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“Murder she said” night

January 25th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 2,831 Views

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Miss Marple

Tonight has been the night for detective stories. USA was showing new episodes of Monk and Psych, but before that I also watched a couple of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, some from Netflix’s collection. I loved Miss Marple series since I was a kid. Agatha Christie is brilliant. No wonder she made more money selling books then any of the criminals. Especially I love Miss Marple – I think she’s Christie’s best character – better then Poirot.

Miss Marple: Collection 2: Disc 3.

Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) solves another string of diabolical murders in this collection of episodes from the hit BBC series featuring Agatha Christie’s literary legend. Cloaked in a prim exterior, the spinster sleuth – a shrewd student of human nature – works her magic in her hometown of St. Mary Mead and in nearby villages. No riddle is too complicated, no case too strange, no perpetrator too smart for her keen, observant mind.

Unfortunately, this was one of the worst mysteries. Usually the murder always happens in the beginning and then Miss Marple uses her old-lady-flower charms and solves the mysterious crime, but this time the entire first half of the movie there was a setup and no murder.

Miss Marple Mysteries: A Pocket Full Of Rye.

The beloved dowager detective, Miss Marple (Joan Hickson), unravels one of famed Agatha Christie’s most popular brainteasers. After London financier Rex Fortescue is poisoned, more murders ensue. The clues point to an old nursery rhyme, but before Miss Marple can even begin putting the pieces together, she must rush in to save her protégé, Gladys.

This is quite interesting and well-made movies. It could be faster-paced, but after all we are dealing with an English villages where most of those murders happen. Some famous person said that the worst crimes happen in the villages: this is where everyone knows everybody, where people hide from the word, and where strange family secrets live. And I am not even mentioning some odd cults like in Hot Fuzz or mysteries like The Curse of the Ware-rabbit and The Canterville Ghost :) This one stars Tom Wilkinson. He looks so young in it I hardly recognized him. Such a great actor. For his latest role in Michael Clayton he deserves an Oscar as best supporting actor.

It seems all of Christie’s mysteries are about people killing other people because of greed and money. Perhaps that’s why the BBC series had been so popular in the 80s in Soviet Union: they were showing the decay of capitalistic society :) Hard to disagree though.

The DVDs are produced by A&E. Murder has never been so sweet to watch. Goes nicely with evening tea.

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Tags: DVD · Detective/Mistery · Foreign · Movies · TV · UK

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