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On Burt Lancaster's 'The Midnight Man' and a Hard-knock Life

None Excavated from the Universal vaults and finally released on disc is The Midnight Man (1974), the second and last film directed by its star, Burt Lancaster. His first effort as director-producer-star, The Kentuckian (1955), was a rich, vigorous work of western Americana, violent yet optimistic. This second film, made 20 years later, reflects a wearier outlook of disillusion and regret within the trappings of gumshoe noir. Vietnam and Watergate aren't mentioned; the only reference to contemp...
Tags: Music, Review, Chicago, Mystery, Roman Polanski, Vietnam, Chinatown, James Garner, Film Review, Jim, Lancaster, Linda, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Clark, Slade, Natalie

Book Review: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Title: The Parker Inheritance Author: Varian Johnson Genre: Middle Grade Publisher: ARTHUR A LEVINE / SCHOLASTIC, Publication date: March 2018Hardcover: 331 pages The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It’s waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn’t sure she should read it. It’s addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young...
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, US, Atlanta, Mystery, Brandon, Lambert, Candice, Brandon Jones, Candice Miller, 8 Rated Books, Middle Grade, Rita Williams Garcia, Ellen Raskin, Varian Johnson, Lambert South Carolina

Visual Feasts: Merchant Ivory Do What They Do Best in 'Feast of July'

None Left in the lurch by the movie-going public in 1995, Feast of July was probably one of the more demure productions to come out of the Merchant Ivory workshop. Based on a minor work by H.E. Bates, who wrote mostly charming and very British novels about the English working life, the film was further sidelined by its rather unenthusiastic critical reception. Time, however, has been kind to the film and it isn't really the forgettable fluff that the likes of Roger Ebert claimed it to be. Lift...
Tags: Music, Crime, Review, Drama, America, Roger Ebert, Period Drama, Mystery, Spielberg, Hugh Grant, Film Review, Bella, Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Ebert, Blu Ray

'Ghost Apples' of ice form after freezing rain in Michigan [PHOTOS]

Aren't they beautiful? Here's how 'ghost apples' formed on this apple tree in West Michigan. Ice forms on rotting apples, and as the apples decay, they slide down and out of the ice that is left behind hanging off the apple tree branches. There's a longer explainer here: Andrew Sietsema sent in photos of the hollow ice apples to ReportIt late Wednesday night. He said he came across the interesting formations while pruning apple trees earlier that day. Sietsema said the freezing rain coated ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Weird, Cool, Nature, Mystery, Michigan, Aren, West Michigan, Ghost Apples, Andrew Sietsema, Sietsema

Outsmarting the Auteur: Reassigning Power in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie'

None Is Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film, Marnie a sex story? a mystery? a detective story? a romance? a story of a thief? a love story? The many questions posed in the trailer are curiosities that film scholars and audiences continue to grapple with to this day, over 50 years since a release that saw Hitchcock's Marnie greeted with poor box office returns and widespread bewilderment from critics. As mirrored in Film Society Lincoln Center's 35mm screening of the film this past September, it has be...
Tags: Feature, Misogyny, Music, Hollywood, Crime, Drama, Sexism, America, Netflix, Mystery, Baltimore, Alfred Hitchcock, Wood, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Mark

Searching for Answers in Denis Villeneuve’s 'Prisoners'

None It's never just about how the murder was committed or where the missing person went or who stole the precious moonstone. The detective stories that really resonate are the ones that investigate beneath the case itself and into the deeper mysteries of who we are. The ones that delve into the invisible mechanisms of our societies, the inner clockwork of our selves. Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is about two girls gone missing and a father desperate to retrieve them. It's also about how to m...
Tags: Feature, Music, England, Crime, Viola Davis, Drama, America, Britain, Jake Gyllenhaal, House, Hugh Jackman, Mystery, Fox News, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Auster, Kafka

Our Private Prisons: Interview with 'Still' Director, Takashi Doscher

None "I was very much wrestling with the question of time and our modern or not so modern definitions of relationships, love and monogamy, and even sexuality a bit" explains director Takashi Doscher of his narrative feature debut Still (2018). When hiker Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on the Appalachian Trail, she stumbles onto an isolated farm and encounters a seemingly odd couple. While Ella (Lydia Wilson) is happy to take her in, Adam (Nick Blood) is initially less hospitable, and as ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Fantasy, Mystery, The Orchard, Lily, Terence Davies, Adam, Davies, Ella, Madeline, Appalachian Trail, John Andrew, Christoph Behl

'The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' Is a Stellar Mystery Yarn

