Mystery

Anthony Harvey – They Might Be Giants (1971)

Synopsis:
They Might be Giants chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern-day New York City. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a psychotic paranoid and Dr. Watson is a female psychiatrist fascinated by his case is almost beside the point. Dr. Watson follows Holmes across Manhattan and is, against her better judgment, drawn into the master detective’s world of intrigue and danger. This is a sweet, goofy and fairly romantic film that asks the questions “Whose reality is right…and does it really matter?” Read More »

Stephen Frears – Gumshoe (1971)

Synopsis:
Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Read More »

Nikos Panayotopoulos – Ta hromata tis iridos AKA The Color of Iris AKA The Colors of the Rainbow (1974)

A mysterious disappearance takes place during the shooting of a commercial on the beach in the early morning hours. An unknown man suddenly comes into the shot, then walks into the sea holding an umbrella and seizes to exist, before the bewildered eyes of the whole crew. After the police are notified, a confusing array of red tape manoeuvers begins, revealing the close affiliations of the Authorities with the advertising company manager and the whole mechanism of Mass Media, all of which are trying not to investigate the event but to conceal or even exploit it in their own interest. Only the musician involved in that commercial is trying to figure out what really happened. Read More »

Shozin Fukui – Den Sen aka Infection (2004)


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Shozin Fukui, whose directorial style is often compared to that of Shinya Tsukamoto, put out two extremely strange DV-shot cyberpunk horror films in the 90s, 964 Pinocchio in 1991 and Rubber’s Lover in 1996, returns to film after a 10 year hiatus with Den Sen. This film was shot entirely on Digital Video. A trio of journalists receive a mysterious DVD from an unknown source. The young woman journalist decides to watch the DVD and disappears. Her two friends begin an investigation into her disappearance that turns up a video she shot while watching the DVD they received in the mail. Upon viewing it appears she was not alone in her apartment. Who is the mystery woman seen only in a reflection and what caused the young lady to commit suicide? Read More »

Roman Polanski – Le Locataire aka The Tenant (1976)

Director Roman Polanski casts himself in the lead of the psychological thriller The Tenant. Trelkovsky (Polanski) rents an apartment in a spooky old residential building, where his neighbors – mostly old recluses – eye him with suspicious contempt. Upon discovering that the apartment’s previous tenant, a beautiful young woman, jumped from the window in a suicide attempt, Trelkovsky begins obsessing over the dead woman. Growing increasingly paranoid, Trelkovsky convinces himself that his neighbors plan to kill him. He even comes to the conclusion that Stella (Isabel Adjani), the woman he has fallen in love with, is in on the “plot.” Ultimately, Polanski assumes the identity of the suicide victim – and inherits her self-destructive urges. Read More »

Edward Dmytryk – Mirage (1965)

Synopsis:
David Stillwell makes his way down several flights of stairs in the dark after the lights suddenly go out in his office building. He is accompanied by an attractive woman. Thanks to his flashlight, he can see her, but she can’t see him. Still, she assumes she knows him by his voice and talks to him about someone named The Major, as if he should know who that is. The day becomes stranger when he gets outside the building and discovers that someone has apparently committed suicide by jumping out of a window. Read More »

Graham Reznick – I Can See You (2008)

Accomplished sound designer Graham Reznick steps out of the background and into the directorial spotlight in a major way with this exceptional one-two punch. Having honed his sonic post-production skills most recently on Ti West’s The House of the Devil and Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell the Dead, Reznick proves that he has his own vision to share with the world. I recommend you start by watching the 3D short, The Viewer, which sets a firmly bizarre tone (and is a feat of low-budget technical ingenuity). For my money, however, the feature is the real reason to check out this release. I Can See You tells the story of three young Brooklyn ad guys who leave the city behind for a weekend in the woods, where they hope to come up with a jackpot campaign idea for the cleaning product Claractix. Read More »