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 This is in fact an entry from my old blog which I have decided to transfer here so that I have everything in one place. Read the rest of this entry »

While I do not note every new Suchet Poirot production, the adaptation of Three Act Tragedy (2010)  demands attention and consideration. I think it may well be the best of the Suchet Poirots, which is a very large claim, and an excellent piece of television drama  in its own right. Both direction (by Ashley Pearce) and script (by Nick Dear) are very fine and the acting of Suchet himself and Martin Shaw, superb. The following analysis will contain spoilers. Read the rest of this entry »

John Grisham – The Pelican Brief (1992)

Following the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices a New Orleans law student, Darby Shaw, works out that the reason behind the murders was that a ruthless businessman, Mattiece, wanted to ensure that if an appeal concerning some Louisiana swamp-land which he owns and which contains vast oil-reserves, should come before the Court he would get a favourable verdict (the assassinated judges being pro-environment). Read the rest of this entry »

The latest McKenzie Marple was They Do it With Mirrors. While there were some good elements and the usual strong cast and handsome production values, this particular adaptation failed in terms of its plot alterations and emotional impact. These two values are often closely linked in both the McEwan and McKenzie Marples, because one fairly consistent thread has been the replacement of money by love as a dominant motive and motif. The immediate problem with this is that to succeed the bar is set much higher in terms of the particular production conveying love in a both a convincing and emotionally satisfying way. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2010