None The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, but one wouldn't know it's a debut, as it's incredibly polished and self-assured, and an utterly delightful yarn. When you learn that Turton is primarily a travel journalist, the ease and flow of the narrative make that much more sense. We open with an unnamed protagonist who has been shorn of his memories, stumbling in the woods around the mouldering English estate Blackheath sometime in the early 20th century, danger ...
Tags: Music, Review, Book Review, Aiden, Paris, Mystery, Agatha Christie, Turton, Hercule Poirot, Blackheath, Sourcebooks, Hardcastle, Stuart Turton, EVELYN HARDCASTLE, The 7 12 deaths of evelyn hardcastle

Back to School with these 4 Campus Novels

A campus novel is a book set in a school, college or university and the most popular is probably the Harry Potter series. Campus novels have always been popular amongst readers, so I thought I’d share four of them with you here. Stoner by John Williams My favourite campus novel by far is Stoner by … Continue reading Back to School with these 4 Campus Novels The post Back to School with these 4 Campus Novels appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult, John Williams, Classic, Historical Fiction, Stoner, New Adult, Book News, Book Reviews - Fiction, Tracey Allen, Libba Bray

Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

None Spoilers ahead. In 1983 I played an arcade game called Dragon's Lair. In what was already a video-game cliché, a knight named Dirk the Daring attempted to rescue Princess Daphne. But the selling point was not the story—it was that it looked like a cartoon. Meanwhile, on my Atari back at home, the similarly-themed Adventure featured a protagonist who was literally just a dot. After losing a week's worth of quarters within a minute, though, I realized that Dragon's Lair was not really a game...
Tags: Google, Feature, Books, Music, Video Games, Drama, Film, Sci-fi, Netflix, George Orwell, New York Times, Dragon, Mystery, Philip K Dick, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker

Review | The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

This series. My feelings for it are fierce and tangled, much like the ties that bind its protagonists. Charlotte, Lord Ingram, Livia, Inspector Treadles, Bancroft, Lady Ingram . . . characterize them each how you will, but there is nothing equivocal about them. While there is infinite room for every sort of gray area in their circumstances, their histories, and their difficult presents, the feelings that they engender (at least in me) are nothing if not strong one way or the other. And really, ...
Tags: Books, London, Review, Mystery, Sherlock Holmes, Scotland Yard, Historical Fiction, Charlotte, Moriarty, Thomas, Victorian, Livia, Arc, Ingram, Retelling, Beloved Bookshelf

Amnesia Fiction

Amnesia fiction generally contains a character suffering from some form of memory loss, or memory loss forms part of the storyline. It’s such a common plot device I thought it was worth exploring. Here are seven amnesia fiction novels you might enjoy. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart We Were Liars is about a group … Continue reading Amnesia Fiction The post Amnesia Fiction appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, James Dashner, The Maze Runner, Thriller, Still Alice, Mystery, Ya, Robert Ludlum, Amnesia, Paula Hawkins, S J Watson, Liane Moriarty, Lisa Genova, Book News, Tracey Allen, Australian Author

Lee Chang-dong's Mysterious 'Burning' Simmers with an Inquisitive Tension

None Most films, whether or not they claim an outsized ambition, don't deserve a runtime longer than 120 minutes simply because too much action easily leads to a case of diminishing returns. Lee Chang-dong's Burning (Beoning) is the rare film that warrants such excess; its languorous passivity takes time to fester, all up to a point of inevitable climax when, seemingly out of pure necessity, a final action is taken that brings all parties the long-overdue gift of change. There's something sli...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Review, Drama, Africa, Burning, Mystery, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Film Review, Ben, Jong, Paju, Murakami, Jay Gatsby, Steven Yeun

A Telling Future with Cameron Macintosh

Cameron Macintosh is the author of the exciting fantasy adventure series for future detectives in the making, steadily churning them out with number three being recently released. Having qualifications in Psychology and Professional Writing, and specialising in the educational publishing market for almost two decades, it is no wonder Macintosh knows exactly what makes an … Continue reading A Telling Future with Cameron Macintosh The post A Telling Future with Cameron Macintosh appeared first o...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Adventure, Environment, Friendship, Fantasy, Mystery, Middle Grade, Author Interviews, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases, Romi Sharp, Junior Fiction, Big Sky Publishing, Dave Atze, Max Booth Future Sleuth

