Articles tagged mystery

‘Top of the Lake’: Season Two Showcases a Series That Has Found Its Voice

Top of the Lake's second season picks up where the first left off, and makes the series even more compelling.

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‘mother!’ Is Poignant and Powerful, and Not At All Pleasant

This is a grotesque, two-horned beast of a marital drama, a nightmarish vision of emotional abandonment and psychological abuse, all for the sake of art.

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Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ of All Head Trips

Bold, pretentious, and divisive, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller is an exhilarating (and exhausting) cinematic experience.

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14 Sep 2017 // 10:00 AM

TIFF 2017: mother!

While Aronofsky’s artistry is at an all-time-low, it's his misogyny that makes this film abhorrent.

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The Next Hot Music Scene Can Be Found at Twin Peaks’ Bang Bang Bar

One of the most heartening and compelling aspects of David Lynch's approach to this new season of Twin Peaks is his widened musical palette.

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Literary Theory Gets Bloody in Laurent Binet’s ‘The Seventh Function of Language’

The Seventh Function of Language is either a grand farce or fashionable nonsense.

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Assaults the Senses From All Angles

David F. Sandberg takes a straightforward approach to horror in this atmospheric, immersive, The Conjuring spinoff.

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Metatextual Games Stamp Out Thriller Conventions in ‘Based on a True Story’

French author Delphine de Vigan is very successful at setting up an original mystery, but she gets bogged down in overly literary reflections.

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Is a Feminist Revolution Unfolding on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Twin Peaks’?

Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks share cultural DNA in their pervasive and structural violence against women, yet both seem to be transforming into unlikely forms of feminism on television.

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Through the Fog of TV Amnesia: Remembering The Briefly Lived ‘Coronet Blue’

Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.

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A Lost Highway Revisited: ‘Twin Peaks’ and the Loss of Innocence

While the new Twin Peaks might not be able to reclaim its former innocence, Dale Cooper somehow hangs on to his.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Melts Down

David Leitch’s spy thriller is an unsuccessful blend of detached irony and detached retinas.

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Truth ≠ Clarity: Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’ and the Melancholy of Discovery

Blow-Up taunts its viewers with a significance that never manifests, a Truth that always recedes.

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‘The Lodger’ Is the First True Hitchcock Film and His First Masterpiece

Here we have Hitchcock's first archetype of "the wrong man", his first blonde heroine, and his first cop-boyfriend of ambiguous character. We also have his mastery of image and, ironically for a silent film, of sound.

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The Thoughtful Absurdity of ‘Spaceplan’

Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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“The Book of Nora” Opens as ‘The Leftovers’ Draws to a Perfect Close

The story ends with a story, making The Leftovers' experiential sensation one of divine artistic intent.

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‘The Jacques Rivette Collection’: Three Proto-Lynchian Dream Teases

Rivette's Duelle, Noroît and Merry-Go-Round are the kind of films that are always on the verge of almost making sense.

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Netflix Mystery ‘Shimmer Lake’ Opens Up a Conversation About the New World of Film

"Studios are not making these types of movies anymore... and so places like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube Red are coming in and filling the void," says Footprint Features CEO, Adam Saunders.

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Spotlight on a Murderer: A Little-seen Mystery Thriller From Three Masters of the Form

Georges Franju and his co-writers create a nice balance of tones and a general air of puzzlement with some clever misdirection for an entertaining light mystery.

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8 Jun 2017 // 8:30 AM

Dreams Can Be Deadly

The Nightwalker may not make perfect sense once it concludes, but its level of engagement, imagination, and self-reflection makes it unforgettably haunting,

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