Don’t Fear the Spoiler (or How The Last of Sheila Taught Me That the Twists Don’t Matter)

Written by Allan Mott For many people, the key aspect of enjoying a murder mystery comes from being successfully kept in the dark. Clues are given, but in such a way that the author is still able to convincingly surprise us when the murderer’s identity is revealed at the end. But—more often than not—this is done clumsily and most intelligent viewers can spot who the killer is long before the story takes us there. Done properly, it’s like a magic trick performed by a master. With clever misdirection, the storyteller is able to pull off a bravura coup de grace … Continue reading Don’t Fear the Spoiler (or How The Last of Sheila Taught Me That the Twists Don’t Matter)

One Too Many: Avenging Force (1986)

Written by Matt Bowes It’s almost like a Zen koan. If a movie studio makes a sequel to a past hit, but casts a different actor in the starring role and doesn’t actually tell anyone that the two films are connected, is it still a sequel? History is filled with scripts to sequels that never got made and were retrofitted to become original projects (for example, this year should finally see the release of the long-delayed Solace, a film whose script development began as Ei8ht, a sequel to Se7en that David Fincher ultimately rejected), as well as franchises that continued … Continue reading One Too Many: Avenging Force (1986)