Umineko Returns With “Gold Edition” Kickstarter

Reality versus fantasy visual novel Umineko When They Cry is getting a new Kickstarter project to bring an updated and enhanced version to fans worldwide. The new Kickstarter project for Umineko will be run by Catbox Creative together with the official creator 07th Expansion, visual novel publisher MangaGamer, the Witch Hunt Translation Group who were the […]
Tags: Games, Trailer, Horror, Kickstarter, Mystery, Anime, Visual Novels, 07th Expansion, Umineko, Catbox Creative, Witch Hunt Translation Group

Setting the Scene with Rachel Nightingale

Rachel Le Rossignol, aka Rachel Nightingale, is the debut novelist of young adult fantasy fiction series, Tales of Tarya, including the first two in the trilogy – Harlequin’s Riddle and Columbine’s Tale. She also happens to be an award-winning playwright, with a musical she wrote set for the stage next year. Rachel has a background … Continue reading Setting the Scene with Rachel Nightingale The post Setting the Scene with Rachel Nightingale appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult, Riddle, Columbine, Rachel, Author Interviews, New Book Releases, Romi Sharp, Nadia Turner, Author Interview, Odyssey Books, Columbine's Tale, Harlequin's Riddle, Rachel Le Rossignol

Top 10 Anime Sleuths

Mystery series detectives have been flooding this new ranking seeking to ascertain the characters with the most astonishing deductive skills, a natural course much like the predictable number one choice hailing from a never-ending series. The ranking: 1. Edogawa Conan (Detective Conan) 2. Touma Sou (Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou) 3. Katrielle Layton (Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle […]
Tags: Rankings, Conan, Mystery, Anime, LAYTON, Death Note, Bungou Stray Dogs, Kindaichi, Anime Sleuths, Edogawa Conan Detective Conan, Touma Sou, Katrielle Layton Layton

Welcome to Hollow Falls - and Lethal Lit, a New Scripted Crime Podcast

It started with a phone call. Heather Einhorn and Adam Staffaroni, the masterminds behind the entertainment creative house known as Einhorn’s Epic Productions, wanted to chat. Cool, I thought. I’d known Adam and Heather for a long time - we’d worked together years before and remained friends. It’d be good to catch up, for sure. But it was much more than that. Heather and Adam were always on the lookout to create new, diverse heroes, and they wanted to take that philosophy to the podcast platfo...
Tags: Post, News, Podcasts, Audio, Miami, Mystery, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Agatha Christie, Heather, Einhorn, Adam, Pete Fernandez, Monica Gallagher, Lethal Lit, Heather Einhorn

Book Review: The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title:The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle/The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Author: Stuart Turton Genre: Fantasy / Murder Mystery Publisher: Raven Books / Sourcebooks Landmark Publication date: February / September 2018 Paperback: 438 pages At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed. Again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn H...
Tags: Books, Murder, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Aiden, Mystery, Anna, Agatha Christie, Aidan, Bell, Ashley Bell, Koontz, Blackheath, Aiden Bishop, Stuart Turton, EVELYN HARDCASTLE

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: A Mixed Reading Week

Last week, I mentioned my out-of-hand book stacks. I had truly reached the end of my rope, so I spent the entire weekend taking charge of my library. What a relief. There are advantages to waiting until you're desperate: I ended up being quite ruthless about what I kept and what I didn't. I still have a few books on the floor, but the piles are no longer a tripping hazard. Even better, I no longer have any double-stacked bookshelves. It's always a difficult and lengthy chore to cull my...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, New York City, Manhattan, Bill Cunningham, Mystery, Catholic, Bill, Patti Smith, Smith, Greg, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cunningham, Vicki, Lu, Hamish

Today's Read & Giveaway: The Cats Came Back by Sofie Kelly

What would you do if you stumbled across the body of someone you knew? I'd probably scream and call 911 and be traumatized for life. For Kathleen, however, murder is no surprise. Not only has she done civilian sleuthing but her boyfriend is a police detective. Here's how the story begins: The body was on the front seat of my truck, about halfway between the passenger door and the cloth grocery bag I'd left in the middle of the seat. "Not again," I muttered, setting the box of glasses I was hol...
Tags: Books, Usa, Mystery, Hercules, Giveaway, Marcus, Kelly, Laura, Owen, Daryl, Kathleen, Yvonne, Beth F, Teaser Tuesdays, Today's Read, Berkley Prime Crime

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: 5 Good Books

Oh boy, I certainly jumped right back into reading with a vengeance. It's always a good week when it's filled with books. And reading was made easier with cooler temperatures and lots of rain. What else is there to do but read or do household chores while listening to an audiobook? Anticipating much less time spent outside, we've started getting the house back in shape for indoor living. We generally work on one room at a time, dealing with the accumulated clutter of the summer and start...
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, London, Montana, France, Fiction, United Kingdom, Mystery, Essays, Ridley Scott, Provence, Lee, Rick Holmes, Katherine, John Lee, Jennifer

Vacation Reading; Or, What's on My Tablet

Do you read when you're on vacation? I always have high hopes of quiet evenings or relaxing afternoons with my books, but in fact, I rarely read at all when I'm on an adventure. Nevertheless, I simply cannot travel without a book or two (or twenty). Because, well, you never know, and I kind of panic at the thought of being stuck without something to read! Truth is, I usually manage an audiobook or two when in the car or on a train. But even then my mind is not solidly on my book. After al...
Tags: Books, Florida, London, Minnesota, France, Fiction, Fantasy, America, Ukraine, Thriller, Brazil, Mystery, Connor, Harper, Provence, Historical Fiction


And more cats. [Author: Doug]
Tags: Comics, Nap, Cat, Online Shopping, Keyboard, Cartoons, Mystery, Doug, Cat Adventures, 3x8, Catnip Mouse

Bibliocrack Review | Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

No joke, I'm a little shaky right now. I just finished a headlong binge―scratch that, I just paused three books into a headlong binge of Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling's) . I say paused because I downed the first three books back to back to back, and the fourth book is due out September 18th. How is that for lucky?? I never get that lucky with my reading timing! And even so. I'm still severely uncertain of my ability to actually survive until comes out. Because this series grabbed me b...
Tags: Amazon, Books, London, Crime, Review, Yorkshire, Jk Rowling, Mystery, Noir, Robin, Patrick, Rowling, J K Rowling, Angie, Robert Galbraith, Cormoran Strike

Manga of the Month: Holmes of Kyoto

Holmes of Kyoto (京都寺町三条のホームズ) by Ichiha Akizuki  Based on the ongoing novel series, Holmes of Kyoto brings Holmes into the modern era as a young graduate student and apprentice in an antiques shop. Aoi has only recently relocated to Kyoto. When we first meet her she is skulking outside the Yagashira antique shop debating whether … Continue reading Manga of the Month: Holmes of Kyoto
Tags: Reviews, Drama, Mystery, Anime, Detectives, Manga, Kyoto, Holmes, Favored Topics, Manga of the Month, Holmes of Kyoto, Ichiha Akizuki, Yagashira

Review: White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig was such an intensely stressful story that I felt myself tensing up while reading! Which is exactly what I want from a YA thriller, ok?! It scores all the points. It’s a twisty story of complicated families, messy broken hearts, drug gangs, arson, and (of course) murder. It’s definitely one … Continue reading Review: White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig The post Review: White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Book Review, Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult, LGBTQIA, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Caleb Roehrig

The First Step in Solving Money Problems

Money problems come in all shapes and sizes. But in all cases, the first step involves defining if it is a puzzle or a mystery. We discussed the two types of money problems on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. This show was inspired by a post on Psychology Today […] The post The First Step in Solving Money Problems appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Podcast, Money, Puzzle, Careers, Mystery, Personal Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, Money Problems, The Professor And Mary-lynn, BIGG Success Show

“Fleet” of Foot

The Duties of an Anime Reviewer: Give quality reviews Don’t give away the endings Be fair in all reviews Note trends That last one is important, as I am noticing another trend and it is what I call “Women and Weapons”. Shows that can be flung into this mix are “Strike Witches”, “Girls Und Panzer”, “Upotte!”, “Arpeggio of Blue Steel” and “KanColle” (although those last three can be seen as “Women AS Weapons”). The latest title to come to us is “High School Fleet” (“Haisukūru Furīto”) and opera...
Tags: Japan, Adventure, Military, Mystery, Anime, General Reviews, Fan Service, Harekaze, Blumer, Yokosuka Girls Marine High School, Akeno Misaki Captain, Akeno, Mashiro Munetani

All the Little Bones Cover

Have you heard? Ellie Marney has a brand new series on its way, and she revealed the cover for the first book, , just the other day. Isn't it a beauty? I absolutely love it. This is the first book in Marney's new Circus Hearts series, which is described as dark YA romantic mystery. Otherwise known as music to my ears as it's coming from the woman who gave us Every Breath and . This first book follows a teenage trapeze artist and an apprentice strongman on the run from the law, and I can hardl...
Tags: Books, Covers, Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Pretties, Ellie Marney, Marney, Little Bones, Cover Reveal, All The Little Bones, Circus Hearts, Oz Ya