mystery

Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

The family is the source of neurosis, and any hint of an allegedly happy ending in these three film-noirs must happen over someone’s dead body.

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

For compelling and worrisome reasons, crime sells in our TV entertainment. The Responder, Shardlake, and Eric feed our brutal compulsion in varying ways.

‘Sugar’ Is an Intoxicating Celebration of Classic Hollywood

‘Sugar’ Is an Intoxicating Celebration of Classic Hollywood

Crime thriller Sugar, starring Colin Farrell, is an intoxicating celebration of Classic Hollywood that will keep you guessing about what’s really going on.

Inspector Maigret Mysteries Made in Occupied France

Inspector Maigret Mysteries Made in Occupied France

There’s no war going on in these subversive Inspector Maigret whodunits from occupied France, but there’s a lot more murder and paranoia than in the era’s newspapers.

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Finds Comfort in Darkness

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Finds Comfort in Darkness

At the edge of civilization where True Detective: Night Country is set there is no promise of salvation, only carnal vengeance and some comfort in the darkness.

Fantasy Made Reality in William Oldroyd’s Adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s ‘Eileen’

Fantasy Made Reality in William Oldroyd’s Adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s ‘Eileen’

William Oldroyd and Thomasin McKenzie discuss sympathising with a young woman caught between fantasy and reality in the adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen.

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ Delivers a Fatal Dose of Poe

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ Delivers a Fatal Dose of Poe

Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher delivers a fatal potion of Poe-haunted, nightmarish doom that brings us to our knees before the conqueror worm. 

The Historical-Reflective in Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’

The Historical-Reflective in Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes depicts a variety of cultural deaths as they were happening. No small feat for a light comedy with sex-farce undertones. 

Actor Aidan Gillen on His Role in Noir Love Letter to Dublin, ‘Barber’

Actor Aidan Gillen on His Role in Noir Love Letter to Dublin, ‘Barber’

Irish actor Aidan Gillen talks about his lead role, and the freedom given to him to define his character, in Fintan Connolly’s Dublin-set modern noir, Barber.

The Pull of Christian Sparkes’ Mystery ‘The King Tide’

The Pull of Christian Sparkes’ Mystery ‘The King Tide’

Director Christian Sparkes and actors Clayne Crawford and Alix West Lefler discuss the mystery The King Tide during its World Premiere at TIFF 2023.

Comedy Series ‘The Afterparty’ Is Among the Last of Its Kind

Comedy Series ‘The Afterparty’ Is Among the Last of Its Kind

The second season of Apple TV’s funny, inventive, and self-indulgent comedy whodunnit The Afterparty is utterly unnecessary in the best way.

‘Last and First Men’ Is a Symphonic Meditation on Humankind’s Brevity

‘Last and First Men’ Is a Symphonic Meditation on Humankind’s Brevity

Last and First Men, an astounding and unusual art film, science fiction meditation, and visual symphony, is the first and only film created by the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson.