June 29, 2001 |
MAIN LINE-BRED director M. Night Shyamalan blasted onto Hollywood's A-list with "The Sixth Sense," but he was also responsible for the treacly Rosie O'Donnell drama "Wide Awake. " With expectations high for his follow-up, would Shyamalan catch lightning in a bottle again? Reuniting with Bruce Willis, Shyamalan revisited the mystery-suspense genre with "Unbreakable" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $29.99), and like issue #2 of a serial, the novelty has started to wear off. Willis plays a man who survives a colossal train wreck without a scratch and, searching for answers, finds a brittle, wheelchair-bound Samuel L. Jackson.
September 29, 1986 |
"Bedroom Eyes. " A drama starring Dayle Haddon and Kenneth Gilman. Directed by William Fruet from a screenplay by Michael Alan Eddy. Photographed by Miklas Lente. Edited by Tony Larner. Music by John Tucker. Running time: 90 minutes. An RSL production. In area theaters. Canadian filmmaker William Fruet sneaks up on us with "Bedroom Eyes," a sneaky-dirty, new-style sex mystery. It's about passion gone awry, but not in the old-fashioned, Claude Chabrol sense. In this case, the victim of passion is one Harry Ross (Kenneth Gilman)
February 4, 1987 |
The mysterious telephone call that appears on a phone bill usually is fairly easy to straighten out. Just call the phone company, and that's that. The customer who never placed the call won't be held responsible. But to the phone companies themselves, it's a more potent threat. This week, MCI Communications said such mystery calls were in a small way responsible for a $502.5 million loss in its fourth fiscal quarter. The company said it is suffering from fraud, as sophisticated criminals steal access codes, allowing them to complete a call and improperly charge it to a customer.
February 7, 2007 |
"After everything that I have been put through, you owe me an answer," Jack (Matthew Fox) tells one of The Others as ABC's "Lost" returns tonight. It doesn't really matter what Jack's question was - it hardly ever does - his demand for a reply is a statement of frustration that, as one reporter pointed out to the show's producers at a press conference last month, sounds as if it could have been taken almost word for word from one of the message boards where "Lost" fans gather to talk about the conspiracy that's so far held them captive for more than two years.
March 2, 1988 |
"Remember to keep your hands at your sides!" "And when you say you don't know who's behind a crime, you must mean it!" The director's admonitions, designed to perfect the actors' performances, resounded last Friday night in the 1796 Burlington County Court House on High Street, Mount Holly, during a final rehearsal of a play the company is excited about. The New Center Stage Theater company will give the South Jersey premiere performance of the play Something to Hide, a British murder-mystery released in this country in 1987, according to Charles West, NCS director.
July 4, 2003
A mystery of flight That little blue plane parked on someone's roof on Darby Road in downtown Darby was the greatest mystery my brothers and I confronted in our childhood. Forget Santa Claus. Forget the birds and the bees. Here was a true mystery. What was that little blue plane doing on someone's roof, and how did it get there? I am sure the mystery was shared by countless other youngsters leaving Delaware County via Island Avenue in the family station wagon on the way to the Jersey Shore.
October 18, 1987 |
You could be the bewitching temptress, or the hard-boiled detective, or - da da da dum - the victim. Mystery-murder parties, whether at a hotel or at home, can take the whodunit buff out of the paperbacks and right smack into the middle of his or her own fantasies. But the success of these parties depends largely on people who won't even be there. They are the people who write the mystery scripts. Two such authors live in the Northeast. Two years ago, Denise Baron and E. G. Green formed Postmortem Inc., a company that creates murder mysteries for parties and other functions.
March 2, 1990 |
Just when you think you've got a particular genre safely categorized, along comes the likes of John Lutz, author of the Edgar Award-winning Tropical Heat and his series main man, Fred Carver. His latest in paper has the unpromising title Kiss (Avon, $3.95) with its unfortunate echo of a local radio station and its horrendous TV ads. The case, unusual for the former policeman (now a private eye with a gimpy leg because of a bullet wound in a knee), finds him investigating the Florida Sunhaven Retirement Home where residents are dying.
March 18, 1989 |
Peter Maxwell Davies' tense mystery opera, The Lighthouse, could well be a beacon for composers seeking the way to comfortably join operatic tradition and contemporary consciousness. Davies, the Britisher who lives in the Orkneys, has made his brief ghost play a setting where musical styles crash together, juxtaposing unabashed tone painting and taut psychological representation. Music hall, hymns and folk ballads batter against the dense orchestral textures that seem to have the very soul of the sea in them.
April 2, 1993 |
Terming the death of a child "every parent's nightmare" is an instance of an especially worn cliche that has been kept alive by the truth it embodies. For the Duval family in Agnieszka Holland's mesmerizing mystery Olivier Olivier, that traumatic blow is just the beginning of the bad dream. For if there is one thing worse for a mother and father than enduring the loss of a child, it is to have him disappear without explanation or trace. While the police, who presume that 9-year-old Olivier Duval has been murdered, toil manfully to find his killer, the parents cling to ever-dwindling hope.