanish film binge recently :P. Thesis is a very entertaining mystery thriller from director Alejandro Almenábar, who’s known for directing + writing the brilliant Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (original version of Vanilla Sky) and The Others. Thesis was his break-out first film.

The story: film student Angela (Ana Torrent, all grown up since Secret of the Beehive) was doing her thesis on ‘violence in media.’ Her professor died of heart attack one afternoon when reviewing a mysteroius video, which Angela found to be a ‘snuff film’ that depicts horrible torture and murder of a fellow female student who has disappeared years ago. Who made the video? Who was the executioner in mask? Why was it in the school archive? As Angela investigated she found herself attracted to this handsome student Bosco, who seems highly suspicious. Meanwhile, her geeky violent film collector friend, Chema, seems to have dark secrets of his own as well. Other suspect include the new professor and Bosco’s psychotic girlfriend. Overwhelmed by clues and puzzles that kept spinning around, she didn’t know who to trust (as both guys seems to be fallen for her) and found herself to be the subject of the next snuff film as she fell into the hand of the true villain…

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Bad Education (2004)

In Film on January 24, 2005 at 7:58 pm

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I really enjoy Pedro Almodóvar latest film Bad Education! I went into the theatre without knowledge of the plot, since the trailer is so short and ambiguous so I didn’t know what to expect other than a colorful Almodóvar treat. Turns out it’s a top-notched, carefully crafted Film Noir + Hitchcockian thriller (with tranny & homosexual themes). Unlike the many of his stories about women, this time it’s all male~ The first half introduces the reunion of two childhood friends who attend a Catholic boarding school back in the Franco 70s. Now in the early 80s, Enrique was an up-and-coming filmmaker, while the other, Ignacio, was a desperate actor who wrote a screenplay based on their childhood school experience. He hoped Enrique would film it and cast him as the lead.

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I’m Not Scared (2003)

In Film on November 15, 2004 at 6:48 pm

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I’m Not Scared is an emotional and powerful thriller/drama from Italy about moral, choice, betrayal and courage, I love it very much. It’s a classic coming-of-age and loss of innocent story about a boy being forced into make a difficult moral choice and decision too early for his age.

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Rebecca

In Novel on October 24, 2004 at 1:38 am

rebecca-thumb.jpgRebecca (1938)
by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is a gothic classic with the wonderful traditional macabre elements: murder mysteries, gruesome death, young-girl-old-man relationship, incest, big mansion with dark secrets, obsession, and (in the gothic tradition of Jane Eyre) a dark brooding elderly husband tormented by a dark past. I had this book for few years and somehow never read it…damn what was I thinking!? The early chapters were a bit slow but soon after it became a very addictive and thrilling page-turner. It’s been awhile I came upon a book I found hard to put down. Now I understand why it’s such a beloved timeless classic and a MUST read for anyone who loves this genre.

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